Ayurvedic hospital to take shape by Sept

KATHMANDU: The hand-over of the Ayurvedic Hospital and Research Centre (AHRC), which is under construction on the premises of Tribhuvan University with the financial assistance of the Chinese government, is going to take place at the end of September.

Dr Thakur Raj Adhikari, director, Department of Ayurveda (DoA), Ministry of Health and Population, said that China is providing essential equipment to the hospital.

He shared that the first ayurvedic research centre would help to find the potential places of indigenous herbs. We need to tap the expertise of the people we already have.

“Due to the dearth of research centre, the country at present is unable to tap the herbal products

worth billion of rupees, which is being exported

to foreign countries,” said the director.

Talking to The Himalayan Times, he said the government should provide opportunities and prioritise ayurvedic medicines as they continued to be demanded by the general public. He said that the ayurvedic treatment is in use from ancient time and more people are turning to herbs for healing different illness.

Once the construction of the research centre is over, research on Ayurveda would get momentum, he said, adding, “Due to lack of knowledge, we are unable to preserve and collect the expensive herbs.” However, he said that once the research centre comes into full swing, the problem would be resolved.