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Professionals in Ayurvedic Healing

Professionals in Ayurvedic Healing

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Many Ayurvedic practitioners in the US have had previous formal medical training before specializing in Ayurvedic medicine. Other professionals in the field who have no medical training may narrow their focus to specific areas of Ayurvedic healing, such as massage therapists or yoga instructors.
Many Ayurvedic practitioners in the US have had previous formal medical training before specializing in Ayurvedic medicine. Other professionals in the field who have no medical training may narrow their focus to specific areas of Ayurvedic healing, such as massage therapists or yoga instructors.

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Professionals in Ayurvedic Healing
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing system that strives to balance the physical, mentaland spiritual aspects of life to achieve optimal health. It uses natural herbal remedies,non-traditional therapies, yoga and meditation, among other things, to correct or maintainthat balance. Its popularity in the US as an alternative medicine continues to increasesteadily. As more and more people turn to Ayurvedic healing for their healthcaresolutions, the search for trained professionals in this specialty field also grows.What is an Ayurvedic professional? In the US, the term can refer to an assortment of different practitioners that might vary from highly trained physician to self-taught novice.Since the practice of Ayurveda embraces the belief that treating the emotional andspiritual states is equally as important as treating the physical, the vocational possibilitiesfor potential future Ayurvedic professionals are numerous.In the US, there are no regulations on Ayurvedic training or practice. What this means tothe person consideringAyurvedic healingas a profession is that, no matter what aninstitution proclaims about the title you receive from them, there is no Ayurvedic medicaldegree recognized in the US. This is important to remember because a number of schoolsfound online award Bachelor and even Master Degrees in the specialty, but these arecertifications that are only recognized by the institutions themselves.Many Ayurvedic practitioners in the US have had previous formal medical training before specializing in Ayurvedic medicine. Other professionals in the field who have nomedical training may narrow their focus to specific areas of Ayurvedic healing, such asmassage therapists or yoga instructors.More typically, most Ayurvedic practitioners in the US today practice as consultants.There are some excellent schools found in the US that offer comprehensive training in thediscipline, including color therapy and the preparation of herbal medicines.The National Ayurvedic Medical Association is the nationally recognized professionalassociation for the US. The purpose of the group is to increase the credibility of theAyurvedic healing arts and ultimately establish licensing regulations. To date, they areresponsible for establishing a set of minimum standard requirements for Ayurvedic practitioners in the US today.
 
As with any other doctor, true Ayurvedic physicians are formally trained. They attendmedical school in India for 5-6 years, at which point the successful candidate is certified by a medical degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. If an Ayurvedic physicianchooses to practice in the US, he is restricted by law from using the title of doctor in anyform. He will, however, have BAMS listed after his name to indicate his certification.of pursuing a professional specialty status becoming an Ayurvedic practitioner mightspecialize in aWhat should you look for in an Ayurvedic practioner?The true Ayurvedic medical doctor has been formally trained in India. The letters DAMSor BAMS will follow his name, signifying his degree in Ayurvedic Medicine andSurgery. As an extra precaution, you can check the doctor’s certification by his degree-registration number with the Department of AYUSH in India, since all practitioners arerequired to register with the government. The increasing popularity of ayurvedicmedicine has, unfortunately, also increased the number of professional imposters thatonly claim to be practioners. If an Ayurvedic physician chooses to practice in the US, heis restricted by law from practicing as a doctor.Since the US has no national regulations on who can be called an Ayurvedic practitioner,
Ayurveda can be defined as a system which uses the inherent principles of nature to helpmaintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind, and spirit in perfectequilibrium with nature
Practice in the United States
Practitioners of Ayurveda in the United States have various types of training. Some are trainedin the Western medical tradition (such as medical or nursing school) and others in a wholemedical system called naturopathic medicine, before or after they study Ayurveda. Many learnat one of India's many colleges for Ayurveda. Practitioners may differ as to which aspects of Ayurvedic practice they are trained in (for example, being trained in massage but not inpreparing herbal treatments, and vice versa).
 
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.
Certified Ayurvedic ConsultantCertified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Licensed Massage Practitioner 

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