The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayurveda) Medical Director, Jupiter Medical Center Dept. of Integrative Medicine Division of Education and Research






Lake Mary Clinic, Gerson Ayurvedic Spa, and Panchakarma Facility: at 635 Primera Blvd. Lake Mary, Florida 32746

Jupiter Medical Center at The Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness
1210 S. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, Florida 33458, Suite M-117.2




 Telephone: (561) 263-MIND (6463); option 2 (407) 549-2800

GIAM Ayurvedic Home Study Course 

The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, in association with The Institute Of Indian Medicine in Poona India, is proud to offer its newly revised Correspondence Course in Ayurvedic Medicine. Consisting of over 400 pages of information, arranged in 12 lessons, including over 50 original charts and diagrams organized in four books, this course was modeled after the curriculum taught at the renowned University of Pune College Of Ayurveda.

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.

Study and completion of the course will give the student a solid foundation to pursue further advanced training in Ayurveda. Included in the course are sections on the history, fundamental concepts, concept of disease, constitutional analysis, Ayurvedic diagnosis, pulse diagnosis, treatment of disease, Ayurvedic herbal medicines, daily and seasonal regimens, marma points, pharmacology, Ayurvedic dietetics, Panchakarma therapies, Rasayana (health promoting) herbal preparations, concept of immunity, and many, many other topics. In addition, there is a tremendous amount of detailed information on the treatment of specific conditions and diseases. All the information was written by a group of professors of Ayurveda, including Scott Gerson, M.D., who are among India's most respected teachers of Ayurveda.

Upon completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to take a comprehensive examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions (open book). This examination is sent under separate cover upon request 6 to 24 months after receiving the course. A passing grade of 70% or greater will qualify a student to receive a Certificate of Completion issued jointly by both of the governing bodies at our discretion.

Students who wish to qualify for the Certificate Of Completion must submit their exams not less than 9 months nor more than 24 months after receiving the course material along with a $35 processing fee. Students who do not wish to receive Certificate Of Completion may also submit their exams for grading.

The cost of the Correspondence Course In Ayurvedic Medicine is US $410 plus shipping. The course is also available as an eBook which you can download immediately at a cost of $385.

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Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Vedas & Upanishads; Ancient Texts
  • Evolution of the Universe
  • Evolution Of Ayurveda
  • Historical Figures in Ayurveda
  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • Trigunas
  • Panchamahabhutas
  • Tridoshas
  • Saptadhatus
  • Dhatu
  • Malas
  • Prakriti
  • Gunas
  • Rasas
  • Virya
  • Srotas
  • Marma Points (Marmavidnyan)


  • Swasthvritta, Healthy regimens
  • Causes of Disease
  • Soul-Mind-Body relationships
  • Definition Of Health
  • Dinacharya (Daily Routine)
  • Oil Massage
  • Exercise
  • Bath
  • Diet
  • Sleep
  • Sex
  • Non-suppression of Natural Urges
  • Good Behavior
  • Social Hygeine
  • Rtucharya (Seasonal Routine)
  • Ayurvedic Dietetics
  • Principles of Diet
  • Incompatible Foods
  • Dietary Guidelines For Each Body Type
  • Skin Care
  • Sexual Pleasure and Health
  • Prevention Against Premature Ageing
  • Rasayana (Health-promoting Tonics)
  • Vajikarana (Virility and Fertility)
  • Longevity and Yoga
  • Salvation


  • Dravya Guna Shastra (Ayurvedic Pharmacology)
  • Attributes of Substances
  • Karma (Action)
  • Rasa (Taste)
  • Veerya (Energy or Potency)
  • Vipaka (Post-digestive Taste)
  • Prabhava (Special Potency)
  • Anupana (Vehicles for Medicines)
  • Times Of Administration of Medicines
  • Five Methods of Herbal Preparation
  • Selected Ayurvedic Herbal Medicines of Importance
  • Spices and Condiments
  • Tables & Charts


  • Causes of Disease
  • Route Of Disease
  • Causes of Increase and decrease of the Doshas
  • Exercise, Srotasas, Doshagati
  • Doshas: Symptoms of Aggravation and Decrease
  • Functions and Symptoms of Aggravated and Decreased Doshas
  • Examination of Patients
  • Panchakarma
  • Drug Administration
  • Spices and condiments Used AS Medici nes
  • Food Incompatibilities
  • Prpoerties of Substances
  • Aama
  • Chikitsa (Principles of Treatment)
  • Garbhahetu (Pregnacy)
  • Sootika Paricharya (Childbirth)
  • Concept of Streeroga (Diseases of Women)
  • Kaumarbhritya (Pediatrics)
  • Introduction to Shalakyatantra (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
  • Introduction to Shalyatantra (General Surgery)

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The five Pranas also exist in both the subtle (astral) and causal bodies. The five Pranas pervade the entire universe and are the basis of its manifestation. In their higher forms they aid in spiritual knowledge.

Prana gives power and pre eminence, independence and transcendence to the spirit. Udana gives the capacity to ascend. Samana gives peace, balance and equanimity. Vyana gives pervasiveness and infinity. Apana allows us to ward off negativity.

On the level of the subtle body Samana governs ether (balance), Vyana governs air (diffusion), Udana governs fire (ascension), Prana governs water (absorption), and Apana governs earth (support).



There are even subtler forms of the three humours than their five subdoshas which occur in the physical body. These are their three forms in the mind. They are the essence of their three forms in the brain and they fulfill similar functions but on a more subtle level.

  • The mental form of Vata is also called PRANA (though its meaning here is slightly different than above).
  • The mental form of Pitta is called TEJAS (from the root "til' meaning to give heat). Tejas is the fire of the mind.
  • The mental form of Kapha is called OJAS (see also section on Ojas later). Ojas is the essential vital fluid of the body in subtle form in the mind.

These three forms function through the third eye or sixth chakra and regulate our mental nature. They also control Vata, Pitta and Kapha in the body.

Prana gives mental adaptability, capacity to communicate, co ordination of ideas and breadth of comprehension. It provides the will to live, to grow and to get well. It is the basic life force or vitality of the mind.

Tejas gives intelligence, reason, passion to learn or discover, zeal, power of self discipline and the capacity to perceive. It is the basic clarity of mind.

Ojas gives mental strength, contentment, patience, fortitude, calm and the capacity for good memory and sustained concentration. It is our basic mental and psychological stability and endurance in life. Ojas is essentially responsible for our experience of tranquil states of mind.

Pancha Kashaya: Methods Of Ayurvedic Herbal Preparation

Ayurveda contains many different methods and forms of herbal prepara¬tion. All are designed for different therapeutic effects, or to maintain the potencies of herbs in different manners.

These are : (1) Infusions, (2) Decoctions, (3) Powders, (4) Poul¬tices, (5) Oils and (6) Liniments. They include herbal wines, jellies, resin preparation, pills and tablets.

Other special preparations include minerals, metals, ashes, salts, alkalis and sugars. Preparations may be accompanied with MANTRA, YANTRAS, rituals and fire sacrifices.

PANCHA KASHAYA : The Five Main Methods Of Ayurvedic Herbal Preparation

Raw herbs are generally prepared according to five basic methods of extraction:

(1 ) SWARASA the fresh juice of the plant,
(2) KALKA the crushed pulp or paste of the plant,
(3) KVATHA decoction,
(4) PHANTA hot infusion, and
(5) HIMA cold infusion.

Juice is the strongest; cold infusion the weakest. The rest are into a descending order of strength.

Brief Description of Ayurvedic Methods of Herbal Preparation

(1) SWARASA Fresh Juice

The fresh juice of an herb is obtained by taking the fresh plant, then crushing or pounding it, and ultimately straining the liquid through a cloth. A juicer may also be used for this purpose. This method is used when freshly picked herbs are available. Easily available herbs are also used in this process.

(1) ginger
(2) garlic
(3) aloe vera
(4) cilantro
(5) lemon
(6) onions
(7) lime
(8) parsley

A weaker juice preparation is made by taking the crushed dry herb or powder. Add twice the weight of the herb in water, allowing to set for 24 hours and then strain it. The liquid is sometimes substituted for a fresh juice, but it is in reality a cold infusion.

Timing of Vasti Karma

Vasti Karma generally follows Vamana and Virechana after the patient has had a chance to regain his orher strength which becomes somewhat depleted from these reducing treatments. If the patient has not received Vamana, then Vasti would follow Virechana and its subsequent samsarjana period after a one day rest period. If Virechana was not given, then the same exact schedule follows after Vamana and its samsarjana karma. If neither Vamana nor Virechana are administered, Vasti shoud immediately follow Swedana Karma.

Sequence of Administration of Vasti.

As already mentioned, Vasti Karma usually consists of an alternating sequence of Anuvasana and Niruha vastis administered over a period of 8, 16, or 30 days. The first and last vastis are always of the anuvasana (oily) type. Since the eight=day schedule is the one most commonly used, it will be shown here. A = Anuvasana; N = Niruha.

DAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  A N A N A N A A


Preparation of Anuvasana Vasti

Anuvasana vastis are basically enemas with herbalized oils. To prepare these oils this general formula can be followed:

Herb -- 1 /4 cup
Oil (or ghee) -- 1 cup
Water -- 4 cups


If oil is used instead of ghee, that oil is generally sesame oil due to its vatahara quality.

The procedure is to combine these three ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to maintain a gently rolling boil until all the water boils off. Strain and disgard the residual herbal residue. The oil which remains is now herbalized. It is allowed to cool until warm and then administered as Anuvasana Vasti.

Preparation of Niruha Vasti

Niruha vastis consist of the introduction of kwathas , or decoctions, made with appropriate herbal medicines into the rectum. It is also known as asthapana vasti. The general formula is as follows:

First prepare the kwatha by placing approximately 160 grams of an appropriate herb in a pot containing two liters of cold water (a 1:16 ratio) and boiling it until reduced to 1/4 its original volume. The weight of the herbal material must be adjusted (reduced) if it is very bulky and light. But for typical root material these weights and volumes are perfect.