The driving force behind a new Ayurveda Centre of Excellence (ACE) in UK, the concept for which has received the backing of the likes of and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the years, has launched a crowdfunding initiative for the next phase of this unique UK-India collaborative project.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences is looking to promote and regulate the presence of and Yoga in the academic, applied, and research sectors across Europe through ACE UK.
“My experience of 40 years in Complementary and Natural Medicines, Ayurveda and its sister healthcare systems has led me to believe that Indian Traditional Sciences are the answer to reducing the healthcare gap in the UK,” said Amarjeet S. Bhamra, founder of the APPG.
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“The mainstream medical model of the UK has neither the capacity nor resources to help those who are not sick enough to need a hospital nor well enough to be functioning members of society. This gap in healthcare leads to increased rates of mental health problems, broken homes and a deserted workforce,” he said.
ACE will focus on Ayurveda and Yoga, allowing this unique health perspective to be studied and developed in the UK. By doing so, the organisers hope to support the and the health and wellbeing of the wider society.
The first collaborative Ayurveda research programme outside India – between the , Government of India, and UK medical and academic institutions – has been launched. Under this initiative, a double-blind clinical trial will be conducted with around 2,000 people living with Long Covid in the UK over a period of a year.
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The APPG on Indian Traditional Sciences now seek to maximise this opportunity by expanding the research into and accessibility of Ayurvedic sciences and to establish the new Ayurveda Centre for Excellence (ACE) for evidence-based research on Ayurveda and .
To help reach its goal of setting up this new centre, the organisers have set a target of raising £895,000 to fund the purchase of building near London’s Heathrow Airport and start delivering preventive and holistic healthcare services.