Do you know who had a vision of starting a profession for Ayurvedic Medicine in the US, then founded the local California College of Ayurveda, the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association? None other than local doctor, Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., P.K.S. All those initials mean that Dr. Halpren is a Chiropractor, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a Pancha Karma Specialist. Recently, Dr. Halpren moved the California College of Ayurveda into the old Miners Hospital in Nevada City. You can find healing, schooling, wellness and very good vibes within.
What was your initial attraction to becoming a fore-runner for Ayurveda?
My passion has always been to understand the cause of disease and suffering. This led me to study Chiropractic. As I completed my studies I became ill with an autoimmune disorder and was crippled and bedridden. After exhausting medical options, I began to pursue a personal journey to heal myself. Combined with meditation, I discovered how to unblock disturbances in the flow of energy in my body. This experience opened up within me the ability to work with subtle energy in others. When I was well enough to go back into practice, I combined Chiropractic and the laying on hands with excellent results. I then came to realize that there was much more as to why people suffer. I pursued other fields of study including homeopathy, Chinese medicine, herbalism and finally Ayurveda. It was when I studied Ayurveda that I truly felt I understood the cause of disease and suffering. I knew that I would dedicate my life to its study and practice.
Can you briefly describe the benefits of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda helps people restore normal physiology in their bodies by reducing stress though living harmoniously and, as a result, our bodies reach their full potential. Ayurveda is a science that utilizes diet, herbs and lifestyle in addition to color therapy, aromatherapy, sound therapy, massage therapy and yoga therapy. If you are sick, Ayurveda maximizes the potential of the body to heal itself. If you are well, Ayurveda supports your body to prevent disease and reach its full potential.
What can a patient expect with Ayurvedic treatments?
We look at your entire lifestyle from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed - how you sleep, your diet, how you approach food, how your body feels and how it is functioning. We perform an examination that includes body structure analysis, pulse and tongue diagnosis and blood pressure screening. It is the most complete evaluation I’ve seen in the health care industry. Once the exam is complete we can understand who you are as a unique individual and why you are out of balance. We then put together a complete treatment program to support restoring balance, harmony and health. We have an herbal pharmacy with more than 200 raw herbs, which we mix together as needed to support the healing process. www.ayurvedacollege.com