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Dr. Shantha Godagama stressing a point during the launch of the Group. Looking on (From L – R) are Lord Stone, Lord Patel (Chairman) and Virendra Sharma, MP.

The founder President, Dr. Shantha Godagama and Secretary, Dr. Amarjeet Bhamra of the Ayurvedic Medical Association – UK, initiated the first-ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ayurveda at the House of Lords in the UK last week.

Twenty five Members of Parliament and 15 Lords signed to join the Group. Lord Patel of Blackburn was elected first Chairman.

 Dr. Godagama worked tirelessly for more than 35 years towards regulation for Ayurveda by the British government. He is an appointed  government advisor on Ayurveda.

 During the inaugural keynote speech, he highlighted the need for a political voice in both House of Parliament and House of Lords to overcome the present difficulties experienced by the European Union’s new legislation.

 "The democratic right to choice and human rights should be honored with the World Health Organization  recommendations for Ayurveda medicine as an accepted method of treatment for human illnesses", he noted.

 "Efforts are also being made to allow simpler registration process for medicine manufacturers and hence provide more accessibility for over-the-counter medicines, giving those producing good quality products with safety and efficacy as a priority" he further said.

 Lord Patel said that he will extend his support and will address issues facing the Ayurveda sector. He himself is receiving Ayuvedic  treatment and, hence, have a strong belief in the system.

 According to British parliamentary rules, to form an APPG, there should be signatures of a minimum of 23 MPs. More than 35 MPs have already signed to join the Ayurveda All Party Parliamentary Group.

Dr. Godagama told Sri Express that prospects for Ayurveda to become an accessible and acceptable form of medicine in the UK is no longer a dream. "It is a reality on the verge of being realized, whose impact will inevitably add momentum to the current movements towards more integrated medical practices in the UK", he said.

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