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Ayurvedic Medicine: Ancient Foundations of Health Care

3.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the basics of Ayurvedic medicine, including principles of Ayurvedic medicine, causes of disharmonies and diseases, diagnostic methods, and treatment methods.
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Ayurvedic medicine is a highly sophisticated religion, philosophy, and system of medicine that has been practiced in India for over 2,500 years. As with other forms of complementary and alternative medicine, it focuses on the whole individual and one’s relationship to one’s environment. Health, vitality, and longevity are achieved through a balance within the body and between the body and the external environment.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define Ayurveda and describe the origins of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Explain the five elements of Ayurveda.
  • Describe the tridoshas.
  • Explain the relationship of the tridoshas to an individual's characteristics and health.
  • Describe the three gunas.
  • Identify the roles of the seven dhatus.
  • Identify the roles of the three malas.
  • Define ojas and their roles.
  • Describe agni and srotas.
  • Describe the three causes of disease according to Ayurvedic medicine.
  • State the six stages of the disease process in Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Describe the diagnostic techniques used by the Ayurvedic practitioner.
  • Explain the treatment modalities used in Ayurvedic medicine and the importance of their timing when utilized.
  • Explain the educational standards relevant to Ayurvedic medicine practitioners in the United States today.

Ayurveda (pronounced aa-yoor-vay-da) is not only a science but also a religion and a philosophy. Lad (1998) defines philosophy as the love of truth, science as the discovery of truth through experiment, and religion as experiencing truth and applying it to daily living.

According to Lad (2004), the religion of Ayurveda denotes the beliefs and disciplines that support a state of being in which the individual is open to all aspects of life; the philosophy of Ayurveda deals with the love of truth and the sacredness of the life journey. Morrison (1995) says that Ayurveda is “a science of life which focuses on the subtle energies in all things—not only in living and inorganic things, but also in our thoughts, emotions, and actions” (p. 8). She also states that Ayurveda stresses “that we are all born with an individual constitution that is unique: an integral part of our being, a fixed point which is our personal baseline for health” (p. 8).

Ayurveda is a whole medical system that seeks to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. Rather than asking “What disease does my client have?”, Ayurvedic practitioners strive to know who their clients are from the perspective of how they are constituted. Constitution is a key word in Ayurvedic medicine and refers to our overall health profile, including our strengths and susceptibilities.

Once assessed and identified, the client’s constitution becomes the foundation for all clinical decisions. The person’s metabolic body type is first identified, and then a specific treatment plan is designed to bring the person back into harmony with the environment. Ayurvedic treatment plans include dietary changes, exercises, yoga, meditation, massage, herbal tonics and sweat baths, medicated enemas, and medicated inhalations (Giger, 2016; Trivieri & Anderson, 2002).

There are two main types of Ayurveda: traditional and maharishi. The latter is based on translations from the classical texts of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Both types support the basic principles of Ayurveda, but the maharishi type:

  • stresses the role of supreme consciousness in maintaining health and promotes Transcendental Meditation (TM) as a method for experiencing the consciousness of the universe
  • believes in the importance of positive emotions
  • supports being in tune with the natural rhythms of the body

The traditional form of Ayurveda is the focus of this course.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

February 05, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
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Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

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No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.