Ayurvedic Doctors and Practitioners

Women Perform Ayurvedic Spa Treatment on Client

Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners use theories and techniques developed thousands of years ago in India to bring people into physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance, thereby maintaining health, curing diseases, and promoting happiness and fulfillment. In the West, where Ayurveda is not an officially accepted and licensed form of medicine, only licensed medical doctors who are also thoroughly trained in Ayurveda can legally practice Ayurvedic medicine. These individuals are referred to as Ayurvedic doctors.

Licensed practitioners of paramedical professions, such as nutritionists, psychologists, naturopaths, massage therapists, and acupuncturists, may, if they are also trained in Ayurveda and use Ayurvedic techniques in their professional work, be called Ayurvedic practitioners. Any non-M.D. who practices the full range of Ayurvedic medicine in the West, however, is seen as practicing medicine without a license, which is illegal.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Use a combination of ancient and modern theories and techniques to improve the physical and mental health of patients
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency and fellowship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • College Teacher or Owner of Larger Practice
  • Experienced Ayurvedic Doctor or Practitioner
  • Entry-Level Ayurvedic Doctor or Practitioner

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