Traditional Medicine Codes WHOs ICD 11

  • Launch of ICD 11 TM Module 2, Morbidity Codes, World Health Organization.
  • In New Delhi on 10th January, 2024.
  • The data and terminology is related to diseases based on Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani systems.
  • It will be included in the WHO ICD11 classification.
  • It will lead to global uniformity in ASU (Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha) medicine as a code of vocabulary defining diseases.
  • ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases.
  • The global data on diseases is currently based on healthcare practices through modern biomedicine.
  • Ayush systems such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc. are not yet included in the WHO ICD.

Central Bureau of Health Intelligence:

  • CBHI is an agency under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • It serves as the WHO Collaboration Centre for ICD-related activities.
  • It facilitates the collection and dissemination of data on various diseases and mortality.


  • The Ministry of Ayush has developed the Code for Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani Medicine through the National Ayush Morbidity and Standardized Electronic Portal (NAMSTE).
  • The Ministry also signed a Donor Agreement with the WHO for the same.
  • Infectious diseases like Malaria and lifestyle diseases like chronic insomnia are included in this classification. Ayurveda, Siddhas, and Unani, Vertigo Guidance Disorder (parent name), is commonly recognized by the three traditional systems, as a nervous system disorder known in Ayurveda as ‘Bhramaha’ Siddha as ‘Ajal Kirkrippu’ and in Unani as ‘Sadra-o-Dwar’.
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