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Preserving the quality of authentic Ayurveda: Specialists, experts and a visionary

In the current flood of Ayurvedic wellness offerings, medical quality control is urgently required. Our excellently trained doctors and therapists as well as management guarantee medical excellence of authentic Ayurveda in Bad Ems.

Dr. phil. Karin Pirc, Medical Director

• Highly regarded as a medical doctor
• Trained as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation programme
• Diploma and doctorate in psychology

When Dr. Karin Pirc began her career in Ayurvedic medicine, the word Ayurveda was not well known in Germany. She was an energetic innovator when she opened Germany’s first Ayurveda health centre in Schledehausen in 1985. In 1993, together with her husband Lothar Pirc, she opened the Maharishi Ayurveda centre in Bad Ems. Advanced training with well-known Ayurveda experts such as Vaidya Dr. J. R. Raju in India made her one of the leading German specialists in Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis and Panchakarma. In 2006, Dr. Karin Pirc was given the prestigious Indian “Global Hakim Ajmal Khan Award” and became the first woman and first European to receive this award. At the Raj Ayu Con 2013, an International Conference on Ayurved & Complementary Systems of Medicine in Rajkot, India, she received the “International Lifetime Achievement Award”. It’s the highest award of the Raj Ayu Con organizing committee. Dr. Karin Pirc is also the author of several successful books on Ayurveda.

Lothar Pirc – Founder and CEO

Lothar Pirc is a real “global player” – and Ayurveda is certainly one of the central focal points of his life. At the age of 22 he had already become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation programme, studying in France, Germany and Switzerland. A career in the hotel business in Switzerland and teaching activities in the area of Ayurveda in The Netherlands, Kenya, Cyprus and USA followed.

In 1992 Lothar Pirc, along with Dr. Karin Pirc, founded the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre Bad Ems, which is Europe’s leading centre for Ayurvedic medicine and Panchakarma today. Highly decorated for his contributions to promote the application and recognition of Ayurveda, he has been presented with awards several times, and that keeps this visionary motivated even to this day. And he is not considering slowing down. He is a popular speaker and author of several scientific articles, and he travels around the world continuously to share his work and knowledge.

If you can’t reach him at the Centre, you may want to visit him at his homepage! There is lot to learn about the Transcendental Meditation programme and Vedic Sciences and you may want to inquire about setting up speaking engagements on these topics.

Aurel Christ

Aurel Christ, Ayurveda doctor

• Doctor of Medicine
• Master of Science in Ayurveda

Aurel Christ, the son of Dr. Karin Pirc, has grown up with Ayurveda all his life. From 2001 to 2005 he first studied digital media, acquired the Bachelor of Fine Arts and worked as a graphic designer in the USA for four years. He then studied human medicine at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, where he graduated as a medical doctor in 2015. At the end of 2016 he began his medical work in our health centre, as well as his professional studies at the European Academy of Ayurveda for the Master of Science in Ayurveda.

Vaidya Kalyan

Vaidya Kalyan Chakravarthy

• Studied Ayurvedic medicine
• Practiced authentic Ayurveda in India, Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland

The Vaidyas, bearers of the knowledge of Ayurveda, pass on their experience from generation to generation. Thus Kalyan Chakravarthy learned Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis already as a small child on the lap of his grandparents, both Vaidyas in Andhra Pradesh in southern India. And his uncle, Dr. J. R. Raju, one of India’s most famous Vaidyas, revealed to him the healing power of the world of plants. Today, Kalyan Chakravarthy can identify hundreds of even the rarest plant species and is a proven expert in the individual composition of effective medicinal herbs.

Sarah Gabriel

Dr. med. Sarah Gabriel, Ayurveda doctor

• Certified physician and Ayurveda doctor
• Training in traditional Indian medicine at several institutes: Klinikum Essen-Mitte, Bad Meinberg, Deutsche Ayurveda Akademie Regensburg.

Sarah Gabriel studied human medicine at the University of Cologne, where she discovered her enthusiasm for holistic therapy approaches.
On her lengthy study travels, she came into contact with Ayurveda. Back in Germany, she went on to study this “science of life” at several institutions. In addition, she has trained in fascia yoga.

In recent years, she has worked in the Clinic for Integrative Medicine and Naturopathy in Bamberg, where she gained experience in combining Western and Eastern therapy concepts.
Her main areas of interest: nutrition, lifestyle change, practical prevention, and Ayurveda in everyday life.

Dr. med. Dietrich Wachsmuth

• General practitioner
• Specialist in naturopathic medicine with emphasis on Ayurveda and psychosomatic illnesses
• Trained as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation programme

In his work as a general practitioner Dr. med. Dietrich Wachsmuth combined classical modern medicine with alternative systems of medicine. He participated in naturopathy and homeopathy continuing education courses and worked as a teacher of meditation and health advisor. He did his doctorate on the subject of the condition of the human physiology during meditation, sleep, dream and waking states. Immediately after his training in Maharishi Ayurveda, he founded the first Ayurveda health centre in Germany along with Dr. Karin Pirc and Dr. Johannes Christ in Schledehausen. Starting in 1991 he was the medical director there. Since 2010 he has been a member of the team in Bad Ems after working in Hamburg and in Rhineland-Palatinate.