International Ayurveda Seminar

Actualising Ayurveda’s Healing Potential

16-19 May 2020

Focal Theme: Child Health – from Conception to Adolescence

The concept of Healthy Child, Healthy World is gaining popularity across the globe. World Health Organization’s statement – Children represent the future, and ensuring their healthy growth and development ought to be a prime concern of all societies – places this responsibility on the shoulders of a larger community than just that of the conventional medicine.

It is time to understand the possibilities of Ayurveda in Child Care and effectively incorporate it in policies and plans. The concept of Child care in Ayurveda starts from pre-conception stage, with the preparation of the father and the mother, proceeds through pregnancy care and ends when the child attains adulthood. We saw many of these concepts misrepresented and debated unhealthily in recent times. GAF takes as its responsibility to bring clarity and conviction to the true possibilities of Ayurveda in this area through a structured seminar on key aspects of child care, like:

  • Preparation to conceive a healthy child
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Post-natal care
  • Neonatal care
  • Immunization and Ayurveda
  • Paediatric nutrition
  • Praakaara yoga, Suvarnaprasa
  • Growth and Development
  • Common paediatric conditions and their management
  • Behavioural and psychological disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Genetics
  • Healthy upbringing

The purpose of the seminar is to expand the presence of Ayurveda, to place it effectively in public health domain and thus play a prominent role in child care and nation building.

Sub themes for the Seminar:

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

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 and Bhaishajyakalpana

  • Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical research in Ayurveda
  • Medicinal plants – new research
  • Medicinal plants – conservation
  • Innovative drug delivery systems

Rasasastra

  • Rasa preparations – new research
  • Rasa application – new frontiers
  • Nano Medicine and Rasasastra

Samhita and Siddhanta

  • Ayurveda – Classics, commentaries and concepts
  • Literary research

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
  • 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 that 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 – all meant to make Ayurveda resurgent once again in a newer world and time. 

Co-location of Ayurveda

Co-location of AYUSH services at Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres and District Hospitals is a Government initiative to mainstream AYUSH systems. Many corporate hospitals have also established Ayurveda unit in their facilities. This special session is meant take stock of this practice of co-location and assess how far it has helped to mainstream traditional medical system – whether it is integrated, allowed to involve or is just tolerated is what we will discuss here. The panel will consist of conventional medical experts, heads of leading corporate hospitals, Ayurveda doctors running such centres and Government representatives.

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.  This stresses the importance of having a sector specific skill council that will bridge the gap between industry demand and the skill ecosystem as is the vision of National Skill Development Corporation, India. 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

Environment, Climate Change and Ayurveda

The period we are currently on Earth has the maximum negative impact on Earth, with human impact causing sizeable damage to the biodiversity, climate etc and forcing us to live with serious environmental issues like climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and resource depletion. This situation is alarming for the stakeholders of Ayurveda, as the science they represent depends heavily on the Nature. This session is to bring together environmental and Ayurveda experts to assess the impact of the changes in the Nature – like the changing disease patterns, dwindling natural resources etc. It is a responsible and important initiative under GAF.

Vaidya Parishad

A discussion forum of practitioners. A prescribed format to better our practical knowledge. For the first time in such a large platform.

This is meant exclusively to whet the clinical decision making skills – to diagnosis and to prescription. Individual practitioners and representatives of leading clinical establishments will present rare/complex cases in the presence of experts, which will be followed by discussion on the process and correctness of the diagnostics and treatment decisions.