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Press Release: The California College of Ayurveda Announces State Approved Ayurvedic Doctor Program!

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – The California College of Ayurveda is proud to announce a newly developed, state-approved Ayurvedic Doctor Program, accredited by the National Council on Ayurvedic Education. This is the first time that such a program has been offered in the United States.
The Ayurvedic Doctor curriculum provides students with highly advanced course work and hands-on training, integrating classical Ayurvedic medicine as it has been taught and practiced in India for thousands of years combined with a basic knowledge of Western medicine.
“California College of Ayurveda spearheaded Ayurvedic practitioner training in this country 21 years ago, and now we are at the forefront of bringing Ayurvedic Doctors to America through our new Ayurvedic Doctor program,” said Dr. Marc Halpern, founder of the college. “This, along with our other programs, helps Ayurveda build the necessary infrastructure in the United States for universal recognition. We are honored to help promote the advancement of this profession, increasing the availability and benefits of Ayurveda in this country, and to be of service to humanity in this way.”
Established in 1995, the California College of Ayurveda is the oldest state-approved college offering Ayurvedic medicine training. Ayurvedic medicine is both preventative and curative. As a preventative form of medicine, Ayurveda focuses on creating a state of balance and harmony in the body and mind that enhances the immune system and supports the body to heal itself. As a curative form of medicine, Ayurvedic herbal medicines have been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of diseases.  
Ayurveda’s appeal is closely connected with yoga; in fact, they are considered sister sciences. Ayurvedic medicine is known as the healing side of yoga. Ayurveda incorporates the same philosophy and principles as yoga with a full system of preventive and curative medicinal principles.
“The fact that Dr. Halpern has created this program to further the field of Ayurvedic education and healthcare in the United States is right in line with his internationally recognized stature in the field – he’s been instrumental in advancing the science in the U.S. for over 20 years,” said Heidi Wingo, school director.
The Ayurvedic Doctor program entails 3,100 hours of training. These hours include training in classical Ayurvedic principles, clinical Ayurvedic principles and an overview of Western medicine. Students also complete an 18-month-long internship. The total course work takes three years of full time study to complete, although the college also offers distance learning and weekend classes.
Ayurvedic Doctors combine the interpretation of traditional diagnostic techniques such as pulse, tongue and voice diagnosis with modern diagnostic techniques such as laboratory studies. Taking a unique view of the results of modern tests, Ayurvedic Doctors seek to understand the patient on a physical and emotional level. Ayurvedic Doctors are specialists in mind-body medicine, taking this concept one step further by integrating the understanding of consciousness itself. With this complete understanding of the patient, the Ayurvedic doctor is able to put together a complete treatment plan for most conditions.
The college is now accepting applications for new students. Students begin in the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program and can continue on into the Ayurvedic Practitioner program leading up to the Ayurvedic Doctor Program.
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About The California College of Ayurveda:
The California College of Ayurveda was founded in 1995 and is the largest school of Ayurveda in the West. It is accredited by the National Council on Ayurvedic Education and its programs are approved by the California Bureau for Private Post Secondary Education. The school offers a comprehensive Ayurvedic medicine curriculum including shorter workshops and seminars for yoga teachers, massage therapists and the general public. The college’s healthcare clinic provides health consultations and spa therapy treatments. Patients who have visited the clinic or spa report experiencing feelings that can be described as grounded and centered, with a renewed vigor and commitment to life. The spa also offers Panchakarma, the Ayurvedic art of detoxification, purification and rejuvenation. To learn more, visit
School founder Dr. Marc Halpern is a cofounder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, and has authored several renowned books on the subject of Ayurvedic medicine.