The Ministry of AYUSH on Wednesday termed the reports incorrect that said that an AYUSH booklet stated that pregnant women should control lust, hang “beautiful” pictures on the wall and shun non-vegetarian food to deliver a healthy baby.
AYUSH said “Some reports have appeared in the print and electronic media since June 13, 2017 concerning the publication ‘Mother and Child Care’ of Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH. Unfortunately, many of these reports are seen to be inaccurate, and some are even seen to misrepresent facts.”
The ministry said that no where in the booklet ‘no sex ‘ has been mentioned.
The AYUSH statement said that the media paid selective attention on page number 14 of the booklet.
“The suggestion on page 14 of the booklet regarding avoiding certain types of food like tea, coffee, white flour products, fried and oily items and non-veg during pregnancy, is seen to have received selective attention. The suggestion that non-vegetarian food may be avoided (as Yoga & Naturopathy don’t advocate non-vegetarian food in its practice) has been singled out for high-lighting in some reports, omitting the mention of white flour products, fried and oily items etc,” it added.
The report that it was released by the minister of state for AYUSH in the recent past is incorrect said AYUSH in a statement.
The ministry said that the booklet contains general guidelines for pregnant women which are based on the principles and concept of yoga and naturopathy.
“Many new mothers and families have appreciated that information relevant to the different phases of pregnancy has been made available in a simple format in the booklet,” the Ministry further said.