The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2015. Interns have completed their academic studies and work under the supervision of experienced clinical instructors. This semester’s talented group of interns comes from throughout the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.
Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) interns work on supporting patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with their constitution. Patients learn about their constitution as well as the nature of any imbalances. They will also receive support to adjust their diet and lifestyle accordingly and to normalize your digestion and elimination. As part of the Ayurvedic program, an intern can include ayurvedic herbs, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound and mantra, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This is is the best of preventative health care! For those who have a specific condition and are looking for clinical management through Ayurvedic Medicine, they should consider having a consultation with an Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist intern or graduate.
Interview with Haifa from Lebanon
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I have been introduced to Ayurvedic medicine by my father Dr.adel abouassi M.D . He has been influenced by the alternative way of healing and how it could spare the body from all the side effects of medications, in addition to actually treating the condition not the symptoms. With this train of thought i have been raised and 100% convinced that this is the true way of healing. For this reason i have studied chiropractic, acupuncture, and now Ayurvedic medicine.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda means the science of life, it is a traditional medicine that goes back to ancient times. It addresses the body with utmost respect to its uniqueness. Each treatment plan is individualised to a specific patient with a specific condition. It helps the patient to regain his body wisdom. Through proper self care, a patient will be able to be his own healer, assuring graceful ageing, good health and balance between the body, mind and spirit.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in your country?
This is the future, people are getting more and more aware of the limitations of classical medicine. They are showing a lot of interest in the prevention of disease in addition to curing the condition from its roots. People are more conscious nowadays about the true value of Good Health, and Ayurveda is at the heart of it!
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
My favourite therapy in this traditional system is pranayama ( a breathing technique designed for each patient). This technique helps ease the mind, calm the nerves and refresh the body. Easy to do, dose not require any equipments or expenses. Available to everyone and its benefits to the body tissues are countless.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Lebanon. I come from a family of medical doctors, each his own specialty from paediatrics to cardiology and surgery. I graduated from the Lebanese American University with a B.S in biology, then i travelled to the United States of America to study chiropractic, i lived for 4 years in Pasadena Texas and graduated with honours in chiropractic and acupuncture from Texas Chiropractic College. For 11 years i have been practicing in my private clinic, giving my patients chiropractic adjustments, traction, acupuncture, advise regarding their dietary changes and exercise program to strengthen the muscular and skeletal system. In the passed 11 years i have seen a big number of patients each defer in their case, pain presentation and tolerance, flexibility, endurance,focus, reaction to treatments,ability to follow recommendations,healing time…. with all this deference, one diet is going to fit all? this never made sense to me. Ayurvedic medicine was the answer i have been studying at California College of Ayurveda and the more i study the more i am convinced with the methods and concepts that Ayurvedic medicine offers. Not only through diet but also through herbs, self care advise, meditation, pranayama, aroma, and colour therapies. I am blessed to having the ability to transfer my knowledge of Ayurveda to my patients. Now i feel i have much more to offer, from prevention of disease, to a total health transformation for this who are willing.