Vision & Mission Our vision is to bring the healing science of Ayurveda and its modalities to the forefront of integrative medicine in the West. By sharing our wisdom, extensive education and experience, diverse backgrounds, collective knowledge of Ayurveda and integrative medicine, AAPNA strives to:
Build bridges of knowledge across all health professions in order to incorporate the healing approaches and modalities of Ayurveda into mainstream health care.
Bring together all ayurvedic and integrative health professionals to offer each other support, academic discussions, professional development and friendship.
Strengthen the awareness of Ayurveda as a healing science, thereby contributing to the effort of bringing the wisdom and knowledge of Ayurveda to everyone.
How we came to be: The founding of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America) began as a discussion amongst Ayurvedic professionals in 2002. We wanted to create a community of Ayurvedic professionals with the common goal of growing the presence of ayurveda in integrative health care. AAPNA incorporated in December of 2007, as a non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA; it has since grown to unite ayurvedic and integrative medicine health professionals, students, academic institutes, and corporations throughout North America and internationally. Now it has grown to 1670 members from USA, Canada, Germany, India, United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Jamaica, Argentina, Belgium, Ukraine, Malaysia, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, Nepal, The Netherlands, Thailand, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Chile, Fiji, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ghana, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sri Lanka.
Some of our accomplishments to date are:
Recognizing excellence in Ayurveda and Vedic sciences by bestowing annual awards
Ayurvedic medicine has a time tested significant impact on a person’s overall health and well-being with unique mind-body concept. Recent years have brought a heightened interest in Ayurvedic medicine globally. The public has a right to expect that Ayurvedic professionals have adequate qualifications to practice effectively and safely. To accomplish this, legal recognition of the practice of Ayurvedic medicine and clearly-stated requirements to practice are essential to promote the profession and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
a. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine in the form of state licensure creates standards of minimum competency. Competency is measured and enforced through formal education, training, and examination requirements as per the guidelines of an independent body. Therefore, AAPNA supports the efforts of the non-profit organization, Council for Ayurveda Credentialing.
b. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine ensures that individuals have met the eligibility requirements needed to practice Ayurvedic medicine and that they are qualified to represent themselves to the public as state licensed Ayurvedic professionals.
c. By providing a legal definition of the scope of practice of Ayurvedic medicine, professional licensure helps consumers identify the responsibilities and services unique to an Ayurvedic Professional. It allows consumers to select the most appropriate Ayurvedic professional for their needs and brings the benefit of open access to the selection process.
d. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine through licensure enables a state or jurisdiction to discipline Ayurvedic professionals. States do not have the ability to regulate a profession that is not formally recognized in statute. Professional licensure laws enhance public safety by enforcing disciplinary actions against non-compliant professionals.
e. Legal recognition of Ayurvedic medicine through licensure protects the public in other ways as well. It establishes a consistent standard of practice which is enforceable by a professional code of ethics. In addition, it establishes a formal grievance process for consumers that helps prevent unethical and/or non-compliant Ayurvedic practitioners from continuing to practice.
f. The following regarding standardization of Ayurvedic education and licensing are provided as per the guidelines of AYUSH, Government of India Health & Family Welfare and World Health Organization (Benchmarks for training in Ayurveda).
The word “aapna” means “ours” in Hindi. “AAPNA” in our logo is written in English with a Sanskrit stylized font.The circle symbolizes wholeness and oneness.
The globe represents our world and the fact that we are all connected. It also represents all the people and health professionals integrating ayurveda into their practices all over the world. Green and blue in our logo indicates the inherently environmentally and ecologically conscious nature of Ayurveda and its natural healing modalities.