London: In just less than a decade, Ayurveda has made a huge impact on many Londoners as more of them turn away from invasive allopathic treatment. But the new ruling comes as a blow to both the industry and patients.
Director of Ayuspa Ayurvedic centre Muneet Dohil said, "We have seen the number of practitioners double every year, we now have Ayurvedic courses and degrees here which can train the lay person. There are probably about 600 practitioners as well as clinics in UK. We've been going nine years and we have 9,000 clients on our books."
The growing popularity of Ayurvedic treatments will suffer but patients have still some way to get medicated. The EU ruling allows for sale of stock ordered before the ban, and sellers are hoping this will last for atleast a year.
Dohil further added, "Practitioners have had to place big orders to make sure they have enough stock to last them for at least one year until the statutory regulation."
EU authorisation for each product will take a long time coming, but the only hope now is for traditional treatments to come in under new regulations expected next year.
Hundreds of practitioners in Britain will be affected, thousands and thousands of patients will have to suffer, there's a danger this ancient system of medicine will be wiped off the face of Europe. Expected legal changes offer some hope, but that is uncertain.