Only certified yoga centres can offer medical treatment

YogaPETALING JAYA: Only yoga centres recognised by the Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Council can claim to treat medical conditions through “naturopathic yoga”.

Health deputy director-general Dr S Jeyaindran said those offering the exercise, which uses elements from nature and has been recognised by the health ministry, must also obtain certification from qualified institutions in India such as the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.

He told the New Straits Times (NST) that yogis who did not have these qualifications were only allowed to deal in yoga for exercise purposes.

“There is growing concern over the safety of the public as the number of unqualified yoga practitioners claiming that they can treat certain health conditions is on the rise,” he was quoted as saying.

“Once the ministry begins to fully enforce the T&CM 2016 Act, yoga centres or practitioners who claim that they can treat medical conditions must have the qualifications recognised by the T&CM Council.”

According to the report, the only body currently allowed to register those practising traditional Indian practices is the Malaysian Association of Traditional Indian Medicine (Peptim).

It added that yoga centres could soon expect checks from the newly formed T&CM Council.