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National expo on alternative healthcare in Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Aimed at promoting Indian system of medicine and homoeopathy, AROGYA Expo 2015, billed as the largest exhibition of complementary and alternative health care, will be held here by Union Ministry of AYUSH from May 21-24.

The Expo, organised in association with World Ayurveda Foundation, Kerala government and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (GRCB), aims at fostering the growth of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and popularising it among the common man, RGCB Director Dr M Radhakrishna Pillai said here today.

Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik will inaugurate the expo in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy tomorrow evening.

The expo will have about 300 stalls from 200 companies, including the Department of AYUSH, National Medicinal Plants Board and various state governments, to exhibit various products and services.

The event is expected to attract 700 delegates from around the country, and people from various sectors including medical practitioners, diplomats, marketing strategists, professionals, policy makers, and students.

It was the largest exhibition of complementary and alternative healthcare in the world since 2002, officials said.

The expo would create business opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers of medicines, herbal products, cosmetics, medicinal plant and raw materials, herbal extracts, equipment, instruments, allied utilities and publications, they said.

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First Published: Tue, May 19 2015. 19:32 IST