Vision & Mission

Our vision is to bring the healing science of Ayurveda and its modalities to the forefront of integrative medicine in the West.

By sharing our wisdom, extensive education and experience, diverse backgrounds, collective knowledge of Ayurveda and integrative medicine, AAPNA strives to:

  • Build bridges of knowledge across all health professions in order to incorporate the healing approaches and modalities of Ayurveda into mainstream health care.
  • Bring together all ayurvedic and integrative health professionals to offer each other support, academic discussions, professional development and friendship.
  • Strengthen the awareness of Ayurveda as a healing science, thereby contributing to the effort of bringing the wisdom and knowledge of Ayurveda to everyone.

Why Ayurveda Should Be Regulated and Licensed

Ayurvedic medicine has a time tested significant impact on a person’s overall health and well-being with unique mind-body concept. In last few years a heightened interest in Ayurvedic medicine globally. In this case the public has a right to expect that Ayurvedic Professionals have an adequate qualifications needed to practice effectively and safely. Therefore, legal recognition of the practice of Ayurvedic medicine and clearly-stated requirements to practice are essential to promote the profession and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
a. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine in the form of state licensure creates standards of minimum competency. Competency is measured and enforced through formal education, training, and examination requirements.
b. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine ensures that individuals have met the eligibility requirements needed to practice Ayurvedic medicine and that they are qualified to represent themselves to the public as state licensed Ayurvedic Professionals.
c. By providing a legal definition of the scope of practice of Ayurvedic medicine, professional licensure helps consumers identify the responsibilities and services unique to an Ayurvedic Professional. It allows consumers to select the most appropriate Ayurvedic Professional for their needs and brings the benefit of open access to the selection process.
d. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine through licensure enables a state or jurisdiction to discipline Ayurvedic Professionals. States do not have the ability to regulate a profession that is not formally recognized in statute. Professional licensure laws enhance public safety by enforcing disciplinary actions against non-compliant professionals.
e. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine through licensure protects the public in other ways as well. It establishes a consistent standard of practice which is enforceable by a professional code of ethics. In addition, it establishes a formal grievance process for consumers that helps prevent unethical and/or non-compliant Ayurvedic Practitioners from continuing to practice.
f. The following areas the licensing Ayurveda can be provided as per the guidelines of AYUSH, Government of India Health & Family Welfare and World Health Organization (Benchmarks for training in Ayurveda)

World Health Organization (WHO) Benchmarks for Training in Ayurveda

AYUSH (Government of India) Ayurveda Training

Ayurvedic Physicians / Masters in Ayurveda (AMD) equivalent to MD / MS in Ayurveda degree or equivalent training
Formal Education & Training

    Minimum 5000 hours of classroom hours training
    Minimum 2000 hours clinical rotation in hospital setting
    Able to read and write Sanskrit to understand core textbooks of ayurveda
    Performed Cadaver dissections
    Written Dissertation work on research

Scope of Practice

    Able to diagnose, treat the diseases on the principles of ayurveda
    and applied western laboratory tastings, diagnostic tools
    Able to perform all the Panchakarma procedures including leech application
    Researcher in the clinical setting

Ayurvedic Physicians / Doctor of Ayurveda (DA) equivalent BAMS degree or equivalent training
Formal Education & Training
Minimum 4000 hours of classroom hours training
Minimum 1000 hours clinical rotation in hospital setting
Able to read and write Sanskrit to understand core textbooks of
ayurveda
Performed Cadaver dissections
Scope of Practice
Able to diagnose, treat the diseases on the principles of ayurveda
and applied western laboratory testings, diagnostic tools
Able to perform all the Panchakarma procedures including leech applications

Ayurvedic Pharmacist (AP)
Formal Education & Training
Minimum 2000 hours of classroom hours training
Minimum 1000 hours working in manufacturing unit or hospital or clinic setting
Scope of Practice

Ayurvedic Panchakarma Therapists (APT)
Formal Education & Training
Minimum 1000 hours of classroom hours training
Minimum 500 hours hand-on training
Scope of Practice

Ayurvedic Dietician and Nutritionist (ADN)
Formal Education & Training
Minimum 1000 hours of classroom hours training
Minimum 500 hours clinical training
Scope of Practice

Ayurvedic-Yoga Practitioner (AYP)
Formal Education & Training
Minimum 1000 hours of classroom hours training
Minimum 500 hours clinical and practical training
Scope of Practice

Ayurvedic Midwives (AMW)
Formal Education & Training
Minimum 1000 hours of classroom hours training
Minimum 500 hours clinical and practical training
Scope of Practice