SCOPES OF PRACTICE: Level I AWC – Level II AWP – Level III AD – Panchakarma Technician
The scope of practice for graduates of our level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program is determined by the standards set by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
The AWC program is based on the first goal of Ayurveda—Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam – to preserve the health of a healthy person. Students will gain the tools necessary to restore and preserve health and prevent disease. These tools include a comprehensive nutritional education (Ahara), daily routines and practices to maximize health (Vihar), as well as a clear understanding of the mind and thought processes (Vichara) and their relationship to well-being. Upon successful completion of the AWC course you will be awarded an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Certificate.
With this certificate, students will be able to counsel the clients for wellness. This practice may vary from state to state. Please check the regulations with the state in which you practice.
Ayurvedic Counselors can:
- Analyze mind-body constitution.
- Do history taking.
- Suggest dietary changes (explain Ayurvedic view about qualities and 6 tastes).
- Suggest daily routine changes (explain daily predominance of Doshas at different times).
- Suggest seasonal routine (explain seasonal predominance of Doshas).
- Suggest life cycle routine (explain life cycles and predominance of Doshas).
- Explain about Ayurvedic concepts (related to Prakriti, Vikriti, qualities, etc.).
- Explain the connection between Body and Mind and how diet and life style, meditation, Pranayama can help prevent many emotional problems.
- Offer talks/write articles on various concepts on Ayurveda.
- Offer simple oil therapies.
- Offer cooking classes giving simple cooking tips.
Ayurvedic Counselors cannot:
- Diagnose diseases.
- Treat diseases.
- Prescribe treatments or medicines (including herbal medicines).
- Prescribe or perform Panchakarma (unless allowed in your scope of practice under other certification).
- Perform pulse diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Practice of Ayurveda in the U.S.
1. Level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselors (or AHC - NAMA) focus on guiding clients with Ayurvedic lifestyle techniques for disease prevention. For more detail, please see the complete Scope of Practice: Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor.
2. Level II Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioners (or AP - NAMA) are trained with the additional skill set of disease management for handling more advanced conditions; their scope of practice involves more diverse assessment tools and the ability to map complex imbalances and their treatment protocol. Practitioners also possess a more extensive knowledge of herbs, Ayurvedic formulations and Panchakarma therapies to recommend clients. For more detail, please see the complete Scope of Practice: Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner.
3. Level II Ayurvedic Doctors (AD) use the same assessment and protocol development skills as Practitioners, though with richer clinical training, deeper knowledge and a higher awareness of contemporary medical research and conditions. For more detail, please see the complete Scope of Practice: Ayurvedic Wellness Doctor.
We might say that Ayurveda’s current status in the U.S. is analogous to the Chinese medical profession during its early years in the 1970s. While each state does not regulate the practice of Ayurvedic medicine itself, some aspects of Ayurvedic practice may fall within the scope of professions that are regulated. Students and graduates of the academy should be careful not to allow their practice to overlap one of those regulated professions unless they are licensed in that particular profession. Please contact your local state representative for more information about regulations in your area.
While none of the U.S. states currently have Ayurvedic practitioners or physicians as primary care physicians, many of these well-trained professionals utilize their education and skills in combination with other healthcare related credentials.
Yoga Instructors, Massage Therapists, Registered Nurses, Nutritionists/Dietitians, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and other healthcare professionals are recognizing and utilizing the benefits of educational training in Ayurveda.
The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) is currently working on developing educational standards, scope of practice, and related materials to support future licensing initiatives throughout the US.
Many Academy graduates use their Ayurvedic education to enhance pre-existing professional careers.
There are many ways our students utilize their Ayurvedic education. Some of our students launch a practice as Ayurvedic Counselors or Practitioners.
Many of our graduates incorporate Ayurvedic knowledge in their current practice as healers, such physicians, nurses, yoga teachers and massage therapists. Ayurveda complements all other healing modalities.
Some of our graduates launch Ayurvedic product lines or combine Ayurveda with their existing business.