Anupama Kizhakkeveettil is an Ayurvedic Vaidya from India, licensed acupuncturist, yoga teacher and Professor and Program Director for Ayurvedic Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences. Her many contributions to the field of complementary and alternative medicine include extensive travel to propagate Ayurveda worldwide, numerous research presentations at national and international conferences, frequent publication in various peer-reviewed research journals, and regular participation as a peer reviewer at conferences as well as journals.
She currently serves on the Research Working Group of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health and is Co-Principal Investigator for an NIH-funded research study. Many of her research papers have earned special recognition at the conferences where they were presented, and she has received a number of awards for her work on Ayurveda and complementary and alternative medicine. In 2020, she received Sheikh Zayed International Award for Ayurveda. She was also invited to attend WHO’s International Expert consulting meeting in 2019 and 2020. As an advocate for the Ayurvedic profession and the advancement of its goals, Vaidya Anu serves on the boards of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, a nonprofit devoted to furthering Ayurvedic education, research, and practice in California and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), an organization that represents the Ayurvedic profession in the United States and strives to promote the practice of Ayurveda nationwide. Previously, she completed six years of service as a member of the Action Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), helping to coordinate grassroots and grasstops advocacy activities. She is also the President of the Athreya Herbs, a U.S-based provider of Ayurvedic herbal supplements, and the Vice President of Athreya Ayurvedic Integrative Health Center.
In her clinical practice, she integrates diet, yoga, lifestyle counseling, herbs, and various bodywork therapies individualized to the patient’s condition. Her main interests are managing musculoskeletal conditions, mental health, women’s health, and preventative care. She believes in an integrative approach to health and wellness care.