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The National Institute Of Ayurvedic Medicine is located 70 minutes north of Manhattan in Brewster, New York and rests on six and one half acres of land.


The NIAM facility is a 7000 square foot spacious building which serves as Dr.Gerson's medical practice where patients can consult with him in a quiet focused environment and also obtain comprehensive Panchakarma detoxification treatments. Eventually, we hope it to be a School cum residential Panchakarma Retreat Center as well as a research facility and center for educational seminars and workshops. Currently, these other activities exist in separate facilities including our research laboratory in Farmingdale, NY. Many medicinal plants used in Ayurveda grow on the property. The NIAM Research Library is one of the largest collections of Ayurvedic literature in the United States and includes writings and research reports in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Tamil, and several other dialects.The kitchen, food preparation and dining areas were specifically designed for teaching purposes.

The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine (NIAM) is recognized as the largest and most authentic resource of information on Ayurveda in the United States. It was established in 1982 by Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayurveda) who is the nation's only medical doctor to hold degrees in both Ayurveda and conventional allopathic medicine.


Dr. Gerson founded The National Institute Of Ayurvedic Medicine in 1982, his private medical practice, and since that time has integrated Ayurveda with conventional allopathic medicine. He prefers to remain as quiet and still as possible and to assists his patients with their understanding of their health conditions. The primary activity in his life is to be available as an Ayurvedic consultant and physician for his patients in his New York office. He supports the spread of Ayurveda through the research and educational activities of The National Institiute of Ayurvedic Medicine, where he gives regular seminars and workshops on Ayurvedic Medicine and related complementary medicine topics.

Currently, Dr. Gerson is the only Westerner to hold a Ph.D. degree in Ayurveda--the highest level of Ayurvedic education--and the only physician in the United States to have complete formal training in both conventional and Ayurvedic medicine. His Ph.D. thesis in Panchakarma Chikitsa (Detoxification Therapy) was accepted jointly by the University of Poona and Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in 2003. He was appointed Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Ayurved of University of Pune in 2004 where he is active in academic and research activities.

He is a member of the teaching and research faculties at the prestigious Institute of Indian Medicine in Poona as well as numerous other academic affiliations including the Central Council for Rsearch in Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine, the Indian government¹s principal Ayurvedic organization. Dr. Gerson holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College in the Deparment of Community and Preventive Medicine. He published some books of Ayurveda:


The courses offered by this Institute are:

The Certificate Course In Ayurveda will be comprised of a three-year program. This program is not the full five and one half year BAMS degree program.

The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, in association with The Institute Of Indian Medicine in Poona India, is proud to offer its Correspondence Course in Ayurvedic Medicine.

Six Week and Twelve Week Programs - Week 1 - Basic Principles: Visit to Lab; Observe patient care, Week 2 - Dravyaguna (Pharmacology I): Ayurvedic Cooking demonstration; preparations (hands-on), Week 3 - Dravyaguna (Pharmacology II): Kalpana: Ayurvedic Herb Preparation (hands-on) Ayurvedic Botanical Garden, Week 4 - Nidana lecture (Ayurvedic Diagnosis Methodology): Ayurvedic Pulse Interpretation (also tongue, eyes, etc), Week 5 - Panchakarma lectures: PK Observation and Hands-on Training and Week 6 - Manasa Roga (Ayurvedic Psychiatry) Pathology Lab.

The Twelve-Week Curriculum expands upon several of these subjects and includes the following additional modules: Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Meditation, Vedic Medical Astrology.


Candidates for admission should meet one or more of the following requirements for 3 year program: Completed at least two years of study at a recognized College or University and Graduated from a school of Medicine, Nursing, Oriental Medicine, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Massage, Social Work, or other discipline allied to health care.


This Correspondence Course, which required over ten years to complete, was conceived by its authors to be a way to provide the same detailed Ayurvedic information taught at the most prestigious Ayurvedic medical colleges to individuals who cannot spend the necessary time in India.


The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine offers students the opportunity for advanced study with several of India’s most venerated teachers of Ayurvedic Medicine. Our faculty includes full professors of Ayurveda, the current Dean, Faculty of Ayurved (Pune University), the current Head of the Department of Internal Medicine and Panchakarma (Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya), and other carefully selected senior members of the Pune Ayurvedic academic community. All faculty members have extensive experience in teaching to both Indian and foreign students at both the professional and lay levels. This is an extraordinary and unsurpassed educational opportunity for the serious student of Ayurveda.


Accommodations in Pune can be arranged at several different price ranges from extremely luxurious four-star hotel accommodations (approx. $75/night) to simpler but very comfortable two-star rooms (approx. $150-200/week). Interested students will be given complete details when they apply.


The tuition for the Certificate Course in Ayurvedic Medicine is US $5500 per year for students – 3 year program.

The cost of the Correspondence Course In Ayurvedic Medicine is non-refundable US $425 plus shipping. Please note that the entire fee is non-refundable.

Tuition for the NIAM Ayurvedic Studies Certificate Program is as follows:
Six-Week Program: $US 2100
Twelve-Week Program: $US 3800


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The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, New York, USA
Address: 584, Milltown Road, Brewster, New York – 10509, USA.
Phone: +1 845 2788700
Fax: +1 845 2788215
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Review by Dr. Rajeev Nambair Thursday 06 June, 2013
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I am so impressed by your body of work and your efforts to spread the Ancient Indian Ayurvedic principles worldwide.

You are a real inspiration to doctors like us.

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Vediccure - Pune

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I am surprised to see your efforts for propagation of this ancient science.I am thankful to you.

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