On 14 February 2014 a high ranked scientific Symposium on Ayurveda Medicine was conducted in the Indian Embassy Berlin under the heading "Ayurveda in Germany 2014 - where to go from here".
Ayurveda in Germany
With generous support from the Embassy of India and the highest Ayurvedic authority in the Indian Ministry of Health (AYUSH), the Charité University Berlin (Chair for Clinical CAM at Immanuel Hospital Berlin) organized for the second time a symposium on Ayurvedic medicine in Germany.
Ayurveda experts from Germany and India discussed opportunities, challenges and limitations in the context of clinical work based on Ayurvedic medicine. With over 200 participants and a waiting list of 130 additional people, interest in this conference was overwhelming. Physicians and members of other health professions received reliable information about the latest developments in Ayurvedic medicine and an intensive interdisciplinary exchange was ignited.
This year’s topics and themes
The main impulse for conducting the conference was the visit of the State Secretary of the highest Ayurvedic authority in the Indian Ministry of Health (AYUSH). H.E. State Secretary Nilanjan Sanyal was welcomed by H.E. the Indian Ambassador Vijay Gokhal and by the host Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen, Head of the Department CAM at Immanuel Hospital Berlin and owner of the Charité Professorship of Clinical CAM. As a distinguished guest, MP Wilfried Lorenz took part in the event. Also for the media Ayurveda has become a focus topic, which was underpinned by the presence of the renowned regional and national broadcasting companies ZDF, RBB, ARTE and MDR.
The growing professionalization of Ayurvedic medicine in Germany and Europe was content at the symposium presented by renowned Ayurvedic experts. The peculiarities of the specific development of Ayurveda were outlined, which are attributed to the characteristics of the German health care system and the needs of the German patients. With the high-ranking guests from India, the differences in the requirements for the development of infrastructure for Ayurvedic medicine in Germany were discussed.
Alongside the conference discussions were held with the Indian delegation. Selected Ayurvedic experts from the fields of research, clinical practice, education and professional associations discussed the next steps in the German-Indian cooperation. In particular, the common opinion of both delegations was that EbM research plays a vital role in the promotion of the positive development of Ayurvedic medicine in Germany. Secretary of State Sanyal stated that research will be supported by more specific research projects from the Indian side. A breakthrough for the funding of research projects in the field of Ayurveda, according to Kessler, could be achieved within the EU project "Horizon 2020 ", which offers funds for multinational research collaborations between Indian and European universities.
Indian Ministry of Health, Department for Ayurveda (AYUSH)
Indian Government Central Council for Research in Ayurveda
1. "Ayurveda 2014 in Germany Role model for Global Integrative Medicine?", Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Michalsen
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2. "How research can facilitate Ayurveda ́s acceptance among medical stakeholders", Dr. P. Ram Manohar MD
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3. "Ayurveda Perspective on Healthy Living and Management of Lifestyle Diseases", Dr. D. C. Katoch
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4. "20 years experience of teaching Ayurveda in Europe - What have we learned from all this?", Prof. Dr. S.N. Gupta
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5. "Current developments in the German Ayurveda community- What´s new 2014?", Dr. Christian Kessler,
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6. "Evidence-based Use of Ayurveda in Global Health Problems", Dr. M.M. Padhi
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7. "From Pioneers to Professionals - Ayurveda Medicine in Germany Ayurveda", HP Elmar Stapelfeldt M.A.
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Secretary of State Nilanjan Sanyal uttered positive statements towards further support of research projects in Germany by the Indian Government. For the successful anchoring of Ayurvedic medicine in the German healthcare system, Sanyal called for concrete discussions with policy makers in Germany. Prerequisite for this is a standardization and quality assurance of Ayurvedic preparations. The Indian Government has already launched a number of projects in this direction including continuous contact with representatives of the EU Commission and efforts to counteract over-regulation.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen, chief physician at the Immanuel Hospital Berlin and Chair holder for Clinical CAM at the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at Charité University Medicine Berlin, explained how the current practice Ayurvedic medicine in Germany could serve as a model for integrative medicine on a global level. He advocated an approach which combined modern "Western" medicine with traditional medical systems. Because of their multi-modal, individualized and holistic approach Michalsen rates Ayurvedic medicine as the best integrative medicine system of the future.
Dr. P. Ram Manohar of the AVP Research Foundation in Coimbatore described concrete research activities and strategies which are capable of fostering the acceptance of Ayurveda in the context of conventional medicine. In this context, thorough analysis of the core concepts of Ayurvedic medicine and evaluation of the results and mechanisms of complex treatment approaches are of great importance. Manohar stated that Ayurveda has to be modified according to the local and society-specific conditions of a country, but still has to be kept from deviating from its fundamental principles.
Dr. Christian Kessler, research coordinator at the Charité University Outpatient Department for CAM at Immanuel Hospital Berlin, informed the audience about current Ayurveda projects in Germany and called for support of professional Ayurvedic networks. He presented the state of development of trial on complex Ayurvedic treatment in osteoarthritis of the knee, which is financed by the Indian Government and will be completed in 2014. With the course of the study, the research partners were very satisfied and agreed that the study represents a very good experience base for further research projects.
According to Kessler, another opportunity to boost the positive development of Ayurvedic medicine in Germany could be the inclusion of Ayurvedic medicine in the catalog of super qualifications for medical doctors by the German Medical Association. An application is currently being prepared by the German Medical Society for Ayurveda Medicine (DÄGAM) and is configured in cooperation with other German Ayurveda Associations and the Hufeland Society for CAM.
Chancen für eine weitere positive Entwicklung der Ayurveda-Medizin sieht Kessler in der Möglichkeit, Ayurveda-Medizin in den Katalog der Zusatzqualifikation für Ärzte durch die Bundesärztekammer aufnehmen zu lassen. Ein entsprechender Antrag wird derzeit von der Deutschen Ärztegesellschaft für Ayurvedamedizin (DÄGAM) vorbereitet und mit anderen deutschen Ayurveda-Gesellschaften sowie der Hufelandgesellschaft ausgestaltet. - See more at: naturheilkunde.immanuel.de/aktuelles/nachrichten/aktuelle-nachrichten/detailseite.html
AyurVision 2014, H.E. Mr. Vijay Gokhale
H.E. Mr. Vijay Gokhale, Ambassador of India, Berlin: Inaugurationhttp://youtu.be/BWxATHIL7VE
AyurVision 2014, H.E. Mr. Nilanjan Sanyal
H.E. Mr. Nilanjan Sanyal, Secretary AYUSH: Opening Remarkshttp://youtu.be/22fVCmEd_iM
AyurVision 2014, Prof. Dr. Joachim Schindler
Prof. Dr. Joachim Schindler, Board Immanuel Diakonie: Opening Remarkshttp://youtu.be/VrdZYiQWTMU
AyurVision 2014, Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen
Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen: "Ayurveda 2014 in Germany - role model for global integrative medicine?"http://youtu.be/Thw9mYnTi20
AyurVision 2014, Dr. P. Ram Manohar
Dr. P. Ram Manohar: "How research can facilitate Ayurveda´s acceptance among medical stakeholders"http://youtu.be/6e5aMRdLz3Q
AyurVision 2014, Dr. Dinesh C. Katoch
Dr. Dinesh C. Katoch: "Ayurveda perspective on healthy living and lifestyle diseases"http://youtu.be/DSkOBd0NdwA
AyurVision 2014, Prof. Dr. Shivenarain Gupta
Prof. Dr. Shivenarain Gupta: "20 years experience of teaching Ayurveda in Europe. What have we learned from all this?"http://youtu.be/DJWwAjHA33A
AyurVision 2014, Dr. Christian Kessler
Dr. Christian Kessler: "Current Developments in the German Ayurveda Community: What´s new 2014?"http://youtu.be/Ea2EDz1vTJI
AyurVision 2014, Dr. Ulrich Bauhofer
Dr. Ulrich Bauhofer: "30 years with Ayurveda in Germany - a success story"http://youtu.be/Sc8KeVahe5I
AyurVision 2014, Dr. M. M. Padhi
Dr. M.M. Padhi: "Evidence-based use of Ayurveda in global health problems"http://youtu.be/6XEq-JKgE1U
AyurVision 2014, Elmar Stapelfeldt
Elmar Stapelfeldt: "From pioneers to professionals -- practicing Ayurveda medicine in Germany"http://youtu.be/WUQSTw8Bo9I