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 August 2016 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association


President's Message

The Election Results Are In

All the current board members who were up for re-election have been re-elected by the membership. I offer my congratulations to the newly re-elected board members:  Alakananda Ma, Dr. Bill Dean, Dr. Eric Grasser, Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath and Wynn Werner.

I look forward to their continuing support and involvement at the board level. Thank you to all those who voted in this election.

I would like to invite all those who did not vote, to get engaged in your professional organization.  Be an active participant and ambassador for NAMA and our collective effort to advance Ayurveda as a viable healthcare profession in the U.S.  The board welcomes your ideas and enthusiasm.

With warm regards,

Dhaval Dhru, M.D., A.P.

President, NAMA Board of Directors

Executive Director's Message

Happy August! I hope you have had a chance to take a break and enjoy your summer a bit.

Certification Exam Update 


Our volunteer team is just rolling back into gear again as we come into the last steps for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) exam due to launch in mid-December, and we're just starting the work on the Ayurvedic Practitioner exam due to launch February 2017.

It has been intense, yet rewarding work for all of us. I send a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who have made this work possible. 

We will be looking for our first round of volunteers to take the beta test for the AHC exam soon.  If you would like to be one of the first to step up, you can take the exam for half price. If you pass, it will be counted and if you don't it won't count.

Announcements will come in an email to everyone and go to the schools as well, so keep your eyes open for this opportunity to help. 

Ayurvedic Doctor Grandfathering to Start September 1, 2016 

We are also launching the start of our Grandfathering period for the Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) category of professional membership starting September 1, 2016 through September 1, 2017.

So, if your training and experience meets the competencies and guidelines, and you would like to either move up from the Ayurvedic Practitioner level or join NAMA as a new member at the Ayurvedic Doctor level, we are ready to review applications.

Click here and download the Ayurvedic Doctor grandfathering application to apply.

Please read our main article on "Being an Ayurvedic Doctor in the United States"  by Susan Etheridge, an alternative health lawyer serving on our Legal Committee, to get a better understanding of what it means to be an "Ayurvedic Doctor" in the United States. There are special nuances to practicing safely and legally that everyone should be aware of. 

I would also like to welcome our newest employee, Emma Lewis, who comes on as our Communications Coordinator. We are thrilled to have her and look forward to new and exciting communications ideas and improvements for our membership over the next year.


Hilary Garivaltis, A.P.

Executive Director, NAMA

By Susan Etheridge, J.D., founder of the Alternative Health Law Firm, and NAMA Professional Member (A.P.)

For over a decade, NAMA has tirelessly worked to create and implement internal regulatory standards for the practice of Ayurveda.  These standards were designed to improve and promote the safety, efficacy, recognition and legitimacy of the practice ...


... [The professional] categories and scopes of practice not only represent the current state of Ayurveda in this County; they also represent NAMA’s vision for future growth of the profession.  This article addresses legal and practical issues related to the “Ayurvedic Doctor” designation. 

The Ayurvedic Doctor designation represents the highest level of professional practice recognized by NAMA.  It requires education and training well beyond that required of Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Ayurvedic Practitioners.  


Ayurvedic Doctors must have extensive, in-depth education, and relevant clinical experience in all eight branches of Ayurvedic medicine.  They must also have substantial experience in teaching, demonstrations, panchakarma, and research methods. Read the entire article here.


We are happy to welcome the newest NAMA staff member, Emma Lewis, in the role of Communications Coordinator.

Residing in New Mexico, Emma served as the Marketing & Events Coordinator for the Ayurvedic Institute and has been connected to the Ayurveda community for several years. She is thrilled to be joining the NAMA team.

In addition to being involved in Ayurveda, Emma can be found in the yoga community where she works for Maria Garre and the New Mexico School of Yoga, as well as teaching children's yoga throughout New Mexico.


We are seeking a new Administrative Assistant to join our NAMA staff. Do you think you might be a good fit? Read all about the position and apply here.

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