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Scott Gerson, MD, PhD


Dr. Gerson is the nation’s foremost authority on the clinical use of Ayurvedic medicine in the treatment of difficult medical diagnoses. Dr. Gerson is a devoted and authentic vaidya (Ayurvedic scholar) and professor who lives an Ayurvedic lifestyle and travels to India frequently. His medical practice draws primarily upon traditional Ayurvedic wisdom but also incorporates modern conventional medicine approaches where appropriate.

The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine (NIAM) is recognized as the largest and most authentic resource of information on Ayurveda in the United States. It was established in 1982 by Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayurveda) who is the nation’s only medical doctor to hold degrees in both Ayurveda and conventional allopathic medicine. Dr. Gerson is widely regarded as this nation’s most experienced Ayurvedic physician and researcher and works principally as a physician specializing in diagnostically difficult cases. His medical practice has combined authentic Ayurveda and state-of-the-art conventional medicine for nearly twenty years. He recently published part of his work on the antifungal activities of certain Ayurvedic plants (Gerson, S, Green, LH, Preliminary Evaluation Of Antimicrobial Activity of Extracts of Morinda citrifolia Linn., Abstr. Am. Soc. Microbiol. A-66:13 May 2002). He also submitted another study for publication in 2008: Efficacy Of Selected Essential Oils In Modifying Anxiety Neurosis As Assessed By EEG Analysis.

NIAM is 70 minutes north of Manhattan and rests on six and one half acres of land. The facility is a 7000 square foot spacious building which currently serves as an integral part of Dr.Gerson’s medical practice where patients can obtain comprehensive Panchakarma detoxification treatments. Eventually, we hope it to be a School cum residential Panchakarma Retreat Center as well as a research facility and center for educational seminars and workshops.Currently, these other activities exist in separate facilities including our research laboratory in Farmingdale, NY. Many medicinal plants used in Ayurveda grow on the property. The NIAM Research Library is one of the largest collections of Ayurvedic literature in the United States and includes writings and research reports in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Tamil, and several other dialects.The kitchen, food preparation and dining areas were specifically designed for teaching purposes.

NIAM is also the home of The Yogayurveda Shala, our renowned ayurvedically-oriented Yoga studio. Finally, this facility offers comprehensive Panchakarma therapies as well as complete and authentic Ayurvedic day spa services.

Our telephone number is (845) 278-8700; the fax is (888) 503-1609; general email: office manager (appointments, billing questions): herbal supplies:

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