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I am in Rishikesh, at the foothills of Himalayas, on the bank of holy river Ganges. A group of 15 Italian students, most of them young women, have come here to attend a practical training course on Ayurvedic Panchkarma, Yoga and Naturopathy. These young students have come under the guidance of AIMA Ayurveda Italy and CSRAM, New Delhi. The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, has reported the following story. I hope it will be of some use for you:


Rishikesh: In an effort to understand the healing powers of Ayurveda better, students of AIMA (Associazione Italo-Indiano Massaggio Ayurvedico), Italy are camping at Naturo-Ville near the city and learning its finer details from experts.

The training course organised by Centre for Study and Research on Alternative Medicine (CSRAM)est.1984, is being attended by a group of 15 students from various parts of Italy who are continuing thier certificate course on alternative medicine with CSRAM and AIMA. The training course at the camp is being conducted under the guidance of Prof.A.B.Bhardwaj, founder director of CSRAM.

CSRAM was started in 1984 in the wake of many grassroot movements which were initiated against the use of harmful chemical drugs. Our motto is to promote alternative medicines for common people's health in a holistic way, said Prof. Bhardwaj.

Our efforts have been to create awareness about Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy and other traditional healing methods around the world. We have been able to reach out to more than 10000 families in the west, he added.

Prof. Bhardwaj further said that Ayurveda imparts holistic knowlwdge of a comprehensive life-philosophy that deals with and describes the science and technology of the life phenomenon, creation, preservation and emancipation.

Basically, we are here to understand Ayurveda, and through this we could make other people understand the real meaning of it. In our surroundings, there is a misunderstaning of the word Ayurveda. In the west, most people think that it is an art of massage. But here we understand the reality and that it is a complete science of life, said Santa Scialfa Lorch, a member of Italian group.

With the understanding of Ayurveda, I have opened one more window to see the world from a different perspective. I am here to understand Ayurveda for my own knowledge, said Paola Morreale, another member of the group.

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