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7th World Ayurveda Congress in Kolkata focusses on the revival of Trust in Therapeutic value of Ayurveda, which is threatened by Modern Medicines

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.” ― Sebastian Pole, Discovering the True You with Ayurveda: How to Nourish, Rejuvenate, and Transform Your Life

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Kolkata, Dec 4, 2016: After 6 successful sessions, the 7th World Ayurveda Congress took place in Kolkata from the 1st-4th December 2016. The previous versions were held in Cochin, Pune, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Bhopal and Delhi- were successful and have received a very god response. Bengaluru received the highest number of delegates and Pune had the highest number of visitors.

The 7th WAC  was held at Science City in Kolkata. This event comprised of 5 plenary sessions, 25 parallel sessions and a huge number of presentations with associated events. The magnitude of the previous versions have elevated the expectations of the stakeholders, Ayurveda practitioners and enthusiasts.

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The goal of the WAC is to revive trust in the therapeutic value of Ayurveda, which is affected due to the advances in modern medicine and therefore people are losing trust in the traditional methods. It aims to make Ayurveda an integral part of healthcare. The WAC was started to provide the enthusiasts with a platform to support Ayurveda with the help of proper infrastructure. The WAC facilitates the acceptance of Ayurveda as a whole healthcare system is adaptable everywhere.

Dr. David Frawley. Wikimedia
Dr. David Frawley. Wikimedia

The enthusiasts and intellectuals who attended this conference saw eminent personalities speak during the 4-day event.

One of them is Dr. David Frawley, or Pandit Vamadeva Shastri who is an American Hindu teacher and author and has published many books on topics like the Vedas, Hinduism, Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology. He also founded the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pandit Vamadeva Shastri was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2015.

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Dr. Frawley questioned the marginalisation of Ayurveda in India which gave birth to the form of medical practice. He asks that if a communist government like China’s can promote and support their traditional medicine practices involving Chi, why could the Indian government not support Ayurveda until Narendra Modi’s term.

He pointed out that there is an increasing number of healthcare issues and the segment of the world’s population which cannot afford modern medicine need to resort to natural ways of healing like Yoga and Ayurveda. This means that Ayurveda needs to be more widespread and accessible around the world.

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“Drugs should be the last rather than the first means of treatment, beginning with natural healing methods like yoga and ayurveda instead. Special ayurvedic methods of oil massage and Pancha Karma, such as are popular in Kerala, can remove disease-causing factors before the disease even manifests,” said Dr. Frawley to DailyO.

The world and above all India should honor its traditional healing practices of Ayurveda and accept it just like it embraced Yoga.

-by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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Ayurveda Brings To You The Science of Natural Cure

The other regimens to be followed will add to its benefit when consulted by a doctor as the series of pros-cons checklist is assessed with your constitution and the daily habits.

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An Ayurvedic practitioner applying oils using head massage.. Hindu Council

BY: Naveen Shukla, Dr Vishal Sharma, Dr Nikhila Venugopal. Nature Care Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the offspring of Atharvaveda and appreciated as the fifth Veda is the holistic system of medicine to promote health and to prevent diseases. This wonderful science has put up the Indian culture into great heights and is still a recollection of the cultural heritage. The powerful logic and philosophy which provides a link between the living and non living matters of the universe, is still appreciable in the current era .This Indian system of medicine has laid principles and methods of treatment for the chronic illnesses where there is no definite curative treatment and symptomatic relief is the only existing treatment solution.

The beauty of Ayurveda lies in the factor that when a patient comes to an Ayurvedic doctor the root cause or the Nidhana is being focused leading to the pathology and pathogenesis. This systematic modality of how beautiful a disease is being portrayed and it’s treatment accordingly is the greatest achievement in curing the chronic illness.
Ayurveda gives importance and corrects the improper food habits, suppression of natural urges, irregular daily regimen, seasonal regimen; psychological factors like fear stress anxiety which is a striking factor in a disease manifestation.

Being a whole body and mind oriented science, Ayurveda focuses on almost all of the bodily functions associated with heat, and its imbalances, nervous imbalance, functions of digestive tract and also controls structure, metabolism, and fluid balance of the body.
Ayurveda is gaining its importance and value because of its therapeutic value too. In the olden days, man lived very close to nature and cured himself by the materials from the nature which were considered to be the potent herbs which can do wonders as it possess infinite potencies.

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The commonly used spices in most kitchen like cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom etc are known to pacify the overpowered Vata. Pixabay

The total balance of the environment, mind, body and spirit promotes Ayurveda achieve its goal towards a complete human wellness. As explained, the season and the regimens followed play an indispensable role in relation to the human body as Ayurveda considers that each season has its own value due to the dominance and aggravation of the specific dosha.

This autumn also provides some recommendation commencing from choosing a particular food and daily activity to balance the bodily transition and seasonal change. Being governed by pitta and vata, steps must be taken to keep them in balance. Foods that promote warmth and increases the moisture content of the body is highly appreciated.

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The commonly used spices in most kitchen like cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom etc are known to pacify the overpowered Vata. Health is at its best during the Autumn, if oily, raw and junk foods are avoided as it hampers the digestive tract creating to many illness. Warm fluid does provide a soothing reaction to the sluggish digestive tract.

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The other regimens to be followed will add to its benefit when consulted by a doctor as the series of pros-cons checklist is assessed with your constitution and the daily habits. Thus the autumn gifts you an individualized healthy package of the right diet and lifestyle.

Roots of Ayurveda are so deep that its ultimate aim is a healthy body, mind and longevity. Efforts have been constantly put to elevate and preserve the great science of life- Ayurveda. We can proudly say Ayurveda as our heritage and pride which will keep flowing on to generations.with this sole aim of promoting a good health. (Originally Published: Hindu Council of Australia)