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S36: Challenges of Educating Medical and CAM Practitioners in Ayurveda and Implications for Its Competent and Authentic Practice in Western Countries

13:30 - 14:45, Jasmine, Terrace Level

Jorge Luis Berra (1), Vijayendra Murthy (2), Ram Manohar (3)

(1): Faculty of Medicine, Buenos Aires University, Argentina            

(2): Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

(3): Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP) Research Foundation, India


Ayurveda is the most prominent traditional medical system in South Asia with an enduring tradition that extends back several thousand years. Traditional Indian Systems of Medicine in South Asia are experiencing resurgence in popularity not only in their native countries but also in the West. In addition to Ayurveda’s key role in Asian health care systems, it is increasingly becoming accessible within international Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) contexts. Ayurvedic medicine is characterized by a complex and multidimensional approach focusing on the delivery of individualized treatments. The current challenge is to train medical professionals and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) providers incorporating innovative and appropriate methodologies that reflect the holistic approach and individually tailored treatment strategies rooted in Ayurveda.  This session discusses the challenges and implications of current curricula for medical doctors and CAM practitioners training in Ayurveda with in western health care systems. The facilitators will draw upon their diverse experiences as Ayurvedic educators in India and the West. The discussion will address some of the key questions such as; How can the traditional Ayurvedic teachings be made applicable for the contemporary western health care context? Is it possible to standardize Ayurvedic curricula across different nations with universal health care systems? How to ensure that Ayurvedic training undertaken by medical doctors will enable them to adopt the Ayurvedic paradigm in their practice?