The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce you to our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2013-2014. Our Interns have completed their academic studies and are now working under the supervision of our experienced clinical instructors. The talented group of interns comes from throughout the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.
Our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) interns work on supporting their patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with their constitution. When you see an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, you will learn your constitution as well as the nature of any imbalances. You will also receive support to adjust your diet and lifestyle accordingly and to normalize your digestion and elimination. As part of your program, an intern can include ayurvedic herbal medicines, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound and mantra, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This is is the best of preventative health care! If you are have a specifc condition and are looking for clinical management through Ayurvedic Medicine, you should consider having a consultation with an Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist intern or graduate.
Interview with Ruchira from Southern California (Chino Hills)
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I was experiencing significant water retention and swelling throughout my body. Within hours, my weight would jump to as much as 6 pounds! My body was swollen and no medicine, food etc was helping me. Medical doctors and Specialists could not diagnose me but suggested that I may have gluten allergies. So, I was off gluten completely for 18 months. I was not convinced of this diagnosis and started to search for answers outside Allopathic Medicine. That is when I stumbled upon Ayurveda. I went through 21 days of Pancha Karma and 1 year of herbal medication that helped clear the clogging in my tissues, cells and detoxify my body too. Soon after the Pancha Karma treatment, grains were slowly introduced back in my diet and my body did not react to them anymore. Water retention and swelling went away. I was very excited about this!! My health started to restore and my trust in Ayurveda developed. I wanted to share this amazing experience with others and did not want others to go through what I went through.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
The word Ayurveda means Science of Life. .It is one of the oldest holistic healing systems developed by the Sages, in India, thousands of years ago. Ayurveda is based on the philosophy or the belief that health and wellness depends upon a delicate balance between the body, mind and spirit. It is the most powerful and sophisticated health systems that believe in natural and holistic living. Ayurveda emphasizes on reestablishing balance in the body through diet, lifestyle, exercise, body cleansing and health of the mind, body and spirit.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
The future of Ayurveda is very bright and great in the United States of America. People are realizing the limitations of Western Medicine and are searching for alternative healthy options. In North America, Ayurveda is considered an alternative medicine and a whole medical system by itself. In the past decade, Ayurveda has been growing in North America. In 2004, the National Center for Health Statistics and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM) released the results of a survey of 31,000 people. It stated that in the U.S.A four tenths of the one percent of the respondents had used Ayurveda in the past.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
My favorite therapy is Shirodhara. It is very rejuvenating, relaxing and helps release stress. I love how it helps quieten my mind and clears all thoughts. It’s better than even going for a vacation to a beach facing or a golf resort!!
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I was born in New Delhi, India. I graduated from a Catholic based Convent High School. I did double bachelors from Delhi University in Political Science / English and Education. I was a Primary School Teacher for 8 years in Catholic Schools in India and in the U.S.A. In October 2009, I became a Founder Member for a Charter School in Southern California.
In the later part of 2010, I started to experience water retention and swelling in my body. Western Medicine could not help me much which is when I turned to Ayurveda for help. With the help of Ayurveda, I regained my health. In 2012, I decided to be an Ayurveda practitioner myself and help others gain back their health. I started my schooling in 2012 and now I am very excited to begin my internship.