The United States does not have a national standard for certifying or training Ayurvedicpractitioners. Some Ayurvedic professional organizations are collaborating to develop licensingrequirements. Consumers should know that not all practitioners who offer services ortreatments that are called "Ayurvedic" have been trained in an Ayurvedic medical school.(Services in spas and salons often fall into this category.) It is important to ask about apractitioner's training and experience.
Ayurvedic Health Studies include training in Ayurvedic physiology, traditional vedic medicaltheory, healthy living practices and disease management. Students will learn how to determinebody constitutions (prakriti), and how to treat disharmonies of the constitution through the fourmain classifications of Ayurveidic disease management: cleansing (shodan) palliation (shaman
;rejuvenation ( rasayana
;.and, or mental hygiene (satvajaya).
Students will learn how to serve as lifestyle counselors regarding diet, breathwork andyoga instruction, and as therapists performing vedic massage, herbal, and aroma therapytreatments.
FCIH is offering the first degree granting program for Ayurveda in the U.S. The Associates degreeprogram also includes a massage diploma thus giving the graduate a gateway to practice. Thecertification programs interface with the degree program giving an option also to allied healthprofessionals and lisenced massage therapists to learn this ancient effective healing system.Lisenced massage therapists and allied health professionals may elect to take the certificationcourses or transfer into the Associates degree program.
Graduates from our Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification II and Associates of Science in AyurvedicHealth Studies Programs are eligible for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)certification. In a culture changing its attitude toward health, and with increased
An Ayurvedic practitioner may choose to have a private practice or to join other health carepractitioners at a wellness center, teach public education classes on Ayurvedic principles,supervise a pancha karma center, teach at an Ayurvedic college, and conduct workshops,seminars and retreats. There is a bright future ahead for dedicated and competent Ayurvedicpractitioners, both as this type of healing increases in popularity, and personally andfinancially. As with other holistic health practices, the amount of money an Ayurvedicpractitioner can expect to make varies with location and their client base, as well as how theyapply their practice.
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