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4th International Ayurveda Congress announced: September 2018, Leiden, Netherlands

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24 March 2018


Traditional Herbal Remedies from India and Europe

Exploring a 340-Year Relationship between Netherlands and India

1 - 2 September 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands

Supported by:


Embassy of India

This conference takes its inspiration from an epic 17th century Dutch treatise on medicinal plants of the Western Ghats of South India, called Hortus Malabaricus. The inspiration is to connect India, The Netherlands, and Europe through their rich botanical heritage and, at the same time, present the therapeutic potential of plants and the natural approaches to health available in Ayurveda and in traditional remedies from Europe. During the congress, the scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system will also be presented.

The Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar) was compiled over a period of nearly 30 years and published, originally in Latin, in Amsterdam between 1678 and 1693 in 12 volumes. This treatise gives a detailed account of flora of Malabar region in South India, including copper plate engravings and detailed descriptions of 742 plants. This work was conceived by Hendrik van Rheede, Governor of Dutch Malabar, in collaboration with a team of nearly a hundred experts including Ranga Bhat, Vinayaka Pandit, Appu Bhat and Itti Achuden.

Published at around the same time, in 1697, Horti Medici Amstelodamensis Rariorum (Medicinal garden of Amsterdam) provides a comprehensive treatise of medicinal plants from The Netherlands and Europe, as well as those areas which had witnessed the arrival of the Dutch East and West India Companies.

On the foundation of scientific research, we are rebuilding the 340-year-old golden bridge of herbal medicines linking India with Europe.

Click here for more information, including the conference programme, venue, call for papers, registration and other details.

There will also be a special Congress Extension for Indian Vaidyas (Ayurvedic experts): 3 - 8 September.

Conference Organizers

International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation (IMAVF)
Vlodrop, The Netherlands

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Maharishi European Research University (MERU)
Vlodrop, The Netherlands

All India Ayurvedic Congress (AIAC)
New Delhi, India

International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA)
Pune, India

On 2 September 2018, there will also be a concurrent Health Fair and Exhibition''Ayurveda for Everyone: Public Talks and Health Fair''—featuring a full programme of presentations and exhibitions on Ayurveda and its many applications to common health concerns:

Natural Health Care for Everyone: World-Class Ayurveda experts in a wide range of specialties will present tips, practical guidelines and introductory knowledge about Ayurveda. Experts in Ayurveda, the timeless science of natural medicine, will share simple health secrets that you can use.

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