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    21st International Ayurveda Symposium

    September, 13 - 15, 2019 in Birstein, Germany


Our speakers

In 2017, various renowned speakers from Europe and India have already agreed to enrich the Symposium by giving a lecture or contributing to a panel discussion:

Sabine Anliker (CH)

Anliker Sabina  

Practitioner of Natural Medicine (federal diploma)
Sabine Anliker has a Swiss federal diploma as practitioner of natural medicine for Ayurveda. Has also graduated as Master of Science in Ayurveda Medicine. Is a doctor of classical natural medicine and expert for homeopathy. Runs her own clinic in the city of Lucerne (Switzerland). Board member of the Swiss umbrella organisation of Ayurveda medicine and of the Swiss association of Ayurveda doctors and therapists (VSAMT).

Oliver Becker HP (D)

Becker Oliver  

Certified Pedagoge, Practitioner of Natural Medicine
Ayurveda expert Oliver Becker is treating patients in his own clinic of natural medicine in Koblenz, Germany. Lecturer and modul leader within the Master training course in Ayurveda medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda where he also acts as interpreter and head of medical treatment programs. The experienced lecturer disposes of profound knowledge in Ayurveda, phytotherapy and yoga.

Dr. med. Ashish Bhalla (A)


Medical Ayurveda Specialist, Specialist in Spa Medicine, Medical Director
Specialist for Ayurveda and Spa medicine, received his degree at the University of Vienna and completed his training as a general practitioner in various hospitals in Upper Austria. After several years of studying Ayurveda medicine, he opened a successful ayurvedic practice and worked as a health care physician at the Kneipp health center in Schärding. He nowadays practises Ayurveda in Sattledt and Salzburg. Scientific director of the European Academy of Ayurveda in Vienna. Lecture and seminar activity in Austria and abroad.

Prof. K. S. Dhiman (IND)

 dhiman ks 116x140 beige symp   Delegate of the Ministry of AYUSH, Director General CCRAS
Prof. K.S. Dhiman attends the Symposium as a delegation member of the Indian Ministry of AYUSH (department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy). He is director general of CCRAS (Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences). Previously, he worked as professor and head of  department of Shalakya Tantra, Institute for Postgraduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.

Prof. Dr. med. Peter W. Gündling, MSc MME (D)

Guendling Peter cmyk 72dpi beige   Dean of Studies for natural medicine and complementary medicine 
Prof. Dr. med. Peter Gündling is medical doctor with his own practice (focus natural medicine). Since early 2000 he teaches at the universities Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Frankfurt am Main) and Justus von Liebig (Gießen). Further he owns professorship für natural medicine and complementary medicine at the Fresenius University in Idstein. He is vice president of Hessian Medical Association, vice president of Ärztegesellschaft für Erfahrungsheilkunde, publisher of the magazine „Erfahrungsheilkunde“ and author of more than 1000 lectures, articles, books, TV and radio reports.

Prof. Dr. Shivenarain Gupta (IND)

Gupta Shivenarain  

Head of Ayurveda Clinic
Prof. Shivenarain Gupta MD (Ayu) is head of department and professor at the ayurvedic hospital and college in Nadiad, Gujarat. Obtained his doctor's degree at the famous Ayurveda university of Managar. Nowadays, he directs the department for internal medicine at the P.D. Patel Ayurveda Hospital. As professor at the affiliated J. S. Ayurveda College he succeeded in establishing one of the most renowned panchakarma clinics throughout India, which is open to patients from India and Europe. He is awarded with a prestigious award for excellence in teaching Ayurveda by IASTAM (India). For more than 20 years now, he is one of the most important lecturers and chairman of the academic advisory board of the European Academy of Ayurveda.

» Abstract: Ojas – myths and facts with practical understanding about management of its disorders

Manuela Heider de Jahnsen (Dr. trad. med.) (D)


Ayurveda Health and Nutrition Consultant, Coach
Manuela Heider de Jahnsen studied human medicine and indology in Berlin, where she acquried her doctorate in 1992. She is an expert in acupuncture, natural and herbal medicine. Her studies led her to South America and Asia, where she also worked in hospitals and development aid. Studies of Ayurveda medicine at the European Academy for Ayurveda followed. She also works as book author and lecturer. Her specialties are rehabilitative medicine, urban panchakarma treatments, trauma therapy, as well as incdreasing fertility by yogatherapy and Ayurveda.

Dr. Sajan Joseph (D)


Head Physician and MD in Kayachikitsa
Sajan Joseph studied at the Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College and the Govt. Ayurveda College, Trivandrum, India. After receiving his MD in Kayachikitsa he lectured at the Vishnu Ayurveda College. Later on did he work in the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine, Kerala. Since 2014 has he been in the 3 centres of Madukkakkuzhy Ayurveda, Bad Bocklet, Germany, as a head physician – Ayurveda doctor.

» Abstract: Ayurveda in coronary heart disease

Prof. V.K. Joshi (IND)


Director of Phytomedicine at the BHU
Prof. V.K. Joshi MD (Ayu) PhD directs the department for Dravyaguna at the faculty for indian medicine of the renomenated Banaharas University in Varanasi. By this time he can look back at 40 years of experience working with classic ayurvedic healing plants. Prof. Joshi is chairman of the Ayurveda Pharmacopeia Committees in the AYUSH ministerium and is part of the expertgroup for qualitystandards of indian healing plants. Furthermore did he draft the WHO guidelines for the basic apprenticeship and security in Ayurveda.

» Abstract: Strengthening Ojas with Dravyaguna
» Abstract: Manduka-arjuna (Centella asiatica and Terminalia arjuna) in Hrdroga (heart disease) patients

Dr. med. Christian Kessler (D)

Kessler Christian  

Doctor of Medicine, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Researcher
Dr. Christian Kessler earned his doctorate in „effectiveness of Ayurveda in chronic diseases“ at the medical university of Hannover, Germany. Since 2009, medical doctor and Ayurveda physician in the department of natural medicine at the Immanuel hospital Berlin-Wannsee. Director of research in the field of Ayurveda at the Charité – academic medicine – Berlin. Master degree in indology. Medical director of the post-graduate training in ayurvedic medicine for doctors in Berlin.

» Abstract: Reliability of ayurvedic diagnosis for knee osteoarthritis patients

Ulrich Koch MD (D)

Koch Ulrich  

Medical Doctor
Ulrich Koch is medical doctor and yoga teacher. As a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, he directs the homeopathic practice within the Psychiatric Institute, Hofheim (Germany). Pioneer in the field of research and clinical practice of yoga and meditation for patients with psychological disorders.

Sascha Kriese BA Hons (Ayu) (UK)


Ayurveda Physician
Sascha Kriese, BA Hons (Ayu) 3-years-study on Ayurveda at the Thames Valley University, London. Learned the art of pulse-diagnosis in India with his mentor Dr. Pankaj Naram, runs his own practice in Brighton. VP of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Assoc. (APA).

Dr. Somit Kumar (LV)


CEO and Director Research of AVP Baltics
Dr. Somit Kumar completed his MD in Dravyaguna and pursues his doctorial research in the department of molecular biology at the university of Latvia. Moreover, he is involved in various other research projects. Having been an active clinician for the past 12 years, he specializes in Kerela based Panchakarma, including the spectrum of metabolic, neuroendocrine and rheuthmatologic, skin and autoimmune disorders.

Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar (IND)

Kumar Abhimanyu  

Head of the delegation of the Ministry of AYUSH, Director General of the All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar MD (Ayu) MSc PhD is Managing Director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi, the new initiative of excellence of the Indian Health Ministry of AYURSH for postgradual education and medicine in Ayurveda. Has been General Director of the CCRAS Central Councils for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences for several years now. Formerly leader of the department of Ayurvedic pediatrics at the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) in Jaipur. MD in ayurvedic pediatrics, MSc in applied psychology. Author of three books and more than 60 scientific papers.

» Abstract: The Ayurveda way to deal with emotional intelligence

Marco Lebbing (D)

 Lebbing Marco   General Medical Practitioner and Ayurveda Practitioner
Studied Ayurveda Medicine in Germany and India. Currently further education to become a specialist in neurology. Is setting up a unit for stroke therapy in the Helios Klinikum Niederberg, Germany. Long-term clinical activity and education in the field of integrative medicine, both in classical European naturopathy with Prof. Dobos at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus Essen and in Ayurveda with Prof. Przuntek at the Evangelical Hospital Hattingen. One of his focuses was on bacterial intestinal flora during his clinical activity in Hattingen as well as in his master thesis at the European Academy of Ayurveda.

Dr. Ram Manohar (IND)

Manohar Ram  

Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda, Pharmacist
Ram Manohar MD (Ayu) is doctor of Ayurveda medicine and pharmacist. Currently serving as Research Director at Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kollam, Kerala. Also serves as Research Advisor to Indian National Science Academy, Government of India, New Delhi and AVP Research Foundation, Coimbatore, India. Specialist for Ayurvedic psychology. Editor-in-Chief of Ancient Science of Life, the largest PubMed indexed research journal in the field of Ayurveda.

Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede (D)


Indologist and Scholar of Religious Studies
Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede, scholar of religion and indology, teaches at Frankfurt/Main. Postdoctoral thesis on Ayurveda. Director of studies for the Master program in Ayurveda medicine at the faculty of medicine at the European Academy for Ayurveda.

» Abstract: Ayurveda and salutogenesis - resources for health

Dr. med. Antonio Morandi (I)


Doctor of Medicine
Dr. med. Antonio Morandi MD, PhD is neurologist and Vaidya (Ayurveda Academy, Pune / Joytinat International college of Ayurveda). Director of the Ayurvedic Point, Milan and president of the scientific society for Ayurvedic medicine (SSIMA). Head of scientific board of the INDRA network.

» Abstract: Ayurvedic perspective of microcirculation

Dr. Vijay Murthy (GB)

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Ayurvedic Physician and Researcher, Director of Ayuwave
Dr. Vijay Murthy is an internationally acclaimed ayurvedic physician and researcher. He is the director of Ayuwave London, UK and visiting academic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. Dr. Murthy's diverse medical education and clinical background spans across India, New Zealand, Australia and England. Dr. Murthy lives and practices in London. His healing methodology is attracting a wide range of health seekers and patients including celebrities and members of the British Royal family. Dr. Murthy hosts a cutting edge Radio Show, namely Unlock your Health (www.uyhradio.com).

» Abstract: Charaka Samhita's views on alcohol as cardio-protective and Ojas supporting: the fine line between benefits and harms

Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth (D)

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Medical Specialist for Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Psychotherapist
Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth has been working since 2000 as a doctor for Ayurveda Medicine and was managing doctor of the Ayurveda department at the Habichts-Wald-Klinik, Kassel, Germany. Runs her own doctor's practice for Ayurveda medicine in Frankfurt. In charge of medical care during panchakarma treatments at the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health and Treatment centre. One of her areas of expertise is Western and Ayurvedic phytotherapy. Longtime experience as lecturer on Ayurveda medicine.

Sandeep Nair (D)

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Ayurveda specialist and research assistant
Dr Sandeep Nair has completed his BAMS and MD in Panchakarma at the Government Ayurveda College Trivandrum, University of Kerala. Presently he is a research assistant in the department of neurology and complementary medicine, Lutheran Hospital (EVK) Hattingen, Germany, since September 2011 with Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Przuntek. Dr Sandeep is a former assistant professor of Panchakarma at Ayurveda Medical College PAMC, Kannur.

» Abstract: Benefits of Nasya in integrative neurology

Ashtavaidyan Narayanan Nambi (IND)

Narayanan Nambi  

Head of Research and Education at SNA Oushadhasala
Prof. Narayanan Nambi MD (Ayu) represents the rich ancestry of Ashtavaidyas, the greatest traditional medical families in India having centuries old lineage. He acts as orator and teacher as well as clinician and researcher. Besides his position as head of research and education at the Institute of Ayurveda S.N.A. Oushadhasala, Thrissur, Kerala, he is faculty member of Ayurvedic Point, Italy and Scientific Coordinator of the INDRA network.

» Abstract: Status of Ojas and Prana in Hypothyroidism
» Abstract: Historical review of addressing health issues of animals (elephant and cow) with special reference to Ayurveda in Kerala

Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari (IND)

Nesari Tanuja  

Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda, Professor
Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari MD (Ayu) PhD is professor and head of department of Dravyaguna (department of medical plants & pharmacology) at the All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi, India. Is one of the leading experts for Ayurvedic clinical herbal pharmacology, phytotherapy and dietetics. Director of Ayurveda Rasashala, an Indian pharmaceutical company. Extensive experience in teaching and research.

Prof. Dr. med. Valdis Pirags (LV)

Pirags Valdis 116x140   Professor of Internal Medicine
Prof. Pirags is chair of Internal Medicine at the University Latvia. Also has the position as Chairman of the Latvian Association of Endocrinologists. Is a Council member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Lothar Pirc (D)

pirc lothar 116x140 beige symp   Founder of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center Bad Ems
Ayurveda is one of the central aspects in Lothar Pirc's life. At the age of 22, he became a teacher of transcendental meditation in France, Germany and Switzerland. A hotel career in Switzerland and teaching activities in the field of Ayurveda in the Netherlands, Kenya, Cyprus and the USA followed. In 1992, Lothar Pirc and his wife Karin founded the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Bad Ems. Having received several awards of international significance, he is a sought-after lecturer and author of scientific specialist articles.

Dr. Hans H. Rhyner (CH)


Doctor of Alternative Medicines
Hans H. Rhyner MD (AM) PhD is a recognized expert and pioneer of Ayurveda medicine in Europe. He lived in India for more than 20 years, where he studied and practiced Indian philosophy, Yoga, Vastu, Siddha and Ayurveda. Today he uses his authentic knowledge and great experiences in his clinic in Switzerland and in the Ayurveda treatment center Parkschlösschen Bad Wildstein, Germany. Has written several standard works of Ayurveda literature, which serve as a valuable aid to many Ayurveda students in the West.

Kerstin Rosenberg (D)

Rosenberg Kerstin  

Spezialist for Ayurvedic dietetics
Kerstin Rosenberg is CEO of the European Academy of Ayurveda. Internationally renowned specialist on Ayurvedic dietetics, therapy and psychology. Having taught students in her field of expertise throughout Europe. Has more than 25 years of practical experience in Ayurveda and is in close contact with Ayurveda patients and students. Has published twelve books on Ayurveda which are among the most popular works on Ayurveda in Europe.

Mark Rosenberg (D)

Rosenberg Mark    Director of the European Academy of Ayurveda
Mark Rosenberg is Managing Director and proprietor of the European Academy of Ayurveda and the Rosenberg Ayurveda Healthcare and Treatment Center in Germany. Extensive experience as Healthcare and Management Consultant. Expert for Vastu Shastra and yoga teacher. President of VEAT - European Professional Association for Ayurvedic Practitioners and Therapists. Head of Department for Quality Assurance for CAM Medicine within the European Society for Quality in Healthcare ESQH. MGMS (India) bestowed him the prestigious Vaidya Sundarlal Joshi Memorial Management Award for excellent management in the field of Ayurveda.

Theresa Rosenberg BA (D)

    Student in Ayurveda medicine MSc
Having been a teacher for horse and rider, Theresa Rosenberg completed her bachelor thesis "Ayurveda for horses" with a deep insight towards the veterinary Ayurveda and all of the aspects activity. Successful practice on the horse had been accomplished by herself.

Dr. Sintija Sausa (LV)

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at the Center for Complementary Medicine, University of Latvia, Riga

 » Abstract: Effect of individualized ayurvedic treatment in ameliorating fasting and postprandial blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Dr. med. Rotraud Scheiderbauer (A)

Scheiderbauer Rotraud   Chief physician, diploma in ayurvedic medicine
Specialist in internal medicine, 16 years in her own practice. PGDip in ayurvedic medicine, head physician of internal medicine / naturopathy at Habichtswaldklinik, Kassel (Germany) since 2015.

Yatin Shah MD (D)


Medical doctor
Yatin Shah works as a doctor at the outpatient department of natural medicine of the Charité – University Hospital Berlin and has his own clinic in Potsdam. His education in homeopathy was accomplished in Spain, India and Nepal and he acquired a diploma in homeopathy in 2016. In his clinical research he focuses on strophanthin in cardiology.

» Abstract: Strophanthus – a heart remedy for diseases of the cardiovascular system

Dr. Namrata Shah (IND)


Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine, Private Lecturer at the Patel Ayurveda Hospital
Dr. Namrata K. Shah is MD (Ayu) and Assistant professor at J.S. Ayurveda College and P.D. Patel Ayureda Hospital, Nadiad. Her specialties are in panchakarma, ayurvedic dietetics, yoga and baby massage. She is a popular clinician. She has authored some research papers and articles published in peer review journals. She got first prize in case presentation in an International conference last year organized at Nadiad.

» Abstract: Case report – Ayurvedic management of post rheumatoid arthritis knee joint contracture

Prof. Sanjeev Sharma (IND)

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Delegate of the Ministry of AYUSH
Director National Institute of Ayurveda, University of Jaipur

Elmar Stapelfeldt MA (D)

Stapelfeldt Elmar  

Practitioner of Natural Medicine and Master of Indology
Elmar Stapelfeldt is practitioner of natural medicine, master of indology and author. Currently works as practitioner of natural medicine, nutrition consultant and research associate at the Immanuel Hospital in Berlin. Profound knowlege in administering Ayurveda medicine. Experienced lecturer at the European Academy of Ayurveda, during 5 years as Director of the faculty of Ayurvedic medicine.

Ralph Steuernagel HP (D)

Steuernagel Ralph 116x140 beige symp   Practitioner of Natural Medicine and Editor-in-chief of the Ayurveda Journal
Ralph Steuernagel has been dedicated for 20 years to the interdisciplinary collaboration of Western and Eastern systems of medicine. widmet sich seit 20 Jahren der interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit von westlicher und östlicher Medizin. Runs his own Ayurveda practice in Bad Homburg, Germany. Editor-in-chief of the Ayurveda Journal.

Carmen Tosto (I)


Yoga teacher, Ayurveda therapist, Deputy Director of Ayurvedic Point
Yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist, deputy director Ayurvedic Point, Milan, Italy. Holds an Honorary Ayurveda Acharya Degree from the Ayurvedic Institute Ashtavaidya Thaikat Moss, Thrissur.

» Abstract: Hridaya marma and its involvement in Uro basti - a practical experience

Dr. Tatjana Tracevska (LV)


Dr. biol., associated professor and head scientist at University of Latvia, Faculty of Medicine, head of Laboratory of Medical Microbiology. Head of the Effective collaboration project among University of Latvia and The Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute, AVP Baltics. Certified specialist in Indian Yoga, Zen practitioner.

» Abstract: Evaluation of Ayurvedic oil Jathyadi thailam used for chronic wound healing

Dr. Dietrich Wachsmuth (D)

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General Practitioner and Ayurveda specialist
Dr. med Dietrich Wachsmuth studied medicine with a focus on psychosomatics and was educated in natural healing and homeopathy. In addition, he became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. His doctoral thesis dealt with brainwave and consciousness during meditation and sleep. He practiced as a general practitioner and served as an instructor for natural healing and general medicine. From 2004 he worked as an Ayurveda doctor in the Parkschloesschen Traben-Trarbach, since 2010 at the Maharishi Gesundheitszentrum Bad Ems. His focus in the field of Ayurveda includes preventive Panchakarma, constitutional therapy as well as lectures and seminars on natural medicine, fasting and meditation.

Vaidya Prathmesh Vyas (D)


Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine, Specialist in pulse diagnosis
Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine, postgraduate studies of Kayachikitsa (internal medicine) at the university of Nagpur, diploma in ayurvedic health education at the Rajasthan Ayurvedic University in Jodpur. After ten years of practice in India, Vaidya Vyas came to Europe in 2007 and began to practice at the Maharishi Vedic University in Vlodrop. Sought-after lecturer of specialist lectures, directs educational programs in Europe and India, presently gives Ayurvedic health consultations at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Bad Ems.

Mag. Dr. Dr. Christian Wolf MBA (D)

    Life and social consultant
Since 1974 active in the areas of yoga, meditation, holistic health promotion and awareness training. University degrees in health and social sciences. Registered life and social consultant and expert of human genetics (WKOÖ). President of the IDYA – International Diamond Yoga Association. For 10 years yoga individual therapy based on the dosha doctrine.

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