Early bird Registration

$175 Non Member

$225 Regular Price

$125 AAC Member

$175 Regular Price

$100 Students

$150 Regular Price

(inclusive of 2 days Ayurvedic Breakfast, lunches and dinners during the conference)

Mental health is gradually receiving much needed attention globally owing to the rapid rate in which it is contributing to disease burden. Mental health is integral to the well-being of all categories of the population regardless of age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other separating markers. However, minimal resources are allocated everywhere to understand and develop better strategies to combat this issue. Despite there being a wealth of knowledge on mental health in traditional health sciences like Ayurveda and Yoga, very less is discussed and promoted, especially outside of its origin country. Though widespread use of these systems of medicine for diverse psychiatric conditions is known, very little has been deliberated scientifically and it is now the time to provide a platform for such dialogue that can benefit Herbalists, Ayurveda practitioners, Naturopaths, Yoga practitioners and the General public.

Ayurveda and Yoga strongly believe in the inter-relatedness of the mind and body in health and disease. As such there is a lot of emphasis on holistic approach to the management of diseases and much impetus is also given to preventive and promotive care. The AAC Conference 2020 will give the participants incredible opportunity to interact with renowned practitioners having in-depth insights and experience in mental health and to learn more about

  1. Ayurveda approaches to diagnosing diverse mental health issues
  2. Practical tips on holistically managing key psychiatric illnesses with herbs and therapeutics 
  3. Integrating Ayurveda and Yoga in existing care
  4. Incorporating traditional psychotherapies to enhance mental health and well-being
  5. Diet, food and its influence on mental health

and many more exhilarating subjects.

Register for the AAC 2020 conference if you are an Ayurveda practitioner or a Herbalist or a Naturopath wanting to enhance your knowledge and skills in the area of mental health or a Allied health professional wanting to test the waters of what Ayurveda and Yoga can offer for mental health.

Our Speakers

Dr. Jayrajan

Vaidya Jayrajan Kodikannath

Synopsis: Taking Care of Mind is Taking Care of Life!
Management of Mental Health Through Ayurveda

Ayurveda or Traditional Indian Medicine is a highly personalized natural holistic healing system with Mental Health as one of its most important clinical branches. Ayurveda defines Mind as the sense beyond the senses responsible for the state of wellbeing or sickness and happiness or sadness. There are only three types of human actions viz physical, mental and verbal and most of these actions are controlled and managed by the mind. A balanced and positive mind not only helps to avoid the sufferings in life but facilitate the optimal healing and helps to express the highest human potential. Ayurveda offers specific protocols for various mental disorders and provides sustainable results. Being an active clinician for more than two decades with a special interest in Mental Health I have worked with a lot of cases of mental disorders and provided a comprehensive Ayurvedic protocol that includes classical Ayurvedic formulations, herbs, diet, lifestyle, mindful practices and awareness sessions. I will be presenting on the healing power of the human system and the natural tools available to prevent and manage mental disorders. I would like to bring some important case studies demonstrating the power of Ayurveda in healing the mind.

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Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath

Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath is a renowned Ayurvedic scholar, clinician and educator with over two decades of clinical expertise in India and the U.S. He represents a lineage of traditional Ayurvedic Practitioners (Vaidyas) in Kerala, India with extensive knowledge in the ancient root texts of Ayurveda. He is currently the Academy Director and Chief Ayurveda consultant of Kerala Ayurveda USA. He served as a member of the Expert Curriculum Committee for Masters in Ayurveda at Bastyr University, Seattle and also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). “Dr. J,” as his students call him for short, is a compassionate healer and educator, devoted to the mission of imparting the traditional teachings of Kerala’s Ayurveda.

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Teitelbaum Marianne

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Synopsis: Tackling Mental Health Issues by Addressing Their Root Causes.

The root causes of any disease are numerous and different in each person. As Ayurvedic practitioners we must identify our patients’ unique imbalances, which are often far removed from the site of the symptom, and address all of them. Otherwise our results will be temporary and minimal at best. In this lecture, I will draw on my 30+ years of clinical experience and teach you how to think outside the box, always resisting the temptation to reflexively treat symptoms, and instead think in a truly holistic way to effect the deepest cure possible.”

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Bio:Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1984. She immediately began her studies with Maharishi Ayurveda, obtaining Ayurvedic Practitioner certification in 1992.

In the late 1990’s she began a 17-year one-on-one internship with Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, an award-winning herbal formulator who hails from a 5,000 -year-old family lineage of Raj Vaidyas, treating the royalty of India. During her internship Vaidya Mishra taught her how to treat practically every disease, making over 500 herbal formulas for all the problems they were treating together.

Dr. Teitelbaum is now writing books, articles, blogs and courses based on the knowledge Vaidya Mishra imparted to her before his untimely passing in April of 2017.

Her first book, Ayurveda and the Thyroid Gland: Natural Treatments to Heal Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and Hashimoto’s published by Inner Traditions Publishing Company is due out in March of 2019.

She runs an extremely busy Ayurvedic practice, treating all diseases, by addressing her patients’ imbalances, instructing them in diet and daily routine, and teaching them Ayurvedic cleansing techniques.

Her practice is located in Southern New Jersey, 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

Address: 1400 Wynwood Drive
Cinnaminson, New Jersey 08077

Telephone: 856-786-3330
Fax: 856-786-2044
Website: drmteitelbaum.com

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Hemant Gupta

Vaidya Hemant Gupta

Topic: An overview of ayurvedic approach to Mental health and illness

Ayurveda offers a unique, comprehensive and personalized approach to mental health which is most necessary in the Modern era.


Health recommendations  for mental health in Ayurveda, take a wide spectrum and multi-dimensional approach to personalize therapy. The personalization is achieved through a primary assessment that evaluates “Satwa,” which is your unique mental state and mind type. Therapy is unique, comprehensive, and consciousness based, which offers a very unique perspective and insight into the individual’s balance between the body and mind, which becomes the basis of personalization.

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Following the primary assessment, Ayurveda recommends an individualized treatment regimen that combines dietary modifications, panchakarma, herbal supplements, yoga, meditation, brain tonics (“Medhya rasayana”), , lifestyle changes, daily routine, and seasonal detoxification. 

Brief Bio:

Dr. Hemant Gupta’s vision, experience and passion has allowed him to persevere in clinical teaching, patient care and research worldwide. Since receiving his MD (Ayurvedic medicine, Surgery and Internal medicine) Dr. Gupta over the span of the last 35 years has developed unique and personalized treatment and consulting protocols. His effectiveness for teaching allows him to indulge students to understand more than just knowledge, but instead cycles and physiology that intertie into the process of health and progression to disease. Since 2008 Dr Gupta has been offering all Ayurveda services through Holistic Ayurveda Centre in Ottawa.

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Dr. Basavaraj Tubaki MD Ph.D VSF Professor & Head, Dept. of Kayachikitsa

Topic: Practical tips on holistically managing key psychiatric illnesses with herbs and therapeutics.

Understanding of mind is unique in Ayurveda. Mana is a component of Nava dravya (Nine primary substances), tridanda (three pillars ) of life, is active but an achetana (unconscious entity), one of the chaturvamshati purusha. Key component of manasaroga chikitsa is the high amount of “personalized & customized approach”. Judicious integration of satwawajaya, yukti vyapashraya chikitsa and Asthang yoga components can only form a comprehensive treatment strategy.

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MD (Kayachikitsa) Ph.D.( NIMHANS Deemed University Bengaluru)
VSF(Vaidya Scientist Fellow)

Unique Accomplissements-

1. Ph.D from NIMHANS,Bangalore
2. Actively worked in the Dept of Psychiatry, Neurophysiology.
EEG,Polysomnography, Heart rate variability, Autonomic Function tests and their
softwares . Sound knowledge of SPSS software
3. Fellowship- Vaidya scientist fellow programme & Senior Research fellow, Extra
mural CCRAS project

Associate Editor. Indian Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine KLEU.

Official Publication of KAHER‟s Shri BMK Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya. Belagavi

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Pratibha Shah

Vaidya Pratibha Shah

Topic: Ayurvedic Approach to Psychotherapy – an Overview

Ayurveda describes life as a complex coming together of Body (Sarira), Senses (Indriyas), Mind (Sattva) and Soul (Atma). An imbalance in either of these can lead to disease. Definition of health in Ayurveda includes not just harmony in physical and physiological body but also a blissful state of the mind. Accordingly and appropriately so, Ayurveda adopts a psychosomatic as well as spiritual approach to well-being as well as disease alleviation. Ayurvedic psychotherapy is astonishingly well developed, intricate and layered. Vaidya Pratibha Shah will present some of the key principles of psychotherapy in Ayurveda with a special focus on Sattvavajaya chikitsa (reigning in the Mind) and also a case study.

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Pratibha Shah, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), MPH, is an internationally renowned Ayurveda** expert. Intensely trained in Traditional Health Sciences (Ayurveda, Energy healing) as well as Public Health, Pratibha Shah distils Eastern wisdom with an understanding of Western principles, for the best care of her clients. A strong sense of compassion and empathy, intent listening skills, in-depth thorough assessments and well contemplated individualized Master Wellness plans are a hallmark of her 30 years of practice. Client-centric Compassionate Care defines her best!

(Her pioneering initiatives in the field of Ayurveda, have brought her to attention at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Consulate General of India, NYC. For her work, she was also nominated in the Top 20 Women of the Year, for the year 2014. She is the Founder, President of two non-profits – Council for Ayurveda Research and Wholistic Health Alliance. She currently consults out of her office in Danvers and at Well Life Medical, a state of the art Integrative Medicine clinic near Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Before moving to the US, Shah was a Chief Medical Officer with the AYUSH ministry in India.)

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Purnima Chaudhari

Purnima Chaudhari, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, SVAyurveda Educator

Topic: Ayurvedic Marma Chikitsa for Mental Wellbeing

In Ayurveda, we give importance to “hetu”, the root cause of the ailment. Unless we remove the root cause, complete healing does not happen. Similarly, we have to address the root cause of mental illness. In the modern times, one of the most important influences on our mental health is the EMF pollution. EMF is a leading cause of anxiety and depression. Factors like stress, trauma, illness can create a sadhak pitta imbalance. Marma chikitsa is an effective treatment for pacifying sadhak pitta. Blossoming the heart lotus by working on the talahridaya marmani with Ayurvedic herbs like Arjuna and Ashoka is a very effective treatment for anxiety and depression.

Rajesh Ramnath

Vaidya Rajesh Ramnath

Topic: Insight into Medya Rasayanas and Ayurvedic formulations for mind

One of the main concepts of Ayurveda that looks into rejuvenation is Rasayanas. Rasayanas are drugs that rejuvenate the body functions up to the molecular level. The concept of Rasayana is classified according to the peculiar action on specific systems. Medya Rasayanas look specifically into the brain and mental health. Understanding the medya rasayans (nootopic herbs) and its pharmacological action is important. The grasp of Medya Rasayanas and different kalpanas available would certainly lead to better choice of drugs. Apart from single herbs multiple herbal combinations are also available with different pharmacological action, as stated in Sahsrayoga – single drug usage only as an initial step to the treatment modality, it is only prudent to explore herbal formulations and their mode of action. The lecture would look into different herbs and herbal formulation for mind.

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Rajesh Ramnath – BAMS, MSc Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (UK), MSc Yoga (India), MSc Health Services Research and Epidemiology (USA), Fellowship in Nutrition and Environmental Medicine, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Yogic Science.

Rajesh Ramnath is a highly accomplished Ayurvedic physician from Kerala – the cradle of Ayurveda. Attracted by the ancient wisdom of saints and the curiosity to know more about age old vedic science of healing Rajesh decided to pursue Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. Dealing with an array of geriatric patients stirred up his interest in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Rajesh went on to take a Masters program in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation from University of Liverpool. With a zeal for providing evidence based research and practice for complementary therapies, Rajesh honed his research skills by pursuing a Masters Program in Health services research from Cornell University, New York. His research focused on Ayurvedic medicine in adjuvant cancer care. With a Masters in Yoga and Post graduate diploma in Yoga Rajesh has also been focusing on therapeutic yoga in cardiac and neurorehabilitation.

Rajesh seeks constantly to find application of Ayurvedic concepts to Modern era gently amalgamating the ancient knowledge to contemporary medicine know-how so as to give a wholesome holistic dimension to health and wellness.

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Dr Sriranjini

Dr. Sriranjini Jaideep MD (Ayurveda), PhD (NIMHANS)

Topic: Mental well-being and chronic illness in Ayurveda

The factors that govern physiology and pathology of an organism are called dosha (bio-humor) in Ayurveda (AH Su 11/1-7). They operate under two domains, shareera (body) and the manas (psyche) (CS Su 1/57). The somatic functions are regulated by the tridosha (three bio-humors) viz., vata, pitta and kapha and mental functions by mano dosha viz., satva, rajas and tamas, among which satva is the positive aspect of psyche and the latter two contribute to negativity of the psyche (CS Su 1/57). Ayurveda is probably the oldest and only science that cognizes the importance of integrating physical and psychological dimensions in health and disease. It gives a holistic definition of health that focuses on physiological functions defined by Tridosha (3 bio-humors), Sapta dhatu (7 elemental tissues), Tri mala (3 bio-wastes), Agni (metabolism), Indriya (sensory-motor faculties), Manas (psychological dimension) and Atma (spiritual domain).

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In routine clinical practice too, we come across people who carry a disease burden not just physically but also psychologically and emotionally. Many a time, there is an overlap of the symptoms and healthcare professionals and caretakers are baffled by the unresponsiveness to treatment. The presentation will review some components of mental health in chronic physical diseases and elaborate on diagnostic and management strategies for the same.

Sriranjini has an illustrious career of 15+ years with a unique combination of clinical practice, transdisciplinary research, academics, medical writing, analytical skills and management experience.

She is an MD in Internal medicine (Kayachikitsa) branch of Ayurveda and a PhD from Department of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. Being a clinician researcher, she has a passion for understanding and interpreting the concepts of Ayurveda with contemporary scientific tools that can immensely benefit the Ayurveda fraternity and humanity in general. Undergoing training in Ayurveda and research from the best University-colleges has enriched her knowledge and skills. Her endeavor is to make Ayurveda a significant part of mainstream healthcare in India by generating evidence of its preventive, promotive and curative benefits. Sriranjini is also deeply involved in transdisciplinary research to delve into the intricacies of the science of Ayurveda. She has published her research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and has won several young researcher awards for participating in mainstream International medical conferences.

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Meena Puri

Meena Puri E- RYT 500 C.M.T. R.A.P.

Synopsis: Mind and Energy

Behind the highly complex mental structures and patterns are the energies waiting to be freed.

There are 2 key concepts that we must understand before applying the technique to free these energies. First key concept is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed but can only be transmuted which extends this understanding to the second concept that our current life is a continuum of all the lifetimes we have lived and our current experiences are representations of the energies we have created in prior lifetimes and not transmuted. We use the A technique to free these energies into the One Flow of Love.

What we have before us is a tremendous opportunity to heal all the past energies and Karma in this lifetime. The process of freeing these energies is our journey to Wholeness and to be a full spectrum or 5th dimensional being.

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BIO: Meena Puri is the founder of Ayurvedic Healing Center LLC and brings over 35 years of combined Yoga and Ayurveda experience to her practice. She comes from a lineage of Ayurvedic Doctors and her dedication to helping others is inspired by her father, Dr. C. R. Puri and her conviction that you CAN heal is fueled by her own life’s experiences.

She is an ambassador and practitioner member of AAPNA, and an author of #1 Best Seller “Healing Your Relationship with Food: The Ayurveda Answer.

She delivers confidence, inspiration and practical tools for her clients so they CAN take necessary steps to resolve their health issues regardless of how complex they may seem. Her belief is that you can heal from anything and she holds that belief for her clients even when they don’t.

In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, singing, anything outdoors and being a mom.

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