• Dr.Jeevan.E.P

How to learn Ayurveda ?


Ayurvedic science is getting popular in several countries outside India. It is not only the medical students or doctors but the common man is also

interested in this age-old science. The reason for this is, the various side effects from modern chemical drugs and there is no complete remedy for most of the civilized diseases in the western medical system. More than that the high society in western countries especially in Germany, Italy, Switzerland are looking for alternative approaches in common ailments, natural remedies from plants and plant-based products. The growing interest in Vegetarianism, Vegan society is interested in Ayurveda especially the detox treatment, which is well known as Panchakarma. The western society is looking for Prevention of diseases rather than cure which has a good answer in Ayurveda. So the public is also interested to learn ayurvedic sciences to lead a good life style postulated by in it.

So the question is what a common and medical man should learn from this complex Ayurveda system? How can we teach in a more understandable manner this science without deviating from the main principles of Ayurveda ? A normal Ayurveda student in India spends more than 4500 hours in an Ayurveda college around 5 1⁄2 years and still struggles to establish practice and finds it difficult to explain this science system to a general public, or simply prescribing some herbal medicines produced by different companies. The system is reduced to some common Ayurveda medicines which is the usual practice of an Ayurvedic doctor. Is this Ayurveda? Can we achieve health only by prescribing some Ayurvedic medicines? The better way to teach this science to the public as well to the modern medical doctors for complete health, teach the principles of Ayurveda.

The current trends of study in Ayurveda in European countries are just the study of some fragments of it without a proper syllabus. In Germany we have different academies for learning this science for public and modern medical doctors. But each academy is making their own syllabus and make it sometimes so simple and deviates from the main concepts of Ayurveda. A student sometimes is not getting the total outlook . Sometimes it is so many simple conferences like pulse reading in Ayurveda, Abhyanga seminar or Cooking with Ghee, spices and home

remedies, constitution etc. May be it is good for a common man for just to understand or enter in to the field of this complex science. But this makes again a lot of confusions and narrows the spectrum of understanding. Each seminar may costs from 200 to 350 euros per weekend. According to me this is just giving some chocolates and never ready to give a broad spectrum of Ayurveda. It can also mislead and make a negative image for this great science. In another way it is a big business in western counties by selling Ayurveda and making a lot of unbaked studies and quacks.

Unique syllabus and quality control of education. In such cases we need a quality control of Ayurveda education in all the countries prepared by Ayurveda experts or association of each country requirements. In Germany we adopted 3 different modules:

1.Sutra: This is a one year study with 350 to 500 hours for those who are interested to understand Ayurveda philosophy and principles. This includes the Dosha- Dhatu & Malas, its functions and mal functions, common home remedies to make it balance, Nutrition, local and global available food items and its qualities, its benefits and bad effects, daily routines, seasonal routines depends on the country and Ayurveda principles; Medicinal plants local and global. A house wife , yoga teacher, medical doctors, physiotherapist, Homeopath, Nutritionist and any body who is interested in Ayurveda can join for this course and prevention and individual health maintenance is the main aim of this course. In future this course will tremendously improve the health status of people individually in this country. This study is not for treating a patient but just for the understanding of this science.

2.Chikitsa: The second module is for another 500 hours, which is purely for the person who can do the treatments under the supervision of an Ayurveda doctor. This will be a practical training with different Ayurveda oil applications what is practiced during Panchakarma. Abhynga, Kayaseka, Pinda sweda like 64 Ayurveda treatments should be studied along with Ayurveda pharmaceutical preparations. Apart from this Yoga Asana, Dhyana, Pranayama and its benefits, Yoga therapy for different diseases are included in this course.

3.Bhishak: The third module is purely for medical doctors who are in the other fields of medicine like western medicines, Homeopath, or Healing practitioners’ licensed in that country. This will be another 750 hours including the different diseases prevalent in that country. Study includes the locally available plants and global plants, preparations of medicines from the locally available plants and its prescriptions. After completion of this course he will be ready to integrate his practice with Ayurveda. He should be ready to treat a patient with Ayurveda medical system depends on the country rules.


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