IHC asks Health Ministers to support complementary healthcare workers in returning to work quickly and safely

May 25, 2020

The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has written to Health Ministers across the UK to ask that complementary, traditional and natural healthcare therapists and practitioners be supported in a quick and safe return to work, highlighting the contribution they can make to health and wellbeing as the country recovers from Covid-19.


The complementary, traditional and natural healthcare industry has been fully supportive of, and compliant with, the Government’s measures to control the spread of Covid-19. As such, the majority of practitioners and therapists have been unable to practice normally during these difficult times, although many have continued to support patients remotely where possible. 


These healthcare professionals contribute to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of millions of people across the UK, and want to play their part in helping the country move forward in the aftermath of Covid-19. Thousands of workers in this sector want to return to practice as soon as it is safe to do so, and are waiting for detailed Government guidance on how it intends to begin to ease the lockdown. One of the key issues facing professional associations is how their members, who usually work face to face with their clients, will be able to safely return to practice.  Read more on their website

Please sign this petition to European Parliament

December 09, 2019

Incorporate Yoga and Ayurveda into European Healthcare

Amarjeet S. Bhamra started this petition to European Parliament
“As a citizen, I urge our policymakers, at national and European level, to encourage the medical profession to take a more holistic view of our health, looking at the whole person not just particular symptoms, promoting overall well-being, and recognising the potential benefits of complementary treatments, including respected traditional approaches such as Ayurveda and Yoga into Healthcare.”

We need 1 million signatures and already on our way to 8000 please consider signing

Early Day Motion - AYUSH Systems

February 08, 2019

EDM 2052

An Early Day Motion is a formal motion for a topic to be debated in the House of Commons and brings attention to the cause.

The United Kingdom could be the first country to fully integrate Indian Traditional Sciences into the NHS. What is needed now is support for an Early Day Motion 2052 from your local member of parliament. A draft letter is linked in the button below.

Please find here the email address of your local Member of Parliament at the following link: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/




Text of the Early Day Motion 2052:

Tabled 05 February 2019

2017-19 Session

That this House commends efforts being made by the UK Ayurveda fraternity to create a self-regulatory framework for all AYUSH systems including Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy as well as Jyotish, Vastu and Sangeetam, the aim of which is to protect the public through establishing safety standards whilst also ensuring freedom of choice in all aspects of healthcare; regrets that the European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products leaves outside its scope several categories of products including: any safe product brought to market over the last 30 years, any safe mixture of two or more herbal ingredients which does not have a 30 year tradition of use in that particular combination, any safe product which is a combination of herbs with nutrients such as vitamins and minerals and any safe new product which has been on the market outside Europe for many years but not in Europe, which has led to the loss of many medicines and hindered all new medicinal products development in this sector; and urges the Government to support traditional systems of medicine by bringing forward proposals for the national recognition and regulation of these systems, along the lines of modern medicine, to secure safe, natural, and time-tested integrated healthcare for our nation.

3rd Ayurveda Day

November 12, 2018

All Party Parliamentary Group – Indian Traditional Sciences supported by the Indian High Commission UK
Invites you to

3rd Ayurveda Day
The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Committee Room No 10
Monday 12th November 2018
Programme and Theme: Ayurveda for Public Health
5:30pm Arrival+Registration+Networking
6:00pm Welcome and House Rules
6:15pm Short talks from parliamentarians and guest speakers
7:45pm Summary and Q+A
8pm End
RSVP Amarjeet S Bhamra | indiansciences@gmail.com

A Centre of Excellence and Research in Yoga and Indian Traditional Medicine

April 17, 2018

Inauguration of the Ayurveda Centre of Excellence and Research. What an auspicious day this was, indeed! Here you see HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as HRI Narendra Modi come together to commemorate and inaugurate the opening of the centre. To the far right is Mr Amarjeet Bahmra,the founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group - Indian Traditional Sciences who were a driving force in seeing this moment come to fruition, alongside the London College of Medicine.


The APPGIS has seen so much progress over the last couple of years, including being the driving force for EDMs which saw both the celebration of Yoga day and Ayurveda day being recognised and even held in the House of Commons! Also, they were the driving force for the Yoga4NHS group. BCMA has supported this group for several years, and we very much look forward to what the future will bring, Thanks to the passion and dedication of it's tireless founder, Amarjeet Bahmra.

Petition: Stop the privatisation of NHS services

March 08, 2018

Backdoor NHS Privatisation and Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs
Jamie Snape


This coming April, without being properly evidenced and openly debated in Parliament, Jeremy Hunt (the Health Secretary) plans to quietly introduce legislation that fundamentally changes our NHS forever.

As the plans stand today, they allow him to hand the running of your local NHS services over to multinational health conglomerates, and he’s now announced the intention to do this in 15 year long contracts, ensuring it’s almost impossible for future Governments to change. Sign petition here

Symposium in London backed by parliamentarians

June 27, 2017

Press Release:

Symposium in London backed by parliamentarians as part of UN’s International Day of Yoga presents avenues to implement Yoga in NHS.

London, 28 June 2017 A one-day symposium in London sponsored by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences gathered together scientists, administrators, practitioners, and health professionals, to present the scientifically established therapeutic value of different forms of Yoga, particularly with a view to making such approaches available through the National Health Service. 

BCMA Elect a New Chair

June 13, 2017

The BCMA AGM took place on the 14 June at a new venue for us in London - Number 63

The Venue was great - with friendly and helpful staff, we look forward to returning for the AGM in 2018.


We said a fond farewell to Heather who stepped down from the office of Chair.

We are pleased to announce our new Officer team - Colleen Tucker, Rena Guttridge, Natalia Succar and Amarjeet Bhamra all lead by our new Chair - Brittany Spence


UPDATE: NICE guidance on complementary therapies

April 10, 2017

UPDATE: NICE guidance on complementary therapies for supportive and palliative care in adults.

The BCMA is pleased to announce that following NICE’s consultation on its proposed update to the guideline for Supportive and Palliative Care in Adults, NICE has taken into account the large number of responses made by the BCMA and other organisations in the field of complementary therapies across the UK. 

NICE has decided to keep the original guideline (CSG4) in place and existing guidance on complementary therapies will remain unchanged.   NICE will develop a separate guideline for End of Life Care.”

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