"Researchers from across the world have vowed to work with India to promote Ayurveda globally, saying the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine can help address major health problems." Thus wrote the Press Trust of India in the Financial Express.
It continued: "... leaders of the three largest Ayurvedic organisations in the world passed a resolution, recommending nine action points to promote Ayurveda on a global scale. The resolution calls for working with the Indian government’s Ministry of AYUSH and Indian embassies worldwide to develop specific Ayurvedic programmes for each country besides establishing an international Federation of Ayurveda and Yoga and creating an international accreditation board for Ayurveda to maintain standards and the all-encompassing nature of Ayurveda and its many subsidiary disciplines in the areas of education, research and practice."
A thorough report was written for Asian Lite by a journalist who attended the Congress and interviewed the Minister of AYUSH.
It explains: "Subjects presented at the Congress represent a wide range of topics – genetics, cardio-vascular disorders, brain health, diabetes, cognition and behavioural disorders, women’s health and Ayurvedic pharmacology.
"Minister of AYUSH from India, Shripad Yesso, Naik hails the organisers and the attendees who came from far and wide, from Europe to America. He highlights Ayurveda’s focus on the complete state of well-being and its effective role in addressing obesity, hypertension and cardio vascular diseases. The Minister also ... offers technical support to other countries ... ."
The London correspondent of the Indian CNN TV channel News 18 attended the Congress and interviewed many leading speakers. A 15-minute report was screened 6 times on the UK Edition of News 18 television channel, broadcast to the UK and Europe.
Another thorough report from the Press Trust of India appeared in India Today, and quoted Congress patron Professor Tony Nader: "Our principal aim is to bring Ayurveda into more widespread use worldwide, and to ease the pressure in modern health systems by adding a focus on the effective prevention of imbalance and disease".
Asian Voice wrote in the article "Ayurveda to be introduced in the NHS": "Against a backdrop of an NHS in crisis, the largest-ever gathering in the UK of experts in Ayurveda finished with a resolution to help address major health problems and reduce medical costs in every country ..."
Outlook India reported: "The resolution calls for working with the Indian government's Ministry of AYUSH and Indian embassies worldwide to develop specific Ayurvedic programmes for each country besides establishing an international Federation of Ayurveda and Yoga and creating an international accreditation board for Ayurveda to maintain standards and the all-encompassing nature of Ayurveda and its many subsidiary disciplines in the areas of education, research and practice."
The Eastern Eye headed an article about the Congress: "Could Ayurveda be the cure for ailing NHS?" in which they quote Dr Rainer Picha, chairman of the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation: "Modern medicine has become hugely expensive to support. Rather, we should be focused on the prevention of disease, which is much cheaper than curing diseases".
On April 28, PHARMABIZ.com reported about the result of the strategy meeting on April 3: "The International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation (IMAVF) is collaborating with the AYUSH ministry and Indian embassies to combat export challenges and ensure easy access to Indian herbal products globally."
A radio interview (22 mins) on BBC Asian Network with Dr Elizabeth Young, a London GP who was a speaker at the health fair "Ayurveda for Everyone", and Dr Kailash Chand, former Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA).
They talk about Ayurveda and the research presented at the Congress; the benefits of integrating Ayurveda into the NHS and the obstacles to doing so; and the resolution of the International Ayurveda Congress to overcome these challenges.
Listen to the Interview... Move the slider to 2:13:45. (Available until 3 May 2017)