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Malaysia to host conferences on Ayurveda and Siddha medicines


Press Trust of India Singapore
A conference on alternate medicines, herbals and green plants, and Siddha medicines which originates from South India will be held in Malaysia next month.

The Tradalth Convention will take place from August 18-20 and its main focus will be on Ayurveda and Siddha medicines and therapists, said Sri Guruji Foundation of Malaysia.

Following the convention, the foundation aims to establish a training programme in Malaysia through a tie-up with SVYASA Yoga University of Bangalore.

The convention will have three conferences on alternate medicines, herbals and green plants, and Siddha medicines which originates from southern India.

It will also address the use of Malay and Chinese medicines.

The convention is being supported by the Malaysian Health Ministry and the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, said the foundation representative Ramachandran Meyappan at the Second International Conference on Ayurveda which was held in Singapore yesterday.

Currently, Indian organic medicines, including Ayurveda and Siddha,accounts for just one per cent of the total traditional medicines used in Malaysia.

But the scope is much higher given that people of Indian origins accounts for seven per cent of the 30.33 million Malaysian population.

The convention will be one of the initiatives following the India-Malaysia Healthcare programmes and collaborations announced after Prime Minister Najib Razak visited New Delhi in April 2017.

These include exchanges of knowledge on healthcare in the two countries, he pointed out.

Malaysia has also started sending more and more students for healthcare courses at colleges and universities in India, as per the two governments' understanding.

Currently, most of the Ayurveda and Siddha clinics and centres are run by professionals from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

"But we want to see Malaysians taking up these practices," said Ramachandran.

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First Published: Jun 22 2017 | 4:48 PM IST

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