How Do I Find a Good Ayurvedic Physician?
Updated: Jun 1, 2019
To practice Ayurvedic medicine takes just as much dedication and training as to become a qualified physician in the West - if not more. Like a Western medic, the Ayurvedic physician has to be expert in anatomy, physiology, botany, and pharmacology, but must also have a good knowledge of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy, religion, and yoga. And there are the different disciplines of Ayurveda to master - such as diet and lifestyle - together with astrology and the interpretation of events and omens symbolizing karmic patterns. Even the most highly trained and expert person will not be a good Ayurvedic physician without the right attitudes. Compassion, understanding of karma, and motivation that is free from greed are at the heart of Ayurveda. Unfortunately, there is a serious shortage of qualified Ayurvedic practitioners and authentic medicines to meet the current demand in the West. We estimate that there are fewer than 100 qualified Ayurvedic practitioners in the U.K. and fewer than 50 in the U.S.A and less than 5 in Germany. But at the same time there are more than 500 of ayurveda massage centersin germany. It is dangerous to do the massage in every cases. There are also so many heilpraktikers without knowing the plant energies giving internal Indian herbal medications such as kashayam, lehyam, ghee etc. They do not know anything about the Indian plants. Just know that this combination is for fever or arthritis. This is most dangerous than doing a simple ayurveda massage. And these people were in India for some holidays and some small courses of 1 month or 3 months and start practice after coming back here. A study of ayurveda lasts 5 and ½ years in India and a specialization with 3 years more.
In the hands of a qualified practitioner, Ayurvedic medicine is completely safe for people of all ages and levels of health. Some treatments may be unsuitable for pregnant women and children, or for very ill or frail adults, but treatment is always tailored to the individual, and a qualified practitioner would never recommend anything that is contraindicated.
An Ayurvedic practitioner should:
Be qualified from a university in India or Sri Lanka Have completed a five-year degree course and a title contains B.A.M.S(Bachelor of ayurvedic Medicine and surgery)Have completed a one-year internship (training)in an Ayurvedic hospital
Please ensure that your practitioner has the above qualifications before undergoing treatment and, if nothing else, that he is a properly licensed healthcare professional.
The practice of Ayurvedic practice in the West has followed the settlement of Indian people in the West and this has focused mainly in the U.K. and in the U.S.A.
It is our contention that to practice Ayurveda anywhere in the world the practitioner should have undergone a full five-year university degree in Ayurveda.