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Meals will be provided for registered participants only
(Includes 3 Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners)
Total 9 meals included with the registration

Tentative Program Schedule

October 3 - 6, 2013

Each registered participant will receive 20-hours Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Towards AAPNA Membership Renewal

Note: The Program schedule is subject to change without prior notice

Thursday, October 3, 2013

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM            Global Ayurveda Institutions (GAI) Summit and Council for Ayurvedic Credentialing (CAC) - Sambhasha. 

CAC presents "SAMBHASHA" – A Forum to Help Shape Ayurvedic Education in the USA.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM               SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS SET UP

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM               REGISTRATION

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM               Inaugural Ceremony – Dhanwantari Prayer

4:15 PM – 4:45  PM               Welcome Speech 

Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, LMT, RYT, BCIM, RAS, Founder & President of AAPNA, USA, is a classically trained ayurvedic expert, licensed integrative massage therapist, and yoga instructor, has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. His passion and love for ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality ayurvedic education and training programs in the west.

4:45 PM – 5:25 PM              Presentation 1 - Keynote Speaker

Jayarajan Kodikannath is the Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda (USA) responsible for all academic programs conducted internationally by Kerala Ayurveda with a focus on bringing quality education on authentic Ayurveda across the globe. Dr. Jay has served in the curriculum committee of Bastyr University to create the Masters in Ayurveda program and he is also a founding member of Council for Ayurveda Credentialing (CAC) and board of director of National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). 

Presentation Topic: Classical Ayurvedic approach to Cancer Care- Case Presentations

There are elaborated descriptions in Ayurvedic classics on the cause, clinical features and management of tumors and cancer, with the names such as Apachi, Gulma, Granthi, and Arbuda. There are specific protocols mentioned on curative aspects of cancers that have resemblance with clinical entities of arbuda and granthi. Arbuda is considered as condition involving multiple doshas (often Tridoshaja), multiple dhatus and associated with multiple complications. Abuse of nature’s law upsets the human system and ends up in disease like cancer. It is again the nature, the foremost physician who brings the cure. Ayurveda is the first system to emphasize health as the perfect state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual component of a human being. The therapeutic approach of Ayurveda in the management of Cancer is multipronged with maintenance of health, cure of disease and rejuvenation or restoration of health. Sodhana chikitsa (purification process), which eliminates vitiated doshas, followed by a course of Rasayana therapy have been primarily used for medical management of cancer. In some cases Shamana chikitsa, which pacifies dosha and gradually relieves the disease, is adopted. However, Shamana treatment is prescribed only to weaker patients for whom sodana chikitsa is contraindicated. I would like to share some case studies in which we have successfully incorporated classical Ayurvedic protocols for the management of different types of Cancers. Ayurveda can be helpful in the management of cancer in many ways such as—preventive, palliative, curative and supportive. Ayurvedic protocols also help to improve the quality of life of the patients as an adjuvant or a co-therapy along with chemotherapy or radiotherapy or as post-surgery rehabilitation. Many of the rejuvenative and cell-protective activity of herbs and formulations prescribed in Rasayana therapy helps to improve the quality of life of individuals with Cancer.

5:30 PM – 6:10 PM           Presentation 2 - Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS, RAS


Dhanada Kulkarni is the Owner, Founder and Director of SohamAyurYoga and an experienced health practitioner, ayurvedic specialist, master yoga therapist, Vedic astrologer and vastu consultant in the San Francisco bay area. She has been very active in promoting ayurveda and other ancient Indian sciences at various forums in the USA over the last 9 years. She serves on the boards of several organizations including AAPNA, Kalidas Sanskrit University of Maharashtra, India. She has been honored with many international awards such Jivaka, Dhanwantari and Patanjali Award by AAPNA for her yogic research. Dhanada has been an international keynote speaker, presenter and integrated medicine panel expert for many organizations.

Topic of presentation: Planetary Influence on Cancer Patients

Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology are closely related aspects of Vedic science.Vedic Astrology is a powerful tool for finding solution to our health problems.There is separate branch in astrology called Medical astrology, which deals native chart from health point of view.  Vedic Astrology includes remedial measures of harmonizing planetary influences, not only it helps in disease condition but also in diagnosis and treatment. The correlation between the planets, signs, houses, and diseases was established over many centuries of meticulous observation by the ancient astrologers.Diseases are associated with the negative planetary influences. The planets represent the  basic energies operating in the cosmos, the prime forces that operate in all life.  Our life can be arranged to counteract the negative planetary  influences in our chart. This presentation is all about  how planets influence to cause diseases  like Cancer. planets  and their combinations with signs, houses, their malefic and benefic  natures have strong impact to form acute, chronic diseases, particular organ  and immune system. Several methods exist through which negative planetary influences can be harmonized.The foremost of these is Gem therapy, mantra  (words of power), Yantras (power diagrams), and special rituals ( pujas and homas) and other yogic methods are also discussed. For example, Jupiter is the naisargika karaka ( its nature) for growth. Cancer is also growth of toxic cells in the human body. It is indicative of Jupiter having become malefic and having withdrawn its benign protection. Its negative influence can be countered and harmonized by special gems and mantras. Likewise, natural malefic planets Rahu,Saturn, ketu, mars and the Sun will have influences  in order of their power to cause disease. I will be discussing further details and the remedial aspects of planets for cancer patients in my presentation.

6:15 PM – 7:00  PM        Award Ceremony & Group Photo

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM         Dinner Banquet - Meet & Greet

Friday, October 4, 2013

6:00 AM – 7:00 AM        Mantra Yoga by - Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS, RAS

Dhanada Kulkarni is the Owner, Founder and Director of SohamAyurYoga and an experienced health practitioner, ayurvedic specialist, master yoga therapist, Vedic astrologer and vastu consultant in the San Francisco bay area. She has been very active in promoting ayurveda and other ancient Indian sciences at various forums in the USA over the last 9 years. She serves on the boards of several organizations including AAPNA, Kalidas Sanskrit University of Maharashtra, India. She has been honored with many international awards such Jivaka. Dhanwantari and Patanjali Award by AAPNA for her yogic research. Dhanada has been an international keynote speaker, presenter and integrated medicine panel expert for many organizations.

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM           Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:40 AM           Presentation 3 - Keynote Speaker

Dr. (Vaidya) Dilip Prabhakar Gadgil, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), PhD (Ayurveda), MPhil (Sanskrit) Practicing and teaching ayurveda since 1980 and principal investigator – Ayurvediya Triskandhakosha project (Great work of compiling all sutra from Brihat-trayi resulting in Hetukosha (3200 pages in 3 volumes), Lakshanakosha (3200 pages in 3 volumes), Aushadhakosha (8000 pages in 7 volumes), Ayuta Nidana   (Ayurvedic diagnostic software), Ayuta Upacharya (Ayurvedic Treatment software), Pradhana Acharya and initiator of Shri. Madhavacharya Gurukulam. Author of several books includes - Cancer, Heart disease and Diabetes – Prevention and Treatment in Ayurvedic perspective, Lifestyle – The key to health.

Topic of Presentation: Ayurvedic holistic approach in the treatment of Cancer

Introduction – Having worked in the field of cancer and Ayurveda, for last 28 years, and having seen thousands of patients, especially in last phases, I realize the necessity of ayurvedic holistic approach especially in cancer sufferers, for better quality of life.
The need – A large population across the globe is already suffering from cancer and a larger population is prone to cancer in near future. So many aspects such as lifestyle, diet, mindset, psychological factors like stress and depression, etc. need proper attention for any disease and especially for cancer.
The approach – We should emphasize on Ayurvedic holistic approach for overall management of the patient. This includes lifestyle, diet, mindset, psychological aspects like stress, depression, prevention of cancer at primary and secondary level, better quality of in advanced cases and reducing side effects of chemo and radiation. The speaker will elaborate all these aspects with practical experiences.

9:45 AM – 10:25 AM           Presentation 4

Sandeep Agarwal, MBA  is a computer technologist turned organic food entrepreneur and herbalist. While growing up in India, Sandeep’s mother would always take him to an Ayurvedic Practitioner for treatment if and when he would get sick. She would insist on serving fresh home-cooked meals and discouraged the family to eat food outside their home. He did not like this at that time, but he now appreciates this when he sees Americans paying the price of eating fast/junk food and following a materialistic lifestyle. He teaches the benefits of traditional foods and lifestyle using scientific concepts. He brought the concept of Ayurvedic ghritas to a culinary level by introducing six spiced ghee products that were featured in The New York Times.

Presentation Topic: "Potential Role of Ghee in Cancer Care"

Abstract: Ghee has been regarded very highly in all the ancient Ayurvedic texts. In this presentation, we will learn how a well prepared ghee can be an important part of cancer care.  Ghee contains Vitamin D and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which are very important for cancer care: a) Vitamin D promotes apoptosis b) Vitamin D slows down rapid multiplication of cancer cells. c) Vitamin D inhibits metastasis (spreading of cancer cells from original location to another location). d) Vitamin D works as an antioxidant and pro-oxidant to reduce cancer.  e) CLA has purported benefits for cancer prevention, weight control, and high cholesterol in animal studies.  After sunlight, ghee is the most concent rated source of Vitamin D. It is also a great source of CLA, especially for a vegetarian. Nothing comes even close to it. However, for ghee to have high levels of Vitamin D and CLA, cows must be grazing outside. Conventional dairy products from confined cows won't have high levels of Vitamin D and CLA. Vitamin D is added to dairy products to supplement it.

10:30 AM – 11:00AM          Break & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM           Presentation 5

Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD(Ayu), BAMS, CYEd is a renowned licensed Naturopathic Physician, professor, researcher & author. For more than 30 years, he has successfully run various institutions for promoting Ayurveda in India, USA & Japan.  Dr. Shanbhag is a faculty member of Bastyr University in Seattle, MMI College of Ayurveda in Watsonville and Sai Ayurvedic College in Miami. He is also a Faculty Member & Advisor for Japan Ayurveda Association, Tokyo. He is the best-seller author of “Beginner’s Introduction to Ayurveda” by Keats Publishing. In 1988, Dr. Shanbhag was awarded the prestigious I.I.M. Gold Medal for his MD (Ayurveda, India) Research Thesis. In received Vishwa Ayurveda Ratna Award (2008) and Charaka Award (2010). 

Presentation Topic: Evidence Based Cancer Treatment with Sattva Increasing Herbs, Nutrition & Lifestyle

Introduction: The time tested and scientifically proven sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda have used SATTVA as the main tool in both preventing and treating most cancers. Documented evidence demonstrates that both Yoga & Ayurveda have successfully prevented and treated various cancers using Sattva increasing nutrition, Sattva increasing exercises and asana, Sattva increasing pranayama and dhyan, Sattva increasing culinary and therapeutic herbs, Sattva increasing Dinacharya & Ritucharya, Sattva increasing Oushadhi-Rasayana and Achar-Rasayana. This presentation is based on References of Research Data collected from articles published in US, Europe, Japan and India It is also based on Dr. Vivek Shanbhag’s 30 years Licensed Clinical Practice in Pune-India, Seattle-USA, Goa-India and San Jose-USA.

Methods: 1. The last few slides of this presentation gives References of Research Data collected from articles published in US, Europe, Japan and India 2. Data is also based on Dr. Shanbhag’s private practice as a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Seattle for 14 years during 1992 thru 2006 and in San Jose during 2012-13 and also as a Licensed Ayurvedic Physician in Pune India during 1985 thru 1989 and in Goa during 2006 thru 2012.

Results: Research articles have documented the Cancer Reducing Clinical Results of the various Sattva increasing nutrition, Sattva increasing exercises and asana, Sattva increasing pranayama and dhyan, Sattva increasing culinary and therapeutic herbs, Sattva increasing Dinacharya & Ritucharya, Sattva increasing Oushadhi-Rasayana and Achar-Rasayana.

Discussions: The References of Research Data collected from published articles have detailed discussions of the Caner preventing and treating uses of various Ayurvedic & Yogic treatment approaches.

Conclusions:  Research Evidence demonstrates that with appropriate clinical application, various Cancers can be prevented and treated using Sattva increasing nutrition, Sattva increasing exercises and asana, Sattva increasing pranayama and dhyan, Sattva increasing culinary and therapeutic herbs, Sattva increasing Dinacharya & Ritucharya, Sattva increasing Oushadhi-Rasayana and Achar-Rasayana.

11:45 AM – 12:25  AM         Presentation 6

Dave Lesinski, R.A.P.,

Dave Lesinkski spent over 10 years supporting adults and children in making better life choices to improve health and happiness. In 2002 Dave co-created and began teaching in the STEPS program which is a therapeutic classroom for kids with severe emotional disability. Dave had the pleasure of being recognized as West Bloomfield School’s (Michigan) elementary teacher of the year in 2008.  Dave was a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention instructor for the 7 years, training over 50 people a year in respectfully dealing with intense crisis-situations. In 2004 Dave became a Yoga instructor and have taught many styles of Hatha yoga at Yoga Now studio in Michigan.  In 2008, Dave completed Ayurvedic Practitioner training from New World Ayurveda.

Topic: Love Heals All: Considering Consciousness in Cancer

Emotional trauma, if left unattended, causes imbalance. Imbalance causes disease. To understand this concept let’s first consider a physical body injury. When someone breaks their leg there is a list of lifestyle, routine and behavioral changes that will occur as a result. These changes are not decisions that are made by the individual as much as they are naturally occurring byproducts of the injury.

Here are some examples.
1. Taking medication at specific times of the day
2. Planning ahead when going out
3. Taking breaks and resting the leg to relieve pain
4. Cultivating patience and taking more time
5. Exercising in a certain way, different from before the injury

Again, this list contains examples of natural behavioral byproducts of a broken leg. Without choosing, these behaviors arrived in someone’s life as a result of the physical body injury. These behaviors will not change until the injury is healed.

Our emotional body behaves in the same way with one great exception. Our emotional injuries and the behavioral and routine byproducts are not as easily observed. Here is an example. A 4th grader is excited to share his “show and tell” item. He has been waiting for months for his turn to be the star student and to share his prized possession. Just as he has planned, he brings in his special toy. This toy brings him so much joy. He steps up in front of the class, pulls the toy out of his backpack with a smile and begins to share. To his surprise, his friends think the toy is weird and start to giggle. The student, shocked and embarrassed, walks off with tears in his eyes. This event will cause an emotional injury. Just like a physical injury, this emotional trauma will cause a list of routines and behaviors that are a direct result of the emotional trauma. Here are some examples related to the story above.

1. Fear of speaking in front of groups
2. Fear of opening up in relationships
3. Social anxiety issues
4. Feeling disconnected from society or like he doesn’t fit in.

This is a short list of the possible emotional issues that would naturally arrive in someone’s life as a result of the hurtful moment described above. And just like a broken leg, these behaviors will continue until the injury is healed. People are not aware of their emotional injuries or how they have naturally created the subsequent behaviors and routines. This emotional injury becomes so embedded in us that it paints our personality and becomes a part of who we are. Because we cannot see these injuries, we tend not to notice the injury or the behaviors that appeared as a result. The larger problem is realized when we understand the truth of human physiology. Through detailed study of our human physiology through the eyes of the Consciousness Model and koshas (layers of human body), we can deeply investigate the roots of all disease. We can see that deep-rooted injuries lying within the mental and emotional bodies can have a “trickle-down” effect painting the health of the physical body. The result is simple. Emotional trauma causes physical body imbalance and eventually, if not tended to, illness and disease...including cancer. If we are interested in efficient healing, we must attack the problem at its root. Just like cutting the top off a weed won’t stop it from reappearing in your garden, imbalances will keep showing up in some form or another until the root is snipped.

This form of healing is not new to this earth. However, it is very new to our modern medical movement. Now is the time to blend the intelligence of modern medicine with the “Truth” of Ayurveda. As the patient’s physical body is healed through herbs, medicine and treatments, let’s target the root of the issue through meditation, Vedic psychology, behavioral rasyanas and Energy Restoration Therapy. If there is one thing I have learned from my 10 years of working with people it’s that the truth of the illness always lies within. When studying the Consciousness model we can theorize that love is at the core of all beings. And like the old adage says…love heals all. When considering cancer we must work with medicines and treatments to heal the physical body as we adjust our lifestyle, to live in reverence, allowing the feeling of love and bliss to absorb into every cell of our body, daily. This does not mean walking away from our jobs, families or homes. This means making some routine adjustments that will allow the love that surrounds us to enter our body every day “powering up” the healthy decisions we make, allowing our whole physiology, including our physical body, to heal efficiently.

When considering Cancer I break this type of healing into three parts:
1. Behavioral and Lifestyle Routine: Making the appropriate medical and dietary decisions necessary to allow the body to heal, including medication, chemotherapy and other treatments when necessary.
2. Daily Spiritual Practice: One that fits the schedule of the individual and combines the following principles is recommended:
a. The spiritual beliefs of the individual
b. An Effortless, mantra-based meditation
c. Including an aspect of Savoring, Reverence and Love
3. Living in Reverence (Behavioral Rasayanas): Quick and simple daily opportunities and activities that create the feeling of love and bliss in the heart of the individual.

The practices above will not only serve to prevent dysfunction in the body but aid in its healing and rebalancing. This is the key to efficient healing. Understanding the “whole human body” and how it works in order to purify, rebalance and bring in the “light”. The Light will take care of the rest.  This “Love Heals All” presentation will provide an overview of this abstract including presentation of the Consciousness Model. However, the emphasis of this presentation will be points #1 and #2 above in order for people to experience the power Pure Consciousness/Love has to 1) heal the body and 2) add to the effectiveness of medicines, herbs and treatments.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM   Lunch & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors  

2:00 AM – 2:40  PM          Presentation 7


Prof. J N Mishra, BAMS, Ph.D Ayurveda retired in 2004 after serving 37 yrs as post Graduate teacher Head and Dean Faculty of Ayurveda, Lucknow University, Uther Pradesh, India. He has guided about 75 MD's in ayurveda and 15 PhD scholars in ayurveda and involved in research activities achieving many milestones during this period. Prof. Mishra attended many National and International conferences, seminars and workshops and recently was facilitated by International Charak Award of excellence in teaching and research at Los Angeles, USA by Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America. He has many publications of his research work in National and International journals and is author of 2 books. Prof. Mishra is member of different selection committees, Faculty of Universities, Executive councils and specially to be life member and General Secretary, Bharat Sewa Sansthan which deals with education, medical health and training programs for downtrodden and BPL in India particularly in rural areas.

Presentation Topic: Evaluation and scope of Sushrut’s Ligation with Compression Gradient technique on Keloid and alike conditions

Elephinstono says, 'Hindu Surgery is as remarkable as their medicine'. There were more than 127 different types of surgical instruments in common usage, some of them were sharp enough to divide hair. They include scalpels, lancets, bone-nippers, scoops, forceps etc. Ancient surgeons conducted amputations, practiced dichotomy, explored abdomen, cured hernia, fistula and piles, set fractures and dislocations, and F.B. (Foreign bodies) extraction. Cancer is used for group of diseases which may effect any part of the body. Synonyms to it are malignant tumors and neoplasm defined as rapid creation of abnormal growth of the cells beyond their usual boundaries and may invade adjoining parts of the body (metastasis). Metastasis are the major cause of the death.

Keloid may not be inducted into malignancy but the behaviour is reconned to line up the cancer like, since the management is frustrating due to recurrence and psychosocial reasons. Keloid formation occurs as a result of abnormal wound healing. Despite the high prevalence of Keloid in general population, they remain on the more challenging dermatologic conditions to manage. More than a cosmetic nuisance, they are often symptomatic and can have a significant psychosocial burden on the patient. Although multiple treatment modalities exist, no single treatment has proven widely effective. In fact, recurrence following treatment is generally the norm. Combination therapy is likely the optimal strategy. It is defined as a benign growth of dense fibrous tissue developing from an abnormal healing response to a cutaneous injury. Lee et al. evaluated 20 patients with Keloids and found that more than 80% of patients experienced Keloid associated with pruritus and pain. Many report a severe negative impact on quality of life (Arch Dermatal Res 2006, 297:433-8). For unknown reasons, Keloid occurs more frequently among blacks, Hispanics and Asians and less commonly Caucasians. (Facial plast surg 2001, 17:263-72; Aesthetic plast surg 2002, 26:184-8). Intense research is under way to better understand the pathophysiology of the abnormal processes leading to Keloid formation. For now, our greatest weapon lies in patient education, combination therapy, and prevention. The approach to this is counselling against body piercing and should avoid elective cosmetic procedures with a risk for scarring and the use of silicone gel sheet following surgical excision to reduce recurrence. The author intends to address Sushrut’s technique of Ligation added with compression gradient to evaluate its success rate. The presentation shall also share the other modalities and its scope in other alike conditions.       

2:45 PM – 3:25  PM            Presentation 8

Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda-India, RAS, HHP, NC, BCIM is a consulting Ayurvedic Specialist and Nutritional Consultant with more than 15 years of experience. She is a Registered Ayurvedic Specialist (RAS) and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM). Ashlesha holds BAMS, MD-Ayurveda from Mumbai University, India and earned gold medal for her thesis. Ashlesha has completed her N.C. (Nutritional Consultant) and HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) with High Honors in USA. She also completed her ‘Second Degree Reiki Program’ in USA. Ashelsha is a recipient of ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines and has been honored Charaka award from AAPNA in 2012.  Ashlesha is a founding member of CAC (Council for Ayurveda Credentialing). She is a Director of Ayurveda at "Ayurveda For Healing" and "Main Street Yoga" where she practices Ayurveda.

Topic of Presentation: Non-pharmacological approach in Cancer

Abstract: CDC ranks cancer as #2 killer in USA. Per the current statistics almost 19 Million people are diagnosed with cancer.  While Ayurvedic literature describes various herbs and remedies for Cancer management, still the first choice of treatment today is western conventional medicine. Ayurvedic management sits as a complementary therapy which is mostly focused on reducing the side-effects of conventional medicine. Most central cancer treatments are by Pharmacological interventions. In such scenarios the physicians are reluctant for allowing the patients to have Ayurvedic herbal formulations as a complementary medicine because medicinal herbs would have a potential of interfering the pharmacological action of the conventional medicinal drug. Since Ayurveda is a holistic medical science it offers multiple non-pharmacological approaches. Some of these approaches are diet modifications, certain Panchakarma therapies, Pranayamas, Aroma therapies etc.  This paper will discuss about some of these non-pharmacological Ayurvedic approaches which are substantiated by clinical practice and/or with evidence from existing studies.

3:30 PM – 4:10 PM            Presentation 9

Paul Dugliss, M.D., R.A.C. is trained in Internal Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and is also an acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.   The former director of Oakwood Healthcare System’s Complementary & Alternative Medicine Center in Westland, Michigan, he began studying Ayurvedic Medicine in the mid-1980s and received training in Ayurveda in the United States and Europe. Paul was drawn to spirituality at a young age. He began a daily meditation practice at the age 18 and was exposed to a variety of practices over the years. He now practices and teaches Heart-Based Meditation as the foundational technique to health and happiness. Paul also studied and taught the martial art of Aikido, where he first learned to work with subtle energies. In 2006 he began to formally develop his clairvoyance and, working with other highly intuitive and enlightened beings, began exploring new ways for human beings to evolve.  Paul Dugliss is also an author and publisher of several books, and Academic Dean and Director of New World Ayurveda School. In conjunction with several psychologists and therapists, he is also teaching holistic mental health care through Ayurvedic Counseling.

Presentation Topic: Secondary Prevention in the Care of Cancer Patients -- Practical Approaches & Ayurvedic Counseling

One of the most difficult situations to handle is the care of patients with a diagnosis of cancer. How does the Ayurvedic Practitioner intervene? What practical steps can the practitioner take? What are the key issues involved? Every patient with a cancer diagnosis is hoping that their current treatment will be successful. They have a need to know how to prevent the recurrence of the cancer. This is secondary prevention. Every Ayurvedic Practitioner should know the principles of secondary cancer prevention, how to ethically approach interventions and how to delve deeply into the spiritual and karmic underpinnings of cancer, which is the hallmark of Ayurvedic Counseling. This presentation will cover these topics and supply the practitioner with practical guidelines as to the management and approach to secondary prevention in the care of cancer patients. It will give practitioners a new appreciation for the spiritual and psychological depth of Ayurvedic Counseling.

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM           Break & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM - Council Forums - Open to All - All Are Welcome

Council for Ayurveda Credentialing (C.A.C.)


Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MPH, MD, HHC, AWHC, RAC

Anupama Kizhakkaveetil, BAMS, MAOM, LAc. RAS, PhD (C)

Patricia Layton, MA, CAS, PKT, E-RYT 500, RAP

Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD-Ayu, NC, BCIM, NC, HHP, RAS

Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc, BAMS, RAS

Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, MD (Ayu), RAS

Council for Ayurveda Research (C.A.R.) - Council for Ayurveda Research was founded by Ayurvedic Specialist Dr. Pratibha Shah, in August 2012, with the vision of establishing a nodal agency that provides research guidelines and resources to Ayurvedic practitioners abroad. The Council is today led by an Executive Committee of four dedicated Ayurvedic practitioners – Dr. Pratibha Shah, Dr. Anupama KizhakkeVeettil, Dr. Ram Tamang and Dr. Bhupinder Brar. We aim to encourage, inspire and support all Ayurvedic practitioners abroad to document their clinical practice methodically, so that a robust evidence based data pool can be created. Adopting a scientific outlook will not only help establish Ayurveda as a valid science based healing system but will also open doors for communication and collaboration between mainstream medicine practitioners and practitioners of Ayurveda. Council for Ayurveda Research aims at bringing about a paradigm shift in the way Ayurveda is practiced, projected and viewed abroad.


Pratibha Shah, BAMS, MD-Ayu, MPH, RAS

Anupama Kizhakkaveetil, BAMS, MAOM, LAc. RAS, PhD (C)

Bhupinder S. Brar, BAMS, MS, CCRC

Ram Tamang, BAMS, MH, RAS

Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, PhD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM           Dinner

Saturday, October 5, 2013

6:00 AM – 7:00 AM           Yoga & Merditation

Dr Bertrand Martin graduates from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lausanne in 1973. He specializes in Public Health in Guatemala where he obtains a Master Degree (1976). He then administers development and research programs in Saudi Arabia, and Mali. He comes back to Switzerland in 1988. Interested by the mental aspects of medicine, he undertakes a specialization in psychiatry and opens a medical practice in Lausanne. Due to his interest for Yoga which arouse at the age of thirteen, he decides to formally study yoga and ayurvedic medicine in Benares and attends a one year course (1993-1994) in the famous hindu university of Benares (BHU). This university presents the unique characteristic to unite under the same administrative and scientific direction, allopathic and ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Martin currently treats his patients with therapies integrating allopathic medicine, ayurvedic medicine and Yoga.

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM            Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:40  AM           Presentation 10 - Keynote Speaker

Anupama Kizhakkaveetil, BAMS, MAOM, LAc. RAS, PhD (C) is an ayurvedic practitioner and licensed acupuncturist. She received her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Southern California University of Health Sciences and is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and has authored peer-reviewed journal articles in complementary and alternative medicine. She also serves as a peer reviewer for journals and international conferences. Currently she is working as an Assistant Professor, Research Faculty and the lead instructor for the ayurvedic program at Southern California University of Health Sciences, visiting faculty for American University of Complementary Medicine and chair of AAPNA's Clinical Committee.

Topic: Evidence based cancer therapy: A review of Ayurvedic literature

Cancer is one of the most challenging conditions affecting modern society. Anti-cancer therapies have long existed in traditional medical practice, evidenced by ancient textbooks in Ayurveda describing various herbs and therapies for cancer management. A re-examination of the Ayurvedic approach is likely to become more prevalent in the coming years due to growing interest in complementary and alternative medicine. Therefore, the objective of this presentation is to describe the available literature addressing research on anti-cancerous Ayurvedic herbs and Ayurvedic treatment strategies for different cancers. A literature search was conducted to identify studies using six databases for relevant articles published through January 2013. Evidence from the literature indicates that Ayurvedic medicines are an effective approach for both the preventative and management aspects of cancer treatment.  

9:45 AM – 10:25 AM            Presentation 11

Raakhi Siva Mohan, M.D., M.P.H., ERYT began her path to healing in neuroscience, and this sparked her interest in the mind-body connection. In Medical School and during her Public Health Masters, she focused her studies on an extension of the mind-body relationship: the effects of community, development, and culture on health behavior. For Siva, consulting in international public health seemed to revolve around a central question: How do we encourage certain health behavior in different settings around the world? “I was most interested in the process of genuinely taking people’s lives into consideration when approaching health. I believe our lifestyles and habits determine our health, and this along with my cultural heritage drew me to ayurveda.” Several years later, Dr. Mohan is fortunate to practice Ayurveda and yoga, addressing health in a personal, individualized and holistic way. Her professional goals now center on writing, lecturing, and continuing to spread the awareness of Ayurveda and how it can complement modern medicine.

Topic: The psychospiritual basis of cancer pathogenesis and healing

Introduction: The role of psychospiritual patterns is often unacknowledged in cancer pathogenesis.

Methods: Providing counseling and tools to address carcinogenic psychospiritual patterns in concert with physiologic remedies (e.g. herbs, radiation, chemo, surgery)

Results: Patients with psychospiritual intervention are better able to cope with the cancer process, suffer less side effects from radiation and chemotherapy, heal faster from surgery and are more likely to stay in remission.

Discussion: More awareness on the psychospiritual basis of cancer pathogenesis may not only help cancer patients to heal, but also may be a powerful cancer prevention approach.

Conclusion: Psychospiritual healing approaches are an integral part of cancer care.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM            Break & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM             Presentation 12

Richaritha Gundlapalli, MD, FAAP, Chicago, IL, USA is a trained board-certified pediatrician and integrative medicine physician. She heads the Energy Medicine and Research Department at BElifeTM as well as its Longevity and Weight Management Program. She is also a BEinshapeTM Trainer and Specialist there. In her capacity as a pediatrician, she is associated with the Advocate Masonic Medical Center, Chicago. She is trained in Ayurveda, Acupuncture and is also a student of Anthroposophy.  She was an accomplished Pediatric Resident and Chief Resident there and given the Outstanding Chief Resident Award for her academic skills and career building initiatives for medical students and residents. She obtained the National Recognition Award for her contribution to promoting Integrative Medicine. She has written several articles in Natural Awakenings, a holistic health magazine and other scientific journals on the topic of Integrative and Environmental Medicine. She is a member of the Oklahoma Acupuncture Association, AAP (American academy of pediatrics) and PAAM (Physicians Association of Anthroposophic Medicine). With her strong commitment to children in need, she co-founded  Ashajyothi USA, a non-profit organization for orphans and children with special needs.

Presentation Topic: Energy Medicine approach for Cancer Care - Case presentation

1. Will Discuss regarding Bio-fields and how it affects our health and well being.
2. What happens to the bio-fields in cancer patients
3. How can we help with rebuilding and repairing them to increase vitality and stamina and reduce side effects.
4. Collaborate with mainstream medicine for faster recovery and minimize side effects.
5. Case presentation - with Integrative approach.
6. Testimonials

11:45 AM  – 12:25 PM           Presentation 13

Pratibha Shah, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, MPH, RAS holds a Masters degree in Ayurveda. She has been traditionally trained in India and has been practicing Ayurveda for more than 20 yrs. She was working as Chief Medical Officer with the Central Govt of India, before moving to US in 2004. Presently, she is on the Board of several leading Ayurvedic organizations in USA and is working hard towards promotion, propagation as well as integration of Ayurveda with mainstream medicine, globally. She writes articles and columns on Ayurveda for various newspapers and e-magazines, and is an editor with Light on Ayurveda Journal. She has been an invited speaker at many conferences and events – the most recent being an event at the White House. Her other qualifications include a Masters in Public Health from Boston University, Level 1 Reiki and Level 2 Pranic Healing.

Presentation Topic: Role of Ayurveda before, during and after chemotherapy

Introduction: According to the WHO, cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths in 2008. There have been some breakthroughs in the management of cancer but despite all the advances in medical science, a cure is nowhere in sight.
Discussion: Chemotherapy is an important part of current cancer management. However chemotherapy can cause acute, chronic or permanent side effects, ranging from pain, gastric issues, mouth sores, hair loss and others. They not only cause discomfort but can also cause serious illness and even death. Additionally, certain side effects may prevent doctors from delivering the prescribed dose of chemotherapy at the specific time and schedule of the treatment plan. Ayurvedic preventive and therapeutics principles can be successfully applied as adjunct therapy for better outcomes for chemotherapy as well as for reducing the undesired post chemo effects on the body. Protocols from this ancient holistic science can also be used to prepare the body physiologically and mentally before starting chemo.

Conclusion: This paper will talk about some of these strategies connecting them with classical Ayurvedic principles and/or with evidence from existing studies.

12:30 PM – 2:00  PM           Lunch & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors

2:00 PM – 2:40  PM             Presentation 14  

Manisha Madhavi, B.A.M.S.  She has experience of 14 years of Ayurvedic Consultation, Diet and Nutrition, Health and Life Style Counseling, faculty of Ayurveda, Lectures & Workshops on various health topics in India and USA, presenter and speaker for AAPNA and NAMA conferences. Developed various Ayurvedic formulations for Individuals, pancha Karma Therapy camps conducted, written various columns for Ayurveda and Beauty Therapy, community Health Educational seminars conducted for WHO, extensive work done in family counseling and youth rehabilitation program.

Presentation Topic: Breast Cancer Awareness - An Ayurvedic Approach

Breast Cancer is the irregular excessive division of cells in the breast tissue that can spread to adjacent tissues through the blood and lymphatic system. The main types of Breast Cancer are 1)DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in situ) 2)Invasive ductal carcinoma 3) Invasive Lobular carcinoma 4)Inflammatory Breast Cancer 5) Male Breast Cancer 6) Recurrent Breast Cancer 6) Metastatic Breast Cancer.
In Ayurveda breast cancer is called Sthana Arbuda.
Main Types are Rakta Arbuda, Mamsa Arbuda.
Other types are Vata Arbuda, Pitta Arbuda, Kapha Arbuda, Tridosha Arbuda
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
1)Swelling in all or part of the Breast, 2)LUMP in te breast, Lump in underarms, 3)pain in breast, skin irritation, 4)Dimpling,redness,scaliness,thickening of the nipple or breast skin. 5)Inward turning nipple, 6)Discharge from nipple other than breast milk.

Stage 1:The Lump/tumor smaller than 2cm and not spread outside the breast
Stage 2:The tumor larger than 2cm-5cm,spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Stage 3:The tumor is any size, has spread to more lymph nodes in axilla or internal mammary lymph nodes,Enlargement of
lymph nodes same side of breast, not spread to distant areas/sites.
Stage 4:The cancer regardless of size has spread to distal organs such as lungs, bones,liver, lymph nodes away from breast.
Risk Factors:
1)Family history 2)Age above 45-50 3)Genes: Gene defects found in BRCA1,BRCA2 genes can most likely cause breast cancer.Normally these genes produce proteins that inhibit the growth of cancer. 4)Smoking 5)Alcohol 6)Obesity 7)Hormonal Imbalances and hormone replacement Therapy 8)Child birth later in life 9)Irregular menstrual cycle,prolonged cycle,early menachy,late menopause are all high risk factors.
1)Screening and testing -
a)Mammogram: should be done once every year above 40yrs.Findings like irregular areas of increased density,clusters of small calcifications, any area of skin thickening, asymmetrics in the mammogram can be helpful to make early detections. b)Breast MRI: can give better images using magnetic resonance, gives 3D images, used in high risk cases. c)Biopsy: Needle biopsy, incisional biopsy, vacuum assisted breast biopsy guided by mammogram is done. Sometimes Ductal Lavage is done to suction out breast milk for testing. d)Blood Test, e)Ultrasound, f)Bone scan , g)Breast Physical Exam by Doctor , h)Breast Self Exam ( will be taught during the lecture)

Management of Breast Cancer - Local management:Surgery and Radiation (To be done by qualified Oncologist/Surgeon only). Lumpectomy,Mastectomy (full or partial)are done, Systemic management: (To be given by qualified Oncologist/ Physician only), Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Hormonal treatments,immune therapy, pain medications, nutritional support.

Ayurvedic Management: Preventive therapies,Diet and lifestyle changes are the Keys to Health,wealth and prosperity -Pallative,Supportive therapy during, before and after Chemo-radiation.
Immune Boosters to increase quality of life.
Local Application on skin, eyes, head, hairs (Chandan,AloeVera,Manjishtha) for soothing,calming
Herbs,Meditation,Relaxation,Yoga,Breadthing,Pranayama,Hypnosis,Visualization etc.

2:45 PM – 3:25  PM           Presentation 15

Dr. Amit Gumman is the Founder, President and Chief Clinician of Harmony Healing Center, Inc. and has been practicing in Oklahoma City since 1994. Gumman’s practice and medical training integrates a wide array of therapeutic modalities drawn from Acupuncture, Ayur-Veda, Herbology, Naturopathy and Yoga. He graduated in Ayurvedic Medicine and surgery from the Government Ayurvedic Medical College, Hyderabad India. He also holds a Diploma in Naturopathy and is certified as a Yoga instructor. Thereafter he completed his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Ph.D. from the International University of Complementary Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a Diplomate in Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He completed his Masters of Public Health degree in Health Promotion Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine, West Indies.  He was honored with Dhanawantari Award for excellence in Ayurvedic Practice in 2009 by AAPNA.

Presentation Topic: Integrative Approach in Cancer Management for Synergestic outcomes

Introduction: There is a fast growing trend of integrative approach in cancer management. Patients are demanding more holistic and less traumatic therapeutic modalities to limit the limitations of conventional oncology. There is an immense need to integrate the approaches for synergistic benefits which are personalized, evidence based and safe.

Methods: Different modalities used at Harmony Healing Centre are:
Clinical consultation, Traditional Ayurvedic & Chinese Medicine Evaluation &Diagnostics , Acupuncture , Ayurvedic Therapies, Nutritional Supplements, Guided Imagery, Meditation, Yoga and Pranayam., Diet and life style modifications, Mind Body Practices , Exercise , Massage Therapy , Music Therapy, Support Groups
Results: Outcomes will be shared during the presentation.
Discussion: Practitioners of Integrative medicine hold the belief that western therapy strongly targets the cancer foci and Holistic medicine strongly targets the unhealthy condition of the whole body. Combination therapy, bringing together the advantages of each type of medicine for an overall enhancement of cancer treatment, is regarded as one of the most important principles for the treatment of cancer
Conclusion: Evidence-based research is needed, as well as efforts to consolidate knowledge gleaned from experience apparent in existing clinical practices. Evidence-based approaches should be implemented to document the positive and/or negative effects of the concomitant use of Complementary medicine and anticancer chemotherapeutic drugs. At the same time, it would be helpful to set up an internationally accessible database to document the use of Integrative medicines and anticancer drugs. Efforts should be made to educate both healthcare professionals and patients about the use of Integrative medicine for cancer patients.

3:30 PM – 4:10  PM           Presentation 16

Govind Reddy, BAMS, MD (Ayu), PhD (Ayu) researcher having interest in teaching, service and research in Ayurveda. I have delivered talks on various aspects especially Ano-rectal diseases and Ayurvedic management at many institutes, continuing medical education and conferences. Research in Minimal invasive surgical treatment in Ayurveda for Ano-rectal diseases have been my area of interest. I had been a part of preparation of monographs on Ksharasutra for fistula, haemorrhoids, Pakshagat published by CCRAS. I had conducted different clinical trial research projects in the diseases like haemorrhoids, fistula, balakasa, osteoporosis and ageing. Presently I am involved in standardization of Ksharasutra a collaborative project with IIT, Delhi.

Presentation topic: Historical review of cancer in Ayurveda–Hopes & Highlights - Implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) with Decision Support System (A tool to generate Evidence for Ayurvedic medicine) - A case study


Generating quality data to standardize, validate, test the safety and efficacy of the time tested Ayurvedic medicines, treatments for global acceptance is the need of the hour. EMR is an extension of physical medical records with a wider flexibility of usage and communication. EMR coupled with hospital information systems come handy in realizing the generation of pragmatic evidence. Keeping in view of this potential CCRAS has developed an in house Integrated Clinical Decision Support System-ICDSS for Ayurveda which was tested at RRAPACRI, Mumbai for a period of 16 months. Total of 7315 patient records with 192 clinical conditions are recorded. The analysis of signs and symptoms is further more exhaustive. On the whole it is found that, for the first time the system has facilitated real time opportunity to record entire diagnosis in Ayurvedic terminology supported with biomedical terms. Experience of implementing EHR system in a simple yet an effective way is worth sharing with the Ayurvedic peers as it stands as a testimony of how routine data entry into an intelligent software module provides Evidence for effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatments hence this paper.

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM            Break & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors

4:45 PM – 6:15 PM            Presentation 17

Daniel J. McNeff, C.E.O., Legally Mine, Inc. 

Education: B.S. Brigham Young University (School of Journalism), CFP UC San Diego, AA Brigham Young University (Spanish)

Positions: Journalist Canon City Daily Record, Representative:  A.L. Williams,  Senior Vice President:  A.L. Williams,  Principal Broker: First American National Securities Corp., CEO:  Pulse Jet Incorporated  Mr. McNeff is the C.E.O. of Legally Mine.  In addition to running his own businesses for the last 20 years he has served as The Senior Vice President of one of the Nation’s largest financial services company for 15 years. He is a published author with one book and many magazine and newspaper articles.  He has been married for 31 years is the father of 8 children and grandfather to 7 so far. Mr. McNeff has conducted hundreds of seminars and is responsible for helping thousands of people protect their assets, and reduce their tax liabilities.          

Topic: Utilizing Medicalegal Tools: The Key to Lawsuit Prevention and Tax Reduction

Synopsis: Lawsuit Protection and Prevention

  • How will incorporating help prevent lawsuits? Or will it help at all?
  • How business owners should be structured: C-corps, S-corps, FLP’s, LLC’s, etc.
  • Learn how to use the only legal tool that can protect 100% of a business owner’s professional and personal assets from lawsuits, liens and levies. Statistically not even one in 100,000 are using this tool.
  • Will a living trust help prevent lawsuits? If not why have a living trust?
  • How to protect a business, property, retirement funds and assets in the event of a judgment in excess of liability insurance or exclusion in a policy.
  • Which state laws provide the greatest asset protection? A business owner may live in one state but use the superior law of another state to his or her benefit.
  • Lawsuit protection strategies most advisors are unaware of. Only 780 of the more than 1 million practicing lawyers in America claim lawsuit protection as one of their specialties. 

Tax Reduction and Estate Planning

  • What is the best business structure for income tax reduction
  • How to use corporate resolutions for income tax reduction
  • The strengths and pitfalls of the “S” Corp.
  • How to use income shifting as means to income tax reduction.

Summary: Through this course attendees will truly understand exactly how, why and where legal entities should be used for both lawsuit prevention and income tax reduction.  The course is given in plain English and when done most attendees understand the proper use of legal tools for the first time in their lives.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM            Dinner

Sunday, October 6, 2013

6:00 AM – 7:00 AM           Yoga & Meditation


Juanita Manis, E-RTY-500, Jyotishi - Over the last 33 years, Juanita Manis has extensively studied the philosophies, psychological perspectives and physical aspects related to the Field of Consciousness. In addition to being an experienced 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, she has earned certifications through the Himalayan Institute, the Kundalini Research Institute, The Ayurvedic Institute, and Florida Vedic College. A Yoga and Meditation teacher for over 23 years, she currently offers weekly classes, workshops and lectures on Trika Navigation™, Tantra, Yoga, and Meditation. Juanita is also a professional Jyotisha Vedic Astrologer and offers private consultations.

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM            Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:10 AM            Presentation 18 - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Suresh Swarnapuri, BAMS, MD-Ayu - Cork City, Ireland,  worked as lecturer and chief medical officer at Indian Institute of Ayurvedic sciences and research at Bangalore, India and later  as Assistant Professor in Sri Sri college of Ayurveda sciences and research at Bangalore. Swarnapuri had  been international ayurvedic consultant to various countries including Holland, Germany, France, Turkey, Ukraine, Croatia, Estonia, Lebanon,Serbia, Russia, and Ireland and Dr.swarnapuri practiced in Netherlands for 3 years at Maharishi international foundation .presently  lives in and practices at Ireland. and also travels and provides consultations and lectures to Paris, France, Zagred, Croatia, and Kiev-Ukraine.  Dr. Swarnapuri is also a member of AAPNA’s Global Ayurvedic Professionals Council and recipient of Atreya International Award for excellence in Ayurvedic practice.

Presentation Topic: "Effect of Ayurveda in Hodgkin's Management - A Clinical Study"

Abstract: A clinical management of a 22 year girl suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, and management of complications caused by femoral necrosis conservative approach through Ayurveda with herbs and with regular Dosha, Dhatu balancing foods and yogic pranayamas. The whole program lasted over 4 months and still she is under treatment.

Results: Decrease in lymphocytes level and increase in iron levels and excellent joint functions with no frequent temperatures. Comparative to first visit, patient have much better progress, still needed to improve and constantly monitored.

9:15 AM – 9:55 AM             Presenter 19

Juanita Manis, E-RTY-500, Jyotishi - Over the last 33 years, Juanita Manis has extensively studied the philosophies, psychological perspectives and physical aspects related to the Field of Consciousness. In addition to being an experienced 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, she has earned certifications through the Himalayan Institute, the Kundalini Research Institute, The Ayurvedic Institute, and Florida Vedic College. A Yoga and Meditation teacher for over 23 years, she currently offers weekly classes, workshops and lectures on Trika Navigation™, Tantra, Yoga, and Meditation. Juanita is also a professional Jyotisha Vedic Astrologer and offers private consultations.

Presentation Topic: Jyoti on Prakruti - Planetary influences on the Doshas from the Vedic Astrological Perspective

Knowledge of the placements of planets in the birth chart can help guide Ayurvedic Practitioners in understanding their patient's constitution and their psychological predispositions. This knowledge may assist the practitioner in designing a better wellness program for their clients.

Note: This discussion will not be addressing in-depth medical astrology, a very complex science and art. It will focus on the dosha system and general psychological characteristics of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant as placed in the natal chart.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM             Break & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM             Presenter 20

Parla S Jayagopal BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), MAOM (C) is foremost in Ayurveda in the Los Angels area, as well as nationally and internationally. Hailing from a family of traditional Ayurvedic healers, he has an extensive educational background that also includes Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as well as Yoga. Currently he is Prof. and chair dept. of Ayurveda at American university of complementary medicine, Beverly Hills, which offers Clinical Doctorate in Ayurveda (AyD) / PhD programs. He recently graduated from Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program.  Jayagopal serves as chair of Academic committee Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Member Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Charles Drew Medical University, USC medical systems, LA. Board member of Council of Ayurvedic Credentialing (CAC), He also is a visiting faculty for Japan Ayurveda School, Tokyo, Japan and Southern California University of health Sciences, Whittier, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Role and limitations of an Ayurvedic practitioner in Integrative approach for the management of Cancer in United States
It is estimated that by the end of year 2013, a staggering 1.5 million new cases of Cancer will be diagnosed in the US population. The prevalence of CAM use among cancer patients in the United States has been estimated to be between 7% and 54%.An increased number of population is resorting to CAM modalities for side-effects of the primary care, improve quality of life, prevent complications, counteract reoccurrence. In some instances if there is inconclusive findings for diagnosis, CAM is used as a primary modality.  Ayurveda with its wide arena of modalities and holistic approach can provide useful outcomes at all levels of Cancer care. Since patients with cancer are not informed about the limitation of Ayurvedic practice in the US, expectations are much diverse. This presentation is a record of cases that are diagnosed with cancer, where Ayurveda was used in various methods to support the client needs. Observation of these cases reveals a need for evidence based integrative approach in management of Cancer and a necessity to define the role and limitations of an Ayurvedic practitioner in cancer care in current times.

11:15 AM – 11:55 AM              Presenter 21

Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan is currently a Research Scientist at Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School, MA working on Nanotechnology and Ayurvedic Photomedicine. He is a distinguished Scientific Advisor for the World Institute for Scientific Exploration and the head of the Indian Division of Sciences. Inspired by Sage-Scientist Vethathiri Maharishi’s teaching on Physics and Philosophy he founded the World Community Service Center-USA in 2005. In the past he has organized several international conferences, workshops and seminars. He also introduced ancient food technology via community vegetable gardens and community kitchens concepts in the United States. He is a scientist, philosopher, writer, poet and farmer. For the past twenty years he has been working on a paradigm shift that will replace ancient science for modern science using a novel framework. His focus is to revolutionize the education curriculum of India by introducing the paradigm shift that he proposes, so that the whole world can be benefitted by the reach of ancient science of India. Right now Dr. Lakshmanan is the Research Director representing the R & D division of the AAPNA-Harvard branch.

Presentation topic: Ayurveda-A Quantum Paradigm Shift

Since Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical science, a modern science interpretation on Ayurveda is usually misleading due to the inherent nature of its axiomatic construct. In this talk I will present a novel yet ancient theory using a scientific paradigm shift to replace the modern science perspective on Ayurveda. A strong documentation on how Ayurveda was built when ancient science was developed will be presented on the basis of a modern framework. Several new axioms such as the “thought wave functions” and “ahimsa” will be introduced with special emphasis to the ancient theory on the evolution of the consciousness. Ancient science perspective on disease such as cancer will be discussed using quantum physics.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM          Closing Ceremony         

Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD-Ayu, NC, BCIM, NC, HHP, RAS, Secretary, AAPNA & Director, Ayurveda for Healing, Chicago, Illinois, USA is a consulting ayurvedic practitioner and nutritional health educator with more than 15 years of experience in the field of ayurveda, healthcare and integrative medicine. She is a Registered Ayurvedic Specialist (RAS) and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM). Dr. Raut holds BAMS, MD-Ayurveda from Mumbai University, India. She earned the distinctive honor, a gold medal, for her MD thesis. Ashlesha has completed her N.C. (Nutritional Consultant) and HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) with High Honors. She completed her ‘Second Degree Reiki Program’ in IL, USA. She is a faculty member at various ayurvedic colleges across USA. She is also an active volunteer at the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter in IL, USA and has won recognitions for her voluntary contributions on community health and safety at the American Red Cross. Ashlesha is a recipient of the prestigious ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards alternative medicine. Presently, she is a Director of Ayurveda at Ayurveda For Healing and Main Street Yoga where she practices ayurveda, and is actively involved in promoting ayurveda in the country.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM           Lunch & Visit Sponsors & Exhibitors


Sujatha Reddy, MSEd, LPC, BAMS

Sujatha Reddy is a Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She received her BAMS degree from Bangalore University in 1988 and her Masters in Community Mental Health counseling in 2005. She has a teachers training in Kundalini Yoga,  Pranayama and Meditation. She also has obtained her credentialing in Distance Counseling for the state of ohio through the NACC. She is the president of Heartland Wellness a private company in New Albany Ohio where she practices Ayurveda and Adult mental health counseling. Her expertise includes Anxiety Spectrum Disorders, Depressive mood disorders, Substance Abuse and Insomnia along with Ayurvedic Health consultations. Sujatha is a founding member of Asha ray of Hope an organization that help victims of domestic violence in the South Asian population. She has served as board member, Counselor and Vice President for the organization. She is affiliated with National AAPI, AAPNA and Ohio Counselor Association OCA. She is a resident of Columbus Ohio for the past 24years where lives with her husband and 3 children.

Amarprakash Dwivedi, BAMS, MD (Ayu), PhD (Ayu)

He has worked as Resident Surgeon for 5 years at M.A. Podar Govt. Hospital, Worli, Mumbai. He is presently working as Associate Professor & in-charge of Surgery Dept. at Dr. D.Y.Patil Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Navi Mumbai. He has been rewarded ‘Best Teaching Module Award’in National Conference- Anusandhan 2010.

Note: The Conference Program Schedule Subject To Change Without Prior Notice.

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