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Level Two Professional Training

Course Description for Certificate - Āyurvedic Practitioner (C-AP) Program

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Pre-Requisite: Western Anatomy and Physiology

Description: MMI accepts a college level transcript showing satisfactory completion of Anatomy & Physiology course.

Yoga for Health and Disease Management

Description: This course deepens the practice of Yoga. Students perform yoga postures, breathing practices and meditation. Students explore the science of yoga within the context of the shad darshana. Using the Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga systems, the course investigates and applies the appropriate limb and practice of yoga to disease management.

Sanskrit Study

Description: This course continues the study of the Sanskrit, the language of Ayurveda. Students learn to read, write, and chant Sanskrit slokas relating to health, wellness and each disease system studied.

Ayurvedic Foundational Integration

Description: This course provides the basic framework for integrating all the different concepts of health, wellness, disease prevention and disease management as presented throughout the program. Students review the principles of each system presented and contextualize it with the methods of treatments being offered. Students integrate reading of classical texts with modern terminology and traditional approaches. In this course students create self-study (svadhyaya) goals and frame the discussion of becoming a healer through the Ayurvedic concept of self-healing.

Ayurvedic Classical Texts

Description: Students investigate the historical and philosophical foundations of Ayurvedic medicine and the history of scientific studies in Ayurveda, through the classical texts. They will explore and expand their knowledge and use of these ancient texts in a modern clinical practice. Students will be able to explain the basic principles of Ayurvedic medicine, name the eight branches, discuss the medical ethics and aims of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Herbology 2

Description: This course explores in detail the Ayurvedic principles of Herbology and Pharmaceuticals, functions, indications and contraindications of various medicinal herbs, use of single and compounded herbs, and various methods of combining herbs into formulas to restore physio/mental equilibrium and management of various imbalances. Using the classical texts, Students will learn how to make individual formulas, calculate dosages and recommend herbal interventions for each of the disease systems investigated.

Ayurvedic Pathophysiology 2

Description: This course explores in detail the disease processes and clinical examination in Ayurvedic medicine. Students learn the causes of disease, six stages of disease manifestation, disease pathways and classification of diseases, signs and symptoms of disease. Students learn how to distinguish the disease from its symptoms and prioritize treatment protocols.

Ayurvedic Diagnosis 2

Description: This course builds skills in clinical diagnosis (pariksha). Students learn and practice many different Ayurvedic diagnostic techniques (pulse, tongue, nails, skin, speech, eyes, etc.) and learn to evaluate their findings.in terms of health and disease. Students differentiate between techniques that are important to use in each case and those that are particular to a disease system.

Disease Management: Digestive System

Description: This course explores in detail the digestive system in Ayurvedic Medicine including various disorders, assessment and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as treatments though diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas and other therapies.

Disease Management: Cardiovascular System

Description: This course explores in detail the cardiovascular system in Ayurvedic Medicine including various disorders, assessment and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as treatments though diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas and other therapies.

Disease Management: Respiratory System

Description: This course explores in detail the respiratory system in Ayurvedic Medicine including various disorders, assessment and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas and other therapies.

Disease Management: Nervous System

Description: This course explores in detail the nervous system in Ayurvedic Medicine including the disorders, assessment and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas and other therapies.

Disease Management: Genito-Urinary System and Men’s Health

Description: This course explores in detail the Genito-urinary system in Ayurvedic Medicine including the disorders, assessment and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas and other therapies. The Ayurvedic approach to men’s health issues are introduced.

Disease Management: Women’s Health

Description: This course explores in detail the women’s health in Ayurvedic Medicine including the disorders, assessment and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas and other therapies. The Ayurvedic approach to promoting fertility, healthy pregnancy, and imbalances of menopause are introduced.

Disease Management: Pre & Post Natal, Pediatrics

Description: This course investigates women’s pre and post-natal healthcare in terms of support for creating a healthy conception and pregnancy, as well as ameliorating potential disorders. Nutrtional support and lifestyle measures are presented. Herbal formulas and suitable external therapies are explored. Interventions for post-natal conditions are investigated. Assessment and appropriate intervention for children are examined per different age groups from infants to adolescence. Diet and lifestyle to promote health as well as herbs suitable for children are presented.

Advanced Ayurvedic Psychology

Description: This course investigates the knowledge of the Mind, its functions, causative factors for pathological change, stages of pathology and various disease presenting with psychological and physical symptoms. It assesses various psychological disorders from an Ayurvedic perspective. Students explore the predominance of the three gunas (Sattwa, Rajas, Tamas) in specific conditions and learn which Ayurvedic therapies (diet, lifestyle and herbal) can be recommended. Spiritual and subtle therapies of the sister sciences are considered as well.

Introduction to Scientific Research

Description: This course provides the students a basic understanding of scientific research process, introduction to steps involved in the scientific research models, methods and analysis. Students will also learn how to critically understand and evaluate scientific research presentations and literature.

Kayachikitsa and Internal Medicine

Description: This course examines the specific symptomology of various disease states and the treatment strategies that address them. Students hone skills to distinguish the stage of disease (shatkriyakala) and associate it by symptoms and samprapti. Using case studies, students compare, contrast, and evaluate the functions, indications, and contraindications of a variety of treatments and formulas.This course covers classical formulas for use in the treatment of various disorders as well as the principles of preparing advanced formulas.

Aging and Advanced Restorative Therapies

Description: This course explores in detail the concept of rasayana or rejuvenation in Ayurvedic Medicine. Students learn dietary measures, herbal formulas, external therapies and daily routines used as rejuvenatives to promote nourishment and tonification, strengthen the immune system and build strength. Students will examine health issues that are of particular concern for the aging including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure. The student will create geriatric care management plans for seniors and their families/communities based on Ayurvedic principles.

Ayurvedic Therapies 2

Description: This course is a hands-on demonstration of various Ayurvedic bodywork techniques including Abhayanga, Ayurvedic massage, Shirodhara, Basti, Marma Therapy, and herbal Swedana. Students learn the techniques and put them into practice in the classroom. Because this is a survey course and does not provide in-depth training in these therapies, students will generally apply the knowledge to refer clients out to qualified practitioners

Internship 2

Description: This course introduces students to advanced consultation practices and protocols for consultations. Students continue to develop their skills as Ayurvedic Practitioners through consultations and clinical discussions in the classroom under the supervision of experienced Ayurvedic Practitioners. Students are required to prepare case papers for each client. (This course runs over two separate weekends.)

Subtle Therapies 2: Jyotish, Hasta, and Vastu

Description: Students are exposed to a more advanced perspective on the use of the subtle sister sciences of Ayurveda; Jyotish (Vedic astrology), Vastu (principles of design), and Hasta (Indian hand palmistry) in Ayurvedic medicine. Students learn how to utilize these ancient techniques to support the wellbeing of their clients. Because this is a survey course and does not provide in-depth training in these subtle sciences, students learn to evaluate and distinguish which might benefit a client for referral.

Western Interface, Functional Medicine, and Understanding Labs

Description: Students are introduced to the biology and chemistry of blood and how to competently interpret basic lab reports and integrate that reference into their clinical practice, as well as identify frequently used Western drugs and herb-drug interactions. The course examines the relationship between Ayurveda and Western medicine and explores the ways to build a respectful, positive and generative relationship between Ayurvedic and Western approaches to healthcare.

Professional Practices (Counseling, Ethics, Management)

Description: This course explores a variety of counseling modalities appropriate to a Ayurvedic clinical practice. Students develop the ability to recognize red-flag symptoms for medical referral. Students continue to explore ethical and legal issues in Ayurveda, and are introduced to business management techniques, job opportunities, and referral procedures.

Advanced Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology

Description: This course explores the concepts of Ayurveda Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology and applies and relates them to the Western approach to the body-mind complex. Students study Embryology in light of the disease process and the susceptibility of the embryo during the whole of pregnancy. Students revisit the interdependency of trisharira and panchakosha and view the formation of human body in light of the tattwas, tanmatras and panchamahabhutas.

Student Clinical Case Studies Presentations

Description: This seminar provides a forum for an experienced Ayurvedic Practitioner and students to present their cases and to engage in rigorous discussion about the cases and case management. Students are required to write and present a minimum of one case study to the class for peer review and discussion.

Systems Review

Description: This seminar reviews all course material for integration and preparation for the MMI final exam and the national N.A.M.A. Ayurvedic Practitioner exam. www.ayurvedanama.org

Externship 2

Description: This course consists of student consultations with their clients outside the MMI College of Ayurveda campus. Supervised by MMI-approved Ayurvedic Practitioners, students are required to see clients for initial assessment and 2 follow-up appointments per client.. Students are required to prepare case papers for each client.

Clinical Observation

Description: Students have the opportunity to observe Master Ayurvedic Practitioners in consultations in a clinic and to discuss diagnostic methods and treatments. Students hone diagnostic skills under the supervision of skilled and experienced Ayurvedic Practitioners. Students are required to observe 15 clients or 30 hours (these numbers are subject to change) of observation. All student observation requests must be pre-approved.

Final Exam

Description: All student practitioners are required to pass a final exam for completion of the NAMA approved C-AP program in preparation for national exams. See www.ayurvedanama.org