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Is it legal to practice Ayurveda in the US?

Yes, in some states. Ayurvedic medicine is categorized as a traditional health approach by the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health, under the National Institutes of Health. In some states like California, the Health Freedom Act (California Senate Bill SB 577) enables Complementary health practitioners to provide care and advertise legally. However they need to comply with certain requirements of the Act and the details can be found here.

Are Ayurveda practitioners licensed to practice in the USA?

No. Licensing efforts for Ayurveda are rigorously underway, but currently Ayurveda practitioners are not licensed as medicine doctors in the USA. If they are trained in Indian Universities, they are officially recognized in India at par with modern medicine doctors as they undergo the similar duration of training and rigor as conventional medicine doctors under a common university. In the USA, training schedules and exposure varies from school to school. It is advisable to be mindful of the scope of intervention vis-a-vis training, experience and insight into Ayurveda that a practitioner may have.
National Ayurvedic Medical Association, a not-for-profit, has provided a working reference for those who may be interested: https://ayurvedanama.site-ym.com/?page=ScopesOfPractice2

National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that one look out for these six attributes in a complementary practitioner:

How does the Health Freedom Act empower you, as a health seeker/ patient?
SB 577 provides you with access to alternative and complementary health care practitioners. You must be given information about the nature of treatment and practitioner's qualifications. Feel free to ask a practitioner any question you might have about your treatment. In addition, tell your doctor about any alternative treatment you are pursuing. You can also request that your licensed and unlicensed health care providers communicate with each other and work collaboratively to meet your health care needs.
How does the Health Freedom Act protect a health seeker/ patient?

SB 577 requires unlicensed alternative health care practitioners to follow certain guidelines. They are not allowed to
 Perform any form of surgery or any procedure that punctures your skin or harmfully invades your body.
 Use X-Ray radiation
 Prescribe prescription drugs, or recommend that you discontinue drugs that were prescribed by a licensed physician.
 Set fractures.
 Treat wounds with electrotherapy.
 Put you at risk of great bodily harm, serious physical or mental illness, or death.
 Imply in any way that they are licensed physicians.

They must do the following things

 Provide you with a statement, written in plain language that includes the following information:
 That he or she is not a licensed physician and that his or her services are not licensed by the state;
 A brief clear description of the kind of services he or she provides and the reasoning behind it; and,
 A description of his or her education, training and experience.
 Ask you to sign an acknowledgment that you received the above written statement, and provide you with a copy of it. They must keep a copy of your signed acknowledgment for three years.

Do insurance agencies cover the cost of consultation and treatment?

For most part, insurance coverage is insignificant or absent for consultations with complementary and alternative practitioners. However, you maybe able to cover some costs through the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and the Health Savings Account (HSA) may cover some of the costs. For more information visit here.


A different perspective: Just as you would invest in your health through a gym membership or a yoga class or health foods and supplements, you may choose your health advice from an Ayurveda practitioner. AIM Swasthya considers its expertise of value to extend your health related endeavours.

From where does one get the Ayurvedic products recommended by AIM Swasthya?

AIM Swasthya provided you with some choices that you can indicate your preference for:
You may choose other online providers as well and are required to indicate your preference before a health plan is designed for you. AIM Swasthya may also suggest use of other health foods and supplements which are available locally.

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You may choose other online providers as well and are required to indicate your preference before a health plan is designed for you. AIM Swasthya may also suggest use of other health foods and supplements which are available locally.