Everglades University

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Alternative Medicine enables students to explore the exciting field of Alternative Medicine with courses in Herbology and Botany, Nutrition and Aging, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, and Antioxidants

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Mueller College of Holistic Studies

Mueller College offers a wide range of holistic health subjects such as massage therapy, hypnotherapy, herbology, reflexology, Reiki, nutrition, and Eastern and Asian modalities.

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Ayurveda/Herbology

Overview

Ayurveda means "the science of life" in the Sanskrit language. It is a system of natural healing that originated in India. Ayurveda emphasizes maintenance of balance in life to promote health and prevent disease. Lifestyle, proper diet and the use of herbs help to maintain that balance. Ayurveda believes that everything in the universe is based on 5 elements - space, air, fire, water and earth. The energy of these elements is manifested in the body as three basic types called vata, pitta, and kapha. Health requires a balance of these energies; imbalance results in disease.

Herbology is the art of combining herbs, usually woody plants, for medicine. Ayurveda uses certain types of medicinal herbs. Traditional Chinese medicine has another system of herbal medicine. Native American tradition and other cultures have their own type of medicinal herbs. Plants have been used as medicine since the beginning of man. Many of our modern drugs are derived from plants.

History

Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Knowledge of its methods gradually spread to China and then to other countries, eventually becoming known throughout the world. In the United States, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has recently funded research into ayurvedic practices.

Current/Future Situation

The interest in ayurveda is increasing with the demand for alternative health care by consumers seeking more natural methods, and the growing emphasis on preventive medicine. This trend is expected to continue. Many states recognize ayurveda practitioners and license them.

Career Descriptions/Places to Work

Most ayurvedic practitioners are self-employed and have their own practice or work in a group practice similar to medical doctors. Their patients range from children to the elderly. They may treat both acute and chronic diseases and conditions, but their holistic approach is especially suited to chronic problems.

Some practitioners may work in alternative health clinics, spas, or health clubs. There are both full time and part time opportunities.

Day in the Life

An ayurvedic practitioner may see several patients in a day. A new patient will require at least an hour's appointment. The practitioner will carefully review the patient's history, lifestyle, and symptoms. Then he will examine the patient thoroughly. The practitioner will then decide on a course of treatment based on his findings. He may recommend changes in diet, the addition of vitamins and minerals, herbal medicine, and specific types of exercise. Since ayurvedic practitioners consider patient education very important, he will be sure to explain his recommendations and treatments thoroughly. Finally, he will set the next appointment with the patient. It is very rewarding to help people gain control over their health and wellness.

Graduate/Professional Quote

"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need." -Ayurvedic Proverb

Stat/Fact/Tip of the Day

Yoga practice is often the recommended form of exercise to complement ayurvedic healing.

Many of the herbs and spices used in ayurvedic medicine have been scientifically proven to be beneficial for many conditions.

Good social and communication skills and the desire to help people are necessary to succeed in this profession.

Sources

The Ayurvedic Institute website

The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine website

www.Wikipedia.org

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