Thiruvananthapuram: Scaling up efforts to position Ayurveda as a sustainable and inclusive wellness system for the entire world and strengthening international networking of stakeholders by forming a Global Alliance of Ayurveda, the 5th Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) drew to close here on Tuesday.
The event saw the largest gathering of ayurvedic practitioners, scholars, students, policy makers and a wide array of stakeholders from India and abroad deliberating on an entire spectrum of topics besides evolving strategies for projecting ayurveda's huge potential in addressing the health challenges of the present world and imparting a momentum to wellness tourism.
Inaugurating the valedictory function of the conclave, former health minister V S Sivakumar said the relevance of ayurveda has increased manyfold in a world faced with serious health challenges arising from lifestyle, stress, and ecological disruptions. It is significant to note that this traditional knowledge system is being augmented by adopting modern research methods which will enhance its credibility and open new vistas of opportunities, Sivakumar said.
Presiding over the function, GAF working chairman Dr G G Gangadharan said GAF 2023 was a big success since it could effectively take forward its key objectives. These included uniting global ayurveda community, enhancing ayurveda’s international acceptance, advancing modern research and promoting Kerala as a wellness hub.
Vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar had inaugurated the flagship event on December 1. GAF featured scientific sessions focusing on the latest advancements in ayurveda.
SOURCE & CREDIT: TIMES OF INDIA