Ayurveda, Where to study?
To learn from mother country. Even the courses are conducted in other countries the students should come to the mother country of Ayurveda- India and to observe the common practices done by the traditional vaidyas. Visiting Ayurveda herbal gardens, factories, Panchakarma centers in the colleges, interaction with Ayurveda students and teachers in India etc. will benefit a lot for the Ayurveda student of other countries. There should be such facilities in India or co-operations with the academies of other countries for genuine propagation of Ayurveda globally.
Student selections The selection of students should be in a manner that there should be a medical knowledge about anatomy and physiology for therapist (Chikitsa course). Physio therapists, nurses and Yoga teachers, Pharmacologists only should be selected for this second module. The Ayurvea doctor course should be designed only for medical professional from the other fields.
Distant education program If any of the deemed university or AYUSH department is interested, there can be a distant education program of BAMS like in India by collaborating with the universities or academies of other countries. This will give more seriousness in the education and the Indian Ayurveda doctors will have job opportunities in other countries. But the syllabus of BAMS should be reconsidered before doing such projects.
Global and local information on Ayurveda It is not the aim for us to implement Ayurveda, what is practiced in India should not be exported to other countries. That will never work in other countries. The culture, food items, food combinations, climate, the pattern of diseases, mental attitude, physical strength etc. are completely different in each country. So the principles of Ayurveda should be exported or taught but not the local practices of Ayurveda. The Global Ayurveda principles with the local practices of each country should be explained and corrected according to that. For example: basmati rice with Mung dhal curry with a mango lassi is not suitable in a cold country like Germany. Instead of that the German locally available food items can be used according to the Ayurveda principles should be the aim of teaching. The seasonal variations, individual specific, disease specific etc. are very important in local considerations. The teachers: A teacher in Ayurveda should be a person who is able to communicate with the local language of that country and interested in genuine propagation of Ayurveda. He should know the culture, food culture, common diseases prevalent in that country and how to tackle with Ayurveda principles and local herbs if necessary. He should be able to communicate in an understandable manner with students. It should not be the aim of the teacher to explain Ayurveda through modern medicine. Those will always makes confusions since modern science is changing in every 10 years! And more than that the students are interested to know Ayurveda not the modern explanations. He should be able to explain Ayurveda through Ayurveda terms but in a good illustrative way. And every Ayurveda teacher should be a minimum qualification of BAMS or post graduate from the Indian Ayurveda universities recognized by AYUSH. Five years of teaching experience in Indian universities should be a must so that there will be a standard of education.
The focus of teaching should be to understand the principles of Ayurveda in its original sense without avoiding the Sanskrit terms but at the same time to explain in a vivid manner to the students. Since the students are more than above 25 years there will be a deep interest in Ayurveda not like our Indian students of 17 years which are joining in Ayurveda collges without any interest. There are also Sanskrit universities, Yoga centers recognized in European countries, this would contribute and enhance the knowledge of Ayurveda. Explaining Ayurveda through modern medical ways or finding out through modern medical research methodologies will not give proper understanding. There should be Ayurvedic way of thinking style should be developed in students; it is to develop a different thought process, that should be the aim of the teacher. For e.g.: It is better to explain, Gugguluthiktakam Kashayam is good in a condition of Vata Rakta with its Ayurveda properties like Rasa-Guna –Veerya Vipaka than the pharmacological properties of Guggulu and its alkaloids. Such explanation will only generate more confusions and away from the Ayurveda principles and only to add that medicine in the modern pharmacology. That never promotes the principles of Ayurveda. Chinese medicine, Acupuncture etc. are established in European countries with its original explanations and not deviating even from the Chinese language. We should not forget this and the Europeans are ready to accept this kind of originality. We have the prejudice that European cannot understand Ayurveda and trying to explain Ayurveda knowledge in modern ways and that will be a failure. To understand things easily and to establish Ayurveda in other countries we should stop our single drug research and try to do the clinical research with the compound formulations and the total protocol of treatments. We should be very clear that one drug or one Ayurveda formulations will not give any results and we should focus that the total care including individual specific, compound formulations, Purva and Panchakarma with Rasayanatreatments are the total care in Ayurveda. Now a days in Europe Ayurveda means some massage centers, Aswagandha or Satavari or Turmeric capsules. This is what even the Indian Ayurveda companies are interested and to come in European market.
The establishment and teaching of Ayurveda should be a total life care and that is what the public or medical doctors are interested in the
western world. That will be the good business ideas so that the Ayurveda, Doctors, therapists and the pharmacies from India can enter in Europe in a genuine way. Other way the single drug researches and aswagandha capsules is will make this as purely business which will give a negative feed back on Ayurveda. Genuine study of Ayurveda principles can only establish a total health care or life style improvement.