"The internship in India shows the course of many cases, some of them serious, that we would not experience here in Germany. You also consolidate your knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine through private lessons in a small group with specialists from the Ayurveda clinic.
A typical day in Nadiad
The internship begins each morning with a tour of the hospital, where numerous tongues and pulses are diagnosed, compared and discussed. The patients and their progression are then presented, followed by the further course of treatment. In some cases, before/after videos are shown to familiarize the patient with their history at the beginning of the observation period.
Later in the day, there are visits to the various specialist departments. Here, the theory of Ayurveda in the specific specialist area is explained again in detail before various cases from the outpatient and inpatient departments are discussed and viewed together.
Outpatient and inpatient cases
Two days a week, you and your group will be present at the hospital's outpatient clinic. You can watch how the Ayurveda doctor briefly assesses and advises each patient within 5 to 10 minutes. The patient is then given a list of food supplements and medicines which they can pick up from the hospital's own pharmacy. After each short outpatient consultation, there are a few minutes to ask the doctor questions and discuss the case with them.
Within a few weeks during your internship, you will have the opportunity to gain many impressions of Ayurvedic medicine. You will also visit the laboratory and the pharmacy, where you will be present when Ayurvedic preparations are made. You can experience rare treatments, operations and applications as well as the classic Panchakarma during this short time.
Gain your own experience with patients
The PD Hospital always has some European (German or English-speaking) patients in the house. As a group of interns, we have the opportunity to carry out consultations, ward rounds and consultations ourselves.
Depending on our own level of knowledge and basic training, we are able to gain our own experience and discuss this with the group and the supervising doctor.
The internship in India is a milestone in the training, because here you can experience holistic Ayurveda and a cure lasting several weeks as well as outpatient Ayurveda at first hand. From drainage procedures and leech therapy to needle stick therapy on the scalp or Yoni Sveda to increase fertility: the wide range of Ayurvedic treatment options are demonstrated live so that you can get to know patients and their successes and failures."
Theresa Rosenberg, alternative practitioner, Master of Science (MSc) in Ayurvedic Medicine