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    19th International Ayurveda Symposium

    September 8 – 10, 2017 in Birstein, Germany

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Our speakers

In 2016, various renowned speakers from Europe and India have enriched the Symposium by giving a lecture or contributing to a panel discussion:

Karin Bachmaier (D)

Bachmaier Karin  

Physiotherapist, Ayurveda and Kalari Therapist, Psychologic Ayurveda Consultant
Karin Bachmaier, Ayurveda, Kalari and Sukshma Marma therapist as well as physiotherapist. Has more than 20 years of experience in treating patients by manual therapy in her own practice in Eichendorf/Lower Bavaria (Germany). As a result of her profound knowledge, she is one of the most important teachers of traditional Kalari and Marma therapy as well as of manual Ayurvedic treatments at the European Academy of Ayurveda.


Oliver Becker HP (D)

Becker Oliver  

Certified Pedagoge, Practitioner of Natural Medicine
Ayurveda Expert Oliver Becker is treating patients in his own clinic of natural medicine in Koblenz, Germany. Lecturer and modul leader within the Master training course in Ayurveda medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda where he also acts as interpreter and head of medical treatment programs. The experienced lecturer disposes of profound knowledge in Ayurveda, phytotherapy and yoga.


Dr. Narendra S. Bhatt (IND)

Bhatt Narendra  

Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda
Narendra Bhatt MD (Ayu) BSc was awarded several prices for his achievements in the field of medicine. He can look back at 40 years of teaching, clinical, research and pharmaceutical experience. He has been a nominated member to several governmental bodies and committees including Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha under the Department of AYUSH. President of ISCAM and in the European initiative for quality management of Ayurvedic products. Member of the INDRA scientific board.


Dr. Dr. Ute Boeddrich (D)

Boeddrich Ute  

Chairperson of the Medical Assocation of Natural Medicine
Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Ute Boeddrich is chairperson of the Medical Association of Natural Medicine and author. Runs her own private clinic for natural medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and Ayurveda. Chairperson of the Hessian Medical Association of Natural Medicine, Vice-President of the German Commission of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical and Medical Products in Bonn (BfArM). Frequent activities as speaker and author.


Petra Brattinger (D)

Brattinger Petra  

Certified Masseur, Balneotherapist
Petra Brattinger, certified masseur, enjoyed a comprehensive Ayurvedic education at the European Academy of Ayurveda in Germany as well as at the Ayurvedic hospital in Nadiad, India. Has rich experience due to her long lasting work in prevention and health care In Germany, Italy, India and Switzerland. Managed the Ayurveda department in a renowned health resort. Now she is head of the Department of manual therapies at the AyurSan Hospital in Rotthalmuenster, Germany.


Petra Eich-Mylo HP (D)

Eich Mylo Petra  

Federal Diploma as Practitioner of Natural Medicine (Ayurveda)
Petra Eich-Mylo is among the distinguished practitioners of natural medicine in Europe and a renowned expert in Ayurveda therapy and phytotherapy. For many years she has been in charge of Ayurvedic panchakarma treatments at the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health and Treatment Center, together with Prof. S.N. Gupta. Accompanies her patients in their holistic healing process and health improvement. Manages her own Ayurvedic practice in Zurich, Switzerland.


Sandra Gruenes HP (D)

Gruenes Sandra  

Practitioner of Natural Medicine
Sandra Gruenes is practitioner of natural medicine and physiotherapist. She studied both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for several years in Asia and Europe. Runs a clinic for Ayurvedic medicine in Freiburg, Germany. She teaches Ayurveda and conducts treatments in various European countries. Being one of the best Ayurveda specialists in the field of gynecology in Germany, she is in close contact with midwifes and gynecologists.


Prof. Dr. med. Peter W. Gündling, M.Sc. MME (D)

Guendling Peter   Dean of Studies for natural medicine and complementary medicine
Prof. Dr. med. Peter Gündling is medical doctor with his own practice (focus natural medicine). Since early 2000 he teaches at the universities Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Frankfurt am Main) and Justus von Liebig (Gießen). Further he owns professorship für natural medicine and complementary medicine at the Fresenius University in Idstein. He is vice president of Hessian Medical Association, vice president of Ärztegesellschaft für Erfahrungsheilkunde, publisher of the magazine „Erfahrungsheilkunde“ and author of more than 1000 lectures, articles, books, TV and radio reports.

Prof. Dr. Shivenarain Gupta (IND)

Gupta Shivenarain  

Head of Ayurveda clinic
Prof. Shivenarain Gupta MD (Ayu) is head of department and professor at the ayurvedic hospital and college in Nadiad, Gujarat. Obtained his doctor's degree at the famous Ayurveda university of Managar. Nowadays, he directs the department for internal medicine at the P.D. Patel Ayurveda Hospital. As professor at the affiliated J. S. Ayurveda College he succeeded in establishing one of the most renowned panchakarma clinics throughout India, which is open to patients from India and Europe. He is awarded with a prestigious award for excellence in teaching Ayurveda by IASTAM (India). For more than 20 years now, he is one of the most important lecturers and chairman of the academic advisory board of the European Academy of Ayurveda.


Daniela Kanoun (AT)

Kanoun Daniela   Ayurveda Health and Nutrition Consultant, Coach
Daniela Kanoun is business consultant and coach since 2001. Further she practice as Ayurveda health and nutrition consultant. She combine sthe principles of Ayurveda with those of economy. In her work she consolidates ayurvedic, human and economic aspects to an unity and therefore initiates new change processes in businesses.

Dr. med. Uwe Kehnscherper (D)

Kehnscherper Uwe   

Orthopaedic specialist
Dr. med. Uwe Kehnscherper is orthopaedic specialist and expert for pain therapy. Runs his own practice in Rostock, Germany where he successfully treats patients by using Ayurvedic methods, especially manual therapy and panchakarma treatments. He makes a point of treating his patients in a holistic way and focuses on conservative (i.e. non-surgical) methods and. Many study trips to India provided him with profound Ayurveda knowledge.


Dr. med. Christian Keßler (D)

Kessler Christian   

Doctor of Medicine and Ayurvedic Physician
Dr. Christian Keßler earned his doctorate in „effectiveness of Ayurveda in chronic diseases“ at the medical university of Hannover, Germany. Since 2009, medical doctor and Ayurveda physician in the department of natural medicine at the Immanuel hospital Berlin-Wannsee. Director of research in the field of Ayurveda at the Charité – academic medicine – Berlin. Master degree in indology. Medical director of the post-graduate training in ayurvedic medicine for doctors in Berlin.


Ulrich Koch MD (D)

Koch Ulrich  

Medical Doctor
Ulrich Koch is medical doctor and yoga teacher. As a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, he directs the homeopathic practice within the Psychiatric Institute, Hofheim (Germany). Pioneer in the field of research and clinical practice of yoga and meditation for patients with psychological disorders.


Dr. Rajesh Kotecha (IND)

Kotecha Rajesh  

President of Gujarat Ayurved University
Rajesh Kotecha MD (Ayu) is the president of the recognized Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.  He also directs his own Ayurveda clinic in Jaipur as well as a research institute for Ayurveda in Chitrakoot. Extensive, long-standing international teaching career, particularly in South and North America. He was awarded several prices for his work, e.g. with the Padmashri Award, the forth highest civil honor in India.


Dr. med. Ludwig Kronpaß (D)

Kronpass Ludwig  

Chief physician
Since 1998, Dr. med. Ludwig Kronpaß has been Chief physician in the clinic for gynecology and obstetrics in Rotthalmünster, Germany. His special fields are holistic methods of giving birth and tumor therapy for breast cancer. Director of the AyurSan clinic, medical director and director of studies for the post-graduate education for doctors at the European Academy of Ayurveda, Germany. Vice President of the VEAT - European Professional Association for Ayurvedic Practitioners and Therapists.


Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar (IND)

Kumar Abhimanyu  

Director General of the All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar MD (Ayu) MSc PhD ist Managing Director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi, the new initiative of excellence of the Indian Health Ministry of AYURSH for postgradual education and medicine in Ayurveda. Has been General Director of the CCRAS Central Councils for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences for several years now. Formerly leader of the department of Ayurvedic pediatrics at the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) in Jaipur. MD in ayurvedic pediatrics, MSc in applied psychology. Author of three books and more than 60 scientific papers.


Dr. Kishore Kumar R (IND)

    Research Officer
Dr. Kishore Kumar works as research officer at Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Metabolic Disorders (RARIMD). He also plays an active role with the CCRAS and the Ministry of AYUSH, government of India.

Marco Lebbing MD (D)

Lebbing Marco  

General Medical Practitioner and Ayurveda Practitioner
Marco Lebbing is doctor and Ayurveda Medical Practitioner with comprehensive training at the European Academy of Ayurveda, Germany, as well as in India. Goes in for traditional European naturopathy. Engaged in the Academic implementation of Ayurveda in Germany. In his currently position he works at the Protestant Clinic in Hattingen, department of neurology and complementary medicine.


Dr. Ram Manohar (IND)

Manohar Ram  

Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda, Pharmacist
Ram Manohar MD (Ayu) is doctor of Ayurveda medicine and pharmacist. Currently serving as Research Director at Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kollam, Kerala. Also serves as Research Advisor to Indian National Science Academy, Government of India, New Delhi and AVP Research Foundation, Coimbatore, India. Specialist for Ayurvedic psychology. Editor-in-Chief of Ancient Science of Life, the largest PubMed indexed research journal in the field of Ayurveda.


Prof. Dr. S.K. Mishra (IND)

Mishra S K   Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. S.K. Mishra MD (Ayu) PhD is professor for internal medicine (kaya-cikitsa). Has been for many years the director of the postgradual faculty for internal medicine at the renowned Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar. As founder member of several Ayurveda colleges and associations he looks back on a long and successful teaching and practising career in Ayurvedic medicine. Taught his areas of expertise kaya-cikitsa and rasa-shastra at the European Academy of Ayurveda.

Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede (D)

Mittwede Martin  

Scholar of religion and indology
Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede is Director of studies for the study course "Master of science in Ayurveda medicine" at the European Academy of Ayurveda. Scholar of religion and indology, he habilitated in 1996 with a research project on Ayurveda. Has long experience in further education for medical professionals. Teaches at Frankfurt/Main University and has published numerous papers on Ayurveda medicine.

Dr. med. Annette Mueller-Leisgang (D)

Mueller Leisgang Annette 116x140   General Medical and Ayurveda Practitioner
Dr. med. Annette Mueller-Leisgang has been running her own doctor's practice for Ayurveda medicine and dietetics since 1998. Also specialized in travel and occupational medicines. Has more than 30 years of experience in Ayurveda. Directs the Ayurveda institute in Munich.

Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth (D)

Nagersheth Kalyani  

Medical Specialist for Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Psychotherapist
Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth MD has been working since 2000 as a doctor for Ayurveda Medicine and was managing doctor of the Ayurveda department at the Habichts-Wald-Klinik, Kassel, Germany. Runs her own doctor's practice for Ayurveda medicine in Frankfurt. In charge of medical care during panchakarma treatments at the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health and Treatment centre. One of her areas of expertise is Western and Ayurvedic phytotherapy. Longtime experience as lecturer on Ayurveda medicine.


Dr. Vinayak Nair (AT)

Nair Vinayak  

Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda
Vinayak Nair MD (Ayu) in Dravyaguna (Medicinal plants and Pharmacology) and DYN (Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy). Has bben practicing since 2002 in India and since 2009 in Austria. Specialized in treating metabolic and stress related ailments. Founder and Managing Director of Ayurkaya Group.


Ashtavaidyan Narayanan Nambi (IND)

Narayanan Nambi  

Head of research and education at SNA Oushadhasala
Prof. Narayanan Nambi MD (Ayu) represents the rich ancestry of Ashtavaidyas, the greatest traditional medical families in India having centuries old lineage. He acts as orator and teacher as well as clinician and researcher. Besides his position as head of research and education at the Institute of Ayurveda S.N.A. Oushadhasala, Thrissur, Kerala, he is faculty member of Ayurvedic Point, Italy and Scientific Coordinator of the INDRA network.


Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari (IND)

Nesari Tanuja  

Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda, Professor
Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari MD (Ayu) PhD is additional director (academics) and head of department of Dravyaguna (department of medical plants & pharmacology) at Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sanstan, Dehli. Is one of the leading experts for Ayurvedic clinical herbal pharmacology, phytotherapy and dietetics. Director of Ayurveda Rasashala, an Indian pharmaceutical company. Extensive experience in teaching and research.


Dr. med. Daniela Passani (D)

Passani Daniela  

Anaesthesiologist
Dr. med. Daniela Passani is anaethesiologist, specialised on pain therapy and emergency medicine. She has studied Ayurveda medicine at the REAA. At present she is practicing at the clinic for naturopathy and integrative medicine in Duisburg/Essen and in her own practice for holistic pain therapy in Spain.


Dr. Manish Patel (IND)

Patel Manish  

Doctor of Medicine for Kayachikitsa
Manish Patel, MD in Kayachikitsa, started his career as Ayurveda gastroenterologist at Ahmedabad. Works as academician, researcher and physician at J.S. Ayurveda College, Nadiad, since 2007. Associate professor in the postgraduate department of Kayachikitsa under the headship of Prof. S.N. Gupta. Has teaching experience of European medical and paramedical students from the European Academy of Ayurveda, Germany. Has research experience of ulcerative colitits, cirrhosis of liver and chronic kidney diseases with various publications.


Prof. Dr. med. Valdis Pirags (LV)

Pirags Valdis 116x140   Professor of Internal Medicine
Prof. Pirags is chair of Internal Medicine at the University Latvia. Also has the position as Chairman of the Latvian Association of Endocrinologists. Is a Council member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Stefan Ries HP (D)

Ries Stefan  

Practitioner of Natural Medicine, Ayurveda Practitioner, Physiotherapist
Stefan Ries is practitioner of natural medicine having a diploma as specialist in Ayurveda medicine. Physiotherapist, yoga teacher, lecturer and instructor for Ayurveda. His holistic knowledge add to the value of treatments and health programs at the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health and Treatment center. Furthermore, he runs his own practice in Heidelberg, Germany, in accordance with Ayurvedic principles.


Kerstin Rosenberg (D)

Rosenberg Kerstin  

Spezialist for Ayurvedic dietetics
Kerstin Rosenberg is CEO of the European Academy of Ayurveda. Internationally renowned specialist on Ayurvedic dietetics, therapy and psychology. Having taught students in her field of expertise throughout Europe. Has more than 25 years of practical experience in Ayurveda and is in close contact with Ayurveda patients and students. Has published twelve books on Ayurveda which are among the most popular works on Ayurveda in Europe.


Mark Rosenberg (D)

Rosenberg Mark    Director of the European Academy of Ayurveda
Mark Rosenberg is Managing Director and proprietor of the European Academy of Ayurveda and the Rosenberg Ayurveda Healthcare and Treatment Center in Germany. Extensive experience as Healthcare and Management Consultant. Expert for Vastu Shastra and yoga teacher. President of VEAT - European Professional Association for Ayurvedic Practitioners and Therapists. Head of Department for Quality Assurance for CAM Medicine within the European Society for Quality in Healthcare ESQH. Program coordinator of the INDRA network.

Franz Rutz (CH)

Rutz Franz   Practitioner of natural medicine – Ayurveda medicine, teacher
Hans Rutz is studied pedagogue and Practitioner of natural medicine – Ayurveda medicine. Since 1991 he adminsters his own Ayurveda practice in Pfäffikon. In his numerous duties in the field of natural medicine (focus on Ayurveda) he promotes and demands the recognition of Ayurveda as a medical system. President of VSAMT, Advisory Board of Indo-Swiss Ayurveda Foundation (Geneva, ISA), board member of Arbeitswelt Alternativmedizin Schweiz OdA AM, education consultant and canton parlementarian.

Dr. med. Wolfgang Schachinger (D)

Schachinger Wolfgang 116x140  

Medical doctor
M.D. in family practice since 1984, pioneer of Ayurveda in Europe, currently medical director at "Haus der Gesundheit" in Ried im Innkreis, an integrative medicine outpatient clinic offering modern medicine and a full range of ayurvedic treatments, currently preparing to start SOMA vitility medical & thermal spa. Author of several books on Ayurveda. Teaching Ayurveda to health professionals all over Europe. Founder and President of EURAMA – European Ayurveda Medical Association


Vaidya Ram P. Sharma (D)

Ran Sharma  

Ayurveda doctor and yoga teacher
After having graduated in Ayurveda medicine in India in 1974, Vaidya Ram P. Sharma worked as a doctor in Himachal Pradesh for six years and came to Germany in 1980. He shows a lot of enthusiasm in teaching Yoga und Ayurveda in India (Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune) as well as in Germany. Thanks to Prof. Dr. Joshi, Haridwar, he is specialised in Marma therapy. Since 2007, he has been working as a freelancer at the Ayurveda Institute Munich. He is a member of ANME e.V. Schoeneck, BLLF New Delhi, International Arya PS New Delhi, Hindu Swyamsevak Sangh Munich and chairperson of the German Indian Society of Upper Bavaria.


Win Silvester MA (D)

Silvester Win  

Ayurveda Practitioner and Health Trainer
Win Silvester MA is Master of health management and head of the Q-Fitness Academy in Bonn, Germany. Three-year study course in Ayurveda Medicine, completed by study trips to India and Sri Lanka. Moreover, he teaches the South Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu which combines movement, meditation and massage. With his long experience in teaching and education he enriches the European Academy of Ayurveda as interpreter and lecturer.


Prof. Dr. Oleg V. Sorokin

Sorokin Oleg  

University professor and developer
Dr. Oleg V. Sorokin PhD is professor at the Novosibirsk Medical University and CEO of Biokvant LLC, a company developing an electronic device for pulse analysis as an interface between modern technology and traditional medicine. Since 2003 he has been running his own Ayurveda practice. Intensive research actitivities in the field of neuroimmunology and bio-electrography.


Elmar Stapelfeldt MA (D)

Stapelfeldt Elmar  

Practitioner of Natural Medicine and Master of Indology
Elmar Stapelfeldt is practitioner of natural medicine, master of indology and author. Currently works as practitioner of natural medicine, nutrition consultant and research associate at the Immanuel Hospital in Berlin. Profound knowlege in administering Ayurveda medicine. Experienced lecturer at the European Academy of Ayurveda, during 5 years as Director of the faculty of Ayurvedic medicine.


Ralph Steuernagel HP (D)

Steuernagel Ralph 116x140 beige symp   Practitioner of Natural Medicine and editor-in-chief of the Ayurveda Journal
Ralph Steuernagel has been dedicated for 20 years to the interdisciplinary collaboration of Western and Eastern systems of medicine. widmet sich seit 20 Jahren der interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit von westlicher und östlicher Medizin. Runs his own Ayurveda practice in Bad Homburg, Germany. Editor-in-chief of the Ayurveda Journal.

Dr. Anup Thakar (IND)

Thakar Anup 116x140  

Professor and Head of department at Gujarat Ayurved University
Anup Thakar MD (Ayu) PhD is professor and of the department panchakarma at the Institute for Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar. He is spezialised in panchakarma, kayachikitsa and vajikarana. Extensive research activities, among them several WHO projects.


Prof. Dr. med. Dipl.-Psych. Rolf Verres (D)

 Verres Rolf   Professor Dr. med., Dip. Psychologist
Rolf Verres studied medicine and psychology in Münster, Heidelberg and Stanford/USA. After graduation he became specialist for psycho-therapeutic medicine. From 1987 till 1991 he was professor for medical psychology at the university hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. Afterwards he worked as professor at the institute for medical psychology at the university Heidelberg. His focus research topics were the mental aspects of grave illness, the impact of atmosphere in institutions of professional health care, music therapy and psycho-active substances. He was also board member of the German Association for medical psychology and of the European Collegium for consciousness studies.

Dr. med. Oliver Werner (D)

Werner Oliver 116x140   CEO Maharishi Ayurveda Products BV., Chairman of APTA Europe e.V.
Dr. Oliver Werner has been studying Ayurvedad since 1980. Around 1987, he founded the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center Seelisberg in Switzerland. He is president of the Swiss Association for Maharishi Ayurveda and director of Maharishi Ayurveda Products Europe BV, Herkenbosch in the Netherlands.

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