Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) was created in March,1995 and re-named as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November, 2003 with a view to providing Healthcare, Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homoepathy, systems. The Dept continued to lay emphasis on improving health care facilities, upgrading AYUSH Educational standards, awareness generation about AYUSH. The Karnataka has taken initiative in Mainstreaming of AYUSH in National Health Care under NRHM in right earnest. The AYUSH systems are time-tested methods to tackle life style disorders which are becoming a major threat to health in present era. These systems can play major role not only in preventing the diseases but in curative aspect too. AYUSH system can give a holistic approach to health systems there by boosting the whole health system and contribute to the society. In the society. In the above view it is necessary to Popularize, Revive, Revitalize, the AYUSH system by giving proper infrastructure, Human Resource Development, training, AYUSH systems of Medicines are well accepted by community particularly with rural areas because these are socially acceptable, comparatively safe and efficacious and easily available which can be prepared locally by the available resources. By these it is possible to make these systems accessible to the people in general and patients in particular.
The Department of AYUSH rendering effective services in health care both curative and preventive, has got its own health services wing in all the system of medicine and has got its own medical education department, drug manufacturing unit, drug licensing authority and registration board to assist its pioneering nature of work that is health care delivery system. The Director of AYUSH is assisted by one Joint Director for Medical Education, three Deputy Director one each for Ayurveda, Unani, & Homoepathy, & Yoga, an Administrative officer, and an Accounts officer, in the Directorate. The Districts will be headed by District AYUSH officers to implement and monitor the programmers effectively at a regular interval. The whole team of these Officers will be guided by the Commissioner of Health & Family Welfare and whole departmental activity is operating under the principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka.