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7th World Ayurveda Congress held in Kolkata

The 7th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) was held from December 2 to 4, 2016 at Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal.

It was organised by the World Ayurveda Foundation with the support of the Union Ministry of AYUSH to facilitate development and growth of AYUSH system of medicine comprising Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

Key Facts
  • The focus theme of the Ayurveda Congress was “Strengthening the Ayurveda Ecosystem“.
  • The major components of the congress were public outreach session, Ayurveda Clinics for the general public and Public Lectures.
  • During the 7th WAC, 5 plenary sessions, 25 parallel sessions and a large number of paper presentations were also held.
  • On behest of PHARMEXCIL and Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry, buyer seller meet was also held to boost the export potential of the Ayurvedic Industry.

Besides, to facilitate development and growth of AYUSH system of medicine the AYUSH ministry also had organised AROGYA Expo. It was inaugurated by Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik.


9th International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines Meeting begins in New Delhi

The 9th Annual Meeting of International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) was inaugurated in New Delhi.

It has been organised by the Union Ministry of AYUSH and was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Sripad Naik.

In this meeting 19 member countries of IRCH with 36 delegates including experts from WHO are participating. The event would be utilized to show case AYUSH strength to these countries.

About International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH)

  • IRCH is a global network of regulatory authorities created by World Health Organization (WHO) responsible for regulation of herbal medicines. It was established in 2006.
  • Its mission is to protect and promote public health and safety through improved regulation for herbal medicines. India is member of IRCH network since 2007.
  • Objectives of IRCH: Globally promote and facilitate the safe use of herbal medicines, through regional initiatives, sharing information and fostering dialogue.
  • Facilitate and strengthen cooperation between national regulatory authorities by sharing experience, knowledge and information related to regulation, efficacy, quality and safety of herbal medicines.
  • Discuss existing standards and requirements to promote the efficacy, quality and safety of herbal medicines.
  • Recommend future activities to WHO related to the quality and safety of herbal medicines;
  • Refer issues to the International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities and other bodies, where ever needed related to the quality herbal medicines.
  • Goals of IRCH: Development of a process that addresses and resolves questions related to the regulation and safe use of herbal medicines;
  • Establish communication network that fosters dialogue on the regulation and safe use of herbal medicines among the IRCH members.
  • Develop efficient links between National Drug Regulatory Authorities and information focal points among the IRCH member countries through WHO.


28 October: National Ayurveda Day

The first National Ayurveda Day was observed on 28 October on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti. The theme for this year is Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes.

Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.  It has been incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas.

To celebrate this day, the Union Ministry of AYUSH had organized a day-long national seminar on Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda in New Delhi.

Besides, the Ministry also had launched Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda on the occasion. The Mission Madhumeha will be implemented throughout the country through a specially designed National Treatment Protocol for effective management of Diabetes through Ayurveda. The national treatment Protocol was also released on occasion of National Seminar.


Union Government has decided to celebrate National Ayurveda Day every year on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti. This day marks birth date of Lord Dhanvantari, which occurs before two days before Diwali on Dhanteras.  Dhanvantari is the form of Lord Vishnu. He is considered as the ideal doctor and manifestation of compassion, representing the wisdom of ayurveda in practical application.