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It was in the 1980 that the development of Ayurveda in the West began to gain ground in the USA and Europe — brought from India not by ayurvedic doctors, but by yoga masters who used it mostly in the context of health maintenance and the “wellness“ needed for spiritual development. So Ayurveda first became known, and marketed, as a part of wellness, before being “institutionalised” in the areas of therapy and medicine.

From the early 2000s, Ayurveda institutes around the world — therapy centres or schools — began forming professional associations to give Ayurveda a public face, presentable to local and regional authorities. In 2009, the Indian government started talking to and supporting this new international Ayurvedic community.

Ayurveda has long been established as an official medical system in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, and Mauritius. The rest of the world is beginning to follow, under the headings of complementary and alternative medicine.

In 2010, the WHO published directives for professional Ayurveda training. The world’s first data-base for scientific Ayurveda research, with articles published in scientific reviews, has been freely accessible since 2011.

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