A historic Unani Medicine Day was celebrated at Portcullis House of the House of Commons recently. Attended by about hundred practitioners of Indian Traditional Sciences and several key dignitaries, the event was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences …. reports Ragasudha Vinjamuri.
Speaking at the Unani Day, David Tredinnick MP remarked that Unani is not taken into enough consideration in the UK and added that it is possible to go forward with Indian Traditional Sciences with the help of practitioners’ combined knowledge. Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK Mr Charanjeet Singh said, “Nature has provided us with all we require. We are now on a path of rediscovery to take a look at these solutions”.
Chair for APPG Indian Traditional Sciences Virendra Sharma MP said, “We have been practising these traditional medicines for centuries back home. Amarjeet Bhamra brings people together from many different organisations, and it is necessary to bring these into the health system”. Bob Blackman MP, Co-Chair of APPG ITS pledged his continuous support for the successful promotion of traditional medicines in the UK.
H.E. the High Commissioner of Mauritius to the UK Mr. G. Nimkoo highlighted how the Indian Traditional Sciences are practised in Mauritius and expressed willingness to cooperate with the APPG ITS for further initiatives.
Prof Monique Simmonds, Director of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens drew everyone’s attention towards how an understanding of growing and usage of plants is essential. Dr Mohammed Salim Khan, Principle of the College of Healing Arts gave a brief history of Hakim and his family who came to India in 1526 and opened a hospital in New Delhi, which is still functioning today. His family established a School for Unani Medicine and created an Ayurveda and Unani Society in 1908 and also helped to organise the All India Ayurveda and Unani Conference in 1910. Richard Johnson, Director of Maharishi UK read the Early Day Motion 2052 on Unani Medicine Day tabled by Virendra Sharma MP.
Leyla Moudden, President of Association of Naturopathic Practitioners in the UK read a letter received from Union Minister of State in the Ministry of AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik supporting the initiative of the APPG ITS to continuously bring the awareness of Indian Traditional Sciences to parliamentary community both in London and Brussels.
Dr. Shanta Godagama- Member of the Herbal Medicine Regulatory Working Group to the Department of Health, Tomas Pfeiffer- Member of the EU Health Policy from Czech Republic, Dr. Anand Arya from Kings’ College London, Prof. Rashid Bhikha from South Africa, Dhruv Chhatralia-International Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer and Dr. Mauroof Athique- Principal of Ayurveda College UK have all spoken on the occasion. Amarjeet Bhamra, Secretariat, APPG ITS highlighted the focus of APPG in promoting awareness of all traditional medicines over years. Mrs. Bilay Want has presented malas.