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    20th International Ayurveda Symposium

    September 14 – 16, 2018 in Birstein, Germany


Our speakers in 2018

Various renowned speakers from Europe and India have already agreed to enrich the Symposium by giving a lecture or contributing to a panel discussion:

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.

Amarjeet Singh Bhamra (UK)

Bhamra Amarjeet S web 72dpi beig   Ambassador of Ayurveda and Yoga in the UK
Amarjeet S. Bhamra administers the powerful All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences. In this position, he has made an important contribution to raising awareness on holistic sciences for health and wellbeing in the UK. Among other things, he helped to create National Vocational Qualification and Standards for Shiro Abhyanga and Yoga. Amarjeet has been the inspiration behind the establishment of Centre of Excellence for Indian Traditional Sciences in augurated in April 2018. He has the privilege to be included into the ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations’.

Dr. med. Ananda Chopra (D)

 Chopra Anand web 72dpi beige   Head of the Ayurveda Department at the Habichtswaldklinik Kassel
Dr. Ananda Samir Chopra studied medicine and indology at the University of Heidelberg. After his licence to practise medicine, he spent one year in Kolkata, India, in order to study Ayurveda. Since 1996 he has been senior physician at the Ayurveda clinic Kassel. From 2009 to 2011 he was research assistant in a research project on the modern history of Ayurveda at the University of Heidelberg. In addition to his clinical work, he continues to be scientifically active in the history of medicine. Since his childhood he has been learning and practicing classical Indian music (Hindustani Sangit).

Dr. med. Harsha Gramminger (D)

 Gramminger Harsha 116x140 beige symp   Medical Doctor
In addition to her degree in human medicine, Harsha Gramminger is an engineer in production engineering. She completed a 3-year training in Ayurveda medicine in India, supplemented by additional training in meditation techniques, psychotherapy, massage techniques and various CAM therapies. Since 2000 own practice  for Ayurveda medicine and Panchakarma treatments in Germany, head and lecturer of Ayurveda training at the Euroved Academy. Since 2007 President of the EUAA (European Ayurveda Association e.V.) and Vice President of ANME. Author of the book trilogy "New Age Ayurveda".

Dr. med. Hedwig H. Gupta (D)

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Medical Doctor, Specialist in Orthopaedics and Rheumatology
Dr. med. Hedwig H. Gupta is a specialist in orthopaedics and rheumatology with a focus on Ayurveda and therapeutic yoga. She first studied Ayurveda in the Gurukula system with Dr. OP Tiwari. From 1999 she completed postgraduate studies of Ayurveda at the BHU (Banaras Hindu University). Study of Sanskrit and Yoga there. Today it is based in Ludwigsburg. Head of the vidya sagar Academy for Ayurveda and Yogatherapy, 1st Chairwoman of DÄGAM e.V. (German Medical Society for Ayurveda Medicine) and 2nd Chairwoman of DeGYT e.V. (German Society for Yogatherapy e.V.).

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.

» Psychic aspects during different stages of a Pancakarma treatment

Manuela Heider de Jahnsen HP (D)


Ayurveda Health and Nutrition Consultant, Coach
Manuela Heider de Jahnsen is a practitioner of natural medicine, lecturer and author. In addition to her training in traditional medicine in India, China and Japan, she studied tropical medicine with Prof. Alexander and Indology in Berlin. She teaches and works with patients and in traditional medicine hospitals in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Besides, Manuela Heider de Jahnsen lectures at the European Academy of Ayurveda, where she is also enrolled as a students in the Master of Science program. Her ayurvedic-yogatherapeutic topics in practice and teaching are rehabilitation medicine, urban panchakarma, trauma work and fertility.

Vanita Kansal HP (D)

 Kansal Vanita web 72dpi beige   Practitioner of natural medicine, Ayurveda specialist
Vanita Kansal completed six years of studying Ayurvedic medicine with a focus on Panchakarma therapy in India with distinction. Afterwards she worked as a teacher and Ayurveda physician at several clinics in India. In addition, she lectured on Ayurveda topics in Germany, Switzerland, China and India. Since 2010 she has been working in the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, Traben-Trarbach, as an Ayurveda physician. Profound expertise in Panchkarma Therapy, nutritional science, Ayurvedic lifestyle, herbal medicine and meditation. In the meantime she has acquired the title of Practitioner of natural medicine in Mainz.

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. Abhay Kulkarni (IND)

Kulkarni Abhay 116x140 beige symp   Ayurveda Physician and researcher
Dr. Abhay Kulkarni is a practicing Ayurvedic physician in Ayushree Ayurvedic Hospital and Research Centre, Nashik. He looks back on more than 25 years of clinical and teaching experience. As a researcher he covers the areas of Diabetic Nephropathy, Psoriasis, Infertility and Garbhanskarhe and has been awarded a project by the Ministry of AYUSH. CEO of the charitable institution Ayurveda Seva Sangh. Author of four books on Ayurveda. Senate member of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, and Maharashtra Acupuncture Council.

Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar (IND)

Kumar Abhimanyu  

Ayurveda doctor, former Director General of the All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar MD (Ayu) MSc PhD is Vice Chancellor of the Uttarakhand Ayurved University. Was 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.

Markus Ludwig HP (D)

 Ludwig Markus 116x140 beige symp   Practitioner of Natural Medicine
Markus Ludwig enjoyed 5 years of training in the Kalari martial and healing arts in India. Research in Marma-Nadi-Therapy, development of the "Holistic Kalari Therapy". Extensive activity as alternative practitioner and lecturer for Kalari therapy since 2000.

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)


Indologist and Scholar of Religious Studies
Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede, scholar of religion and indology, teaches at Frankfurt/Main. Postdoctoral thesis on Ayurveda. Director of studies for the Master program in Ayurveda medicine at the faculty of medicine at the European Academy for Ayurveda.

Dr. med. Antonio Morandi (I)


Doctor of Medicine
Dr. med. Antonio Morandi MD, PhD is neurologist and Vaidya (Ayurveda Academy, Pune / Joytinat International college of Ayurveda). Director of the Ayurvedic Point, Milan and president of the scientific society for Ayurvedic medicine (SSIMA). Head of scientific board of the INDRA network.

Dr. Vijay Murthy (UK)

Murthy Vijay cmyk 300dpi beige2   Ayurvedic Physician and Researcher, Director of Ayuwave
Dr. Vijay Murthy is an internationally acclaimed ayurvedic physician and researcher. He is the director of Ayuwave London, UK and visiting academic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. Dr. Murthy's diverse medical education and clinical background spans across India, New Zealand, Australia and England. Dr. Murthy lives and practices in London. His healing methodology is attracting a wide range of health seekers and patients including celebrities and members of the British Royal family. Dr. Murthy hosts a cutting edge Radio Show, namely Unlock your Health (www.uyhradio.com).

Dr. med. Annette Müller-Leisgang (D)

Mueller Leisgan Annette   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 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.

Prof. Ashtavaidyan Narayanan Nambi (IND)

Narayanan Nambi  

Head of Research and Education at SNA Oushadhasala
Prof. A.N. 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.

» Clinical use of Langhana treatment for thyroid hypofunction

Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari (IND)

Nesari Tanuja  

Doctor of Medicine for Ayurveda, Director General of the All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari MD (Ayu) PhD was professor and head of department of Dravyaguna (department of medical plants & pharmacology) at the All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi (AIIA), India. Has been appointed Director General of the AIIA, which is the apex institute for Ayurveda of the Indian government, in 2018. 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.  Pathirage Kamal Perera (LK)

kamal perera 116x140 beige symp   Lecturer, researcher, consultant physician in Ayurveda medicine
Dr. Pathirage Kamal Perera (PhD) currently serves as a senior lecturer in Ayurveda, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo and consultant Ayurveda physician in National Ayurveda teaching hospital, Sri Lanka. He served as the Head of the Department of Drvayaguna Vignana at Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo. He was the coordinator for first MD(Ayu) postgraduate programme in Sri Lanka and coordinator for Ayurveda postgraduate studies at Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo. He is well known as Ayurveda consultant physician and researcher in Sandhi- Roga (Arthritis) and Ojo-Roga (Immune disorders) and worked as a consultant in a WHO program for traditional medicine in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Hans H. Rhyner (CH)

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Doctor of Alternative Medicines
Hans Heinrich Rhyner, MD, PhD (Alternative Medicine), Dipl. NHP Ayurveda Medizin, is considered an internationally recognized expert and pioneer of Ayurveda in Europe. He lived in India for 25 years and ran his own clinic in Bangalore. He has 40 years of clinical experience and is the author of textbooks on Ayurveda. He applies his knowledge in his Swiss practice in Teufen, in Munich, Vienna and Mallorca as well as in his manufactory for Ayurveda products in Austria.

Michael Rohrschneider HP (D)

Rohrschneider Michael 116x140 beige symp   Practitioner of Natural Medicine
Ayurveda specialist, Pancakarma therapist and meditation teacher. Since 1989 he has been running his own practice with the main focus on Ayurveda and psychotherapy, which is located in Buchholz/Nordheide. Formerly trained in India, he is now a trainer in Ayurveda medicine himself, e.g. as a lecturer of the FDVH (Free Association of German Alternative Practitioners).

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. MGMS (India) bestowed him the prestigious Vaidya Sundarlal Joshi Memorial Management Award for excellent management in the field of Ayurveda.

Dr. Vijith Sasidhar (IND)

 Sasidhar Vijith web 72dpi beige   Ayurveda physician and researcher
Dr. Vijith Sasidhar has many years of experience as an Ayurveda doctor and has founded the Ayurveda Centre Sreekrishna Ayurveda Chikitsa Kendram in Kerala. He teaches Ayurveda medicine at renowned institutions in India, Germany and the Netherlands. Since 2018, he has been a research fellow in the Department of Integrative Medicine at the Amritha Institute of Medical Science, where he is involved in projects on rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and muscular dystrophy.

Dr. med. Wolfgang Schachinger (A)

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Medical doctor
MD 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. Is teaching Ayurveda to health professionals all over Europe. Founder and President of EURAMA – European Ayurveda Medical Association.

Elmar Stapelfeldt MA HP (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.

Carmen Tosto (I)


Yoga teacher, Ayurveda therapist, Deputy Director of Ayurvedic Point
Yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist, deputy director Ayurvedic Point, Milan, Italy. Holds an Honorary Ayurveda Acharya Degree from the Ayurvedic Institute Ashtavaidya Thaikat Moss, Thrissur.

Joanna Webber (UK)

Webber Joanne 116x140 beige symp   Head of Herbal Education, Pukka Herbs
Joanna is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher, and a full member of the UK’s Ayurvedic Practitioners Association. She has over ten years clinical experience and holds a BSc (Hons) in Ayurveda, which included clinical internships in India. She also has a Post graduate Certificate in Education, and a Masters in Human Sciences. Her role at Pukka involves the delivery of pioneering industry-leading education enabling people to discover the power of herbs and learn to be well.

Petra Wolfinger (A)

Wolfinger Petra 116x140 beige   Accredited Nurse, Ayurvedic Therapist, Yoga Teacher
As a certified nurse and Ayurvedic practitioner, Petra Wolfinger has a wealth of experience in the fields of Ayurveda for women, lifestyle coaching and health care. She is a representative of the European Academy of Ayurveda in Austria and has been running her own studio for many years. Here she is dedicated to health prevention with Ayurveda in companies and teaches e.g. on the topic of stress prevention. She completed her training as Ayurveda therapist and specialist in Ayurvedic gynecology at the European Academy of Ayurveda as well as during numerous travels with spa and study visits in Kerala / South India and Sri Lanka.

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