Become an Ayurvedic Practitioner
Ayurveda is a holistic system based on the theory that a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual health are connected. Practitioners may consider a person’s lifestyle and relationships when studying physical health. As of 2011, there are no license requirements for Ayurveda practitioners, but extensive training is available and recommended according to the Education-Portal website.
1. Ayurveda specialists are usually also licensed medical practitioners, and must therefore follow the same basic educational paths as any other medical professional. A specialist must have a bachelor’s degree and then attend graduate school.
2. Complete graduate school with an emphasis on human anatomy, acupuncture therapeutics, herbology, biochemistry or some other specialty. The program must include clinical practice to expose the student to actual patients.
3. Attend a school that offers training in Ayurveda therapy. According to education-portal, Ayurveda schools offer degree programs, certificate programs and extended education workshops. While the practice originated in India and there are schools there, there are also a handful of schools in the United States. Those schools teach the history of Ayurveda and some of its terminology such as ojus (vital fluids), atma (soul) and Shareera (body).
4. Pursue medical practitioner licensing from a licensed medical professional trained in Ayurvedic treatment. Each licensed professional has her own eligibility requirements. It is up to the student to find out what those requirements are, and what other tests must be done to begin practicing Ayurveda.