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IHM 635 Ayurveda

Lead Faculty: Dr Patric M. Schiltz

Course Description

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient healing system that is between 3,500 and 5,000 years old. Translated as the 'science of life,' Ayurveda believes that everything has specific elemental qualities as well as a specific constitution based on the relationship between three vital energies or doshas. This course will examine Ayurveda, including its origins, the role of doshas, the disease process, the importance of lifestyle regimens, and treatments of disease.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the origins of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Compare and contrast the three doshas, including the characteristics, the actions, and symptoms of aggravation.
  • Explain agni and the role of 'digestion' in Ayurvedic health.
  • Describe the philosophy of disease and the six steps in the disease process according to Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Explain how diseases are manifested in the doshas.
  • Describe the Ayurvedic method for balancing the doshas.
  • Explain the role of diet and herbs in Ayurveda.
  • Compare and contrast tonification and reduction therapies in Ayurveda.
  • Describe Ayurvedic methods of maintaining wellness.
  • Explain some of the Ayurveda causes and treatments for diseases of the digestive system and large intestine.
  • Explain some of the Ayurveda causes and treatments for diseases of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and urinary system.
  • Explain some of the Ayurveda causes and treatments for disorders of the reproductive system and various other systems as well as special considerations necessary when treating children and the elderly.