Upon approval, all members receive a certification as a Biocharacteristics Clinician
. Those who have training in the below areas will also receive additional certifications as an:
- Ayurveda Health Counselor / Practitioner / Doctor
- Unani Tibb Health Counselor / Practitioner / Doctor
- Clinical Ayurveda / Unani Tibb / Biocharacteristics Herbalist
: Registration is $79 / year, billed upon approval.
Here are some of our 101 members.
Andrew Appello, LAc, NP, AP 2023 Integrative Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Biocharacteristics Clinician
"The biocharacteristics view is the approach that most, if not all, traditional systems of herbal medicine use as the scientific basis for matching the correct herb to the being. Understanding temperature, taste, moisture, and other biocharacteristics is foundational to herbal prescribing in Unani-Tibb, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Curanderismo, Greco-Roman and many other traditions around the world. For the modern clinical herbalist, this understanding is a pre-requisite to understanding human/animal-plant interface and ensures a truly holistic approach to care." - Andrew
Andrew Appello is an Ayurveda practitioner, doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, clinical herbalist, and Family nurse practitioner. He has been in private practice for more than 16 years and a teacher of herbal medicine for more than a decade.
Dr. Pradnya Raje, MD 2022 Medical Doctor of the Year, Biocharacteristics Clinician
Dr. Raje is a practicing family medicine physician in Gilbert Arizona. She is an Ayurveda health counselor, and Ayurvedic digestive health coach. She specializes in women's health.
Peter Holmes, LAc, MH 2021 Herbalist of the Year, Biocharacteristics Clinician
"Biocharacteristics form an essential aspect of all vitalistic systems of medicine and present a key common thread in Western herbal medicine, Ayurveda, Tibb Unani and Chinese medicine. I applaud the AABC's initiative to thereby consolidate the valuable medical theories of each living tradition for application to diagnostics, therapeutics and materia medica." - Peter
Peter is the well respected author of 'Energetics of Western Herbs,' and numerous other titles. Peter is a medical herbalist, and Chinese medicine practitioner. He apprenticed with Cantonese herbalist Dr. Lee, graduated from the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (U.K.) in 1980, studied with Ted Kaptchuk, completed his postgraduate studies in Chinese medicine at the Ecole Europeene d'Acupuncture in Paris, and Western herbal medicine training at the College of Consultant Herbalists in England.
Mary Thompson, 2021 Teacher of the Year, Biocharacteristics Clinician
Mary Thompson is an experienced educator who shares Ayurvedic wisdom with insight and humor. In her 25 years of Ayurveda teaching experience, Mary has served on the faculties of Joyful Belly, Shakti School, Ayurvedic Living School, Sivananda International, and the California College of Ayurveda. Mary was a founding member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.
Vanashree Belgamwar, 2021 Clinician of the Year, Biocharacteristics Clinician
"AABC has given a new outlook to the traditional medicine I practice. Now I can reach a wider audience beyond cultural boundaries and specific beliefs. This is a great association that supports different traditional medicines to be more accessible to everyone."
Vanashree Belgamwar holds a BAMS degree (Bachelor's of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery) from the Maharashtra university of health sciences, India. She has extensive training in Ayurvedic Pulse diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha), and teaches pulse diagnosis at the Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda. Vanashree hosts workshops around the twin cities on various topics on Ayurveda. On her YouTube channel, she educates people on healthy lifestyles with Ayurveda.
Benefits of Membership
- Be represented by an association that adopts clinical outcomes as the standard of excellence, representing the professional way you wish to practice.
Acceptance - Credentials that explain your clinical methods in clear, common sense, practical terms, so that your community will accept and promote you.
Culturally Agile - Offer patient-centered care that focuses on the culture of the client, not the medicine, making it easier for clients of every social group, cultural, political, and spiritual background to invest in you.
Scope of Practice - Expand your educational horizons to learn and grow from other professions that use biocharacteristics, including historical western medicine (before the 1870s), Ayurveda, Greek medicine, and Unani Tibb.
Increased Promotion - Make it easy for health professionals to promote and refer clients to you because they understand what you do. Be accepted as a credible health & wellness professional in your community, because your credentials are evidence-based, analytical, and outcome driven.
Types of Membership
Professional Members have graduated from a school that certifies students to professionally practice a system of medicine founded upon the biocharacteristics theory of medicine (Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, Greek Medicine).
Our Student Members are currently enrolled in a school meeting the criteria above.
This is designed for students who do not yet meet the definition of a Professional Member.
Student members do not receive a certification.
We welcome International Members and students to AABC who qualify as a Professional / Elite Member but whose primary residence is outside of the United States.
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