Speakers of the Ayurveda Symposium 2022

For 2022, the following speakers from Europe and India have already agreed to enrich the symposium with a lecture or panel discussion:

Chief Guest: Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha (IND) - requested

Secretary to the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha MD (Ayu) is the Minister of State for AYUSH, Federal Government of India. Previously, he was the President of the prestigious Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar. He also ran his own Ayurveda clinic in Jaipur and a research institute of Ayurveda in Chitrakoot. He has received several awards for his work, including the Padmashri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

HP Oliver Becker (D)

Dipl. pedagogue, practitioner of alternative medicine and medical Ayurveda specialist
Oliver Becker is a certified pedagogue, alternative practitioner and Ayurveda physician and practices in his own naturopathic practice. At the European Academy for Ayurveda he works as a lecturer, medical spa manager, interpreter and module leader in the course of studies Ayurveda medicine. He has profound knowledge and experience in Ayurveda, Vedic sciences, Sanskrit and Yoga.

HP Anja Berger (D)

Practitioner of alternative medicine, medical Ayurveda specialist
Anja Berger is a graduate social scientist and alternative practitioner and successfully completed her studies of Ayurveda medicine at the European Academy for Ayurveda. She works in her own practice in Baden-Baden with a focus on Ayurveda medicine, nutritional counselling and gynaecology/consulting for natural hormone therapy.

Dr. Ananda Chopra (D)

Head of the Ayurveda department at the Habichtswaldklinik Kassel
Ananda Samir Chopra studied medicine and indology at the University of Heidelberg. After his license to practice medicine he spent one year in Kolkata, India, to study Ayurveda. Since 1996 he has been head physician of the Ayurveda Clinic Kassel. 2009 to 2011 research assistant in a research project on the modern history of Ayurveda at the University of Heidelberg. In addition to his clinical work, he is still scientifically active in the history of medicine. Since his childhood he learns and practices classical Indian music (Hindustani Sangit).

HP Petra Eich-Mylo (CH)

Swiss Certified Naturopath for Ayurveda Medicine
Petra Eich-Mylo is one of the selected alternative practitioners and specialists for Ayurveda therapy and herbal medicine in Germany. For many years she has been leading the Ayurveda Pancakarma Cures at the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health and Spa Centre together with Dr. Gupta. Here she accompanies the patients in their intensive cure process to holistic health and healing. In Zurich she runs her own Ayurveda practice.

Dr. med. Hedwig H. Gupta (D)

Specialist in orthopaedics and rheumatology
Dr. med. Hedwig H. Gupta is a specialist in orthopaedics and rheumatology with a focus on Ayurveda and therapeutic Yoga. She first studied Ayurveda in the Gurukula system with Dr. OP Tiwari. From 1999 she completed postgraduate studies of Ayurveda at the BHU (Banaras Hindu University). She studied Sanskrit and Yoga there. Today she is based in Ludwigsburg. Head of the vidya sagar Academy for Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy, 1st chairwoman of DÄGAM e.V. (German Medical Society for Ayurveda Medicine) and 2nd chairperson of the DeGYT e.V. (German Society for Yogatherapy).

Prof. Dr. Shivenarain Gupta (IND)

Ayurveda clinic manager
Prof. Shivenarain Gupta MD (Ayu) is a doctor and professor of Ayurvedic medicine from Nadiad (India). At the famous Ayurveda University of Jamnagar he received his doctorate. Today he is head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the P. D. Patel Ayurveda Hospital. As professor of the affiliated J. S. Ayurveda College he has succeeded in establishing one of the most respected pancakarma clinics in India, where patients from India and Europe receive help. He was awarded by IASTAM (India) for his achievements in teaching. At the European Academy of Ayurveda he has been one of the most important teachers and academic head of the training in Ayurvedic medicine for many years.

HP Manuela Heider de Jahnsen MSc (D)

Practitioner of alternative medicine, author
Manuela Heider de Jahnsen is an alternative practitioner, lecturer and author. In addition to her training in traditional medicine in India and Vietnam, she studied tropical medicine and Indology in Berlin. She teaches and works in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Manuela Heider de Jahnsen teaches Ayurveda-Yoga Therapy at the European Academy of Ayurveda (Rosenberg), where she completed her Ayurveda Master of Science degree. Her Ayurvedic-Yogatherapeutic focus areas in practice and teaching are rehabilitative medicine, urban panchakarma, trauma, childbearing.

Vaidya Bhargav Vishwas Jategaonkar (IND)

Ayurveda doctor
Dr. Jategaonkar, MD (Ayu) and MA Sanskrit, comes from a well known family from Pune, which is dedicated to Ayurveda. Both parents have been Ayurveda doctors for over 30 years. Dr. Jategaonkar learned Ayurveda in the traditional way from his father who is a student of the late Vaidya Ashok S. Bhat - a great personality in the field of Nadi (Pulse) testing. His final thesis on MD Ayurveda treats Triphala as a research topic. The work contains one of the largest compilations of references about Triphala not only from the Ayurvedic literature but also from almost all other Sanskrit texts from Vedas and Puranas. Currently Dr. Jategaonkar is practicing Ayurveda in three clinics in Pune.

Prof. Dr. Sujata Kadam (IND)

Doctor for Striroga and Prasootitantra

Prof. Dr. Sujata Kadam MS PhD is Dean and Head of the Department of Gynecology at the All India Institute of Ayurveda. She is considered one of the leading experts in her field in India and as such is a member of numerous scientific advisory boards. She regularly organizes health checks for women for general health checkups and cancer screening inside and outside clinics. She also participates in many ROTP and CME programs organized by the AYUSH Ministry and has been involved in teaching for 26 years.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Christian Kessler (D)

Internist, researcher, indologist
private lecturer Dr. med. Christian S. Kessler, MA is senior physician and research coordinator at the Immanuel Hospital Berlin and is scientifically active at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin on Ayurveda and many other topics. He has a master's degree in Indology and is the medical director of the advanced training for doctors "Ayurveda as complementary medicine" in Berlin.

Ulrich Koch MD (D)

Medical doctor
Ulrich Koch is a doctor, yoga teacher and head of the homeopathic practice in the Psychiatric Institute Outpatient Clinic in Hofheim. He is a pioneer in the research and clinical application of yoga and meditation for people with mental disorders.

Prof. Dr. Mita Kotecha (IND)

Head of the Department of Herbal Medicine at the NIA
Dr. Mita Kotecha MD (Ayu) PhD (Ayu) is Professor and Head of the Dravyaguna Department at the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) in Jaipur. Her professional career is dedicated to herbal medicine, which she has been teaching in a leading position since 1991. Dr. Kotecha is also Chairman and member of a number of committees including AYUSH, NIA and Rajasthan Ayurveda University.

Dr. Geetha Krishnan (CH)

Technical Officer, World Health Organization Geneva

Dr. Syal Kumar (IND)

Head of Department, Institute for Indian Medicine, Essen-Mitte Clinics
Dr. Syal Kumar MD PhD, Naturopath. For more than 13 years he has been working as Head of Department, Institute of Indian Medicine - Ayurveda, at the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen-Mitte Clinics. Lecturer in Ayurveda training Integrative Medicine for physicians at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Dr. Kumar conducts research in Ayurvedic medicine at the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen and is active in many Indian-German inter-university exchange programs in research and teaching. He regularly publishes in medical journals and is a frequent speaker at natural medicine seminars and conferences. He is also secretary of the Ayurveda Physicians Association - Academic Professional Society of Indian Medicine (AFGIM) and a member of the German Organization for Naturopathy.
Syal Kumar comes from a traditional Ayurvedic family of doctors who have been practicing Ayurveda for 5 generations in Kerala, South India. He has been living in Germany for 17 years.

Marco Lebbing MD (D)

Specialist in general medicine, additional qualification in naturopathy
Studied Ayurveda medicine in Germany and India. Currently in further training as a specialist in neurology with the establishment of a stroke unit at the Helios Klinikum Niederberg. Many years of clinical work and training in the field of integrative medicine: in classical European naturopathy under Prof. Dobos at the Knappschaft Hospital in Essen and in Ayurveda under Prof. Przuntek at the Protestant Hospital in Hattingen. Work on the topic of bacterial intestinal flora as part of his clinical work in Hattingen and in his master's thesis at the European Academy of Ayurveda.

Marion Malle (AT)

Ayurvedic wellness practitioner
Marion Malle, is a state-approved Ayurveda wellness practitioner with her own practice in the heart of Vienna. She specializes in Ayurveda women's health and has completed additional training in Ayurveda pregnancy massage and holistic women's health massage. In her practice for women's health she accompanies and supports women in all phases of life.

Dr. Ram Manohar (IND)

Ayurveda doctor and pharmacologist
Ram Manohar MD (Ayu) is a doctor for Ayurvedic medicine and pharmacologist. He is currently working as Research Director at the Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kollam, Kerala. He also serves as a research consultant for the National Institute of Ayurveda and for History of Science at the Indian National Science Academy. He is an expert member of the World Health Organization Committee for the International Standardization of Ayurvedic Terminology. He has worked in the Kerala State Government Task Force on the AYUSH response to COVID-19 and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research and Development Working Group on COVID-19 at the AYUSH Ministry of the Government of India. His special interest is psychology and spirituality from an Ayurvedic perspective.

Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede (D)

Indologist and religious scholar
Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede is head of the Master of Science in Ayurveda Medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda. The indologist and religious scholar habilitated already in 1996 with a research project on Ayurveda and has many years of experience in further medical training. He also teaches at the University of Frankfurt/Main and has published numerous works on Ayurveda medicine.

Dr. med. Antonio Morandi (I)

Neurologist and Ayurveda doctor
Antonio Morandi is a neurologist and Vaidya (Ayurveda Academy, Pune (India) / Joytinat International College of Ayurveda). He also has a specialization in Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy ( Ayurvedic
Institute Ashtavaidyan Thaikat Mooss',Thrissur). He has been Director of the Ayurvedic Point, Milan, for many years and is President of the Scientific Society for Ayurvedic Medicine Italy (SSIMA). In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious IASTAM ZANDU Award for Research in  Ayurveda. In 2019 he received the ECIM Award for the best clinical publication as co-author.

Dr. med. Annette Müller-Leisgang (D)

General practitioner and Ayurveda physician
Since 1998, Dr. med. Annette Müller-Leisgang has been working with her own practice for Ayurveda and nutritional medicine in Munich. In addition, she specializes in travel and occupational medicine. She has more than 30 years of experience in Ayurveda and heads the Ayurveda Institute Munich.

Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth (D)

Specialist for physical and rehabilitative medicine, medical psychotherapist
Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth has been working as an Ayurveda doctor since 2000 and was head of the Ayurveda department at the Habichtswald-Klinik, Kassel. Today she runs her own practice for Ayurveda medicine in Frankfurt. She also takes over the medical supervision of Panchakarma cures at the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health and Spa Centre. One of her specialties is Western and Ayurvedic Phythotherapy. She is a book author and has many years of experience as a lecturer in Ayurvedic medicine.

Dr. Sandeep Nair (D)

Ayurveda physician
Dr. Sandeep Nair is a research associate and Ayurvedic physician in the Department of Neurology and Complementary Medicine at Augusta-Kranken-Anstalt Hattingen, Germany since September 2011. He is working with Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Przuntek on various research projects such as the influence of Vasthi and Ayurveda diet on microbiomics and the influence of Nasya on hyposmia of Parkinson's disease patients. His main responsibilities include diagnosing and treating patients with extrapyramidal movement disorders and other neurodegenerative diseases using complementary methods, training neurologists, therapists, and nurses on complementary medicine, and conducting clinical trials, observational studies, and systematic reviews of various treatment approaches for Parkinson's disease. Dr. Nair is a former assistant professor of panchakarma at MVR Ayurveda Medical College Kannur, Kerala. He completed his BAMS and MD in Panchakarma at Government Ayurveda College Trivandrum, his MSc in Neurorehabilitation Research at Danube University Krems, Austria, and his specialization in Clinical Research and ICH GCP at Pharma Academy Leipzig, Germany. Dr. Nair is one of the board members of IFAD (Indian Professional Association of Ayurveda Germany).

Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari (IND)

Ayurveda doctor, General Director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari MD (Ayu) PhD is an Ayurveda doctor, professor and head of the Department of Medicinal Plants and Pharmacology at the All India Institute (AIIA) in Delhi. In 2018, she was appointed Director General of AIIA, the top institute for Ayurveda of the Indian government. She is considered to be one of the leading capacities for Ayurvedic nutritional therapy, herbal medicine and medical herbal medicine. She is also Director of Ayurveda Rasashala, an Indian pharmaceutical company and has many years of experience as a didactician and researcher.

Christian Rackwitz, MD (D)

Specialist in general medicine, additional qualification in emergency medicine, Medical Ayurveda Specialist (REAA)
Dr. Christian Rackwitz studied medicine at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and now works in a general practice in Fulda. He acquired his ayurvedic medical expertise at the European Academy of Ayurveda and deepened it during several stays abroad in Kerala, Pune and New Delhi. At the REAA he is currently working as a research coordinator, among others in cooperation with the All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi.

Hans H. Rhyner MD (CH)

Practitioner of alternative medicine
Hans Heinrich Rhyner, MD, PhD (Alternative Medicine), Dipl. NHP Ayurveda Medicine, is a recognized expert and pioneer of Ayurvedic medicine in Europe. He lived in India for 25 years and ran his own clinic in Bangalore. He looks back on 40 years of clinical experience and is the author of textbooks on Ayurveda. He applies his knowledge in his Swiss practice in Teufen, in Munich, Vienna and on Mallorca as well as in his manufacture of Ayurveda products in Austria.

HP Theresa Rosenberg BA (D)

Naturopath, MSc in Ayurvedic Medicine
Theresa Rosenberg is a non-medical practitioner specializing in Ayurvedic medicine and completed studies in Ayurvedic medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda. In her own practice in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, she performs medical consultations, nutritional counseling, constitutional determinations, individual cures, and medical manual therapies. In addition to her practice, she works as an Ayurvedic physician in the Rosenberg Therapy and Competence Center and as a lecturer at the REAA in Birstein. She is also an expert in Ayurvedic medicine for animals.

Kerstin Rosenberg (D)

Specialist for Ayurveda nutrition
Kerstin Rosenberg runs the European Academy for Ayurveda together with her husband. The internationally renowned specialist for Ayurveda and nutrition has been training people in Ayurveda nutrition and health counselling, psychology and therapy throughout Europe since 1996. She has 25 years of practical experience in Ayurveda and is in daily contact with patients, training participants and spa guests. As an author, she has published numerous Ayurveda books, which are among the best known works of Ayurveda literature.

Mark Rosenberg (D)

Director of the European Academy for Ayurveda
Mark Rosenberg heads the European Academy for Ayurveda and is managing partner of the Rosenberg Ayurveda companies. He has many years of experience as a management consultant, Vastu expert and Yoga teacher BDY/EYU. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of VEAT - Berufsverband Europäischer Ayurveda-Mediziner und -Therapeuten e.V. He was awarded the prestigious Vaidya Sundarlal Joshi Memorial Management Award by MGMS (India) to honour him for his outstanding management achievements in the field of Ayurveda. He also received the IASTAM Pandit Shiv Sharma Oration Award.

Dr. med. Wolfgang Schachinger (A)

general practitioner
Since 1984 working as a general practitioner with natural healing methods (Ayurveda) in his own practice, pioneer of Ayurveda in Europe, medical director in the "Haus der Gesundheit" Ried, an integrative medical health facility offering modern medicine and a full range of Ayurvedic therapies; currently in preparation for the launch of the "SOMA vitality medical & thermal spa". Author of several books on Ayurveda. Teaches Ayurveda to health professionals in several European countries. Founder and President of EURAMA - European Ayurveda Medical Association.

Carmen Tosto (I)

Yoga teacher, therapist, vice-director Ayurvedic Point
Carmen Tosto is a yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist. She is also the Vice-Director of the Ayurvedic Point, Milan (Italy) and holds an Honorary Degree of Ayurveda Acharya from the Ayurvedic Institute Ashtavaidya Thaikat Moss, Thrissur.

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