Haryana which was formed in 1966 is one of the youngest State with a total area of 44212 Sq. Kms., which is 1.3% of the total area of the Country. This is land where Lord Krishna gave the immortal message of BHAGWAD GEETA to mankind of spirituality and rightful living. No wonder with its rich spiritual and culture heritage, Haryana has made great strides in all spheres of human endeavor irrespective of whether it is industry or agriculture, medicine or education and has come to be reckoned as a developed progressive State. The industries, agricultural sectors, tourist spots, medical institutions and educational facilities flourishing in the State vouch for this.
Haryana has taken steps to provide medical and health care facilities through a well organized network of services through hospitals, dispensaries, primary health care centers and rural dispensaries.
Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy have been providing Health Care Services to a large section of the population, particularly in the rural. These systems of medicine are popular in the country. People not only in India but also in other parts of world are increasingly favouring treatment through these systems due to lesser side effects in comparison to the modern medicines. After the formation of Haryana State various steps have been taken by the State Govt. for the propagation and development of these systems of medicine in the Haryana State to provide medical relief and education through these systems of medicine.
Ayurvedic Department Haryana was functioning under the Health Department prior to 16.11.1977 at Head Quarter and District level. This department was separated from the Health Department and made as full fledged Directorate of Ayurveda w.e.f. 16.11.1977 and administrative control at district level was also given to the District Ayurvedic Officers. The State Government has changed the name of Ayurvedic Department from “Directorate of Ayurveda, Haryana” to “Directorate of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Haryana” as per direction of Government of India vide their notification dated 4.1.2006.
At present health care through AYUSH is being provided by the Department with the network of 3 Ayurvedic Hospitals, One Unani Hospital, 6 Ayurvedic Prathmic Swasthya Kendras, 475 Ayurvedic Dispensaries, 19 Unani Dispensaries, 21 Homoeopathic Dispensaries and 3 Specialty Clinics of AYUSH in Civil Hospital Ambala, Hisar, Gurgaon and one Specialised Therapy Centre of AYUSH in Civil Hospital Jind. Besides Government Institute of Indian Systems of Medicine and Research Panchkula is also providing medical relief to the masses in the Haryana State. Most of the institutions of AYUSH are functioning in the rural and remote areas of the State. Medical Education is being provided in the Haryana State through Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College Kurukshetra. Besides five Ayurvedic and one Homoeopathic colleges are also functioning in private sector.