Vaidya. Alexander (Alex) has good experience as a clinician, massage therapist, dietician, therapeutic yoga trainer, Ayurvedic beauty specialist, and a spa consultant. 'Vaidya' is the Sanskrit word for physician. He performs all Ayurvedic treatments (Including Kerala traditional) and massages including Kaya Abyangam, Indian head massage, Natural face rejuvenation programe and Marma massage.
Training, qualifications & experience
He is a qualified Ayurvedic physician whose great grandfather was an Ayurveda vaidya, Padipurackal Cheriyan vaidyar, specialist in netra chikitsa (treatments for eye diseases). Vaidya is the Sanskrit word for physician. Dr. Alexander is from Kerala, the cradle of Ayurveda, situated in the southernmost part of India. Kerala is popularly known as ‘Gods own country’ because of its moderate weather and scenic beauty. He is a full time member of the qualified Ayurvedic Practitioners Association (APA) in the UK, and an accredited trainer with the Complementary Medical Association (CMA), UK. He is also an A class registered Ayurvedic Physician in India (Registered with the Travancore-Cochin, Kerala Medical Council). Dr. Alexander is a specialist in Ayurvedic medicine and all traditional Kerala panchakarma treatments.
After achieving his first degree in chemistry with high distinction from Kerala University (topper of the class) he enrolled to BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) at the Government Ayurveda Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, due to his interest in becoming a doctor and following the path of his great grandfather. BAMS is the authentic degree in Ayurveda. The curriculum of ancient medical science ayurveda is exactly like western medicine, covering every aspect of modern medical science including surgery. The period of study is five and half years, including internships in various clinical departments. Moreover, the Government Ayurveda Medical College is the biggest and best known Ayurveda college in the world. After the successful completion of BAMS, he started to practice Ayurveda at various hospitals in Kerala, and in famous Ayurvedic health resorts like the Somatheeram Ayurvedic health resort, the Kairali Ayurvedic health resort, Palghat, Kerala. He also had his own Ayurvedic centre at Kovalam, the paradise of the south. Later he moved to the Middle East to run an Ayurvedic centre in a five star hotel in Abha, the Abha Palace Hotel, which was formerly under the US Rosewood Management. There he worked as doctor and Health Club & Spa Director for Syahya National Company for Tourism. In 2010 he moved to the UK to finish his postgraduate studies at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. He finished his Master’s degree with high distinction and was selected as the best student of his class in 2012.
BAMS is the most authentic degree for Ayurveda in India. Those who complete this are awarded with the Ayurvedacharya degree.
The Ayurvedic Practitioners Association
The Ayurvedic Practitioners Association (APA) is committed to supporting all UK ayurveda professionals and strives to promote and protect the practice with a view to improving the health and well being of people in the UK and Europe.
The association only grants membership to those who have had adequate training in ayurveda and members must abide by the APA's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.