Advanced Ayurveda Dietetics – 4 week online course

Wednesday, 18th November to Wednesday, 16th December


18th November, 2020 to 16th December, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Course Objective

  • Introduction to digestion and metabolism in Ayurveda.
  • Food classification and nutrition concepts in Ayurveda.
  • Dietary concepts in Ayurveda for selected clinical conditions.
    • Pregnancy (trimester-wise) and lactation
    • Indigestion and acid-peptic disorders
    • Psychological stress
    • hepato-biliary system ( e.g., NAFLD)
    • Diabetes
  • Discussion with practicing Vaidyas on recommended diets for selected clinical conditions

Course Description

Module 1 – Digestion and metabolism in Ayurveda

  • Panchabhutatatvas (5 basic material theory) in formation of dravya (material) & sharira (physical body)
  • Dosha (morbid factors)-dhatu (tissue systems)-mala (metabolic waste) in sharira (physical body)
  • Agni & its role in digestion & metabolism
  • Comparison to modern biology

Module 2 – Principles of Ayurveda nutrition

  • Rasapanchaka: Rasa (6 tastes), Guna (20 properties), Veerya (2 potencies), Vipaka (2 types of digestive transformations), Prabhava (unanticipated pharmacological potency of a material), Karma (pharmacological actions)
  • Rasapradhanata and veeryapradhanata in the context of food and medicine
  • Glimpse on ahara and paniya vargas (groups of food and drinks) in Ayurveda; their use in nutritionAgni & its role in digestion & metabolism
  • Biochemistry and Rasa of foods: Is there common ground?

Module 3 – Aharavidhi – rules and regulations of food consumption

  • Rules on preparation of food and drinks–aharavidhi
  • Rules on the method of food & water consumption
  • Aharashakti – to decide quantity of food to be consumed by an individual
  • Pathya, apathy and viruddha: wholesome and unwholesome food and drinks
  • Research methods to evaluate diets

Module 4 – Diets in practice + Vaidya perspective

  • Dosha-prakrti specific diet
  • Pregnancy (trimester-wise) and lactation
  • Indigestion and acid-peptic disorders
  • Psychological stress
  • hepato-biliary system ( e.g., NAFLD)
  • Diabetes

Links to pertinent reading material will complement lectures but as this is a new area, there is no textbook. The class size has been kept small to facilitate discussions. Enquiry based learning is encouraged.

Access to lecture slides will be provided for the entire duration of the course. However, they will not be available for download. Participants are expected to make their own notes.

Access to recordings of all lectures will be provided for upto 48 hours after the lecture.

Course Fees and Registration

Fees: Rs. 4000 + 18% GST per participant. Fully paid in advance by online NEFT transfer. Non-refundable.

Amount to Pay: Rs. 4720

Registration is limited to the first 20 participants.

Kindly make the payment and then register yourself for the course.

Account Name: UTD-HST General Fund
Bank Name: IDBI Bank
Account Number: 0694104000134705
Bank Branch: Yelahanka New Town, Bengaluru-560064
IFSC: IBKL0000694, MICR: 560259014

After payment, register for the course, by CLICKING HERE.


Professional dietitians and students of nutrition, who have completed the “Introduction to Ayurveda Dietetics” online course.

Course Output

Certificate. Assignments should be submitted on time.

Course Lecturers

Dr. Subrahmanya Kumar

Dr. Subrahmanya Kumar MD (Ayurveda), Ph.D

Dr. Subrahmanya is currently an Assistant Professor at TDU. He has a PhD from Manipal University, Manipal and more than 14 years of research experience on various aspects of Ayurvedic concepts and plant drugs. He is interested in transdisciplinary research in Ayurveda Biology with the focus area of digestion and metabolism of nutrients, especially in the context of iron deficiency anemia. He and co researchers explore the concept of Agni (~digestion and metabolism) in Ayurveda for management of various chronic life-style diseases, with a special reference on the rejuvenator drugs of Ayurveda (Rasayana). He is also actively involved in various programs related to medicinal plant conservation and their sustainable use. Presently he is focusing on the Ayurvedic concept of drug substitution (Abhava-Pratinidhi Dravyas), Traditional Quality Standards for Traditional Indian medicine as well.

Dr. Girish Kumar

Dr. Girish Kumar MD (Ayurveda)

As a clinician, Dr. Girish has expertise in wellness management and treating various health conditions using holistic approach of Ayurveda. As an academician, he has expertise in developing innovative educational programs in the area of Ayurveda & Traditional medicine for layman, college students, and medical professions across the globe. As a trainer, he has conducted training programs in Indian and abroad, including Bolivia, Chile, Bulgaria, Singapore, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He has been a very active participant in voluntary health services like conducting Medical camps from his student career. Has participated in more than 100 medical camps.


Megha PhD

Megha has a PhD in Biochemistry and Structural Biology from Stony Brook University, New York. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Centre For Ayurveda Biology and Holistic Nutrition. Her area of active research is early life malnutrition. Her lab is developing the research animal, Drosophila melanogaster (vinegar fly) to understand how early life protein deprivation alters adult immunity, gut function and physiology. She also has a keen interest in public health nutrition and identifying how traditional food knowledge can be integrated with modern dietetics. Website: :

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