Unit 1: Ayurveda Medicine

 Ayurveda Medicine Online Course

Ayurveda, the science of life, is the mother of all medical systems. As such it will enhance your understanding of any medical discipline and how we interact with our universe. A study of Ayurveda provides a firm foundation on which to build your knowledge of health and disease. With this foundation you will understand how to support your clients in their return to health.

In this unit you will learn about the history and philosophy of Ayurvedic medicine (Sankya philosophy, the three Gunas, the Five Great Elements of Panchamahabhuta), the Tri Dosha theory (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, tongue diagnosis, Ayurvedic diet and nutrition, Ayurvedic Samprapti (the course of disease) and balancing techniques.

Interest in Ayurvedic medicine has substantially increased in the last 20 years. In this course you will learn how you can incorporate Ayurvedic principles into your current practice, regardless of your discipline. The course will teach you how to understand your clients, both from an emotional and physical perspective and give you the tools to provide your clients with a diet and lifestyle to correct and balance their symptoms. It will also provide you with an in-depth understanding of the disease process.

Ayurveda Medicine Course

Units: 1
Study Hours: 40 - 60
Credits: 6
Time: Estimated 2 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 4 months (with option to extend)
Books: Purchased separately
Certification: Certificate in Ayurvedic Medicine
Study Options: E-learning (online) or Correspondence (paper)

Aims of the Course

  • To provide an in depth understanding of Ayurvedic medicine, which will act as a firm foundation for any medical discipline
  • To provide a basis for naturopathic philosophy and understanding
  • To introduce the concepts of energetic nutrition and to be able to incorporate this into clinical practice
  • To have a deeper understanding of health and disease and to provide the tools to support clients in their return to health via Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle

Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing that has its roots in the depths of Indian antiquity. It is the oldest medical system on the planet and most other medical traditions have their roots in Ayurveda. Thousands of years ago ‘India’ covered a vast area, from Afghanistan to China.

Ayur means ‘Life’ and Veda means ‘knowledge’. Ayurveda then is ‘the knowledge of life’. It is a system whic helps us to understand our true nature and our relationship with everything around us. Ayurveda gives us the knowledge for a long and healthy life by offering a deep understanding of each person’s unique body. Ayurveda allows us to recognise the true essence of a person and that we are totally unique. This is unlike modern western medicine, which likes to place people in categories, name their diseases, and rely upon trials, assuming that everyone is essentially the same.

Historical evidence shows that Ayurveda has influenced almost all medical systems of the world. The Egyptians learnt about Ayurveda long before the invasion of Alexander in the 4th Century BC through their sea trade with India. Greeks and Romans came to learn of Ayurveda after the invasion of Alexander. It was through this connection that Unani medicine came about, which has its origins in Greek, Ayurvedic and Persian cultures. From AD100-300 Ayurveda spread to the East through Buddhism and influenced Chinese and Tibetan medicine. The Islamic physician Avicenna, who helped to form the European medical tradition via Unani medicine, strictly followed Ayurvedic principles. Even Paracelsus, sometimes considered to be the father of modern Western medicine, followed the basic teachings of Ayurveda. Greek medicine is very similar to Ayurveda and we will look at those similarities later in the course. Hippocrates is quoted as saying ‘foolish is the physician who despises the wisdom of the ancients’. His many sayings clearly show his understanding of Ayurvedic medicine.


1. Introduction
Historical origins
Divine origins:  
Recorded history of Ayurveda  
Ayurveda today  

2. Ayurvedic philosophy 
The six philosophies of Ayurveda  
Sankhya Philosophy  
- Purusha: Pure consciousness  
- Prakruti: the divine mother   
- Mahad: The cosmic Mind, or supreme intelligence  
- Ahamkara: “I am”   
- Buddhi: the individual intellect  
- Manas -the individual mind  
The three Gunas  
- Sattva  
- Rajas  
- Tamas  
Panchamahabhuta: the five great elements  
- Akasha (Ether or Space)  
- Vayu (Air)
- Agni (Fire)   
- Jala or Apas (Water)   
- Prithvi (Earth)   

3. The Five Great Elements of Ayurveda   
The twenty attributes of Ayurveda   
The elements and ‘constitution’ types   
- Ether   
- Air               
- Fire           
- Water   
- Earth   
The five elements in relation to the human body   

4. The Tri Dosha Theory   
The three Dosha: Vata, Pitta and Kapha   
Like increases like   
Attributes of the tri Dosha   
- VATA   
- PITTA   
- KAPHA   
Dual types   
Prakruti and Vikruti: the concept of balance and imbalance   
Prakruti, our basic nature   
Vikruti ‘our imbalance’   
The concept of Ojas, Tejas and Prana   

5. Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology Part 1
The sub Doshas   
Sites of the Doshas in the body   
The Doshas and their subtypes

6. Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology Part 2  
“Agni and Ama”   
The concept of Agni   
The four main states of Agni   
Agni and the Doshas   
The 40 main types of Agni   
The concept of Ama   
Faulty food combinations   
Correction of Ama   
Signs of Ama   
The three stages of Ama formation   
Treatment for Ama is as follows   

7. Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology Part 3   
“The seven Dhatus”   
Formation of the seven tissues (Dhatus)   
Rasa Dhatu   
Rakta Dhatu   
Mamsa Dhatu   
Medhas Dhatu   
Asthi Dhatu   
Majja Dhatu   
Shukra Dhatu   
Srotas and Malas   

8. Tongue diagnosis   
Vikruti (current imbalance)   
Cracks and organs   
Vata imbalanced   
Pitta imbalanced   
Kapha imbalanced   
General imbalances   
Immune system and the tongue   
Pulse diagnosis   

9. Ayurvedic diet and nutrition   
The six tastes   
Virya and Vipaka   
Effects of the tastes on the Doshic balance   
Faulty food combinations   
Vata reducing diet   
Pitta reducing diet   
Kapha reducing diet   
AMA and AGNI   

10. Ayurvedic Samprapti: the course of disease   
The daily cycle   
Seasonal Dosha changes   
The six stages of disease   
Stage 1: Accumulation   
Stage 2: Provocation   
Stage 3: Spread
Stage 4: deposition   
Stage 5: Manifestation   
Stage 6: destruction and degeneration   
Entry of Doshas into Dhatus (from Vasant Lad)   
Rasa Dhatu   
Rakta Dhatu   
Mamsa Dhatu   
Medhas Dhatu   
Asthi Dhatu   
Majja Dhatu   
Shukra Dhatu   
Artava Dhatu   
The first three stages of Samprapti and Dosha Gunas   
The pathways of disease   
Ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm   
Herings Law of Cure   
Movement of Dosha   

11. Balancing techniques   
Lifestyle recommendations “Rasayana”   
Detoxification: Ayurvedic detoxing   
Ayurvedic Panchakarma   
Mini Panchakarma   
Vata massage   
Pitta massage   
Kapha massage   
Nasya therapy   
Oil pulling   
Case study   
Assessment methods   
Synopsis Of Current Presenting Symptoms   
Ayurvedic interpretation
Yoga balance for the Doshas   
The four main aims of performing Yoga   
General guidelines for Yoga practice
Yoga postures for Vata body type   
Guidelines for Pitta predominant type   
Guidelines for Kapha predominant type   
Chakra one: Root chakra
Chakra two: sacral   
Third chakra: solar plexus   
Fourth chakra, the heart chakra
Fifth chakra the throat chakra   
Sixth chakra: the brow chakra   
Seventh chakra: The crown chakra   


Ayur means 'Life' and Veda means 'knowledge'. Ayurveda then is 'the knowledge of life'