The above statements which Dr. Scott Gerson wrote more than 30 years ago, still epitomize his personal philosophy--now supported by many years of medical study and experience. For centuries, Ayurveda has been re-shaping what wellness looks like through a holistic perspective, focusing on the mind and body as one and inseparable. For more than thirty years, he has offered evidence-based natural interventions for the prevention and recovery from disease in a safe, comfortable environment. Ayurvedic medical consultations aim to identify underlying causes of illness rather than just managing the symptoms. These medical consultations are a different approach to looking at the whole person in an in-depth way, considering your dietary and family history, environmental and lifestyle factors, interpersonal relationships, as well as stressors at home or work. Dr. Gerson spends time with you to learn about your personal and medical histories and develop an individualized care plan often made in consultation with your primary care doctor.
Featured GIAM Events
Reconnecting With The Source of Life
A Four-Day Intensive Educational Experience
This Workshop is The Gerson Institute for Ayurvedic Medicine’s response to the many students of Ayurveda over many years who have requested authentic and substantive hands-on training in Ayurvedic Medicine. The locations and techniques of marma points…pulse interpretation…bija mantra…massage techniques…herbal preparation…
This powerful four-day workshop is a clear and comprehensive presentation of the theoretical foundations and the practical application of Ayurveda, the natural system of healing which originated in ancient India. This workshop is open to students of all levels but is most suitable for those already having a grasp of the basic principles of Ayurveda and are now searching for more advanced knowledge.
Guided by Prof. Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayurveda), participants will be immersed in an eight-part learning and natural experiential process that explores how ancient teachings and modern scientific knowledge can be integrated into a genuine program for mind-body wellness.
Panchakarma 6-Day Retreat
After several years hiatus, The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine is once again proud to offer our comprehensive and personalized Residential Panchakarma Retreat program for a small and intimate group of guests.
Panchakarma is the ancient system of Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapies designed to facilitate the removal of deep-rooted stresses and toxins in the physiology. Ayurveda recommends these cleansing therapies up to three times a year--at the change of seasons--in order to maintain well-being in healthy individuals or to restore balance in those experiencing illness. The purpose of panchakarma is to extend the lifespan. By undergoing panchakarma on a regular basis muscle tissue, bone, immune function, digestive function, nervous tissue as well as teeth and hair (upadhatus or "secondary tissues") can be maintained, essentially adding years to ones life. Today, even modern science estimates that longevity is determined 30% by one's genetics and 70% by lifestyle choices.
For seven days and six nights you will be in an Ayurvedically balanced environment, away from your busy life with its patterns, stresses, and responsibilities. You will be nurtured every day with Panchakarma treatments tailored to your particular needs as determined by Dr. Gerson.
Featured Written Content by Scott Gerson M.D., Ph.D. (Ayu)
A Concise Bulletin Point Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine by Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayu)
Ayurveda defines health not only in terms of balanced physiology of the physical body, but also as a state of harmony and contentment in every aspect of life. Thus, not only is it a medical approach to health, but Ayurveda can also be the foundation for the spiritual evolution of humankind.
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The Ayurvedic Approach to Parkinson's Disease (Kampavata) by Scott Gerson, MD, M. Phil. (Ayu), Ph.D. (Ayu)
Parkinson’s Disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders affecting more than 1 million Americans and 10 million people worldwide. Parkinson’s Disease gets its name from an essay written in 1817 by a British pharmacist James Parkinson entitled “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy”.
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The Ayurvedic Approach to Strong Immunity by Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D.
The Ayurvedic concept of immunity in Ayurveda is a captivating and many-faceted subject. Vyaadhikshamatva, as it is known in Ayurveda, literally means "resistance (ksamatva) against disease (vyaadhi)". Physical and mental resistance to disease is of enormous significance for all living beings; it regulates both prevention against and rapid recovery from diseases.
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The Dhanvantari Mantra
Dhanvantari Mantra glorifies the healing power of Sri Lord Dhanvantari and describes his physical appearance. This mantra has been taught in Ayurvedic colleges throughout India for several millennia.
Om shankham chakram jalaukam
dadhad amruta ghatam charu dorbhi chaturbhih
Sukshma svacch ati hridyam sukha pari vilasanam
maulim ambhoja netram
Kalam bhodojo valangam kati tata vilasan
charu pitam baradhyam
Vande dhanvantarim tam nikhila gada vanam
praudha davagni leelam
We bow to Lord Dhanvantari holding in his graceful four hands a Conch shell, a Wheel, a Leech and a pot of heavenly nectar.
Within whose heart shines the most pure and gentle beautiful blaze of light, which surrounds his head and emanates from his lotus eyes.
On the dark water whose body is luminous and gleaming.
Waist and thighs are covered in yellow cloth and by whose mere play
All diseases are vanquished as if by a mighty forest fire.