Ayurveda Therapist Career Description
Ayurveda is an ancient form of healing and is generally considered the oldest form of medicine in the world. Coming from thousands of years of use in India, Ayurvedic medicine is now increasing in popularity in the Western world. Ayurveda recognizes diseases and symptoms as manifesting from the body being out of harmony and focuses on bringing the body back into balance to improve health and wellness. Ayurvedic medicine consists of many components, including yoga, acupressure, nutrition, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, detoxification and color therapy.
There are currently no state regulations or licensure laws governing the practice of Ayurvedic medicine in the United States. Certification is available through accredited schools where students are instructed in Ayurvedic healing and taught how to practice Ayurvedic medicine in a way consistent with laws that restrict the public from practicing medicine without a license. There is a growing movement among Ayurveda practitioners and professional associations encouraging state and federal recognition and regulation, which would provide a licensing structure and expand the practice of this already popular system of medicine.
If you are interested in learning more about Ayurvedic medicine, or would like to begin working towards certification as a practitioner, look through the comprehensive list of schools listed below.