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TUES 24 OCT // 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Primary Content Focus: Neurodegenerative Disease (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s disease)

Secondary Content Focus: Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine

This course will introduce Ayurveda from a theoretical standpoint with focus on assessment and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. There will be a strong focus on the science of Ayurveda, namely the tridosha theory, with correlation to established biochemical models. The participants will learn the connections between Ayurveda to common established therapeutic techniques such as physical therapy and pharmacotherapy for treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Subsequently, treatment techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, which encompass the use of breathing exercises, yoga postures, diet modification and herbal therapy. Finally, these concepts will all be integrated with the utilization of a case study.


  1. Describe the principles and treatment strategies of Ayurveda in management of neurodegenerative disorders
  2. Explain the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
  3. Identify physical therapy techniques for the management of neurodegenerative disorders
  4. Select appropriate pharmacotherapy for the management of neurodegenerative disorders
  5. Demonstrate yoga poses to reduce disease progression of neurodegenerative disorders


Rajiv Dalal, ScD, PT
Florida A&M University

Kavita Dalal, PharmD, CYT
Select Specialty Hospital


Rajiv Dalal, PT, ScD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, in the School of Allied Health Sciences, at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. He received his post professional Doctor of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. His scholarly interest is in the area of health and wellness, particularly in the incorporation of yoga into orthopedic rehabilitation.

Kavita Dalal, PharmD, CYT is a Staff Pharmacist in the Select Specialty Hospital, Tallahassee, FL. She received her post professional Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in Houston, Texas. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor, completed from the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her scholarly interest is in the area of health and wellness, particularly in the prevention of chronic disease states.


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