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Welcome to the International Symposium of Ayurveda of Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Herbs. The symposium is organized once a year for three to five days, led by the Ayur Ashram Centre. Objectives of the symposium: presentation of Ayurvedic medicine as an advantage of preventive health care; Economic spin-off in the form of an international market, through the training of Ayurvedic staff and the use of natural Ayurvedic products; Ayurvedic delegates from all over Europe and India cultural-artistic (music and dance event), Ayurvedic food; Award ceremony for the development of the traditional medical system in their countries. Everyone who offers / implements Ayurveda in their countries is welcome: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro. Welcome Ayurvedic doctors, Ayurvedic masseurs-therapists, Ayurvedic practitioners, alternative and holistic therapists, reflexologists, bioenergetics, reiki practitioners, nutritionists, physiotherapists, aroma therapists, art therapists, yoga and fitness instructors, homeopaths… Especially welcome are those who want to promote Ayurveda in their work environments: school-western medicine doctors, health professionals, pharmacists, biochemists, psychotherapists… In addition, we invite all institutions, experts and practitioners who apply Ayurveda in their daily work in countries of the Southwest Europe: Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and of course from the leading country in Ayurveda – India. Participants receive a certificate of attendance at a symposium / congress with international participation and the opportunity to receive appropriate academic credits.

Program and the lecturers of the International Symposium will be presented on the website: www.ayurcongress-southeasteurope.in The International Symposium of Ayurveda of Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Herbs 2021 depends on the Covid 19 situation.

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During the symposium you are welcome in the city of Rovinj – Croatia and Hotel Eden. The city of Rovinj is known as one of the most picturesque and romantic cities in the Mediterranean. Rovinj is located on the west coast of Croatian Istria, has been attracting a large number of tourists for decades, and most of them faithfully return to it year by year. The reason for this should be sought in the scent of the past that you feel as you walk through the crowded streets of the old town built on the island, which was yet in the 18th century connected to the mainland. Rovinj in a very interesting way combines the tradition of a small fishing village, which you can still feel during traditional fishing festivals or in one of the Spacia (once very popular gathering places for fishermen), with the modern tourist trends, rich gastronomic offer and high standard of service. At the same time, the city at the foot of the church of St. Euphemia is a favourite gathering place of artists from all over the world. Along with numerous galleries scattered throughout the city, once a year Grisia is held here, the most famous open-air art exhibition on the entire Adriatic. Smajo Safic Gupta, Vaidya as the chairman of the symposium would be happy for your participation in the symposium with the additional desire to be conquered by the city of Rovinj and its 22 islands and islets, pleasant Mediterranean climate, carefully designed green areas, clean and tidy streets, kindness of the locals.

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We provide you with the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge about Ayurveda as the oldest recognized system of natural healing-health in the world. Ayurvedic medicine is accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a natural way of healing. Ayurveda has been used in India since ancient times and it is believed that in the world today, many more people use Ayurveda for their health than before. Ayurvedic medicine is actually a science of life and represents an ancient method of natural healing. Ayurveda has developed its science of nutrition whose most significant effect is to produce six rasa (flavors): bitter, sweet, pungent, spicy, sour and salty. Each food contains a certain type of guna or characteristics. A certain food is guru (heavy), another is, however, laghu (light), some is shita virya (causes cooling of the body after consumption) or is ushna virya (creates heat as a final result). Ayurveda offers a person greater vitality for the body (prakruti) through the Ayurvedic therapeutic approach (detoxification program) pancha karma, through exercises / asanas of yoga and breathing exercises / pranayama, through the system of spiritual exercises (relaxation, meditation…), which achieve harmony and happiness. Depending on the origin of the disease, Ayurvedic medicine applies individual and very specific treatment of the patient (vikruti). However, if we talk about treatments (ways), there are two approaches: Home and Clinical.

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Home preventive treatment usually consists of the application of a specific diet (according to a body type/guna and pathology), lifestyle correction, medication, certain exercises and ways to relax. Like all instructions in Ayurveda, those related to exercise are also individual, up to a load level of 50% out of personal capacity are most often beneficial. Ayurvedic medicine recommends a daily beneficial rubbing massage of abhyanga and pourvakarma. A significant role is played by herb oils that are slowly warmed (snehana) and gently rubbed into the body, which provide a good feeling in the body. Purvakarma is a process in which only medicinal oils from herbs, spices and natural minerals and other natural substances are used. Therapeutic processes release energy in the body, excrete toxins (vitalizes the whole body) and bring new psychic energy, calm the nervous system and strengthen the immunity. Clinical treatment in Ayurvedic medicine is a Pancha karma program and is applied when it is necessary to get results faster. The client undergoes various cleansing treatments to establish balance in the body. There are usually several treatments a day for about two hours, at least a week in a row, depending on age, sex, body condition, stage and type of disease / condition. Ayurveda, like conventional medicine, deals with treatment-health and one of the key factors in successful treatment is Ayurvedic medicines and lifestyle changes. The achievements of Ayurvedic pharmacy have been confirmed in many ways by modern biology and medicine. Medicines, as well as therapy products, are based on a medical system that is thousands of years old, which provides everything with added value, quality, originality and safety. Medications (systemic and therapies) work differently due to the influence: the environment, the initial (im)balance of the body’s dosha juices, food-digestive activity and the psychological state and age of the person.

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The International Symposium Ayurveda of Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Herbs is also an integral part of Medical tourism, which today has become one of the “market shelters”, especially in the natural environment / climate of the sea and mountains. It is increasingly discussed in the context of a growing potential, i.e. growth rate of the number of passengers / clients seeking health services outside their own country. Today’s medical tourism is certainly a “large industry in Asia – traditional medical systems” that generate a significant number of passengers and significant financial turnover internationally. However, establishing the real factual situation, turnover measured by arrivals and overnight stays (on the emitting and / or receptive side), or financial parameters, is really not an easy task, primarily due to the fact that there are no international standards for statistical monitoring of medical tourism. The data that are dealt with in the public are, as a rule, dependent on methodological approaches – the offer and quality of medical therapeutic programs. Regardless of the sources of data on medical tourism, which in many cases are of low accuracy, or subject to individual interpretation, it is indisputable that a significant number of trips internationally take place with the primary motive of using medical services: spa therapy program, accommodation in nature, eco food, other rest / supplement programs for mental and spiritual health… Medical tourism in Croatia (sea and mountains) or its neighbouring countries, in relation to some of the world’s leading destinations, is still in its infancy, but in recent years significant efforts have been made by stakeholders / bidders interested in expanding health tourism / business to domestic and foreign markets.