Conference 2024 Schedule

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Friday, March 15, 2024

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM – Opening and Chief Guest: Consul General of India, Dr. K. Srikar Reddy and Dr. Romesh Japra
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM – Unlocking Wellness : Introducing Ayurveda in Primary Schools - Impacting Future Generations - Dr. Ish Sharma, MD (Ayu)

Speaker Bio: Dr.Ish Sharma

Topic Description: 

Embark on a transformative journey with Dr. Sharma as he illuminates the path to holistic well-being in Mauritian primary schools. Driven by the belief that prevention is the key to combating non-communicable diseases (NCDs), he introduces the Ayush Wellness Program. This innovative curriculum, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Mauritius, seamlessly weaves Ayurveda into the fabric of primary school education. By catching young minds early, the program not only imparts valuable knowledge about the profound impact of food as medicine but also equips Health Educators through comprehensive “Training the Trainers” sessions.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM – Healing Eye Disorders Using Ayurvedic Wisdom - Dr. Vedhas Kolhatkar, MD (Ayu)

Speaker Bio: Dr. Vedhas Kolhatkar, MD (Ayu)

Topic Description: 

Eyes – the most important sensory organ for lives. The world would be useless to a person who is unable to see it. With the fast life, extended working hours , improper use of techonological advances like computers, lack of sleep ; eye issues are also on a high. Dr Kolhatkar will be sharing the wisdom of Ayurveda and his clinical experiences which will help us in healing eye disorders.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM – BREAK
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM – From Bench to Bedside & Back: A Deeper Understanding of Majja - Dr. Rammohan Rao, PhD, CAP, RYT

Speaker Bio: Dr. Rammohan Rao

Topic Description:

The proof of authenticity and efficacy of the Ayurveda medicinal system exists not only in the books & amp; classical texts (Bench), but also from patients that recover from several health issues (bedside) including diseases of the nervous system (majja). Drawing from the wisdom of Ayurveda and bolstered by compelling scientific research, I will provide a comprehensive toolkit encompassing both theory and experiential understanding of the Nervous system-aka the Majja.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Yapya: Ayurvedic Insights into Navigating Incurability in Clinical Practice - Kashyap Jared Fisher (Ayurvedic Physician) - Online

Speaker Bio: Kashyap Jared Fisher

Topic Description:

Embark on a reflective journey within Ayurvedic clinical practice, exploring the intricate challenge of relating to the inherently untreatable. Faced with the limitations of conventional approaches, Ayurveda offers a transformative perspective that transcends the boundaries of traditional healing. Rather than viewing incurability as an endpoint, this session reveals how it becomes an invitation—an initiation into a profound understanding where the wound becomes revelational. Join us to unravel the depth of Ayurvedic insights, where the clinician’s gaze goes beyond mere treatment, embracing the therapeutic potential within the nuances of the untreatable.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - LUNCH
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Unlocking Longevity: The Essence of Rasayana Therapy for Healthy Aging - Dr. VL Shyam, BAMS, MD (Ayu), MPhil (Business Mgmt.)

Speaker Bio: Dr. VL Shyam

Topic Description:

Embark on a journey with Dr. VL Shyam as he explores Rasayana Tantra, an Ayurvedic branch dedicated to rejuvenation and healthy aging. This discussion illuminates the vital role of “Sara” in the etiology of age-related diseases. As Sara/essence naturally depletes with each decade, Ayurveda recognizes the increasing dominance of Vata in older individuals, contributing to degenerative diseases. Dr. Shyam emphasizes Rasayana’s focus on accelerated nutrition to promote the qualities of body tissues, tailored to factors like age, body type, and digestion. Rasayana transcends conventional therapy, incorporating dietary practices and lifestyle regimens, aligning with WHO’s vision to enhance both the length and quality of life.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM – Ayur-Yoga Combinations for Health and Diseases: Koshtha-Shakha Gati for Pranayama - Dr. Dilip Gadgil, BAMS, MD (Ayu), MPhil (Sanskrit)

Speaker Bios: Dr. Dilip Gadgil

Topic Description:

Embark on a captivating exploration led by Dr. Gadgil, renowned for monumental research projects, as he unravels the interconnectedness of Ayurveda and Yoga through the ancient Samhitas. In Sushrut’s time, these disciplines were treated as a unified entity, and now, it’s time to rekindle their synergy. Dr. Gadgil guides us in recognizing that healing the disease in the mind can have a transformative impact on the ailments of the body. The discussion delves into the practical application of different breathwork techniques, illustrating how the breath becomes a powerful tool to achieve mental and physical harmony. Join this insightful groundbreaking session to rediscover the profound union of Ayurveda and Yoga, tapping into ancient wisdom for holistic well-being.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM – BREAK
4:15 - 5:15 pm- Nurturing Life from Conscious Conception to Birth in Ayurveda - Dr. Sarita Shrestha, MD (Ayu, Gynecology and Obstetrics)

Speaker Bio: Dr. Sarita Shrestha, MD (Ayu, Gynecology and Obstetrics)

Topic Description: 

Embark on a sacred exploration into the ‘Journey of a life inside the womb following conscious conception.’ Ayurveda unfolds its unique approach, transforming the dream of conscious conception and a healthy pregnancy into a reality for every couple. Progeny, considered a special gift to women, becomes a source of color and happiness in their lives. This presentation delves deep into the profound biological and psychological changes a woman experiences during this transformative period. Join us to discover the sacred wisdom of Ayurveda, offering a comprehensive guide to nurturing life from conscious conception to the beautiful journey within the womb.

5:15 PM - 5:35 PM – Sponsor Message
5:35 PM - 6:35 PM - Harmony in Healthcare: Integrating Ayurveda and Western Medicine through Evidence-Based Research - Dr. Tanuja Nesari, MD (Ayu), PhD - Online

Speaker Bio: Dr. Tanuja Nesari, MD (Ayu), PhD

Topic Description:
Join Dr. Tanuja as she unveils the strides India is making in evidence-based research within Ayurveda, paving the way for a harmonious integration with Western Medicine. This session explores the optimal collaboration between these two worlds, emphasizing how Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom can enhance and complement the advancements of Western Medicine. Dr. Tanuja shares insights on the practicalities and potentialities of this integration, creating a bridge that maximizes the benefits of both traditions for holistic and effective healthcare.Join Dr. Tanuja as she unveils the strides India is making in evidence-based research within Ayurveda, paving the way for a harmonious integration with Western Medicine. This session explores the optimal collaboration between these two worlds, emphasizing how Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom can enhance and complement the advancements of Western Medicine. Dr. Tanuja shares insights on the practicalities and potentialities of this integration, creating a bridge that maximizes the benefits of both traditions for holistic and effective healthcare.


Saturday, March 16, 2024

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Comprehensive Approach to Diabetes Management: Ayurvedic Insights and Preventative Protocols - Dr. Gopa Kumar, MD (Ayu), PhD - Online

Speaker Bio: Dr. Gopa Kumar, MD (Ayu), PhD

Topic Description:

Join Dr. Gopa Kumar S, MD(Ayu), PhD in an insightful exploration of Diabetes Mellitus, where he clinically spotlights the progression stages and offers Ayurvedic perspectives on effective management. Delving into practical lifestyle modifications for the pre-diabetic stage, Dr. Kumar addresses the pivotal roles of diet, drugs, and drinks in controlling diabetes, all through the lens of Ayurvedic science. The session extends to preventive protocols against chronic diabetic complications, shedding light on the correct procedures and styles of Panchakarma and Rasayana in diabetic care and cure. Dr. Kumar concludes with an emphasis on the importance of stress management, unraveling its symptoms and providing remedial measures in the context of Diabetes Mellitus.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM – Globalizing Ayurveda in the 22nd Century: A Unique Perspective: The Confluence of Wisdom and Contemporary Biology - Dr. Madan Thangavelu, PhD

Speaker Bio: Dr. Madan Thangavelu, PhD

Topic Description:

Join the exploration of Ayurveda and AYUSH systems as repositories of invaluable treasures for the future of health, healthcare, and well-being. From addressing complex challenges in Planetary Health and One Health to catering to the finest nuances of personalized individual well-being, these ancient systems hold profound insights. The journey towards globalizing Ayurveda in the 21st Century and beyond necessitates the unlocking of this wisdom through evidence gathered via interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Driven by the subtle languages of contemporary biology, this endeavor seeks to bridge ancient wisdom with modern innovations, creating a transformative path towards global well-being.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM – BREAK
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM – Navigating Life's Battlefield: Vedanta, Trauma, and Ayurvedic Counseling Insights - Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu)

Speaker Bio: Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu)

Topic Description:

    Embark on a profound exploration with Dr. Suhas as he navigates the battlefield of life from a Vedanta perspective. This enlightening session encompasses client-centered counseling, delving into the intricacies of underlying trauma and psychotherapy. Drawing insights from the Bhagavad Gita and Vedanta, Dr. Suhas unravels the roots of challenges, personality traits, and the transformative concepts of Dharma, Nishkama Karma, and Maya. The journey extends into Ayurvedic consultations, providing a holistic approach with positive lifestyle and behavioral changes. Discover the path of self-empowerment through a blend of spiritual wisdom, counseling techniques, and Ayurvedic principles, creating a transformative roadmap for navigating life’s challenges.

    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM – Conscious Longevity – Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP

    Speaker Bio: Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP

    Topic Description:

    Embark on a profound exploration with Dr. John Douillard as he unravels the intricate connection between longevity, DNA health, and spiritual perceptions in Ayurveda. Delving into the Ayurvedic understanding of the human being as a composition of body, mind, and soul/consciousness, Dr. Douillard discusses how the human body is intricately designed to perceive subtle energy, attain consciousness, and bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual realms. According to Ayurveda, a prolonged life is crucial for refining human perception, removing unnecessary aging factors, and unlocking the full potential of health and lifespan. Join this enlightening discussion to gain insights into the holistic approach of Ayurveda, offering a transformative roadmap for enhancing both physical well-being and spiritual consciousness.

    12:15PM - 1:45 PM – LUNCH
    1:45 PM - 2:30 PM – Ayurvedic Insights on Osteoarthritis: A Holistic Approach to Management - Vaidya Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, LAc, CMT, PhD

    Speaker Bio: Vaidya Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, LAc, CMT, PhD

    Topic Description:

    Dive into the world of Ayurveda’s holistic approach to Osteoarthritis (OA), the most prevalent form of arthritis impacting millions worldwide. This presentation delves into Ayurvedic principles, highlighting the balance of doshas, dhatu, and Agni through dietary adjustments, herbal remedies, and lifestyle changes. The incorporation of yoga practices and Panchakarma therapies further enriches the holistic management of OA. Backed by clinical studies, this comprehensive summary sheds light on the Ayurvedic perspective, providing valuable insights for individuals seeking an integrative and holistic approach to managing Osteoarthritis.

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM – Upgrading Ayurveda for the 21st Century- New Treatment Protocols - Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum, DC, CAP - Online

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum, DC, CAP

    Topic Description:

    The ancient doctors stated that they would leave the textbooks of Ayurveda open for the future practitioners to write new chapters needed to address problems the ancients wouldn’t have been able to foresee. Dr Teitelbaum interned for 20 years with Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, who developed new methods to deliver herbs to rogis in light of their very hot, angry, and toxic livers. Vd. Mishra also upgraded Panchakarma in order to accommodate the 80,000 chemicals we have surrounded ourselves with, which our ancestors never had to consider. Panchakarma works so well at removing the toxins that if modern chemical toxins are removed too quickly, they can cause more serious illness or even rupture the body’s physical channels. Join us for an important description of these treatment protocols.

    3:30 PM - 4:30 PM – A MUST ATTEND! Discussion on Herbs, Laws and Quality Care So the Patient and Practitioner are Protected - Gary Grewal, Vaidya Jaygopal Parla, Prashanti de Jager

    Speaker Bios: Gary Grewal, Vaidya Jaygopal Parla, and Prashanti de Jager

    Topic Description:

    Herbal companies in the US discuss the importance or both the carrier and the professional, so that while the public is promised Natural health protocols, the patients are not suffering from the effects of toxic herbs. Toxicity in Herbs is a great danger to the existence and growth of the Ayurvedic Profession in this Country. We invite every Practitioner and student to attend, as the furure of this great Profession depends on us. One negligent practitioner will jeapordize the whole Profession.

    4:30 PM - 4:45 PM – BREAK
    4:45 PM - 5:45 PM – An Unusual Dialogue - The Golden Phase of the Feminine: Menopause - Dr. Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda) and Dr. Sarita Shrestha, MD (Ayu, Gynecology and Obstetrics)

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD (Ayu) and Dr. Sarita Shrestha, MD (Ayu, Gynecology and Obstetrics)

    Topic Description:

    Join two amazing women, Drs. Ashlesha Raut and Sarita Shrestha, in an insightful discussion on thriving during menopause—an empowering phase in the feminine journey. Navigating the transition from Pitta to Vata, this presentation unveils menopause as a golden opportunity for transformative growth. Focusing on fostering ‘Urja’—positive energy—across body, mind, and soul, the discussion shares Ayurvedic wisdom, offering strategies to not just endure but thrive in this significant and empowering evolution.

    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM – Pancha Karma and Chronic Diseases - Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Vedhas Kolhatkar, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

    Speaker Bios: Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Vedhas Kolhatkar, and Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

    Topic Description:

    Join these three Masters who have been running Pancha Karma Clinics for over 30 years each, share their secrets and subte insights addressing Body-Mind-Consciousness based challenges and remedies in Chronic Diseases. Panchakarma is a deep tissue cleanse that affects the root cause of the creation of many chronic diseases. Balancing Doshas, cleansing srotas, getting rid of Ama and rekindling Agni can help many diverse imbalances. As per their decades of clinical experience, re establishing balance between gut, brain and the immune system can reduce chronic inflammation as well as many auto immune conditions.The cause of disease according to Ayurveda is Pragya Paradh—where consciousness is forgotten by the mind and body. Panchakarma is a deep rejuvenation procedure designed to enliven smirti (memory) of pure consciousness in every cell of the body healing chronic disease and sadness at the deepest possible level while opening the door of full human potential. When the disease becomes chronic, the dushta doshas are present for a very long time affecting the dhatus. Pancha Karma provides us a kind of Reset button. It helps us remove all the vikrut substances at sharira, mana and indriya levels clearing the way to the use of rasayanas to achieve swasthya.

    6:45 PM - 9:00 PM – DINNER & CAAM BOARD/MUSIC

    Sunday, March 17, 2024

    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM – Ayurveda & Yoga: Dealing with the Challenges of the Digital Age - Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) - Online

    Speaker Bios: Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)

    Topic Description:

    Join Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) in a profound discussion on countering the health and well-being challenges posed by the complexities of modern life—an electrified world, alienation from nature, toxic urban environments, social disruption, and the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Delving into Ayurvedic insights, the session explores strategies to sustain both physical and psychological immunity while promoting Ojas—the essence of vitality—and elevating consciousness to a higher realm. Discover practical wisdom to navigate the intricate balance between technological advancements and holistic well-being, empowering individuals to thrive in the face of contemporary challenges.

    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM – A Dialogue & Collaborative Exchange on Research between Medical Oncology & Ayurveda - Dr. Jeffery D. White and Dr. Dilip Gadgil

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Jeffery D. White and Dr. Dilip Gadgil

    Topic Description:

    Two experts from different fields of Medicine will discuss Cancer. Dr. Jeffery White from the perspective of Western Functional Medicine and Dr. Dilip Gadgil who is internationally known for his research in Cancer using Ayurveda. A MUST SEE!

    10:00 AM - 10:15 AM – BREAK
    10:15 AM - 11:00 AM – Clinical Challenges Solutions and Contraindications for Mental Health - Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc., BAMS, AD

    Speaker Bio: Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath

    Topic Description:

    Join this enlightening session where the speaker delves into the traditional Ayurvedic approach to clinically managing mental health conditions based on Samprapti. Offering clinical tips for conditions like trauma and mental ama, the discussion extends to specific situations where practices like meditation and breathwork, usually supportive of mental health, become contraindicated. This unique perspective provides Ayurvedic students and professionals with valuable insights and experiences, navigating the complexities of mental health management within the rich framework of Ayurveda.

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM – Artavavaha Srotas: Research and Clinical Approach - Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, PT, DPT

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, PT, DPT

    Topic Description:

    Delve into the intricacies of Artavavaha Srotas, a unique channel highly influenced by doshas, the mind, and the moon. This enlightening talk takes a consciousness-based approach to unraveling the mysteries of this srotas, backed by practical case studies and research. The discussion extends to experiential herbal protocols and treatments employed for managing Artavavaha Srotas Vyadhi, offering valuable insights into holistic approaches to women’s health influenced by the dynamic interplay of doshas, mental aspects, and lunar influences.

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM – Treating Chronic Skin Diseases with Ayurvedic Psycho-somatic Methods - Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD (Ayurveda), BAMS, CYEd & Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc., BAMS, AD

    Speaker Bios: Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD (Ayu) and Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc., BAMS, AD

    Topic Description:

    This is a Dialogue Panel between Dr. Shanbhag and Vaidya Kodihannath, both specializing in Skin Problems. This presentation is based from Dr. Shanbhag’s MD-Ayu Research Thesis on Skin Diseases which was awarded the prestigious IIM Gold medal. Dr. Shanbhag will present cases from his last 35 years of clinical practice in Seattle and San Jose. He will share how he treats chronic skin diseases using clinically proven herbal medicines, modifications in lifestyle & diet along with integration of psycho-somatic methods of Ayurveda and Naturopathic Medicine. 

    12:45 PM - 1:00 PM - CLOSE
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM – LUNCH and setup for Mela
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM – MELA