ALBANIA and KOSOVO
Under the auspices of the Health Ministry of both nations, over 160 medical professionals attended a conference on Total Heart Health with Dr. Oliver Werner in Albania and Kosovo. The Ministries of Health in both countries approved the conference for Continued Medical Education.
Dr. Oliver Werner also presented Maharishi Ayurveda and the Total Heart Health conference on television and in private meetings with the Government and interested groups of people.
A Maharishi AyurVeda company has been founded in Albania and products are now on sale in Tirana.
Since 1980 Maharishi Ayur-Veda (MAV) Panchakarma Technician Training Courses and MAV Physician Training Courses have been conducted.
Since 1986 out-patient Panchakarma along with MAV consultations offered.
Since 1989 Australian Association of Ayur-Vedic Medicine established - now known as Maharishi AyurVeda Association of Australia.
Starting in 1986, numerous tours with many hundreds of consultations by eminent Vaidyas from India. Starting with Vaidya Brihaspati Dev Triguna and most recently in 2016 by Ashtavaidya Ravi Moss from Kerala.
In 1997 Maharishi Vedic College offered a fully accredited two year Diploma of Health in Maharishi AyurVeda Consulting.
Maharishi Ayurveda Products were imported starting in 1986 and grew from annual sales of $250,000 to over $850,000 by 2000 through both a retail and wholesale business.
However, restrictive changes in the national laws governing herbal medicines, led to a significant decline in distribution and sales, leading to reduced demand for MAV Physician training, MAV consultations and the viability of MAV clinics.
In August 2016, the Indian Higher Commissioner Mr. Navdeep Suri met with Ayurveda practitioners from around Australia at the the Indian Consulate in Sydney, resulting in a strategy to support Ayurveda in Australia. This strategy included requesting the government of India to:
- fund pilot clinical research in 4 or 5 key areas;
- support a tour of a high profile researcher in Ayurveda to leading medical research institutes to stimulate interest in research in Australia;
- negotiate with the Australian Government to authorise for sale the Ayurvedic herbs that are included in the Indian Government’s Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia;
- to establish an advisory council on Ayurveda e.g. as part the Australian National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM).
The Austrian Doctors Society for Ayurvedic Medicine was founded in 1985.
It conducts many lectures and courses both for MDs and the general public and due to these efforts, many Austrian hotels and wellness institutions have integrated Ayurvedic treatments into their wellness menus.
At present, around 50 doctors have Ayurvedic training and hundreds of masseurs and wellness consultants use Ayurvedic techniques in their practices.
In addition to conducting postgraduate training programmes for Ayurvedic doctors, the Austrian Doctors Society for Ayurvedic Medicine has succeeded in establishing Ayurveda as a legal profession: The "Ayurveda Wohlfühlpraktiker" for paramedic professions such as wellness consultants and nurses.
Since 1985 Maharishi AyurVeda has been active in Brazil, offering Maharishi AyurVeda consultations and Panchakarma.
In 1997 the Maharishi AyurVeda programme for chronic diseases was offered in Brazil and in 2001 the Ayurveda programme "Ama Pachana" was first introduced and by now 15 groups have had excellent results.
Several advanced training seminars for existing MAV doctors were offered as well as Ayurveda training seminars for medical doctors and health professionals.
A full Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre, offering Panchakarma, is planned to open in Rio de Janeiro in 2017.
Copenhagen has one private clinic for MAV, run by Dr. Charlotte Bech, who also gives regular courses in Ayurveda for patients, holds lectures around the country, speaks regularly on national radio and TV shows, has written five books on Ayurveda, and is a columnist on Ayurveda in several national magazines. Dr. Bech's clinic has been fully approved by the National Institutes of Health (Sundhedsstyrelsen). Dr. Bech has also been teaching Ayurveda for two years at the University of Copenhagen and she organizes 3-4 conferences a year on Ayurveda for medical doctors, working in close collaboration with the Embassy of India.
A MAV vaidya tours the country every 3-6 months to give consultations in MAV. To date, four MAV consultants have given approximately 20.000 consultations.
At present, Dr. Charlotte Bech is giving many courses for new medical doctors on Ayurveda and has trained 31 doctors in clinical diagnosis and treatment of Maharishi AyurVeda over the past three years. One of these doctors works for the National Institute of Health. The other doctors include general practitioners, ophthalmologists, pulmonologists, psychiatrists, gynecologists, pediatricians, and radiologists.
All Maharishi AyurVeda products have been sold in Denmark since 1985.
The German Association for Ayurveda (DGA) was founded in 1983; it is the oldest medical association for Ayurvedic medicine outside of India, with 120 members and 40 sustaining members.
As a non-profit medical association, the DGA is in close cooperation with the All India Ayurvedic Congress.
Over the last 33 years, the DGA holds annual meetings, educational courses and professional training courses for doctors and practitioners and in 2003 it founded the German Ayurveda Academy to conduct advanced training courses.
Tens of thousands of patients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been treated with MAV by DGA’s members.
To encourage health insurance coverage of Ayurvedic treatments, the DGA organises two big symposia for health insurance and public health sector decision makers in Köln and Bad Ems.
With the Hufelandgesellschaft, the DGA regularly compiles the Ayurveda medical fee schedule for the health insurance doctors’ accounts.
Since 2008 the DGA has organised annual educational trips to India for its members.
Maharishi AyurVeda was directly involved in government initiatives for the recognition of Ayurveda and initiated the establishment of the Ayurveda Practitioners Association which now has many Ayurveda practitioners and therapists enrolled.
Throughout the United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in over 15 cities regular seminars and consultations have been held over the years. In Ireland in 5 different towns and also in The Channel islands. Over the years a Maharishi AyurVeda doctor also visited Iceland and Greece for the same purposes.
Since 1987 Maharishi Ayurveda Products have been established and distributed and the Maharishi Panchakarma Centre in Skelmersdale has been running successfully since that time. Over the years about 10,000 Panchakarma treatments (each treatment ranging from one to twenty one days). Consultations: 20,000. Ayurvedic technicians trained: 30.
The Hungarian Ayurvedic Scientific Society has been established, as part of the Medical Board of the Complementary Medicine.
The European Academic Chair of Ayurveda was established at University of Debrecen, Hungary, which operates all-Hungarian Ayurvedic Board.
Vaidyas from India tour and give consultations throughout Hungary with great success.
Regular Ayurvedic Medical Practice in Hungary has been established, according to the strict Hungarian government regulations.
Ayurveda Education Programmes have begun at the university level.
Maharishi AyurVeda was first introduced in Lebanon in the early 90’s.
Medical doctors from Lebanon attended courses on Maharishi AyurVeda in Vlodrop and then they established the Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation of Lebanon in 1993.
Maharishi Panchakarma was first introduced in Lebanon in 1994.
Consultations by our local MDs continue and many Vaidya tours have been organized with more than a hundred consultations conducted each time.
In 2010, one of our local Medical Doctors who practices Maharishi AyurVeda established a clinic to offer Maharishi AyurVeda Massage Treatments.
In 2010 a new company was established to import Maharishi AyurVeda Products and obtain licenses for import, some of the products are already licensed and some other products are under the process of obtaining licenses by the Ministry of Health in Lebanon.
Many Public Lectures, TV and Radio interviews and press articles have been published about Maharishi AyurVeda and its benefits.
An Arabic website introducing Maharishi AyurVeda was first published in 2004.