Want to study Ayurveda...
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2013 12:19 PM Last Post By: MHart
Aug 8, 2010 1:10 PM
Want to study Ayurveda...Hi all!
I've decided to study Ayurveda and India is the best place to do it...
I would really appreciate any help or suggestions. I have no idea where to start, all I do know is that it's something I have to do ;)
Aug 8, 2010 4:03 PM
1Hi mystikmischa !
If you want to learn Ayurveda, you have to go to south India.I don't know this medicine but i read Kerala is the best region.
I give you some mails adress which ( i hope) will help you. Good luck...
Aug 9, 2010 1:16 AM
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Aug 9, 2010 7:34 AM
Aug 9, 2010 7:45 AM
5Nice to know someone who has that level of certainty about what to do. Coming to practicalities ;
1. The degree is called BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery).
What subjects did you major in in school? In India, any main stream medical / alternative medical degree requires aspirants to major in Zoology and Botany (and most often Physics and Chemistry as well). ie you cannot major in commerce or economics in school and then go on to do a medical degree. At least in the non capitation colleges this is the case (ie the ones where you do not pay a filthy amount of money to the institute and effectively purchase your degree). I don't believe in any case that there are any good capitation colleges which offer a full fledged BAMS as a course, as the recovery of the investment would be too slow for aspiring students.
2. Are you prepare to put in 5.5 years of hard study to get a Bachelors in Ayurveda medicine.
3. If yes to both the above, what do you intend to do with your new degree after you complete? I see that you are from South Africa - not sure if Ayurveda is considered equivalent to a mainstream medical degree in your country eg. in the US, it is just a few notches above quackery and the media are quite cutting about the effectiveness of Ayurveda (the ignoramuses!)
4. If you do want to practice, where will you get your medication from? Many countries ban / limit the import of Ayurvedic medication citing "unacceptable ingredients" e.g mercury, all of which is perfectly safe given the method and degree of curing the ingredients undergo. There is little point in being a qualified BAMS with no means to treat your patients.
5. If yes again to all the above, yes, Kerala is the best place for you to learn Ayurveda. The best ones are the Govt run colleges. See http://www.keralaeducation.net/Ayurvedic/ for a list of colleges. The College in Trivandrum is probably the best.
Carefully read the website http://www.kerala.gov.in/dept_ayurveda/index.htm . You will see that there is a reservation for foreign students in Goverment colleges. This is the quota which you should look at.
"Seats are reserved for Non Resident Indians and 21 seats are reserved for Foreign students in various Government Ayurveda College for BAMS course."
"Seats for NRI and Foreign students for BAMS courses are available in self financing private Ayurveda College also." I would strongly recommend that you do NOT opt for non Government colleges as the calibre of education and teachers would be suspect
6. If you go to Kerala, how good are you at learning languages? I think that the courses are taught in Malayalam or if not fully in Malayalam, there would be a fair degree of the vernacular which comes into the lectures. It is a bit of a difficult language to learn - and remember that it has its own script as well.
7. There are other places in India which do offer a BAMS degree ; e.g the Benares Hindu University, one of the most respected institutions in India for education.
http://admissionsindia.blogspot.com/2008/01/admission-for-bams-b-pharm-ay-ayurveda.html Even here, a basic knowledge of Sanskrit may be required.
Other colleges offering BAMS can be seen here http://www.highereducationinindia.com/courses/bams.php . I cannot comment on any of them and how good their courses are.
Hope this gives you some food for thought...do come back and ask any further questions you may have.
Aug 9, 2010 7:41 PM
6If my reply was akin to using a sledgehammer to crack open a tiny little peanut and all you want to do is a short term course in Ayurveda, you need to know that none of the reputed Institutes in India offer such courses.
There are however short term courses offered. Note that these are complete money spinners from tourists enamoured by Ayurveda and want to dabble in it without understanding the complexity. Not that it matters to either the people who sign up their money away or the people who offer these courses.
You will learn a bit about the theory and a bit about the practice of massaging / kinds of treatments used. Whether that makes you licensed to practice on another human being is upto your conscience.
Short term courses
Online course (!!) http://learnayurveda.com/short.html
Nov 7, 2010 9:14 AM
7Nice from you give all this informations, Im seriosly thinking to study Ayurveda in BHU.
I have some doubts about the addimition, cause i know that i have to ask the addmition not for the BHU but for the Educational Consultants of India.
As is a medicine course i have to had in my finals results in Hight school at list 6 to 10 in Physic, Chimestry, Biology and English, it is?
And i have one friend that told me that even like this, is very dificult they admit a foreigner for medicine courses, isnt it?
Im from Brasil, exist some quota or consideration for my addmition?
Nov 20, 2010 8:26 AM
Aug 16, 2011 11:11 PM
Sep 1, 2011 10:32 PM
10I'm heading to India at the beginning of next month intending to study ayurveda there for ~2months. Everyone has told me to go to Kerala.
I have an offer from Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group for 5hrs/day, 6 weeks, including accommodation for 3450euro total.
I also have an offer from Jiva in Faridabad (don't remember the details now). And while I feel more confident in the Jiva (friends of friend), everyone told me to aim for Kerala.
A number of people have also told me it works totally fine, or even better to just show up and figure out which program seems the most legit and matches my interest when I get there.
Someone specifically recommended Varkala to me, telling me they have an awesome program there, beautiful location, and close to the beach.
Can anyone provide any direction? Or any more guidance than this?
May 6, 2012 11:10 AM
11please ask your question on Share ayurveda forum you might find a solution. thanks! Share Ayurveda
Jun 22, 2013 5:44 AM
Here is one most intresting ayurveda institute,I was on a visit to India and i just got there by chance, They are condicting all sort of ayurvedic courses and they are also taking up treatments,I was even surprised to see them making their own branded oils, I think they have most experinced doctors - here is what i see on their visiting card
http://www.ayurvedatrainingindia.com contact person - Raj
I am sure they will satisfy all needs of anyone looking for even big courses and short term ones!!
Aug 17, 2013 8:29 PM
13Just wanted to chime in the conversation here. Ayurveda is serious business. DO NOT study at any western institution and think that you will be practicing clinical Ayurveda or have the capacity to call yourself a practitioner without much more training. There is a lot of upsell in the west to get Ayurveda off the ground, but you have to be careful. My personal experience was through California College of Ayurveda who are terribly dishonest in what they are doing and barely even skim the surface of Ayurveda, but pretend otherwise. They are not the only ones either. Yes, and if you want to study in India be prepared for a long haul.
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