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Srinagar, Feb 20 (UNI) To attract a bevy of domestic and foreign tourists, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to introduce herbal tourism, an official spokesperson said.

To this end, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated Health Club cum Massage centre at Royal Spring Golf Course here where Massage Therapy Centre (Panchakarma/Regimental Centre) has been set up jointly by the Management of Course and Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine, he said.

The Center, first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir, will go a long way to develop herbal tourism in the state, keeping in view the herbal wealth of state and expertise of the specialists of Ayurveda and Unani Systems of medicines available in the state.

The idea behind starting this programme at all health resorts of the state is to attract more tourists from across the country and abroad, he said.

He said Panchkarma and other regimenting therapies are getting world wide acceptance and has been proved scientifically, besides it will provide employment opportunities to the unemployed professionally qualified youth of the state.

The Ayurvedic and Unani (Massage therapies) Panchkarma/regimental therapies has proved very effective in the treatment of various lifestyle related diseases other protected and chronic diseases such as anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, loss of memory, neurological disorders, hypertension, ostioia arthritis, reumo-toid arthritis, lower backache and muscular disorders, he added.

A detailed demonstration was held and various procedures involved were briefed by Director Indian System of Medicines Dr Abdul Kabir Dar, which is basically a five fold purification therapy.

It aims at correcting imbalance of the body's humors or bio-energies in order to maintain their inherited equilibrium and Ama, which forms as a result. Panchakarma therapy has three main stages--Poorvakarma, Pradhanakarma and Paschatkarma Poorvakarma.

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