Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) was formulated on 9th November 2014.
Ministry of AYUSH was earlier known as the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) which was created in March 1995 and later, renamed as Department of AYUSH in November 2003.
Ministry of AYUSH aims to enhance maximum development, policy formulation and proliferation of educational and research programs and institutions in AYUSH systems of healthcare nationwide.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, on 29th December 2017 notified with a written statement in Lok Sabha that education & training programs of Acupressure & Acupuncture are now available in Nature Cure Colleges of AYUSH educational Institutions, recognized by the respective health universities.
Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), a 5years 6months regular course, contains the study of Acupressure & Acupuncture therapies. Apart, there is an M.D. course of 3 years duration on Acupuncture & Energy Medicine under Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.