15th Conference October 9-11, 2015, San Jose, CA, USA

This Conference Is Open To All Integrative Health Professionals, Ayurvedic & Yoga Practitioners, Herbalists, Massage Therapists and General Public

The 15th International Conference, “Ayurveda & Autoimmune Disorders”, organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC and hosted by Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. includes a wide array of keynote speakers and featured speakers from various countries – USA, Ireland, Canada, India, Thailand and Australia.

We have organized various international conferences on several interesting topics at various cities throughout the USA and abroad. Our conferences feature presentations and seminars by distinguished ayurvedic and integrative medicine professionals and provide a venue for professionals to meet face to face, share and expand their knowledge, make new personal and professional connections, and more.  Each conference is unique in its theme or subject within ayurveda that it spotlights, such as women’s health, the mind, cancer, spirituality, weight management, and many others.  Ayurveda, the ancient science of health and healing from India, offers us all a wealth of knowledge to be discovered and applied to our lives for a multitude of benefits.  It is our goal at Global Ayurveda Conferences to draw together the experts of this esoteric discipline at regular conferences throughout the year in order to share as much knowledge and wisdom as possible.

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15th International Conference “Ayurveda & Autoimmune Disorders” OCTOBER 9-11, 2015 at Biltmore Hotel & Suites, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054 USA


Nearest International Airport – San Jose (SJC). There is complementary shuttle service available from and to the airport and hotel

15th International Conference on “Ayurveda & Auto Immune Disorders” organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC on Friday to Sunday, October 9-11, 2015, San Jose, California, USA and hosted by Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA).







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OCTOBER 9-11, 2015 (3 DAYS)


    1. Vijay Jain, MD, FACS, RAAP, Palm Coast, Florida, USA
    2. Suresh Swarnapuri, BAMS, MDAYURVED, RMAS, Cork City, Ireland
    3. Raja Sivamani, MD, MS, CAT, California, USA
    4. Pratibha Shah, BAMS, MDAYURVED, MPH, Massachusetts, USA
    5. Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc., BAMS, California, USA
    6. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MDAYURVED, California, USA
    7. Vivek Shanbhag, BAMS, MDAYURVED, ND, CYED, California, USA
    8. Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, MDAYURVED, MAOM, CMT, California, USA
    9. Rammohan Rao, CAS, RYT, PhD, California, USA
    10. Jay Apte, BAM&S, MS, California, USA

Vijay Jain

Vijay K. Jain, MD, FACS, RAAP, Florida, USA brings more than 30 years of experience in general surgery and 10 years of focused study of integrative medicine to his engaging integration of traditional/western medicine with ancient medicine and well-tried systems of healing from different cultures. He has studied mind/body medicine with Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD; Yoga Therapy at Vivekananda Research Center in Bangalore, India; courses in ayurvedic medicine with Dr. Sunil Joshi in Nagpur, India; and courses in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, AZ. In addition to his surgery practice, Dr. Jain lectures on ayurvedic principles and practices, and how to create optimal health. Recently, he has become interested in the science of graceful aging as it relates to holistic practices. At present, Dr. Jain is Medical Director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Well-being and conducts all panchakarma programs there. He is also a Founding Director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Florida, USA and the Founding Medical Director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Inc. and serves on the board of directors of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc.

Topic: “Overview of Autoimmune Disorders”

Abstract: An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders. This presentation will review understanding of autoimmune disease from different points of view including modern medicine and ayurveda. Pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases will be discussed from both points of view. A review of integrative therapies for these disorders will be discussed. Common autoimmune disorders include: Addison’s disease, celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy), dermatomyositis, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, pernicious anemia, reactive arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, type I diabetes, etc.

Suresh Swarnapuri, BAMS, MDAYURVED, RMAS, Cork City, Ireland is a consulting ayurvedic practitioner with over 15 years of experience in ayurveda, especially as it relates to neurological disorders. He is a Registered Master Ayurvedic Specialist (RMAS) with AAPNA. He has worked as a Lecturer at IIAMR, Bangalore, and Associate Professor at Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Sciences in Bangalore, India. Dr. Suresh also worked with Maharishi International Foundation from 2001 to 2004 and traveled extensively throughout the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, Lebanon, Serbia, and Estonia, conducting various seminars and lectures. He was presented with “Atreya” Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Practice by AAPNA at Boston, USA in 2011 and “Charaka” Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching in 2013 by AAPNA at Las Vegas, USA. He is an academic committee member of and serves as a Masters Program faculty member at International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, USA. Presently, he provides ayurvedic educational services in Ireland, France, Slovenia, Croatia and Ukraine. He is also Director of Ghar-Gita holistic Ayurveda Retreats, Ireland and Director of European Ayurveda Products. It is his passion and love to grow ayurveda globally.

Topic: “Crohn’s Disease – Clinical Presentation”

Abstract: Ayurveda explains immunology in a very comprehensive manner. My presentation on Crohn’s disease reveals the importance of ayurvedic methods applied during treatments during a case treated over a period of 2 years. The methods were successful, and now my patient is progressing rather well. Important in this treatment is that there is no absolute relapse; it will be very illuminating for all to understand this special ayurvedic protocol.

Raja Sivamani

Raja Sivamani, MD, MS, CAT, California, USA is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis. He had bioengineering graduate training from UC Berkeley and Ayurvedic training at the California College of Ayurveda. He engages in clinical care, teaching, and research. He has conducted clinical studies for the past 15 years and authored over 60 publications. Bridging concepts from Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, plant sciences, and food sciences, he aims to develop integrative therapies.

Topic:”Ayurvedic Approach to Autoimmune Skin Disease”

Abstract: Autoimmune skin diseases present unique diagnostic and treatment challenges and frustrating for patients. Autoimmune diseases can have a variety of presentations. In some cases the disease can involve true autoimmunity, such as vitiligo or lupus. In other cases the skin disease can be auto-inflammatory such as psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa. This presentation will provide an overview of skin autoimmune diseases and the Ayurvedic approach to these different diseases. Allopathic treatments for autoimmune diseases can alter the Ayurvedic approach and this will be discussed as well. Finally, management approaches will be highlighted, including how they can be tailored for different kinds of autoimmune skin diseases.

Pratibha Shah

Pratibha Shah, BAMS, MDAYURVED, MPH, Massachusetts, USA is one of the leading ayurveda experts in the New England area. Her life mission is to propagate healthier ways of living with holistic solutions for illnesses as the primary form of care and to advocate for the integration of holistic care practices into mainstream healthcare. She strongly believes that true integrative medicine is the medicine of the future. Her pioneering initiatives in the field of ayurveda have brought her to attention at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Consulate General of India, NYC. She is a prolific speaker and educator in the community, has authored several papers, and writes regularly for many e-magazines and journals. She is an editor for Ayurveda Journal on Health and Associate Editor for the Ancient Science Journal. She is a senior faculty member of Kerala Ayurveda Academy. In 2014, she was selected as one of the 20 outstanding women in the New England area. Before moving to the US in 2004, she served as Chief Medical Officer with the Central Government of India, in the ministry of Indian System of Medicine (AYUSH). Currently, she works as an Ayurveda Consultant at Well Life Medical. She is the Founder and Director of Council for Ayurveda Research and a non-profit called the Wholistic Health Alliance. She runs an informative health blog on Facebook called My Ayurved.

Topic: “Deepening our understanding of Auto Immune Disorders with Ayurveda”

Abstract: Autoimmune diseases are thought to affect approximately 14–22 million people in the United States. They impose a significant physical, emotional, social, and financial burden on the country’s health care system. Despite more than 80 clinically identified autoimmune diseases, understanding and treatment options are still quite limited. The prevalence of autoimmune diseases in the US appears to be on the rise. Ayurveda is a 4000 year old ancient holistic medical science. Ayurvedic principles are specific and yet broad enough to facilitate application to and analysis of even the new and emerging diseases and syndromes. The well-developed robust concepts of pathophysiology can be applied to deepening our understanding of the architecture of autoimmune disorders, which in turn can lead to better management of the diseases and elevate quality of life, while improving prognosis. This presentation will discuss important ayurvedic concepts which can help demystify autoimmune diseases. Herbs that support management of autoimmune disorders will be listed and described. Relevant case studies will be included.

Jayarajan Kodikannath

Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc., BAMS, California, USA is a classically trained ayurvedic doctor and an accomplished teacher from Kerala, India currently working as the Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda (USA). Suffused with expertise in traditional ayurvedic health care practices, especially panchakarma (ayurvedic detoxification) and ksharasoothra (ayurvedic thread therapy), Jayarajan worked as the Chief Medical Officer of an exclusive ayurvedic heritage wellness center, Ayurvedagram, for more than 10 years before he moved to the U.S. in 2010. Ayurvedagram, located in Bangalore, offers the authentic practice of ayurveda, including rejuvenative therapies, in pristine surroundings for the treatment of chronic diseases. Dr. J played a significant role in bringing Ayurvedagram to international repute with extremely satisfied clients across the globe. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA) and California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). He is an accomplished teacher for the advanced courses in ayurveda and the resource person for various training programs conducted in traditional ayurvedic medicine. His corporate sessions and workshops on Application of Ayurveda in Daily Life, Stress Management and BMS (Body, Mind & Soul) are immensely popular. Dr. J, as he is fondly referred to, is actively involved in various research projects of Kerala Ayurveda. He has presented several papers on Ayurveda worldwide.

Topic: “Classical Ayurvedic Protocol for Sustainable Results in Chronic Autoimmune Disorders”

Abstract: The rapid increase in the number and prevalence of autoimmune disorders is a global health concern today. The symptomatic and reductive approach of the modern medical system finds these disorders non-curable and focuses on immune suppression, which leads to many other serious health issues and complications. The self-destructive nature of autoimmune diseases reflects both the ‘dushana swabhava’ and panic response of a patient’s own physiologic principles and defense mechanisms. Classical ayurvedic protocols, through their comprehensive approaches, bring balance to the body’s functional systems and enhance the immune stability and resistance against further relapse of the same pathological responses. Such classical protocols includes traditional herbal formulations, customized panchakarma, dietary and lifestyle corrections. In this presentation, I will be bringing some of the chronic clinical cases of autoimmune conditions managed at Kerala Ayurveda, the classical clinical protocol adopted, and the promising sustainable outcomes.

suhas kshirsagar

Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MDAYURVED, California, USA is a world-renowned ayurvedic expert & educator from India, born of a traditional Rig Vedic family. He holds an Masters Degree in Ayurveda, with a Gold Medal from Pune University in India. Suhas is one of the most academically accomplished ayurvedic professionals in the US who has traveled worldwide popularizing ayurveda, setting up clinics, offering courses for both medical professionals and laypersons, and has provided ayurvedic consultations for thousands of patients. He is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and a visiting professor at various ayurvedic schools & universities worldwide. He is an Advisor and Consultant for the Chopra Center University. He has been featured n numerous radio and television shows, including Dr. OZ, NBC. He is an experienced clinician and an insightful Vedic counselor who adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an internationally acclaimed researcher, best selling author, and formulator and consultant to various nutraceutical companies. He is the lead formulator of Zrii Achieve, Accell, and Rise & Purify. He is currently the Director of “Ayurvedic Healing” an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California.

Topic: “Identifying Prakriti and its role in Auto Immune Disorders “

Abstract: Ayurveda is one of the oldest health care systems known to humanity. Remarkably, this ancient approach to understanding the body, which has been tested and proven over thousands of years, is also completely compatible with our contemporary understanding of how nature and modern medicine work. In fact, Ayurveda simply uses a different terminology to express some of the most advanced ideas of molecular biology and quantum physics, including the complex interplay between genetic and epigenetic (environmental) forces in our health. Understanding one’s Prakriti is one of the most important steps toward prevention of immune disorders. We will discuss a basic template for prevention and therapy for underactive and overactive immune systems.

vivek shanbhag

Vivek Shanbhag, BAMS, MDAYURVED, ND, CYED, California, USA is a licensed naturopathic doctor, ayurvedic medicine expert, professor & best-selling author with over 30 years experience. He is the Founder-Director of Natural Medicine Clinic & Academy in San Jose & Los Gatos, California. He is an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, Mount Madonna Ayurveda College, Vedika Global and Kerala Ayurveda. His 16 years clinical training includes: ND, Bastyr University; MD-Ayu, Poona University; BAMS, Karnataka University; and Yoga Educator, Karnataka University. He specializes in integrating ayurveda, naturopathic medicine and yoga to treat acute and chronic diseases. From 1989 – 2006, he was the Founder-Director of AYU Ayurvedic Academy & Clinic, Seattle. In 2006, he sold this successful institution to Kerala Ayurveda. During 1991-96, he was Chairman of the Ayurveda Department at Bastyr University. During 1985-88, he was Head of Ayurvedic Research Institute, Pune. He is the best-selling author of “Beginner’s Introduction to Ayurveda” by Keats Publishing. Recently, he won international Awards for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and Practice. He has been a sought-after keynote speaker at national and international conferences in the fields of ayurveda, naturopathic medicine, yoga, wellness, and nutrition.

Topic: “Evidence Based Top 5 Herbs & Formulas for Autoimmune Disorders”

Abstract: Ayurvedic medicine has described detailed therapeutic protocols for treating various autoimmune disorders. Extensive scientific research on ayurvedic treatment of autoimmune disorders has been conducted in India, Europe, America and elsewhere at respected research institutions, medical colleges and universities. Scientific clinical research has led to significant evidence basis for the efficacy of the ayurvedic treatment of autoimmune disorders. Especially, vast amounts of evidence are available regarding herbs and formulas effective in various autoimmune disorders. During this presentation, Dr. Shanbhag will discuss the currently available evidence on the top 5 herbs & formulas for autoimmune disorders.

Jayagopal Parla

Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, MDAYURVED, MAOM, CMT, California, USA is an internationally known speaker and educator in the field of ayurveda. He has extensive clinical experience and comes from a family lineage of ayurvedic practitioners that goes back three generations. He is a Professor of Ayurveda at American University of Complementary Medicine, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Ayurveda. In addition, he is a visiting faculty member at various ayurvedic schools including Japan Ayurveda School, Tokyo and Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS), Whittier, CA. He is on the board of advisors for Complementary and Alternative Medicine task force at Charles Drew University and board of directors for Consortium of Ayurvedic Credentialing (CAC). Jayagopal Parla holds a Bachelors degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India, and an Ayurvedic MD degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Udupi, India. He recently graduated with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from SCUHS and is also a licensed massage therapist. Jayagopal Parla has published and presented scientific papers in several national and international publications.

Topic: “Clinical Application Of Rasayana Therapy For Prevalent Auto-Immune Disorders”

Abstract: Proper immune response is an expression of a balanced state of body and mind. Various rasayanas explained in ayurvedic literature have shown immune boosting actions with comprehensive effects on the body and mind. Body tissues known as dhatus are significantly responsible for the body’s immune system. Each of the seven dhatus contributes uniquely to a healthy immune response. There are certain patterns specific to each of the dhatus that can contribute to different autoimmune diseases. There are rasayanas that are specific-to-specific dhatus. Recommending dhatu rasayanas to patients  with reference to their immunomodulatory effect can be beneficial in preventing an attack of autoimmune disease and also in its management. This keynote presentation rationalizes autoimmune diseases originating from dhatu patterns. Concepts behind choosing single herb or compound rasayanas for prevalent autoimmune diseases will be also be explained. 

Rammohan Rao

Rammohan Rao, CAS, RYT, PhD, California, USA is a Research Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, California, USA. His research focus is on various aspects of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases. Ram serves as a faculty teacher at the California College of Ayurveda (CCA) and is also a RYT from Yoga Alliance USA. He is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), member of the Research Board of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and Science Editor of Ayurveda Journal of Health. In his spare time he offers consultations in YAMP techniques (Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation & Pranayama), and conducts YAMP workshops, seminars and cooking classes. Ram has published several articles in major yoga/ayurveda journals and has been a featured speaker in several national and international meetings and symposia

Topic: “Ayurvedic Approach to Treating Memory Impairment”

Abstract: Inflammation is the immune system’s “rapid response unit team” that is characterized by (a) the presence of specialized chemicals that create a suitable environment for the body’s defense molecules to act and (b) the release of an entire arsenal of specialized molecules/cells that fight the invaders. The inflammatory process occurs just as it should, releasing defense/pro-inflammatory molecules when needed and turning them off when the threat has been sufficiently addressed. Now imagine if this body’s strong defense system turns awry and the defending molecules take on their own body’s system. That would be the negative aspects as seen in chronic inflammation and is characterized by a defense response that is aberrant, out of control and not completely turned off. Additionally, when this system goes out of control, it self-perpetuates and triggers several disease conditions. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an age-associated, irreversible, progressive, neuro-inflammatory disease that is characterized by severe memory loss, unusual behavior, personality changes, and a decline in cognitive function. The disease is the most common form of dementing illness among middle-aged and older adults, affecting more than 5 million Americans, a number estimated to increase to 7.7 million by 2030. Efforts to find a cure for AD have so far been very disappointing and the drugs currently available to treat the disease have very limited effectiveness. In this presentation, I will discuss the ayurvedic interpretation of Alzheimer’s disease including signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment modalities.

Jay Apte

Jay Apte, BAMS, MS, California, USA is an ayurvedic doctor from Pune, India and also has completed MS in Pharmacology from University of North Texas, USA. She has been practicing Ayurveda for more than 35 years and has an ayurveda and panchakarma Center in Mountain View California. She founded AyuVidya College of Ayurveda and offers Authentic ayurvedic education since last 20 years. She created Ayurfoods – A line of ayurvedically balanced, easy to prepare, delicious and nutritious packaged foods along with Organic ghee. Vedafoods – another of her creation of “culinary cousines for sugar conscious” will be out in the market soon. Jay Apte is passionate about ayurveda and her mission is to spread ayurvedic wisdom to all.

Topic: “Psoriasis thru’ eyes of conventional medicine and ayurveda “

Abstract: Conventionally Psoriasis is considered as one of the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S. affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. Red, itchy, painful Psoriatic patches appear on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp and many other places. Treatments range from creams and ointments, ultraviolet light therapy to autoimmune drugs such as methotrexate. Jay Apte will present psoriasis thru eyes of ayurveda and will discuss pathology and treatment options of psoriasis thru “panchabhoutik chikitsa” involving liver, spleen and kidneys. She will also discuss the role of foods in causation and management of psoriasis.


    1. Pratibha Gramann, PhD, California, USA
    2. Kathy Gehlken, MA, RDN, CMP, California, USA
    3. Anand Joshi, BAMS, MDAYURVED, PhD-Ayu, Pune, India
    4. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, MPT, California, USA
    5. Cynthia Copple, California, USA
    6. Suresh Kamal Srinivas, Thailand
    7. Tom Yarema, MD, California, USA
    8. Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, LAc, PhD (C), California, USA
    9. Namyata Pathak Gandhi, BAMS, MDAYURVED, VSF, California, USA
    10. Devika Deshmukh, BAMS, MDAYURVED, California, USA
    11. Priyatarssini Balamurugen, BAMS, MSc (Psychology), DNYS, RAAP, New Jersey, USA
    12. Mary Sullivan, MS, AYS, Massachusetts, USA
    13. Darshan Desai, BAMS, MDAYURVED, Mumbai, India
    14. Rekha Nair, BAMS, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
    15. Swati Mohite, BAMS, MSAYURVED, BA-Sanskrit, Pune, India
    16. Holly Fourchalk, PhD, Vancouver, Canada
    17. Prashanth Acharya, BAMS, MSAYURVED, Bengaluru, India
    18. Selva Shunmugam,P., BSMS, MDSIDDHA, PhD-Siddha, Chennai, India
    19. Samarth Rao, BAMS, MPH, MHA, Australia
    20. Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MDAYURVED, LMT, RMAS, Pennsylvania, USA

Pratibha Gramman

Pratibha Gramann Ph.D. California, USA holds a doctoral degree in Psychology and Consciousness. Dr. Pratibha is a Health and Wellness Consultant and Certified Ayurveda Practitioner. She teaches pranayama, kriya meditation, and specialty workshops in Samkhya and Yogasutra. “Consciousness, Free Will, and Transformation” is a recent publication in RST Journal.

Topic:”Healing Autoimmunity: A Specialty of Ayurveda”

Abstract: Autoimmune disorders often seem incurable. What do they have in common? They are long standing, and the body’s immune system seems to be attacking normal body processes. In turn, the processes and related organs become non-functional. This is the case in disorders of lupus where there is chronic debilitating indigestion, in diabetes, in rheumatoid arthritis, chronic bowel syndromes, skin, and other disorders. Ayurveda views these disorders as deep-seated deposits of ama (toxins) within the tissues. Ama prevent s normal functioning. The immune system then targets the deposits in an attempt to be rid of the accumulations. However, the deep-seated deposits of incarcerated wind, bile, or mucosal material have accumulated over time and are not simple to remove. Ayurveda employs oils to loosen the deposits, followed by herbal decoctions and steam to remove them. It is truly an art of healing. Unless these toxic substances are removed, how can normal functioning resume? In fact the likely hood is the deposits will grow and turn into more serious situations. Education about wind, bile, phlegm / vata, pitta, kapha as deposits is helpful for people to understand the processes of Ayurveda pancha-karma. It begins to seem a more reasonable procedure. Accompanying panchakarma, the client needs to become aware of food and lifestyle habits in order to avoid a recurrence of the disorder. Lifestyle is one of the most natural ways of healing. However it may not be easiest. It is easy to take medicine of any type. Medicine and herbs are generally taken with ordinary water and nothing else is required. Changing lifestyle takes discipline, self-regulation, and mindfulness. For some, changing lifestyle is a nuisance. Here I present a technique that makes lifestyle change easier. Here is where the practice of pranayam and kriyas are helpful. Following a morning program of breath work and meditation, a person can find their inner environment, emotions, and mindset more ready to embrace change and better able to direct attention. There is in fact nothing in the body-mind that is not related to prana. The definition of prana is consciousness + air. Ayurveda clinicians and practitioners can either teach pranayam and meditation, or send clients to qualified teachers who specialize in pranayam and meditation. Studies have shown outstanding effects of pranayama and meditation. Pranayam and kriyas are the most direct way to restore balance to the five pranas of the body mind. A balanced system of prana acts as initiator of psycho physiological processes. When normal processes are restored, the body comes into the mode of healing and prevention. In this way, ayurveda addresses every aspect of life for a total healing of autoimmune disorders.

Kathy Gehlken

Kathy Gehlken, MA, RDN, CMP, California, USA is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Massage Practitioner and Wellness Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MA in Ayurveda from Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda and continues her studies with Shubham Ayurveda Academy Practitioner of Classical Ayurveda Training in the lineage of Vaidya Kolhatakar.

Topic:”Determining a Regional Ritucharya (Seasonal Routine) for Health”

Abstract: Because Svastavrutta and Ritucharya are fundamental pillars of establishing and maintaining swastha, it is important to understand the local climate and how the doshas effect each season. The texts have outlined specific patterns to the seasons that are applicable to Northern India. However, this pattern does not seem to apply to the San Francisco Bay Area. Using Pune, India, as the control (the place most similar to what is described in the texts) and comparing the weather there with that here (SF Bay Area), we will get an idea of the difference in weather patterns–dosha chaya, kopa and prasama–and the predominant seasonal gunas between the two places. That way we can understand this climate in light of its variation from what is described in the text and establish a local svastavrutta/ritucharya.

Anand Joshi

Anand Joshi, BAMS, MDAYURVED, PhDAyurved, Pune, India is presently working as a professor in Bharati Vidyapeeth University, College of Ayurveda, Pune, India. He has 20 years teaching experience in Kayachikitsa, and 20 years administrative experience in the capacity of Principal & Medical Director in Ayurveda College & Hospital at Koppa, Karnataka State & Pune, Maharastra State. He is a member of the academic council, Bharateeya Vidyapeeth University, Pune, faculty member of ayurveda at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, member of Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), New Delhi, recognized guide for post graduate (MD-Ayu) and doctoral degree (PhD-Ayu) programs and examiner in Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) for bachelor and postgraduate course in various universities. He has given various talks on All India Radio on ayurveda, participated in many national and international seminars, and presented papers on various ayurvedic topics. He is also the recipient of “European Ayurveda Center” Gold Medal for PhD thesis, recipient of Gold Medal for best research thesis by Ayurveda Academy, Pune, India, and recipient of lifetime achievement award by Tathagat Ayurved Research Foundation, Pune, India.

Topic:”Concept of Autoimmune Diseases in Ayurveda with Special Reference to Management of Amavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis)”

Abstract: Ayurved is a science of life which advocates medicine for healthy individuals for prevention of disease and also curative measures for all diseases, and also increases immunity as immuno-modulators (Rasayana). The concept of immunity is explained in Ayurved in the context of Vyadhikshamatwa (immunity). An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system fails to recognize the body’s own tissues and attacks itself. Autoimmune disease can be organ specific (affecting a single organ) or systemic (involvement of many organs). Autoimmunity refers to presence of antibodies or T-lymphocytes which react with self antigens. Amavata and its modern correlate, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune systemic disorder of the joints in which other body systems are also harmed by autoimmune reactions. Amavata / RA is an AI disease and a reaction of antibodies to citrullinated cyclic peptide IgM, rheumatoid factor. The disease amavata can be compared to rheumatoid arthritis as well as rheumatic fever. The signs and symptoms of both diseases are present in amavata. Ama and Vata are major morbid factors which play vital roles in causing amavata. The agni which is present in dhatu (dhatushma) gets lowered, and ama is formed at the level of respective dhatu. This ama in association of vata dosha circulates all over the body and gets lodged in kapha sthana. This refers to sandhi and exhibits clinical features such as sandhi shotha-(swelling in multiple joints), sandhi shula (pain in joints), gatra stabdata(stiffness in the body). Ayurvedic treatment includes langhana, deepana, rooksha swedana, virechana and basti. Guggulu and suvarna are the medicines of choice in amavata. Preparations of guggulu and suvarna act as analgesic, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulators (rasayana), and these drugs arrest the basic destructive process in the joints and modify the course of the disease. This presentation will highlight auto immunity in amavata, the diagnostic criteria, laboratory and radiological changes, and management with special reference to the effect of guggulu and suvarna kalpa’s in amavata (RA).


Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, MPT, California, USA Director of Ayurbliss, LLC – Ayurveda Wellness for Mind, Body and Spiritual Health, received her graduate degree in ayurveda from University of Pune, India, and her Master’s degree in physical therapy from California State University, Long Beach. She is also a certified yoga teacher. Kelkar is an accomplished clinician, educator, speaker, and writer. She has been an ayurveda practitioner for over thirteen years and has extensive clinical experience in ayurveda and physical therapy. She is a faculty member for leading ayurveda schools and has been a presenter at national ayurveda conferences. She has written articles for ayurveda magazines and journals. Kelkar runs Ayurbliss, LLC, Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic and Wellness Center, which is located in San Mateo, CA.

Topic:”Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ayurveda- A Case Study”

Abstract: This is a case study presentation on the use of ayurvedic herbs and panchakarma in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. A 36 year old client with h/o rheumatoid arthritis for over 14 years was treated successfully using appropriate diet, lifestyle, herbs and bastis. Client was using four painkillers per day before she started ayurveda. She currently uses none.

Cynthia Copple

Cynthia Copple, California, USA is co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and co-founder and past Dean of the Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda. She has been Director of Lotus Holistic Health Institute since 1982. She is the author of “Know Your Blueprint: The Ayurvedic Secret to Restoring Vitality And Becoming Unstoppable.” She has taught Ayurveda internationally.

Topic:”The Psychology of Auto Immune Disorders: Ayurveda and the Mind as Healer”

Abstract: The mind can poison or heal the body. I will discuss the interaction between mind and body in autoimmune diseases, tracing the path from thought to dosha to dhatu and reveal the inner narrative that gives rise to the disorder, and also the narrative paths to healing, based on over 30 years of clinical ayurvedic practice.

Suresh Kamal Srinivas

Kamal (Suresh Kamal Srinivas) Thailand born in India, has studied various forms of physical fitness, martial arts, and yoga from the age of 5. He created a new yoga system ‘Kriyoga’ for the world. The word Kri means ‘new life”. He was initiated by Swami Veda Bharati of the Himalayas into the highest Himalayan tradition. Today, Master Kamal and Kriyoga are at the forefront of the world’s goal for better solutions to many physical, mental and emotional challenges people face. Master Kamal has combined the unique elements of yoga and other disciplines that he has studied over the past twenty years to develop superior mental and physical health. This is by improving muscular strength & endurance, cardiovascular conditioning and bone strength, glandular efficiency, flexibility, mental fitness and improved communion between the material and spiritual worlds.

Topic:”Build Immune Strength with the Methods of Kriyoga and Himalayan Meditation”

Abstract: The word ‘Kri’ means ‘New Life’. Kriyoga is a most dynamic, effective new age yoga system that exists in the world today. Kriyoga is built on ‘RTS’ – Rhythmic Training System, which combines ancient eastern wisdom with modern physical science, giving you the utmost benefits in not only achieving but in maintaining total well being. According to the ancient wisdom of yoga, human beings are classified into 3 different personalities i.e., animal, warrior and divine. Kriyoga classes are designed for those personalities with various interests and goals, as we understand that everybody is different. Every single Kriyoga class incorporates “RTS’’’ that delivers cardio, resistance training and flexibility according to your personality and interest, giving uplifting results in physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life.
Participants will learn –
a. Easy and effective methods of Kriyoga
b. To build immune strength with Himalayan meditation and
c. Benefits of Infrared light

Tom Yarema

Tom Yarema, MD, California, USA is a pioneering physician, committed to bridging the best of all systems of medicine and delivering practical, cost-effective solutions to his patients. After a successful career in emergency medicine, in 1995 he redirected his clinical practice to the reversal of chronic disease. He is author of Eat-Taste-Heal: an Ayurvedic Guidebook & Cookbook for Modern Living, past National Director of Clinical Services for Kerala Ayurveda in the US, a co-formulator of nutritional wellness products sold worldwide, and founder of the Internet-based program for the reversal of metabolic syndrome, “Get Your Body Back”. As Medical Director of Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine, Soquel, California, one of his current passions is the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

Topic:”Bridging Ayurveda with Allopathy in Autoimmunity”

Abstract: Individuals suffering from autoimmune disorders are typically initially diagnosed by allopathic physicians. From our own experience, we have observed ayurveda to provide great benefit to patients with autoimmunity. Dr Yarema describes the parallels and divergences between Western medicine’s most current approaches to autoimmunity and ayurveda’s ancient wisdom, and suggests practical methods to bridge the two.

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, LAc, PhD (C), California, USA is an ayurvedic practitioner and licensed acupuncturist. She received her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the US and is currently pursuing her PhD in public health. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and has authored peer-reviewed journal articles in complementary and alternative medicine. Anu is actively involved in various research projects and also serves as peer reviewer for journals and international conferences in the US. Currently, she is working as an Associate Professor and the Program Director for the Ayurveda Program at Southern California University of Health Sciences, and as a visiting faculty for American University of Complementary Medicine. She also serves as a board member of Council of Ayurvedic Credentialing, executive board member of Council of Ayurvedic Research, board Member of California Ayurvedic Medical Association, and action board member of American Public Health Association.

Topic:”Evidence for the effectiveness of ayurvedic medicine in the management of rheumatoid arthritis”

Abstract: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects the smaller and larger joints of the body. It is one of the leading causes of chronic morbidity in developed countries. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the most treasured healing heritages and is also an integral part of various alternative health systems. In ayurvedic medicine, various measures have been used for the management of rheumatoid arthritis. This presentation explains the efficacy and effectiveness of various ayurvedic protocols used for rheumatoid arthritis from classical text books as well as scientific research. 

Namyata Pathak Gandhi

Namyata Pathak Gandhi, BAMS, MDAYURVED, VSF, California, USA is an Integrative Ayurveda Consultant trained in ayurveda and modern medicine in Mumbai, India. In 2011, she was selected as the youngest exceptional Vaidya Scientist Fellow (VSF) in a nationwide screen by the Government of India through Center of Excellence, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bengaluru, India. As a Research associate at Mahatma Gandhi’s Kasturba Health Society, she was involved in innovative projects to develop ayurveda-inspired products and services. She has received an intensive exposure in interdisciplinary collaboration between conventional medicine and traditional physicians, life science experts and community, government, academic and commercial organizations. Her commitment for useful applications of ayurveda’s fundamentals led to publications like those on pragnyaapradha, ayurceuticals, vaidya – scientists. At clinics in India, she pursued providing the best available individual care. Apart from general internal medicine, she focused on improving health through integrative services for (a) Parkinson’s disease management and (b) preventive management of cardio-metabolic disorders in high risk individuals. She is on the editorial board of international peer reviewed journals, has authored several publications and delivered talks to community, industry, and research groups. After moving to California, USA in 2014, she is now the Founder of AIM Swasthya.

Topic:”Translational Scope of Integrative Ayurveda in Autoimmune disorders: Review and Directions”

Abstract: In the 80 kinds of autoimmune diseases recognized, the immune system attacks its own healthy tissue. Diagnosis is based on immune-fluorescent antibody detection, like the common Antinuclear Antibody (ANA). Treatment is corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive agents, while expensive monoclonal antibodies are used in advanced stages. There is no known cure, onset is slow and chronic, and the patient’s quality of life suffers from many years of non-specific symptoms like fatigue, fever, and malaise. Integrative ayurveda addresses both reductionist and holistic methods of healing and medicine. In the physical plane of each condition, it uses well-investigated leads for known targets at different levels of biological organization: from whole body to cellular. The emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual planes are then addressed with empathy to promote healing and reduce suffering. For the purpose of clinical applications, I will present a summary of selected, available clinical research with ayurveda for the most common autoimmune conditions – rheumatoid arthritis, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Non-clinical interventional studies for the common pathophysiology in these conditions, e.g. tumor necrosis factor, IgE, and natural killer cells shall be reviewed. Based on ayurveda’s fundamentals, its traditional role for the non-specific, debilitating symptoms and enhancement of well-being shall be discussed. Avenues for scientific investigations, emerging as leads from the above studies, will be shared.

Devika Deshmukh

Devika Deshmukh, BAMS, MDAYURVED, California, USA is a second generation vaidya whose parents Drs. Ramesh and Shubhada Deshmukh run the renowned Kerala Ayurvedic Clinic in 3 locations in Mumbai. Her MD-Ayurveda research thesis was “Comparative study on the effect of nasya karma and greeva basti with ksheera bala taila in greeva hundanam with special reference to cervical spondylosis”. While working as consultant for Kerala Ayurvedic Clinic in Mumbai, she taught Panchakarma at the University of Mumbai. She has taught Panchakarma classes to the students of Middlesex University, United Kindgom and done research presentations at ayurvedic seminars in Karnataka and in national conferences. Based on her extensive training and research, she will do a practical clinical presentation at this conference.

Topic:”Ayurvedic Samvahanam in Autoimmune disorders”

Abstract: Ayurvedic samvahanam is a type of touch therapy, body work or massage sub-type used by ayurveda in specific conditions and age groups like children, delicate women and elderly. It may or may not involve the use of herbal oils. Usually it is categorized as a snehana (oleation) therapy. It involves knowledge of mamsa, dhatu, sira, snayu, asthi, sandhi, naadi, and marma. It is highly effective in both vata and pitta disorders. In autoimmune disorders, usually there is aggravation of vata and depletion of ojas. Along with traditional authentic treatment protocols of ayurveda, samvahanam has also been used very effectively in treatments of various autoimmune disorders, especially amavata or rheumatoid arthritis.

Priyatarssini Balamurugen

Priyatarssini Balamurugen, BAMS, MSc (Psychology), DNYS, RAAP, New Jersey, USA Certified in Advanced Acupuncture in Beijing, China. As a practitioner of ayurveda, marma, naturopathy, yoga & acupuncture, she integrates all these systems in her practice for the past 15 years. She is faculty member at International University of Yoga and Ayurveda psychology program. She is presently as a Research Scientist at WISE (World Institute of Scientific Exploration) an organization for conducting, leading, and promoting groundbreaking scientific research and investigations in countries worldwide.She has presented papers and conducted workshops in universities like NJIT and written articles on ayurveda, Ojas and Conscious living. She is also master and instructor in Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY), a scientific system of conscious living directed towards Individual peace leading to World peace which she learnt directly from her Guru, Vethathiri Maharishi for the last 20 years.

Topic:”The role of mind in autoimmune disorders – An ayurvedic perspective”

Abstract: Mind, which is the psychic extension of the life energy is “The important factor” that should be taken in to consideration when dealing with prevention or healing. When mind is not taken into consideration, the result of therapy is often incomplete in any illness especially in conditions like autoimmune disorders. The possibilities of achieving the desired result of complete well-being are multiplied by simply changing the state of mind.Understanding the connections of emotional states with internal organs, the different mental frequencies and their implications and various modalities that would help in making this shift would be discussed that can be applied for management of autoimmune disorders.

Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan, MS, AYS, Massachusetts, USA worked for over 20 years in the chemical industry. She worked as a chemist, engineer, manager and finally director of quality and engineering to design and build functional products. She is certified in Yoga Therapy, reiki and in Ayurveda as an ayurvedic Yoga specialist. I offer cleanses, classes and workshops in meditation, ayurveda, food and wellness care. She share the knowledge and practical experience to students and clients to help them nurture a loving relationship with themselves. The classes focus on emotions, behavior and routines that support growth goals and maintain self care as a cornerstone of a healthy vibrant life.

Topic:”The daily routine in the management of autoimmunity ”

Abstract: Autoimmunity is on the rise in our neighborhoods and our world. In its various forms it touches many lives. Dina Charya is a fundamental platform in Ayurveda that is particularly helpful to promote stability and wellness. The list of daily activities is simple to look at, but has profound effects on well-being. The discipline of this practice organizes each morning in a way that shines forward and keeps health priorities much clearer over the course of the entire day. It is a base level approach to facilitate self-healing for a wide variety of conditions. Following Dina Charya front loads each day with elements to promote balance and health before the pull of the world is strong. A strong supportive daily routine can improve quality of life for those with autoimmune conditions.

Darshan Desai

Darshan Desai, BAMS, MDAYURVED, India has received clinical skills training from school of Shri.Vaidya Samir Jamadagni, Pune, India for pulse diagnosis, panchakarma, evidence based formulations. He is practicing ayurvedic consultant at Mumbai with charitable clinic services. He has parallel 14 years of experience in ayurvedic pharmaceuticals, research and development. He has worked in major ayurvedic pharmaceuticals in India like Charak, Agron India, Sandu & currently Forest Gold (Founded by Mr. Amar Lulla, Ex CEO of Cipla) He has served at various positions from right from formulator, product manager, trainer and currently heading international marketing. It is his passion and love to teach and spread the fame of ayurveda globally. He conducts training programs through online school at Mumbai and offline residential training at Kerala. He is Medical advisor for Greengram located in Kerala, Greengram offers residential ayurvedic village living, rejuvenate therapies. His mission is to propagate ayurvedic living with innovative solutions/products that are palatable and appealing for today’s generations and generation to come. He strongly believes that Ayurvedic Pharmaceutics is the future of Pharmaceuticals.

Topic:”Review of the recent scientific advancements in the area of herbal modalities and ayurvedic basic principles in treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)”

Abstract: Early diagnosis and initiation of proper therapy help modify the course of the disease and reduce the degree of severe late sequel. At present, the current treatment modalities for treating RA are more oriented to offer symptomatic relief and have not been shown to either block or reverse the cartilage degradation and joint destruction. Besides long term use of these medicines many times causes various adverse effects leading to non-compliance. This has resulted in heightened interest in use of herbal medicines in treatment of RA. Multi target mode of action, synergistic approach and proven safety aspects make the herbal medicines drug of choice in any chronic disease that affects quality of life of the patients. Herbs like Curcuma longa, Zingiber officinale, Boswellia serrata and Commiphora mukul have proven their abilities as a ‘disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs’ (DMARDs) by virtue of their anti-cytokine and anti-inflammatory actions and arresting / improving cartilage degradation. We will review the recent scientific advancements in the area of herbal modalities and ayurvedic basic principles in treatment of RA.

Rekha Nair

Rekha Nair, BAMS, India born in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Early years were spent exploring and discovering the wealth of natural remedies. Hailing from a vaidya family my lineage has a background of vast traditional knowledge in Ayurveda – Kalari, Marma etc. handed over through centuries within the family and from live experience gained from years of intensive and dedicated practice of ayurveda. After earning a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Government Ayurveda College, Trivandrum, worked as a guest lecturer of anatomy and bhaishajya kalpana (prepration of herbal formultations) in the same college. Presently, she is Chief Consultant Physician at Dr. Rekha’s Welcare Ayurveda Hospital, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is also Director of Wellcare Ayurvedalayam (A) Private Limited. She has been one of the 100 chosen Ayurveda doctors for the Commonwealth Games that took place in India recently. She has participated national and international level seminars and conferences and have also offered numerous lectures, seminars and workshops in many health conferences, on radio etc. She has written a book, The Panchakarma Reckoner, that explains the ancient science and all its aspects in a simple but effective manner.

Topic:”Autoimmune Disorders – An Ayurvedic Perspective”

Abstract: While your immune system’s primary responsibility is to protect your body from infection and other forms of illness, sometimes this system turns on itself. When this translation occurs, your immune system begins attacking your healthy cells because it identifies them as foreign materials. Conditions caused due to this are generally known as autoimmune diseases. According to Ayurveda- body is a working organization where all cells contribute to the performance of this organization. These cells are individuals too. They have all the possibilities to perform all biological activities on their personal level; this is the commitment of these cells to work all together, which maintains the working the body. These individual cells are loaded with the intelligence and intellect too. Once this intelligence and intellect is changed due to repetitive mistakes of diet and lifestyle, cells start behaving “wrongly” and this causes the problems like autoimmune diseases. The symptoms of autoimmune disease vary greatly because of the range of different conditions. Some of the most common forms include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, and psoriasis. While the exact cause of autoimmune disease is unknown a few factors like genetics seems to be one of the important factors – if a member of your family has an autoimmune disease, you are more susceptible. In addition, prolonged exposure to poorly digestible food, pollutants, allergenic, synthetic chemicals and drugs is another cause of autoimmune diseases. Poor treatment of the disease and repeated suppression of symptoms without addressing the cause, also accelerates disease progression. Ayurveda, the age-old Indian traditional medical science, has treatment options for autoimmune disorders. Nonetheless, a qualified professional can help you determine what kind of disorder you have as well as suggest a plan of addressing your condition based on the severity of the disease. Some of the best options for treating autoimmune issues are natural, though, as these options function to heal the body and relieve inflammation in the system. Ayurvedic food supplements help restore the natural function of the body along with a balanced diet, regular exercise and plenty of rest. These supplements don’t do miracles, but take long time to fight against the diseases and surely cure the condition from the root.

Swati Mohite

Swati Mohite, BAMS, MSAyurved, BA, India Professor & Head of Department of Ayurvedic Prasuti and Stri Roga (Obstetrics & Gynecology), Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, College of Ayurveda, Dhankawadi, Pune 411043, Maharashtra, India. She received best research paper award in Global Ayurveda Conference 2009, for the topic, A case study “Complete heart block with pregnancy – managed by Ayurvedic treatment.” She felicitated for contribution in the field of Ayurveda by Baidyanath , a renowned Ayurvedic pharmaceutical company. She integrated modified the process of Uttarbasti (Intrauterine instillation of medicated oils & ghrutas), for the treatment of infertility, failure of IVF/IUI, fibroids etc., working on improving the birth weight in low socioeconomic & malnourished Indian population. Delivered lectures in many national & international conferences specially Ayurvedic management of infertility, resource person at Continuing education provider for practitioners, teachers & interns and guided many theses for postgraduate as well as Ph.D. scholars in Ayurveda. She is one of the subject experts in structuring syllabus for Ayurvedic courses of Central council of Indian medicine.

Topic:”Autoimmune disorders in pregnancy & its solution in Ayurveda”

Abstract: Ayurveda has its own diagnostic method & treatment based on it. Pregnancy is a condition where all body components have to work extra for the nourishment of fetus. The first tissue called Rasa has to perform three works instead of single work. It has been stated that as fetus is also excreting some substances which goes into circulation of mother works as mala (toxins). These malas are responsible for various Garbhopadrava (pregnancy induced complications) ex PIH & Garbhavyapada (foetal complications) ex IUD, abortions etc. Rakta dhatu has to cover (Pariveshtate) fetus and concept us at the beginning of of the pregnancy for health nidation & further growth. Autoimmune disorders are 5 times more common among women, and incidence tends to peak during reproductive years, that is during pregnancy. Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in pregnancy is an autoimmune disorder that predisposes patients to thrombosis during pregnancy, increases risk of fetal demise, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, and intrauterine growth restriction. According to Ayurvedic science Autoimmune disorders in pregnancy are the disorders produced due to imbalance of tridosh along with Rasa & Rakta dhatu. Vitiation of these will lead into imbalance of further components & maternal with fetal complications. So to treat the autoimmune disorder purification the body before pregnancy followed by herbs strengthening Rasa & Rakta dhatu should be done. The herbs which improves uterine circulation could be started immediately after conception will avoid pregnancy induced maternal & fetal complications. During 2014, 71 cases screened, out of which 9 cases had been diagnosed for autoimmune disorder, 3 cases registered before pregnancy & 6 during first trimester, out of which 6 cases has been undergone uneventful pregnancy with birth outcome.

Holly Fourchalk

Holly Fourchalk, Vancouver, Canada PhD Psychology (Psychoneuroendocrinology); PhD Nutrition (Bridging Ayurveda, TCM & Western Herbal/Nutritional Medicine with the 3 Pillars of Glutathione); MA Herbal Medicine (Bridging Ayurveda, TCM & Western Herbal Medicine); Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner; Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, OEI. Scientist, International Speaker and Author (17 books).

Topic:”Integrative Model for the Biochemistry of Cellular Healing”

Abstract: One of the reasons Ayurvedic medicine is so effective is that the formulations provides not only compounds that effect the given symptoms & impaired doshas, but also that they the provide the nutrients to re-establish the basis of cellular healing. They provide the nutrients to support the three pillars of glutathione.

Prashanth Shivarudraiah

Prashanth Acharya, BAMS, MSAYURVED, PhD (C), India Presently working on PhD in Ayurveda on panchakarma in degenerative disorders of intervertebral discs from Maharashtra University: 2001: MS-Ayurveda (Master of Surgery in Ayurveda, Shalya tantra) Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore; 1997: BAMS. He is Founder Director-ARTH-An Ayurvedic Health Centre, Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre, Bangalore, Founder & Managing Trustee-Atreya charitable Trust, Doddaballapura, Bangalore, Founder & Medical Director-Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Doddaballapura, Bangalore, Founder & Former Director-Isha Diagnostics, Bangalore, Promoter-SAVB-ayurvedic pharma company, Recipient of the Karnataka State Award ‘Nada Chetana’ for excellence in Ayurveda, Recipient of ‘Atreya’ award in the AAPNA Conference at Las Angeles, USA in 2012 and Recipient of ‘Dhanwantari’ award in the AAPNA Conference at Boone, USA in 2014

Topic:”Sarcoidosis – Ayurvedic Management”

Abstract: Sarcoidosis is a non-infectious multi system disease of unknown cause (auto-immune). It can commonly afflict young and middle aged adults. Frequently presents with bilateral adenopathy, pulmonary infiltrates, ocular and skin lesions. Usually treated with corticosteroids in the symptomatic individuals. We can look at the same disease as an immune deficiency disorder as per Ayurvedic Science and when treated accordingly, get extra-ordinary results.

Selva shunmugam

Selva Shunmugam,P., BSMS, MDSIDDHA, PhD-Siddha, Chennai, India is the Secretary and Siddha Consultant of Health India Foundation Clinic for Integrated Siddha and Allopathic medicine. He is a founder member and Director of World Siddha Trust. He is also a Research Professor at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) at Baltimore. He has contributed for more than 15 years for developing Siddha System and has 7 years of research experience in Siddha- Allopathic integrative medicine. He served in National Institute of Siddha. During this period he successfully coordinated a WHO sponsored project entitled “DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLICATION OF SIDDHA TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR SELECTED DISEASES”. As a Principal Investigator, he analyzed medical and health related Yoga concepts of Thirumanthiram, a Tamil-based ancient Literature. Based on the analysis, he prepared a research report and submitted to Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai. Apart from delivering health lectures to the students of schools and colleges and various Institutions Dr. Shunmugam is an experienced physician who encountered various clinical conditions. He has presented more than 32 research papers in National and International conferences. Received best paper award for the paper entitled “Neikkuri – One of the Siddha Investigative parameters, Characteristics and case study” presented in International Conference on the role of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homeopathy in the 21st Century held at Chennai. He has also received awards from FeTNA and Washington Tamil Sangam for exploring Siddha System through systematic and scientific approach.

Topic:”Management of Psoriasis with Siddha System of Medicine”

Abstract: According to recent survey, Psoriasis affects about 2-3% of the population worldwide. Modern medicine system views Psoriasis as a non-contagious, chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the skin. The possible mechanism is that the immune system sends out wrong signals which in turn expedites the growth cycle of skin cells ending up in proliferation. Siddha system of Medicine is an ancient medical system of India which alternatively views Psoriasis as a “Yappia noi”. Yappia noi is one of the major classifications of diseases, broadly considered as a chronic condition that is carried out by the patient throughout ones lifespan. Elimination of the diseases completely requires significant effort in terms of applied dose of chemical-based drugs, life style modifications and food restrictions. Many medical methods are available in Siddha system of medicine to effectively manage this disorder. This talk will focus on the efficacy of Siddha-based treatment of Psoriasis. It is proved here clinically how 75 Psoriatic patients were completely cured with the Siddha-based treatment. In this retrospective analysis diagnosis was judged mainly by clinical conditions, Siddha Investigative Methods(SIM) and Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) results. The results are analyzed and presented in this talk.

Samarth Rao

Samarth Rao, BAMS,MPH, MHA, Australia practices classical Ayurveda along with his wife, Dr. Vibhuti Rao at Green Tree Ayurveda in Australia. He belongs to a family of traditional Ayurvedic Vaidyas in India. He also practices at Amruth Ayurvedic Centre, Bengaluru, India, along with his parents at 4 locations. He grew up learning Ayurveda first at home and later trained as an Ayurvedic Physician. Since 8 years of age, he has been identifying herbs, processing herbal preparation, exposed to pulse reading and providing therapies to patients visiting at his parent’s Ayurvedic centers in Bengaluru, India. It was a family business and part of growing up, which motivated him to take up a formal qualification in Ayurveda. Along with his clinical Ayurveda practice in Canberra and Sydney, he is dedicated in motivating and teaching many students to learn and practice Ayurveda at different Ayurveda schools in Australia. He has been spreading the word of Ayurveda by organizing regular Ayurveda workshops and short courses, writing for local magazines and raising awareness of Ayurveda by speaking in various conferences in Australia.

Topic:”Key Role of Snehana (Lubrication) in the Management of Autoimmune Disorders”

Abstract: The human body is composed of many different kinds of oils and fats. Its immunity (Prana Shakti) is dependent on fats and oils. This is emphasized by all the classical treatises of Ayurveda. The Prana (life force) can be strengthened with the various types of fats available in the nature. Likewise, fats play an important role in cellular healing and functioning. Ayurveda incorporates herbal fat preparations in most of the diseases prevention and management. Snehana can be for the purpose of Sodhana, Shamana and Rasayana. Therefore, it can be used for cleansing the toxins, balancing the Doshas and for preventing diseases and rejuvenation. This session will cover tested and experienced formulas from the classical Ayurvedic Treatises for instant lubrication that have shown excellent clinical efficacy in autoimmune disorder.

Shekhar Annambhotla

Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS., MDAYURVED, LMT, Pennsylvania, USA has been practicing and teaching ayurveda world wide since 1988. He has travelled extensively to more than 25 countries, teaching and consulting in ayurveda. Shekhar is the Founding Director of Ojas, LLC Ayurveda Wellness Center Pennsylvania; Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA); Founding Director of Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC; and a Founding Director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Florida. Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the U.S., including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School and others. He was awarded the “International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai by Tathagat Foundation; “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” in Hyderabad by I-SERVE; and “Outstanding Corporate Award: Healthcare and Community Service” in Bangalore by MTC Global. He is Editor-in-chief, OMICS Group, Ayurveda Division, California, USA and also serves on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA.

Topic: “Panchakarma for Autoimmune Disorders”

Abstract: Panchakarma, a deep psycho-physiological cleansing and detoxification program, helps to improve overall health and wellness by adopting 4 steps. The foremost step is to improve digestion, assimilation and absorption by adopting various methods of fasting, and utilizing digestive herbs; the second is by administering various deep cleansing programs as explained in panchakarma therapies; the third is to follow a post-cleansing diet and lifestyle; and finally, administering various rasayanas and vajeekaranas gradually and systematically enhance the immune system to alleviate autoimmune disorders.


Daniel J. McNeff, C.E.O., Legally Mine, Inc. is the C.E.O. of Legally Mine. In addition to running his own businesses for the last 20 years, he has served as The Senior Vice President of one of the nation’s largest financial services company for 15 years. He is a published author with one book and many magazine and newspaper articles. He has been married for 31 years, is the father of 8 children, and grandfather to 12 so far. Mr. McNeff has conducted hundreds of seminars and is responsible for helping thousands of people protect their assets and reduce their tax liabilities.

THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS: Stop Lawsuits – Lower Taxes

SYNOPSIS: Lawsuit Protection and Prevention
• How will incorporating help prevent lawsuits? Or will it help at all?
• How business owners should be structured: C-corps, S-corps, FLP’s, LLC’s, etc.
• Learn how to use legal tools that can protect 100% of a business owner’s professional and personal assets from lawsuits, liens and levies. Statistically, not even one in 100,000 are using these tools in the right way.
• Will a living trust help prevent lawsuits? If not, why have a living trust?
• How to protect a business, property, retirement funds and assets in the event of a judgment in excess of liability insurance or exclusion in a policy.
• Which state laws provide the greatest asset protection? A business owner may live in one state but use the superior law of another state to his or her benefit.
• Lawsuit protection strategies most advisers are unaware of. Only 780 of the more than 1 million practicing lawyers in America claim lawsuit protection as one of their specialties.Tax Reduction and Estate Planning
• What is the best business structure for income tax reduction
• How to use corporate resolutions for income tax reduction
• The strengths and pitfalls of the “S” Corp.
• How to use income shifting as a means to income tax reduction.
Summary: Through this course, attendees will truly understand exactly how, why and where legal entities should be used for both lawsuit prevention and income tax reduction. The course is given in plain English, and when done, most attendees understand the proper use of legal tools for the first time in their lives.



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Master Kamal, Thailand began practicing at age five in India. He was initiated by Swami Veda Bharati of the Himalayas into the highest Himalayan tradition. He created his own unique style of Yoga called KRIYOGA.  The world ‘Kri means ‘new life”.  His talents for both Yoga and motivating and organizing people were obvious and his determination led him on a journey to bring new Yoga systems to the world. For the past 2 decades he has mastered many styles of Yoga i.e., Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Kundalini yoga, Himalayan meditation and Philosophy of Yoga. And also his mastery of martial arts (he is a 5Dan Black Belt) and various fitness science’s helped him to incorporate additional ways to strengthen the body and mind. His Kriyoga System has made him as one of the most successful and famous Yoga Master in World. He eventually travelled to Singapore (1994) and with hard work and determination he found success. Soon he was gracing scores of billboards in Asia as a unique and new style Yoga Master. He has become a mainstay of magazines, is Hong Kong’s first New Age Wonder and has appeared numerous times on network television in Asia. He is the pioneer in bringing yoga into the limelight throughout Asia. He has traveled intensively spreading his teachings throughout Asia, the U.S.A and Australia. His extensive knowledge of effective exercise and postural analysis has made him in demand by high profile clients, corporate, models, and sports professionals. He leads Seminars, Workshops, Courses, and Lectures on the subjects of good mind and body health. His compassion, wealth of knowledge and mindfulness earned through decades of practice and teaching has created a Yoga boom in Asia. His success in establishing Yoga in Asia has him honored in a book ‘The Great Indian Yoga Masters ‘that was launched in London in 2002, as one of the top 8 Top Indian Yoga Masters in the World. Master Kamal has contributed articles to International Yoga magazines, and have appeared numerous times on television network television network in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Bangkok and Hong Kong and in varied Newspapers and In-flight magazines like Discovery Magazines and the Silk Road. Featured his home video DVD ‘Passion of Yoga 1,2 & 3 series, the Power of Prana and the Power of Sun’, Yoga Bliss, Yoga Shakti, the Warrior, Yoga Fire & Andhra Ashtanga., an instructional DVD which guides through a rejuvenating flow of postures, breathing, concentration and meditation.He Performed 60 hrs Yoga episodes on TV programmed “Yoga for All” that telecast in Vietnam, and been rated top with the highest viewers. He is the author of the books ‘’Yoga Sun’’ and ‘’Andhra Ashtanga”, “’For Your Body Type’’ With all of his accomplishments, Master Kamal remains energetic and determined to assist people in gaining better mind and body health. With this as his goal, he is bringing his Kriyoga Lifestyle and Health discipline to the world Today, Master Kamal and Kriyoga are at the forefront of the World’s goal for better solutions to many physical, mental and emotional challenges people face today. Recently he introduced ‘Infrared Hot Yoga’ for the first time in Asia. He also introduced ‘Ayurveda’ the ancient Indian Wisdom of healing & rejuvenation to the people of Thailand. This makes Master Kamal and his Kriyoga centers, as the NO.1 center in Bangkok to bring Yoga, Ayurveda and Health consultation under one roof for total wellbeing.  At present he has 3 centers (4th branch opening in January 2015) in Bangkok. The Kingdom of Thailand. The Kriyoga Centers offer the most exclusive classes ranging from classes for different Body types, therapy classes, Kundalini and meditation classes. Provide classes for all levels including intensive classes i.e., Asana Challenge, Intense Stretch and Inversion, Intensive Meditation, Power of breath etc., The center offer’s Yoga Alliance International recognized teachers training certification courses in Himalaya Hatha, Kriyoga, Andhra Ashtanga, Restorative Yoga Course and Integrative Yoga Therapy etc., throughout the year.

Topic:”Kriyoga and Golden Light Meditation”

Abstract: Awaken the miracle healing force within you and increase physical, mental, sexual, creative and spiritual powers. You’re a bundle of energy and information. You are composed of various energies – physical, mental, sexual, creative and spiritual. Any physical form of exercise is incomplete without meditation. And on the other hand, just positive thinking consciously won’t help increase your overall potential, because many are subconsciously negative in disguise. You have to dive within making the sub-conscious mind positive. Affirmations simply won’t work by conscious thinking. When affirmations are done on a conscious level, are always filtered by the subconscious mind because they usually don’t match your belief system. That’s why affirmations make no sense and can never improve your overall well-being. To understand the 3 states of mind, an iceberg is a great analogy that describes the connection between the conscious, the subconscious mind and the unconscious. The conscious mind is just a small, visible part above the surface and a huge part below. The conscious mind occupies only a small portion of space at the top, a bit like an iceberg where only a fraction of it is showing above the water. It probably represents about 10% of your brain capacity.Below the conscious mind there is a larger section refer to as the subconscious. It is much larger than the conscious mind and accounts for around 50-60% of your brain capabilities. And below the sub-conscious mind is the unconscious mind. It occupies the whole width of the base of the ice berg and fills out the other 30-40% of the iceberg. It is vast and deep and largely inaccessible to conscious thought, a bit like the dark depths of the ocean. The subconscious mind is responsible for all physiological functions of the body; our heart rate, breathing, kidney function or digestion and immune defense against diseases. In fact, studies suggest that more than 75% of our daily activities are regulated by the subconscious mind. Considering the vast responsibilities of the subconscious mind, its power and enormous potential become very obvious that we need to work directly with the subconscious mind in order to create profound and long-lasting changes on the mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Kriyoga, and the Golden Light Meditation: The 3 simple and effective methods of Kriyoga has a profound effect on the sub-conscious and un-conscious states of mind. They help release mysterious brain waves that profoundly heal the body and control the autonomic nervous system and regulate the heartbeat. Golden Light Meditation is a method/tool for the re-discovery of the body’s own inner power and intelligence. From this point we get clear and intuitive thoughts, bursts of inspirations, power of healing and our deepest sense of connection to the universe. People who practice the Golden light meditation regularly help postpone aging, improve their immune system, cures many chronic illness and also their body produces more growth hormones. This method acts as a powerful mind and nerve tonic. It helps increases memory, concentration and creative power. It cultivates bliss, brings inner peace and magnetizes joyful atmosphere to live and be around the community that you live and travel. Antara Yatra teaches you to learn and experience the art of deep relaxation and working with the sub-conscious mind by giving auto suggestion, will help build awareness, confidence and positive thinking. In Antar Yatra, the body is sleeping soundly and the mind is fully awake but relaxed that makes you become the master of body and senses. Helps you remove the negative, destructive thoughts by replacing them with positive thoughts. It helps deepen your awareness in knowing how the body, breath and mind work. Makes you become aware of the conscious and subconscious states of mind. With these mental suggestions, you can control your mind and mental waves up to an extent that the magnetic force of the mind radiates throughout your whole body. The purified mind begins to shine like the mighty sun realizing the whole universe within you and you with the whole universe.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015,8:00 PM – 9:30 PM



Devika Deshmukh, BAMS, MDAYURVED, California, India will be performing culture-oriented folk dances where cultures from the South to the North of India are brought to light. The dances’ differences showcase each culture’s distinguishing beauty, and Devika’s artful choreography unites them in a beautiful medley that will linger in your mind long after the evening ends. The performance includes the Ardha-Nari-Nateshwar (the half man and half woman concept), where a single dancer performs both the male and female characters simultaneously. Another dance portrays the beautifully crafted Lavani performance, which is a feast for the eyes in Maharashtrian (Central Indian) traditional culture. The art form of Kathak depicts what beauty manifested in the northern part of India. Yet another form of dance will show you how a maiden feels as she dances with anxiety and then exuberation when in drought she suddenly hears thunder roar in the sky. Devika’s dance performance will be accompanied by melodious singers who will perform with musical instruments. The Indian cultural dance program is fun-filled and engaging, meant to bring you joy and fulfillment on Saturday evening!