Enrollment for 2018-2019 is available through the Svastha Āchārya pre-requirement.
About the course
The Paricharaka Certified Course is a second-level professional educational program offered through AyurvedaFirst. It is open to graduates of the Svastha Āchārya Certified Course, and is available in two levels. In Level I, students are trained in the full range of hands-on, body-work therapies, preparation of classical, medicinal formulations, and supportive, therapeutic dietary recipes. In Level II, students extend their training to include all aspects of assisting in classical pañchakarma therapies.
What is a Paricharaka?
The word Paricharaka (correctly transliterated as “Paricaraka”) is a technical term from classical Āyurveda with original references from the Charaka Samhitā, Sūtra Sthāna, chapter 15. The term refers to a trained healthcare professional who provides support within the classical Āyurvedic infrastructure by performing a full range of hands-on treatments, medicinal preparations, patient preparation and immediate patient after-care as prescribed by an Āyurveda Āchārya. The role of the AyurvedaFirst Paricharaka strives to fulfill these same qualifications and abilities in modern, trained and certified professionals.
Who is this course designed for?
The Paricharaka Certified Course is designed for individuals who want to provide personalized, authentic and hands-on Āyurvedic treatments in a safe, efficacious and therapeutic manner. This course is particularly appealing to those who want to understand the classical Āyurvedic methodologies and why specific treatments are employed at specific times in certain individuals, along with a deep knowledge of indications and contra-indications. Having a solid foundation training in the Svastha Āchārya course allows the Paricharaka to be able to comprehend, manipulate and apply the scientific Āyurvedic principles to customize treatments to their specific geographical location, time and culture. This course is meant for those who intend to practice professionally both on an individual level and within the AyurvedaFirst model of sustainable healthcare. It is not intended for individuals seeking quick and superficial knowledge through short term, weekend-style courses.
How was this course developed?
Similar to the Svastha Āchārya course, the Paricharaka course was developed with the intention of applying authentic Āyurvedic methodologies in an updated, modern environment, specifically geared towards a western audience and patient body. Significant time, research and effort has been put into developing the AyurvedaFirst model of sustainable healthcare and all of its professional levels through direct education and practice in India, coupled with practice in the west and a range of research in legal, cultural and educational spheres. The goal is to maintain a strong, palpable presence of classical Āyurveda while adhering to the highest standards for western-oriented education, practice and efficacy.
How is this different from other courses on Āyurvedic treatments and pañchakarma?
The Paricharaka course covers the full range of upakrama, classical Āyurvedic hands-on therapies, utilizing the authentic texts and practical application. The knowledge and experience gained through this course allows certified graduates to be able to apply the classical therapies and make appropriate modifications and adjustments wherever required. The depth and breadth of classical studies with critical analysis is significantly more than the majority of courses in popular, weekend-style, western Āyurvedic programs. Certified graduates can expect to be confident in working independently within their scope of practice, and enjoying collaboration with other AyurvedaFirst professionals to continue growing their knowledge and experience.
Level I is 6 months and Level II is an additional 4 months. The course includes a combination of online study, lectures, Q&A, discussion and presentations. Additionally, a significant amount of hands-on training and practice must be completed to master the therapeutic procedures, medicinal formulations, and meal preparations. Level I requires at least 3 months of in-person, on site training in the US, while Level II requires an additional 2 months split between the US and India.
Applicants must be 19 years of age or older and have completed their High School Diploma (or GED) as well as the one year Svastha Āchārya Certified Course. College-level anatomy and physiology at a level similar to a massage therapist is also required.
Scope of practice and competency
Upon successful completion of Level I training, graduates will be able to perform the full range of upakrama, or classical Āyurvedic body-work therapies independently. Graduates of Level II training will additionally be able to work under an Āyurveda Āchārya to assist with all pañchakarma procedures.
The first course open to the public will be the 2018-2019 class beginning May 29, 2018. Enrollment opens April 2018.