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Ayurveda Day in London

Ayurveda is known as oldest recorded medicinal systems. It is prevention oriented, free from harmful side-effects and capable of treating disease at its source. Ayurveda is the most ancient complete system of holistic healthcare in the world

Ayurveda Day in London
Ayurveda Day in London

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences recently celebrates Ayurveda Day 2016 in the House of Lords under the aegis of Lord Stone and Tom Brake MP. Earlier in the day Amarjeet Bhamra offered Ayurveda treatments at the head office of NHS England to create awareness for the Ayurveda Day.

Recently, Simon Stevens, head of NHS England designed a well-being initiative for NHS staff wherein Yoga (sister science to Ayurveda) was included, thus, highlighting the NHS’s recognition of Yoga’s benefit. Following this action, The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences is concentrating efforts towards the full-inclusion of Yoga as well as Ayurveda into the NHS for everyone and has tabled an Early Day Motion 507 on Ayurveda by its Co-Chairman Bob Blackman MP. It is desired for the members of the public to encourage their local MP’s to sign this motion.

Audience at the Ayurveda Day event at House of Lords
Audience at the Ayurveda Day event at House of Lords

That this House celebrates the 1st Ayurveda Day, on 27 October 2016, espoused by the Indian Government in 2016; recognises Ayurveda as an established multi-dimensional holistic approach to health, which addresses well-being through comprehensive dietary and lifestyle management strategies that are specific to an individual’s unique psychological and physical constitution in all stages of one’s life; acknowledges that Ayurveda’s ethos and value to humanity is recognised by and is aligned with the ethos of the World Health Organization as a preventative and curative for various health conditions; believes Ayurveda’s integration into the NHS would ensure freedom of choice in healthcare for the populace; and calls on the Government to introduce an Ayurveda Chair.

The Ayurveda Day covered the theme of Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda, and over a hundred visitors sat and listened inquisitively to a galaxy of Ayurvedic doctors from Europe.

Welcoming the audience, The Lord Stone gave an in-depth productive experience to the meeting of the delegation he led early in this year to meet Indian Minister Naik with his AYUSH team in New Delhi. Hilary Garratt Director of Nursing, NHS England was pleased to be present at such a gathering and supported the aims of the meeting. The Acting High Commissioner of India His Excellency Shri Dinesh Patnaik welcomed APPG Indian Traditional Sciences initiative to arrange the Ayurveda Day and elaborated on the focus behind the AYUSH Ministry.

Speakers included: Dr Shantha Godagama explained his role at the MHRA’s Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee, Dr Venkat Joshi Ayurveda scholar who shared his expertise on Role of Food Medicine in UK, Dr Athique Principal of Ayurveda College UK spoke on Health Promotion for Elderly Care, Dr Palitha Serasinghe Lecturer at Middlesex University expounded on Prevention of Diabetes through Ayurveda, Dr Vijay Murthi of AyuWave London spoke on Rejuvenation for Diabetes via skype from India, Dr Naveen Gupta who arrived especially from Switzerland spoke about Ayurveda’s role of Prevention and Control of Diabetes.

Heather Mason from the Minded Institute offered her views on the recognition of Ayurveda by World Health Organization, Beverley Wright from Anglia Ruskin University shared her viewpoint on Preventative Medicines from an Educational Perspective, Caroline Larissey of SkillsActive elaborated about the role of a national benchmark education in Yoga in UK, Johann Ilgenfritz a cancer survivor and founder CEO of UK Health Radio eloquently reminded us about the model of integrated medicine and Dhruv Chhatralia offered his educative talk on Mind and Ayurveda.

Specially received message were read from the Indian Minister of AYUSH Hon Shri Naik as well as, Virendra Sharma MP Chairman of APPG on Indian Traditional Sciences.

The ever-enchanting Indian classical dancer Ragasudha Vinjamuri created a piece on the appearance of Dhanvantari (father of Ayurveda) and included the mighty contributions he made to Ayurvedic healing, in the backdrop of Dhanvantari Mantra. A renowned Ayurveda and Yoga practitioner Dr Anjali Joshi shared sequences for keeping diabetes at bay through yoga postures.

Case Studies on Ayurveda’s role of Prevention and Control of Diabetes were offered by Lawrence Cummins of Black Cactus and Pharmacist Shaheen Bhatia.

The first Ayurveda Day concluded that the Indian High Commission should be requested to erect statues of Dhanvantari and Patanjali at its mission in London as well as to create the Ayurveda Day to an International Ayurveda Day.

Recognition certificates of distinction were offered to Goran Boll who spearheaded Yoga in Swedish Hospitals and Dr Etienne Premdani who heads the oldest dedicated Ayurveda centre in Holland. A rare recognition Ayurveda Ratan was awarded to the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi through whose pioneering foresight of creating an Ayurveda Day, the world will truly enjoy the wellness of preventative, safe, time tested therapeutic benefits of Ayurveda, the oldest holistic medicine science of our planet that originated in India by The Lord Stone of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences.

The audience were overwhelmed by contributions and commitments to the success of celebrating Ayurveda Day and equally impressed by their devotion to Indian Traditional Sciences. Indian sweets by Bombay Halwa of Southall, small beauty packs by Cool Herbals, and herbal toothpastes by Ayurvedic Medical Association were offered to all participants at the end of the meeting.