Who is entitled to call themself a Physician or Ayurvedic Practitioner

Many people today jump on the bandwagon of Ayurveda, without the proper knowledge of what the science truly entails. It is not as simple as learning your ‘Dosha’ and taking whichever herb is mentioned to pacify that Dosha. Ayurveda is a deep ocean of knowledge, stemming from the Vedic System which dates back more than 5000 years. It is a science that requires an open-mind, diligence and a great sense of compassion and duty towards mankind, to be optimally practiced. 

Today, many small schools are mushrooming around the world, offering short Ayurvedic courses and quick certification. It is quite amusing to think that you can grasp Ayurveda in a short period of 3-6 months, when the ancient Saints and Sages took many births to perfect their skills in Ayurveda.

This misuse of this exemplary knowledge was known to the ancients seers, such as Archarya Charaka. And this is why the above sloka was written many thousands of years ago. It holds the greatest importance in today’s day and age, when Ayurveda, much like Yoga, is slowly being exploited and manipulated to suit the greed of certain ‘practitioners’.

Archarya Charaka clearly explained the kind of character, who is entitled to the designation of the name Physician or Practitioner. He stated that: 

”Only the Physician endowed with memory, having adequate knowledge of the causes of disease and health, and principles of propriety, who is self restrained, and having the presence of intelligence, is entitled to practice medicine, through the combination of various drugs, ie. Ayurveda.”

So before blindly following the gospel of today’s so-called Ayurvedic Practitioners, do your homework on their qualifications. If they do not hold the title of BAMS (Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from an accredited Ayurvedic College, chances are they do not possess the complete understanding of what Ayurveda really is, and you might not be as safe in their care, as you’d probably like to be.


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