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Maharishi Ayurveda Herbs



This 12-lesson course on Maharishi AyurVeda is an introductory exploration focusing on the Ayurvedic use of herbs for improving/maintaining the health of each major system of the body.

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Zoom sessions are recorded for those unable to attend live. All videos are available to view for one year.

Course Dates: Saturday, June 1 – Saturday, August 17, 2024. Classes are on Saturdays from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm US Central Time

Worldwide Times: 12:00 pm EDT | 11:00 am CDT | 10:00 am MDT | 9:00 am PDT | 6:00 am HST | 5:00 pm UK | 6:00 pm CEST / SAST | 7:00 pm EEST / MSK | (Next Day) 4:00 am NZST

Course Leaders: Dr. Robert Keith Wallace and Carol Paredes, plus many distinguished experts.

Prerequisites: None, but the free 8-lesson course Introduction to Maharishi AyurVeda would be helpful.

View the the Free Introductory Zoom session from June 1.

Course Fee:

  • $125 general tuition fee
  • $75 for full-time students, low-income retirees, and anyone working for a TM organization
  • Some countries might have a discounted course fee of $35 or $65. To find out about your country, please check the list in the sign-up form.

Reviews from previous course in this series, Introduction to Aromatherapy: Very informative! —SK; Wonderful course! —LM; Brilliant. —GK; Very uplifting! —AH; Awesome. —LC

Course Description



Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic healing that has been practiced in India for thousands of years. This Maharishi AyurVeda herb course is a comprehensive exploration of this powerful practice, focusing on the best herbs for promoting health in each system of the body.

Ayurveda considers the body as a whole, and believes in treating the root cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. In this course, you will learn about the unique properties of various herbs and how they can be used to balance the doshas (body energies) and promote overall health and well-being.

From herbs that support digestion to those that boost immunity, each herb has specific benefits for different parts of the body. Through hands-on learning and practical application, you will gain an understanding of how to incorporate these herbs into your daily routine to support your health goals.

Join us on this transformative journey and discover the potent benefits of Ayurvedic herbs for optimal health and vitality.

Lesson Schedule

  1. Dr. Keith Wallace and Carol Paredes will give an introduction to Maharishi AyurVeda herbs, with a basic understanding of Dravyaguna.
  2. Dr. Paul Morehead will talk about herbs for cardiovascular systems and for longevity.
  3. Vaidya Amandeep Kaur Negi will talk about herbs to treat diabetes.
  4. Dr. Marc Edwards will talk about herbs to treat stress disorders.
  5. Vaidya Sanjeev Kalra will talk about herbs to treat mental health and disorders of the nervous system.
  6. Vaidya Anita Misra will talk about herbs to treat disorders of the digestive system.
  7. Dr. Sankari Wegman will talk about herbs to treat disorders of the respiratory system.
  8. Dr. Charles Elder will talk about herbs to treat disorders of the endocrine system.
  9. Dr. Charlotte Bech will talk about herbs to treat disorders of the skin, as well as the use of aromatherapy.
  10. Andrew Stenberg will talk about Maharishi AyurVeda pulse diagnosis and the best herbs for prevention of disease and maintaining good health.
  11. Dr. Saipriya Gowrishankar will talk about herbs to improve women’s health.
  12. Dr. Keith Wallace and Carol Paredes will give concluding remarks.

Faculty and Guest Speakers

Dr. Robert Keith Wallace, PhD

Robert Keith Wallace, PhD

Dr. Robert Keith Wallace received his PhD from University of California Los Angeles and did postdoctoral research at Harvard. He was the founding President of Maharishi International University and is a member of the Board of Trustees of MIU as well as Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Health. He has written and co-authored many books, including 16 Super Biohacks for Longevity, The Neurophysiology of Enlightenment, Dharma Parenting, The Rest and Repair Diet and more. Professor Wallace completed pioneering research on the Transcendental Meditation technique and a fourth major state of consciousness which was published in Science, American Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American, and has traveled around the world giving many lectures at major universities and institutes.

Carol Paredes

Carol Paredes, MS

Carol Paredes, MS is the Associate Chair of the Department of Physiology & Health and Instructor of Physiology and Health. She is an integrative health coach, yoga teacher, and educator. She became a certified health coach after working more than 30 years in technology as a senior level engineer. Now she is responsible for managing the operations of the Department of Physiology and Health and assists in the development of the curriculum for the MS in Maharishi AyurVeda & Integrative Medicine and the MS in Aromatherapy and Ayurveda in addition to working on her PhD in Physiology and Health. Carol has a passion for helping clients, students, and staff integrate and benefit from the knowledge and practices of Maharishi AyurVeda.

Dr Charlotte Bech

Charlotte Bech, MD

Dr. Charlotte Bech graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen. She has worked in gastrointestinal surgery, hematology, and internal medicine/obstetrics. Dr. Bech has taught at a medical school in Copenhagen and is currently running a private clinic there, supplementing modern medicine with Maharishi AyurVeda. She has given more than 30,000 Ayurvedic consultations. Charlotte writes as a columnist in several national magazines and is the author of several books on topics of Ayurveda. She is Vice-President for the European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA) and has been awarded the Panacea International Excellence award from Vanaushadhi Vidyapeetha, International Conference on Ayurveda and Holistic Healing, from the Government of Maharastra, India. Dr. Bech is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology & Health at MIU.

Dr. Paul Morehead

Paul Morehead, PhD

Dr. Paul Morehead is the Associate Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the MS in Maharishi AyurVeda & Integrative Medicine. He is an educator and practitioner of Maharishi AyurVeda. Dr. Morehead helped develop the undergraduate programs in physiology and health at MIU and taught many of the courses, including Self-Pulse Reading; Maharishi Yoga Asanas; Diet, Digestion and Nutrition; and Veda in Human Physiology. After completing his PhD in Physiology, Dr. Morehead began developing the MS in Maharishi AyurVeda in Integrative Medicine, working with founding MIU faculty and leading Ayurvedic physicians from India. This online Masters is the only accredited Master’s degree in Ayurveda in the US. This groundbreaking masters degree program is pioneering the integration of Ayurveda with integrative medicine, including modern medicine, Chinese Medicine, Osteopathy, Homeopathy and Chiropractic Medicine.

Vaidya Amandeep Kaur Negi

Vaidya Amandeep Kaur Negi, BAMS, MHS

Vaidya Amandeep Kaur Negi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physiology and Health at MIU, currently working as an Ayurveda Physician at the Integrative Wellness Center, and teaches Maharishi AyurVeda in the Department of Physiology and Health. She has also given lectures, training sessions, and seminars promoting Ayurveda to residential societies, corporations, and schools in India, and providing the public with basic Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations and Ayurvedic management of diseases. She has been practicing Maharishi AyurVeda since 2017 and has been a visiting Ayurveda Physician in many Ayurvedic clinics in India, Europe, and the USA. Vaidya Amandeep’s mission in life is to spread Ayurvedic wisdom around the world.

Dr Marc Edwards

Marc Edwards, MD

Dr. Marc Edwards is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology and Health at MIU. Dr. Edwards earned his MD degree from the University of Colorado, trained in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and later completed an MBA at the University of Connecticut. 30 years of his career were focused on healthcare management and consulting including service as the senior physician executive in both community and university teaching hospitals. He operated a federal Patient Safety Organization which conducted healthcare management research to help physician leaders improve quality and safety. Dr. Edwards has also studied and practiced Maharishi AyurVeda since 1984 as an outgrowth of his practice of Transcendental Meditation. In 2017, he relocated to North Carolina from Connecticut. He now lives in Chapel Hill and contributes as adjunct faculty to the Integrative Medicine program at the University of North Carolina.

Vaidya Sanjeev Kalra

Vaidya Sanjeev Kalra, BAMS, MS

Vaidya Sanjeev Kalra is the Clinical Training Director of the BA in Ayurveda Wellness and Integrative Health at MIU, and an Assistant Professor of Physiology and Health. Sanjeev Kalra is a well-known Maharishi AyurVeda specialist with expertise in Ayurvedic Neuropsychiatry. He earned his MD (Doctor of Medicine) in Ayurveda from one of the world’s leading Ayurveda Medical Institute, SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital Hassan. He is a leading Ayurvedic physician and holds over 16 years of clinical, academic and administrative experience. He has worked with top hospitals in India and served as the Senior Consultant at the Maharishi AyurVeda Hospital in New Delhi prior to joining MIU. He has taught Ayurveda in various Ayurvedic medical colleges and also served as the Senior Administrator. He has been associated with the Greek Institutes of Ayurveda, taught Nadi Vigyan and has seen patients from all over the world.

Vaidya Anita Misra

Vaidya Anita Misra, BAMS, MS

Vaidya Anita Misra is the chief consultant for the Doshi Center for Integrative Medicine in Los Angeles and Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Health at MIU. She is the founder and director of the Nature Natural Ayurvedic Life-Care Wellness and Panchakarma Center in Bhubaneswar, India. She also has a line of organic products comprising herbs, oils, spices, and cereals. Anita completed her Bachelor in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery in India and her Master’s in Integrative Medicine in the United States. She has been a sincere advocate of TM and yoga because on the level of consciousness, we are all one and our inherent potential is supreme health.

Dr Sankari Wegman

Sankari Wegman, PhD

Dr. Sankari Wegman has been a part of “The Raj” team of experts since 2003. Her extensive knowledge and experience in Ayurvedic Pulse Assessment provides a base for offering a personalized wellness routine that encompasses Ayurvedic treatments, herbal supplements, diet and lifestyle recommendations. Sankari completed her PhD in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine and has been a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program for 18 years. She is on the Board of Trustees at Maharishi School and gives lectures on Ayurveda at universities and high schools throughout the country.

Dr Charles Elder

Dr. Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Charles Elder is Executive Director of the Fellowship for Medical Professionals: Master of Science in Integrative Medicine and Ayurveda, Associate Professor of Physiology and Health. He received his MD and MPH degrees from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan hospitals. He has served as a primary care internist at Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) for 28 years, and has been the physician lead for the complementary and integrative medicine program at KPNW for 20 years. In this capacity, Dr. Elder offers a referral based integrative Ayurvedic clinic for Kaiser patients, advising patients in the areas of diet, exercise, herbal medicine, mind-body practices, and other complementary medicine modalities. Dr. Edler also has a clinical faculty appointment at Oregon Health and Science University, and for over 2 decades has mentored and taught residents and students in both internal and integrative medicine settings.

Saipriya Gowrishankar

Saipriya Gowrishankar, MD (India)

Dr. Saipriya Gowrishankar received her MD in India and worked for many years in India as a primary care physician and also specialized in prenatal and postpartum maternity care. In the US, she recently worked on research focusing on preventing cardiovascular events in the elderly population with kidney dysfunction. This project received national recognition as a presentation at the American College of Physicians national meeting and the Society of General Internal Medicine national conference. Dr. Saipriya is a graduate of MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine and is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Andrew Stenberg

Andrew Stenberg, MS

Andrew Stenberg has more than 20 years’ experience performing 11,000 Ayurveda consultations. He also has teaching experience as a senior lecturer at Maharishi Vedic College in Melbourne, Australia. Andrew has many years of experience teaching self-pulse reading, and his courses are known for their depth and informal approach. Andrew will train students in Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Diagnosis.


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
The optional, but recommended prerequisite is the free 8-lesson course Introduction to Maharishi AyurVeda

Will this course cover herbs from different countries or just Indian herbs?
Herbs from Ayurveda and also from Western traditions will be explored.

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests it before the fourth class. To request a refund, please email

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for one year.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

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