National Ayurveda Day

Theme for 2016: Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes.

ayurvedic treatmentThe ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Ayurveda recently, announced its decision to observe National Ayurveda Day to promote Ayurveda.The first National Ayurveda Day will be observed in India on 28th October 2016 . It’s the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti also called “Dhanteras”  that falls 2 days ahead of Diwali (Festival of lights). The National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) is celebrating its first National Ayurveda Day with the theme, Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes. As diabetes is an epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting health system of World, the theme selected for 2016 is really a wonderful decision.

All Ayurveda organisations have received instructions from the AYUSH ministry to celebrate the occasion in a big way. Currently our association in Australia,  Australasian Association of Ayurveda Inc. (AAA) , is going through a big transition phase, organising a big event at this stage may not be possible. But I encourage all the Ayurveda practitioners to follow the same theme of Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes and write either a blog on their website or have some information flyers related to role of Ayurveda in Diabetes to celebrate this day.

Why not International Ayurveda Day ? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As some National Days like National Daughters Day for instance is celebrated internationally irrespective of geography, National Ayurveda Day should be celebrated worldwide!  As Ayurveda can play a major role in prevention of every disease with its principle of “Swasthasya Swasth Rakhshnam” where Preservation of the health (Swasth Rakhshnam) of healthy ( Swasthaya), is achieved by health promotion and preventive care in Ayurveda.

Let us all promote this preventive ayurveda principle for prevention of diabetes this National Day of Ayurveda.