Even as debate over efficacy of Indian therapies vis-à-vis alloepathy continues, a renowned German Ayurveda doctor claimed that more than 1,000 allopathy doctors in Germany underwent training of ayurveda at his institute in Germany and were so impressed that they have given up practicing allopathy, adopting ayurveda instead.
The doctor - managing director of The European Academy of Ayurveda Dr Mark Rosenberg - was in Bhopal in connection with the fifth World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo 2012, which concluded on Monday.
Dr Rosenberg said he has trained more than 1,000 alloepathy doctors holding MBBS degree in ayurveda and now they treat the patients through ayurvedic medicines and methods alone. Rosenberg said more than 25,000 people have been trained by his institute in Ayurveda.
Talking about the popularity of ayurvedic treatment in European countries, Rosenberg said more and more youngsters were coming forward to pursue degrees in ayurveda.
He said the governments of two other German-speaking countries - Austria and Switzerland - have also given recognition to ayurveda and their institutes were trying to get recognition from the German government.
"Popularity of ayurvedic treatment is on the rise among European countries. Around 70% of Europeans prefer to get themselves treated through ayurveda and naturopathy, as these systems have less side effects," Rosenberg said.
In German speaking countries of Europe, alternative medicines were comparatively more popular than allopathic treatment and it was the main reason why people in these countries prefer ayurvedic treatment, he added.
Dr Rosenberg said earlier people from South-Asian countries, who were living in Europe, were the only ones aware about the benefits ayurveda but in past five years the situation has changed drastically and now Europeans have started believing in natural ways of treating illness.
He further said that in several European countries, such as Italy and the UK and Germany, doctors can now study ayurvedic medicine within the framework of postgraduate medical education recognised by medical councils and universities.
Rosenberg said a multitude of seminars and training programmes were being offered to increase the interest of people in Ayurvedic medicine, massage and nutrition.
"Ayurveda has also gained ground clinically in Europe, besides Ayurveda treatment centers and hospitals. Prestigious clinical projects have officially started recognising ayurveda's value as a complementary medical system," Rosenberg said.