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Ayurvedic products banned in Europe

May 01, 2011 11:28 AM IST India India

London: A ban on Ayurvedic products goes into effect from Sunday across Europe. It is a big blow to the rapid growth of traditional Indian medicines abroad.

In just less than a decade, Ayurveda has made a huge impact on many people of London, as more of them turn away from invasive allopathic treatment. But the new ruling comes as a blow to both the industry and patients.

Ayuspa ayurvedic centre, Director, Muneet Dohil, said, "We have seen the number of practitioners double every year, we now have ayurvedic courses and degrees in London which can train the lay person. There are probably about 600 practitioners as well as clinics in UK. We have been going on for nine years and we have 9,000 clients on our books."

The growing popularity of Ayurvedic treatments will suffer, but patients still have 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 at least a year.

"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," said Dohil.

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 that this ancient system of medicine will be wiped off the face of Europe. Expected legal changes offer some hope, but that is uncertain.