Globalization of Ayurveda Research and Education
The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy and Research Foundation or AVP is collaborating with scientists across the globe to work on policy recommendations for standardising and globalising Ayurveda research and education in different countries. The result of these discussions and collaboration will finally be presented to the government for approval and the next steps.
AVP has been the forerunner of research and educational progress in the field of Ayurveda for over seventy years, and there has been an outstanding impact of this research not only in India but abroad as well.
Ayurveda is one of the eldest and traditional schools of medicine that has extensive documentation in the form of manuscripts and other documents – a fact that sets it apart from other methods of treatment.
Between the years of 2003 and 2008, AVP undertook a study jointly with National Institutes of Health or NIH in the USA to evaluate Ayurveda scientifically. The University of Los Angeles, California and the University of Washington, Seattle both participated in this study, which showed that scientific validation of Ayurvedic ways could be done with today’s medicines.
AVP has also signed a research agreement with Latvia University and the Ministry of AYUSH for researching on diabetes. The plan is to have detailed studies, and it encompasses collaborating with Avinashilingam University and another European University to study Ayurvedic Wound Management.
Together with Molecular Diagnostics, Counselling Care and Research Center, Coimbatore and the University of Milano, Italy the foundation have started to do a study on how to manage Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This is a rare medical condition that reduces the life expectancy of those who get affected to a mere 26 years.
Impact on Ayurveda Education
In 2010, the World Health Organization had set some standards for training in Ayurveda. AVP started following these standards and benchmarks according to the WHO and Swiss Regulatory directives from 2013.
At present, the need to prove that Ayurvedic medicines do work is gone. It has already been established that it works, and it is up to people who are sceptical to show that it does not.
AVP has signed a MoU with the University of Latvia for a short duration course there. It has also helped to set up clinics in Latvia, Turkey, Sweden, Estonia, Slovenia, Germany, Serbia, and Bulgaria. AVP has also implemented medical facilities in Singapore and Malaysia.
With Russia and CIS countries, Japan, Thailand, and New Zealand, AVP has agreements. It is all set to sign contracts for a joint training program in the USA. There are several ongoing and planned initiatives set to make Ayurveda one of the essential medical practices available. Increasing awareness is important.