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Taking Ayurveda to the rest of the world

May 12, 2006 16:44 IST

London will play host to a two-stage exposition on the benefits of traditional Indian medicine on May 15, when an official team of experts will make a presentation on Ayurveda to the European Medicines Agency. The aim is to present evidence relating to the scientific basis of Ayurveda and the potential it holds for global health care.

The presentation is being done under the aegis of India-European Union Joint Working Group on Pharmaceuticals and Bio-technology.

Shiv Basant, Joint Secretary, Department of Ayush, is leading the five member team at the exposition. The other members are Dr S K Sharma, Adviser (Ayurveda.), Dr G N Qazi, Director, Regional Research Laboratory, CSIR, Jammu, Dr Arvind Chopra, Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Pune and C K Katiar, Director, Herbal Division, Ranbaxy .

The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathy (Ayush) is also organising an exposition of Indian medicines during the World Health Assembly in Geneva from May 24 to 26.

An attempt will be made to showcase the scientific basis of Ayush systems of medicine and the research and development work done on medicinal plants, plant extracts and medicines.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss will inaugurate the exposition.

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'Ayurveda under threat from western exploitation' 

Repackaging Ayurveda for global consumption  

ANI