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UConn Health Center and Ayurveda:
Alternative Medicine:
Ayurveda is the worlds oldest Comprehensive Health Care System that originated in India. This 6000-year-old health care system has contributed in the understanding of holistic approach to medicine in the West.

Principles and practices of Ayurvedic medicine have been formulated from six philosophies (shad darshan) of India, which asserts that we are a microcosm (small part) derived from cosmic macrocosm (universe). A balance between self and the nature is essential to healthy living. Similarly, a balance between mind, body and spirit is important for optimal health.

In the United States, Ayurveda is referred to as an alternative medicine Whole System of Medicine. Popular concepts of Ayurveda practiced in this country include: meditation, yoga, mind body medicine, breathing techniques (Pranayama), energy healing, sound healing, vibrational medicine, Panchakarma, massage, diet, lifestyle changes and herbal therapy. All are part of Ayurvedic medicine and must be administered by trained practitioners.

Ayurvedic practitioners must receive their training from accredited academic schools.

Ayurvedic Education: The University of Connecticut School of Medicine offers Understanding Ayurveda, an introductory Ayurveda course, to first and second year medical students.

Complementary Alternative Supportive Care (CASC) offers CME accredited educational, health and wellness programs.

Advance Ayurvedic courses are available in collaboration with The International Society for Ayurveda and Health, under the direction of Dr. Amala Guha. For more information, visit

Ayurvedic Experts and Scholars: In collaboration with ISAH, scholars and experts of Ayurveda from academic institutions of India visit and co-teach with Dr. Guha.

International Society for Ayurveda and Health (ISAH), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2004 and is the only international Academic Society of Ayurveda in United States.

ELEMENTS Ayurveda Health & Nutrition, ISSN#1557-0592, is the official journal of the Society and is published three times a year. It publishes papers on Ayurveda and related fields.

Ayurvedic symposium and conferences are organized by The International Society for Ayurveda and Health and are sponsored and hosted by various academic institutions, and also sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Public Lectures and Education: Given by Dr. Guha and her guests, public lectures are free or at a subsidized cost, both nationally and internationally. For more information please contact Dr. Guha or

To learn more about Ayurveda and our program, visit and, or email or

Mission of CASC:
The mission of CASC is to provide knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda based Complementary and Alternative Care and related subjects through lecture, workshop, meetings and symposium/conference to the general public and health care profession including but not limited to physicians and medical students. Please see events for more information.

CASC invites speakers to deliver lectures and conduct workshops in various aspects of Ayurveda and related fields. These events are open to health professionals and the public. The lectures and workshops are CME credited. Please see events for more information.

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Complementary and Alternative Supportive Care (CASC)
UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1628
Tel: 860-561-4857, Email: