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Professional Scopes of Practice


The National Ayurvedic Medical Association is proud to provide the final version of the Scopes of Practice for three levels of Professionals.  Over ten (10) years of work has gone into gathering a balanced and diverse representation from the community to contribute to our work. We are incredibly proud and pleased with the final documents and the work we have created.  We believe this is the Ayurvedic community’s best representation of collective achievement to date.

The following listing of professional categories for the practice of Ayurveda in the United States represents the current state of the profession and also the potential for the growth of the profession moving forward. These three categories are distinguished by their focus on health and disease as well as the educational and experiential background needed to be competent as a professional in each category.

Ayurvedic Health Counselor: This category includes Ayurvedic professionals trained to focus on preventive healthcare as well as health promotion, with a specific focus on diet and lifefestyle.

(The recommended hour range of training is 600-1000 hours for this category)

Ayurvedic Practitioner: This category includes Ayurvedic professionals with additional training in pathology and disease management beyond that of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor. These professionals also practice preventive healthcare and health promotion, using diet and lifestyle.

(The recommended hourly range of training for this category is 1500-2500 hours)

Ayurvedic Doctor: This category includes Ayurvedic professionals who have specific specialized training in Ayurveda with overview training in conventional medicine that enables them to interface with western medical practitioners and provide comprehensive Ayurvedic healthcare to their patients.

(The recommended hourly range of training for this category is 3000-4500 hours)

*The use of the term "doctor” may be limited by individual state licensure regulations.

This document is broken into four divisions clarifying the scope of practice in each category:

1. Description

2. Skills and Competencies

3. Recommendations

4. Treatment and Intervention Skills

Download the complete Scopes of Practice Document

The Grandfathering process for identifying the appropriate categories of current Professional Members has completed two of the three levels.  This project started in 2013 and is planned to be completed by late 2015 with the final Ayurvedic Doctor level.  Additional information will be provided through all steps of the process for the various levels of Professional Membership. 

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