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IMPORTANT

To help the public find trained Ayurvedic professionals, The Ayurvedic Professionals Association (APA) provide a list of members who have completed training in Ayurveda.

Throughout the APA website you will find information on member categories and Ayurvedic therapies.

Whilst the APA tries to monitor and encourage members to keep information up to date, the APA cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate, out-of-date, or missing information from individual profiles.

The APA does not rate or rank members for particular skills or practices, we are therefore not able to advise on any particular members expertise or scope of practice for any conditions.

What are Practitioners?

Ayurvedic Practitioners are qualified to diagnose disease conditions from an Ayurvedic perspective as well as prescribe and administer the full spectrum of Ayurvedic therapeutics, e.g. Ayurvedic remedies, nutrition and lifestyle advice, Ayurvedic hands-on treatments and panchakarma. All Ayurvedic Practitioners have professional indemnity insurance and abide by the Ayurvedic Professionals Association (APA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

What are Therapists?

Ayurvedic Therapists are qualified to offer Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle advice and administer Ayurvedic hands-on treatments such as massage, shirodhara etc. Ayurvedic Therapists are not trained to the same level as Practitioners and therefore are not qualified to diagnose disease conditions or prescribe Ayurvedic remedies. All Ayurvedic Therapists have professional indemnity insurance and abide by the Ayurvedic Professionals Association (APA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

What are Associate Therapists?

Associate Therapists have undertaken a shorter course, which may have been delivered towards providing therapies only. Because the courses are not yet standardised it is difficult to be accurate on which training has been undertaken by the Associate Therapist, so whereas some maybe qualified to offer limited Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle advice, most are trained more in Ayurvedic hands-on therapies such as massage..

Ayurvedic Associate Therapists are not trained as Practitioners and therefore are not qualified to diagnose disease conditions or prescribe Ayurvedic remedies. All Associate Therapists have professional indemnity insurance and abide by the Ayurvedic Professionals Association (APA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. 

Glossary

Vaidya: Denotes that this person is a traditionally trained Ayurvedic doctor BAMS: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery - the Indian qualification for an Ayurvedic doctor DAMS: Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery - the Sri Lankan qualification for an Ayurvedic doctor DR.: Qualified Medical Doctor, holding an MBBS.

Ayur~ meaning Life. ~Veda meaning Science or Knowledge.