Unit 1: Ayurveda Medicine
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
Study Hours: 40 - 60
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.