The Kerala Capital is all set to take its citizens on a journey towards the heart of the Indian system of healthcare – Ayurveda. With over 350 stalls spanning an area of 60,000 sq. ft, the national ‘Arogya Expo’ organized as part of the Global Ayurveda Festival will take place from 9-14 February.
The highlight of the Arogya Expo will be the awareness-cum-educational exhibition held in the 5000 sq.ft Ayush pavilion that will see the coming together of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Homeo, Yoga and Naturopathy, the various traditional branches of Indian medicine and treatment systems.
Moreover, there will be stalls by around 17 governmental and private Ayurveda colleges on the specialties of various disciplines in Ayurveda. The display of several surgical tools and equipment that were in use in ancientIndiawill surely add a sense of wonder to the exhibition.
More than 1000 medicinal plants that have been mentioned in Charaka Samhita and Hortus Malabaricus will also be showcased as part of the Expo. The Hortus Malabaricus comprising 12 volumes and 742 species is believed to be the earliest comprehensive systematic documentation of the flora of the Malabar area.
Experts will be at hand to describe the medicinal properties and values of these rare herbs that are found only in tropical areas in and around Kerala. An exclusive pavilion for the Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) Species will also be set up with the aim of creating awareness among the public on the need for conserving these precious herbs.
Multi-specialty Ayush Clinics with free consultation will also be open for the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all days of the festival. Besides gaining an understanding of about healthy lifestyle practices, visitors to the huge food court will also get to taste wholesome food items prescribed in Ayurveda (pathya ahara). Renowned Ayurveda physicians will spearhead the clinics and awareness workshops, which will be open to public. This will also be a rare opportunity for the public to interact with experts in the field.
Several institutions under the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Kinfra, Care Keralam, Deparment of Indian System of Medicine under the govt. of Kerala and the topmost manufacturers of Ayurvedic medicines within and outside Kerala will be seen participating in the mega fair which has the Dept of Ayurveda, Andhra Pradesh as a state-partner.
There will be special pavilions in the Expo on toxicology, surgery, ophthalmology, pediatrics etc. The unique exhibition on toxicology by the Parassinikadavu Snake Park will be an added attraction at the expo.
The festival includes more than 300 stalls under various categories. The stalls of AYUSH department organized by central government to promote Ayurveda , sidha , yoga and other traditional medicines is on of the major attractions of the event , The stalls by CRA showcase the latest research and findings in the field of Ayurveda.
Students from 17 medical colleges in the state are doing an awareness campaign for the public. Pharmacy stalls which include the traditional pharmacies and the new generation pharmacies in Ayurveda , AYUSH is also organizing a clinic for the public , people can register here for free and get diagnosis from expert physicians and Ayurveda doctors
The food court is yet another interesting site ,which makes Ayurveda-prescribed food items for the public Also for this mega event the open air Nishagandhi auditorium has been converted to a giant closed hall which would be completely air conditioned.