The Department of Integrative Medicine was established in October 2019 incorporating the Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMER), NIMHANS. In January 2020, the NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga (NICY) was brought under the Department. This is one of the first of its kind department in an Institute of National Importance in India, which integrates traditional Indian knowledge from Ayurveda and Yoga with Modern Medical Science in providing clinical services, academic training and research activities with special focus on Mental Health and Neurosciences. The outpatient services were started in October 2019 and inpatient services are scheduled to be started following renovation of the Integrative Medicine wards. The department currently has three full-time faculty and three scientists, one each from Ayurveda, Yoga, and Psychiatry and Dr. Shivarama Varambally, Professor of Psychiatry is the in-charge Head of the Department. In addition, the department also has several other contract staff.
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