California College of Ayurveda

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California College of Ayurveda
California College of Ayurveda Logo.jpg
Established 1995
Type Private
President Marc Halpern
Academic staff 14
Location Nevada City, California, USA
Affiliations National Ayurvedic Medical Association, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, American Institute of Vedic Studies
Website ayurvedacollege.com

California College of Ayurveda is an American private college specializing in the field of Ayurvedic medicine. It is located at 700 Zion Street, in Nevada City, California. Founded in 1995 by Marc Halpern, the California College of Ayurveda was the first state-approved ayurvedic college in the United States to train practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine. [1][unreliable source] .[2][third-party source needed]

History of the California College of Ayurveda[edit]

The College was founded in 1995 by Marc Halpern in a strip mall with the support of Subhash Ranade and David Frawley. In 1999 the College was the first Western institution to sign a memorandum of understanding with an Indian College of Ayurveda, affiliating itself with Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar, Gujarat. The college's advisory board includes Liladhar Gupta, Akhilesh Sharma, Swami Sitaramananda, Didi Ananda Lalita and Yogini Shambhavi. [3][unreliable source][4]

The College's first community clinic opened in Grass Valley, California in 1997. In 2010, the college and clinic moved into a larger campus located in Nevada City, California. In 2012, the College received a donation from Organic India to begin to the first student tended, teaching herbal Medicine Garden at an Ayurvedic School in the United States.[5][unreliable source]

In 2010, The California College of Ayurveda expanded its activities into Latin America through the development of a sister college; Escuela de Ayurveda de California.

About the Founder[edit]

The founder of the College, Marc Halpern, trained as a Chiropractor at Palmer College of Ayurveda in Sunnyvale, California. He received his post-graduate certification in holistic medicine through New York Chiropractic College and began his studies in Ayurvedic medicine with David Frawley in 1991. Halpern is founding member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association[6] where he served as the chairman of the education committee until 2005 and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. Halpern received the All-India award of Best Ayurvedic Physician. He also was awarded the 2012 Dhanvantari award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Practice by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America. Halpern sits on several advisory boards including the Journal for Research and Education in Indian Medicine (India) and Light on Ayurveda Journal (USA)[7][unreliable source][8][9][10][third-party source needed]

Research[edit]

The California College of Ayuveda has collaborated with the UC Davis Department of Dermatology to publish several studies,[11] one study, "Gotu Kola exposure protects adult skin fibroblasts from oxidative stress," received the highest honors from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association for "Inspirational Scientific Research in Ayurveda".

The Mind-Body Health Center[edit]

The California College of Ayurveda Mind-Body Health center serves as the college's clinic offering Panchakarma detoxification, purification, and rejuvenation and various spa therapies such as abhyangha (ayuvedic massage), svedana (steam therapy), shirodhara, facials and various basti therapies.[12][full citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The California College of Ayurveda Relocates in Northern California". PRWeb. 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Status and development of Ayurveda in the United States". California College of Ayurveda. 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gujarat Ayurveda University". Gujarat. 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Wujastyk, Dagmar; Smith, Frederick M. (2013). Modern and Global Ayurveda: Pluralism and Paradigms. State University of New York Press. ISBN 9780791478165. 
  5. ^ "The California College of Ayurveda Relocates in Northern California". PRWeb. 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.caam-ayurveda.org
  7. ^ http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Marc-Halpern/6057798
  8. ^ http://www.jreim.com/advisory_editorial_board.htm
  9. ^ http://www.loaj.com/editorial_board_4.html
  10. ^ http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/catalog/Catalog2014.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/blog/announcing-california-college-ayurveda-and-uc-davis-dermatology-department
  12. ^ "California College of Ayurveda Healthcare Centre, California, USA". Vedik Society World Panchakarma Guide.

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