What is CAAM?
The California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) aims to support, regulate and promote the education, research, practice and profession of Ayurveda, spread grassroots awareness, and help achieve legalization through state legislation in California. Please follow this link to learn more about our current board members and officers.
CAAM is currently implementing the initial phases of a long-term plan to achieve licensing in the state of California, as well as support the Ayurvedic Practitioner community and public through the promotion of professional and educational opportunities and resources. The following are CAAM’s current and future planned activities:
CAAM’s Current Activities:
1. Actively promoting the licensing of Ayurvedic Medicine in the state of California:
- California is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to offer licensing for Ayurvedic Practitioners. By interfacing with consultants and attorneys, we are creating a map that will lead the practice of Ayurvedic Medicine toward state licensing to achieve greater professional status.
2. Developing networking opportunities:
- We will bring together Ayurvedic Practitioners in the State of California as a means to further strengthen our Ayurvedic community.
- We will develop relationships with like-minded non-profit organizations throughout the United States and coordinate our activities where it helps us to achieve the mission, purpose and goals of CAAM.
CAAM’s Objectives and Future Activities:
The following are our intended future activities, which will be made possible by your membership and support.
1. Protecting the rights of Ayurvedic Practitioners to practice Ayurvedic Medicine:
- We will protect and promote the rights of licensed Ayurvedic Practitioners in California by monitoring state legislation and updating practitioners with current required legislative practices (SB577).
2. Promoting professional Ayurvedic education:
- We will promote schools that are providing high quality Ayurvedic education by placing them on our website. This serves to protect the public by supporting quality education for new practitioners.
3. Creating community-based education opportunities:
- We will provide public education about Ayurveda and Ayurvedic healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of the public.
4. Promoting the safe practice of Ayurveda:
- We will maintain a searchable database of qualified practitioners of Ayurveda to help protect the public from those who are not qualified to practice.
- We will also create an ethics committee to review complaints against Ayurvedic Practitioners.
5. Supporting continuing education for Ayurvedic Practitioners:
- We will offer continuing education classes for Ayurvedic Practitioners in order to ensure their professional growth and that our members remain highly qualified.
6. Offering additional Practitioner services:
- We will work with local attorneys to provide legal advice to our members, create a legal defense fund, organize professional liability insurance.