International Ayurveda Seminar

Actualising Ayurveda’s Healing Potential

Focal Theme : Strengthening Host Defence System –Ayurveda A Potential Promise

Immunology is a rapidly evolving area of medical science and our understanding of immune system is changing each day. Impairment of immune system is implicated in a host of conditions including but not limited to those caused by microbes but also non-microbial diseases such as cancer, allergies and autoimmune disorders.

Management of immunity related disorders has posed as an immense challenge to the medical fraternity because not only does the immune system play an important role in establishing an infection-free state, it also can be stimulated and suppressed by various physical, chemical, and biological agents as already proven by advanced researches.

Recent advances in the field of neuro – endocrine – immune axis or the effect of circadian rhythms, seasonal variations, and different psychological states on immune system are uncovering novel concepts that are bringing the modern biomedical concepts closer to Ayurvedic principles of Vyadhi-ksamatva, Ojas and Bala. The utility of Ayurvedic concepts of immunology are not merely limited to antigen antibody phenomenon in infective diseases or immune-compromise, rather it is applicable to maintenance of positive health in general, including homoeostasis, resistance against diseases, longevity and stress tolerance with an inherent connection with the nutritional status of an individual.

Ayurvedic immunology is not merely limited to antigen antibody phenomenon in infective diseases or immune-degeneration, rather it is applicable to maintenance of positive health in general including homoeostasis, resistance against diseases, longevity and stress tolerance with an inherent bond with the nutritional status of an individual.

In the last two decades, devastating new infections have spread and past-dreaded diseases have reemerged. Clearly, new fundamental insights into the interactions between microbial pathogens and the host organism are needed in order to develop novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. A central development in this direction is the realization that both the pathogen and the host have significant effects on each other and so both must be studied together, as an interactive unit. These concepts are in complete harmony with the Ayurvedic approach to disease management, which includes examining the disease as well as the body before formulating a counter strategy.   

The conference will attempt to elucidate recent developments in the understanding of immune and inflammatory processes that determine the host defence vis-a–vis the core principles of Ayurveda and thereby point to new directions for the prevention and treatment of infectious and inflammatory diseases. 

Sub themes

The various sub-themes related to the focal theme of the conference will include:

  • Basic research
  • Rasayana
  • Panchakarma
  • Swasthavritta (Lifestyle management)
  • Pathya-apathya (Food as medicine)
  • Dravya Guna (Medicinal flora and fauna)
  • Kaumarbhritya (Child health)
  • Manoroga (Mental health)
  • Shalya Chikitsa (Surgical and Para-surgical procedures in Ayurveda)
  • Shalakya Chikitsa (ENT Diseases)
  • Infectious diseases
  • Non-communicable diseases – Cancer
  • Non-communicable diseases – Diabetes
  • Non-communicable diseases – Cardio vascular diseases and others

Other Sub themes for the Seminar

Rasayana

  • Rasayana as a public health tool in communicable diseases
  • Role of Ayurveda in graceful ageing

Swasthavritta

  • Preventive medicine
  • Community health 
  • Yoga
  • Public Health
  • Ayurveda in occupational health
  • Cosmetology in Ayurveda
  • Nutrition and health
  • Medical applications of Yoga

Dravyaguna

  • Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical research in Ayurveda
  • Medicinal plants – new research
  • Medicinal plants – conservation
  • Innovative drug delivery systems
  • Nutraceuticals, nutricosmetics, nano herbal formulations

Kaumarbhritya

  • Neonatal care
  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Behavioural and developmental disorder
  • Management of common pediatric conditions
  • Samskaras and their scientific aspects

Kayachikitsa

  • Non-communicable Diseases
  • New disease entities and Ayurveda 
  • Cardiac diseases and Ayurveda
  • Ayurveda in Rehabilitative medicine
  • Panchakarma

Prasutitantra & Striroga

  • Reproductive Health
  • Maternal Health

Salakya

  • Sense organs and health – a contemporary understanding
  • Preventive care in ENT and Ophthalmology

Salya

  • Innovations and advances in Salya
  • Musculo-skeletal ailments with special focus on marma
  • Ayurvedic Management of Piles & Fistula

Agadatantra

  • Applied toxicology
  • Ayurveda in the current infectious diseases
  • Scope of Ayurveda in skin disease

Manasika

  • Mental Health – contemporary 
  • Understanding and  management

Rasasastra and Bhaishajyakalpana

  • Rasa preparations – new research
  • Rasa application – new frontiers 
  • Nano Medicine and Rasasastra
  • Scientic Aspects of Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturing
  • Latest innovations in Medicine Manufacturing

Samhita and Siddhanta

  • Ayurveda – Classics, commentaries and concepts
  • Literary research
  • Manuscriptology

Allied Knowledge Systems

  • Mrigayurveda/Hastyayurveda
  • Ethno-veterinary practices
  • Vrikshayurveda
  • Ethno-agriculture practices

Science and Sastra:

  • Trans disciplinary  research and Ayurveda
  • Technology and Innovations in Ayurveda sector
  • AI and Ayurveda – possibilities
  • IT & Ayurveda
  • Integrating Biotechnology and Bioinformatics in the era of ‘omics’
  • Ayurveda and Conservation Biology

General

  • Environment, Climate change and Ayurveda 
  • Policies, rules and regulations in mainstreaming Ayurveda
  • Industry – Tribal Community Interface 
  • Forest Produce: a sustainable demand-supply model
  • Medicinal Plants: Knowledge sharing and relationship building platform

Special Sessions

Resurgent Ayurveda : Science initiatives in Ayurveda

Many multidisciplinary approaches are now known to have studied the concepts, procedures and products of Ayurveda in terms of modern sciences such as Molecular biology, Immunology and Chemistry etc. Government of India had an ambitious initiative called Golden Triangle Partnership for validation of traditional  Ayurvedic Drugs and development of new drugs. Ayurveda Biology, the pioneer initiative for the above objectives, is the most inspiring among the many for its outcome, impact and reach. 

This special session will have the best brains that worked, and continue working, in these areas of research and revalidation, coming together to make Ayurveda resurgent once again in a newer world and time.

Skilling India for Global Competency in Ayurveda Sector

The Indian Ayurveda industry is poised to record a compounded annual growth rate of a robust 16% until 2025. This constitutes the manufacturing industry, core medical and well-being tourism services and the need for skilled personnel including Therapists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Spa Managers, assistants for medicine manufacturing etc. within India and abroad are increasing year on year. This makes it imperative to develop a pool of skilled youth employable in Ayurveda industry in India and abroad. Keeping in view of the burgeoning prospects in the near future in Ayurveda related medical, non- medical and Para medical skills, there will be a special session on the topic – Skilling India for Global Competency in Ayurveda Sector.

Vaidya Parishad

A prescribed format to better our practical knowledge, for the first time in such a large virtual platform and in the form of structured CMEs. This is meant exclusively to whet the clinical decision-making skills – to diagnose and to prescribe. The sessions will be conducted by experienced physicians and excellent academicians on topics chosen to meet the needs of modern times. 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Paper and poster presentations have an important slot in the Seminar and participation with papers and posters on focal and sub-themes are invited. Remember you will be presenting to the researchers around the world! An opportunity that is optimal. 

These too will be digital in nature and will take this course – submission, acceptance, uploading pre-recording video and make available on the day and time of presentation, for live interaction after the video streaming. The details guidelines will be sent to the selected submissions. 

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACT

Guidelines

Call for Papers

Papers can be submitted for all the themes. The presenters can opt for oral or poster presentations. However, the review committee will decide the mode and theme of presentation.

  • The abstract (500 words) should be submitted for both forms of presentations.
  • The paper may be submitted through online.
  • Submission of HARD COPY is NOT allowed.
  • Registration of one of the authors is mandatory for acceptance of abstract.

Abstract Guidelines

The abstract(s) should not have more than 500 words and should be uploaded through the website www.gaf.co.in  The following information may kindly be noted while preparing the abstract:

  • The title of the paper centered with bold capital letters (14 font Times New Roman).
  • Name of the author(s) centered in normal letters (12 font Times New Roman).
  • Address (es) of the author(s) with pin code, phone and fax numbers and e mail.
  • The name of the corresponding and presenting authors should be specifically mentioned (12 font Times New Roman- normal).
  • A 500 word abstract must contain precise information including brief introduction, methodology, highlights of results and conclusion (12 font Times New Roman- normal, justified).

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Last date for submission of Abstracts : 15 JANUARY 2021

Communication for acceptance of papers : 31 JANUARY 2021

Last date for submission of Full paper : 31 JANUARY 2021

Last date for Registration for Paper Presentation : 31 JANUARY 2021

NOTE : – 

Sessions are  hybrid in nature. The plenary and invited presentations will be either live or pre-recorded. The pre-recorded sessions is intended to mitigate the risk of technical issues when connecting speakers from different countries and continents. However at the end of both these two types of sessions there will be opportunity for  live interaction with the speaker. This approach makes every session interactive, The presentations of research papers will be in prerecorded mode only with provision for live Q&A slot at the end.