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.
AYUSH Department Haryana is providing Medical Relief, Medical Education and Health Awareness through AYUSH to the masses particularly in the rural areas of Haryana State. For this purpose 4 Ayurvedic Hospitals, 1 Unani Hospital, 6 Ayurvedic Prathmic Swasthya Kendras, 465 Ayurvedic Dispensaries, 18 Unani Dispensaries, 20 Homoeopathic Dispensaries and 1 Institute of Indian Systems of Medicine and Research (IISM&R), Panchkula are functioning. Besides this, 33 AYUSH dispensaries (29 Ayurvedic, 2 Unani & 2 Homeopathic) including 3 Specialty Clinics of AYUSH (Gurgaon, Hisar, Ambala) & 1 Specialized Therapy Centre (Jind) have been relocated and upgraded as AYUSH Wing in 2009-10, 21 AYUSH Wings at District Hospitals & 96 AYUSH IPD (Polyclinic) at CHCs, 109 AYUSH OPD at PHCs, are providing medical relief to the masses and also participation in National Health Programme in the Haryana State. Most of the AYUSH institutions are functioning in the rural and remote areas.