In the indicated subject areas, graduates of the BS Physiology and Health – AyurVeda Wellness Consultant track will be able to:
- Understand the basic recommendations for total health from Maharishi AyurVeda® in the areas of Transcendental Meditation, individualized diet, herbal food supplements, yoga asanas, exercise, aroma therapy, Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems, and the daily and seasonal routine.
- Understand how the Unified Field of Natural Law (Veda) gives rise to the physiology and can be enlivened to nourish the physiology through the application of Maharishi Vedic Vibration Therapy℠.
- Understand the ten fundamental principles of Maharishi AyurVeda® as the basis of good health:
- Health is based on enlivening the inner intelligence of the body, which is the field of pure consciousness.
- Violation of natural law is the basis of all ill health.
- Everything affects health, mind, body, behavior, and environment.
- Overuse, underuse, and misuse of time, senses, and action are the main causes of disease.
- Restoration of balance requires restoring one’s own nature and life in tune with natural law.
- Balanced health requires balance of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
- Balanced health requires strong digestive power, or agni.
- Good health requires purification of the channels of the body or srotas.
- All treatments in Maharishi AyurVeda®, herbs, diet, lifestyle, meditation, Yoga Asanas, Vedic Architecture, Vedic Music all are means of enlivening and balancing the inner intelligence of the body.
- Perfect health means achieving higher states of consciousness.
- Use pulse diagnosis in the context of a comprehensive and accurate evaluation of patient health in a clinical setting to determine:
- Body type.
- Imbalance of the controlling principles or doshas.
- Level of digestive toxins, or ama.
- Strength of digestion, or agni.
- Location of imbalances in the subdoshas.
- Provide accurate and clear recommendations to patients for improving health in a clinical setting in the following steps:
- Determine body type of the client.
- Determine the imbalance of the client.
- Determine the level of impurity in the system (ama).
- Evaluate main causative factors to be removed: diet, daily routine, behavior, relationships, occupation, home environment.
- Recommend appropriate diet, lifestyle, herbal, and behavioral changes to restore balance.
- Determine when to refer the client to licensed health care practitioners.
- Understand the basic concepts of living systems on the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels.
- Understand the techniques that connect basic biology concepts to applied areas in medicine, agriculture, heredity, and industry.
- Demonstrate skill in using laboratory instruments—such as microscopes and spectrophotometers— to understand the structure and function of microbes, plant cells, and animal cells.
- Read and interpret data and write biological experiment reports using graphs, tables, diagrams, and pictures.
- Describe the role of the eight organ systems, as described in the Veda and Vedic Literature, in maintaining balance and homeostasis in the physiology.
Program Assessment Measures
- Final Essay Exam: Designed to assess student understanding of the core principles of Maharishi AyurVeda®. For the Pre-Integrative Medicine track, the essay will include questions to research biochemical pathways of modern medical treatments of cardiovascular disease, and another major disease.
- Clinical Case Portfolio: 50 patient encounters (including observation, student/client encounter with direct supervision and one-on-one cases) where students demonstrate competence in evaluating the level of balance, causative factors, and AyurVedic pathology; and recommending appropriate measures to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda®. This year we plan to reopen our campus health center, which will serve faculty, staff and students. Our students will spend one month conducting Maharishi AyurVeda® wellness consultations under faculty supervision.
- Internship Evaluation Form: Completed by on-site internship supervisors to evaluate competencies in compassion, personal responsibility, diligence, and teamwork.
- Standardized Tests for Chemistry, Physics, and Biology: Currently, students take a standardized exam from the American Society of Chemistry to evaluate level of accomplishment. Physics and biology faculty have structured comprehensive exams and are researching standardized exams that may be appropriate.