We are delighted to bring you Pragati 2017, 24th International Conference on Kayachikitsa and Panchakarma, being organized by the Departments of Kayachikitsa and Panchakarma of KLE University’s Shri. B M Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Post Graduate Studies and Medical Research Centre, Belagavi, Karnataka in association with Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, USA, International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Inc, Florida, USA and Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC, USA on 23rd and 24th December 2017 at KLE Centenary Convention Centre, Belagavi, Karnataka, India.

The conference PRAGATI 2017 is being organized to appraise on the advances and recent research updates in the understanding and management of conditions of following areas: Cancer, Urology with a focus on Chronic Kidney Disease, Lifestyle induced diseases, Endocrinal diseases, Immunological conditions and Neuropsychology.

Currently, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as Diabetes (prevalent among 422 million adults), Cancers (amounts to 1 in 6 deaths globally), Kidney disease (prevalent among 10% of the population) as well as increasing cases of Kidney failure disproportionately in developing countries like India are replacing communicable diseases such as Influenza, Malaria or AIDs as the most common cause of premature deaths worldwide. India is burdened with various endocrine diseases and prevalence of thyroid diseases and diabetes is on the rise. According to a projection from various studies, it has been estimated that about 42 million people suffer from thyroid diseases. The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014. Mental, Neurological and substance use disorders are common in all regions of the world, affecting every community and age group across all income countries. Mental health is related to mental and psychosocial well-being. Promoting mental health and well-being through Ayurveda are integral part of sustainable development to transform the country.

With the growing awareness of Ayurveda, staying relevant and acceptable globally, Ayurveda fraternity has to take cognizance of changing trends in prevalence as well as emergence of new traits of diseases due to forces driven by unplanned urbanization, globalization and unhealthy lifestyles. With Shamana (Palliative) and Shodhana (Purificatory) i.e., Panchakarma therapies forming the mainstay treatment in Ayurveda, managing the disorders of above areas demands in-depth understanding, analysis of the guidelines expressed in vast Ayurvedic literature and updating with the recent researches for better management, restoring health and building a healthy nation.