World Ayurveda Congress
Advancement in modern sciences and paradigm shift in assessing the therapeutic value of old and exisitng medical practices often lead to the questioning of traditional approaches. Hence, sustenance of traditional sciences requires strong advocacy. Forums and groups that bring out the continued relevance and nuances of traditional therapies such as Ayurveda create a sure-footed impact over time.
Ayurveda - the ‘science of life’ is the source of most health care systems. However, like all things ancient and traditional, the practice of Ayurveda was beset with challenges, especially at the turn of the 20th century. At this point of time there was a strong felt need for a credible platform that would potentially disseminate authentic, unbiased, comprehensive information to national and global audiences. Acknowledging this need, Vijnana Bharati, as part of its Swadeshi Science Movement organized the first World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) in 2002 at Kochi.
WAC was to grow into a potential platform to propagate Ayurveda during the new millennium. It is to be noted that despite the stated challenges, global awareness of Ayurveda was on the rise during this period. Increasingly, people across the world were re-discovering Ayurveda as a panacea for lifestyle-related and chronic diseases. Also, there was new evidence to validate Ayurvedic scriptures, thus piquing interest in this science.
Over 12 years and through six Congresses, the WAC has emerged as a global platform for all stakeholders for networking and engaging in intellectual exchange to strengthen the Ayurveda sector, reaffirm their sense of purpose and envision the future. WAC showcases advances in relevant fields, orients students and facilitates interaction between professionals and consumers, thus boosting Ayurveda commerce.