Ashlesha Raut, BAMS.

Professor, VaYU


Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) Ashlesha Raut is a third-generation Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) practicing Ayurveda for 20 years and has been an integral part of the Global Holistic healing community with a mission toward providing a Holistic Path for Wellness and Optimal Health through Ayurveda and integrative medicine. Ashlesha has conducted a large number of educational workshops, authored publications, participated in Radio, TV, and Social media talk shows, and presented research papers in the field of Ayurveda in the USA and India.

Ashlesha is passionate about teaching and has taught in various Ayurvedic colleges in multiple states in the USA and continues to serve as faculty in various universities. Ashlesha strongly believes spreading Ayurveda consciousness is a global need today for achieving “Health For All” and this can be seeded and spread through research. She started her Ayurveda career as a research scientist at Shree Dhootapapeshwar Research Foundation and also worked in Cipla R&D as a Medical Director- Lamar – An Ayurvedic division of Cipla in Mumbai, India. While doing the research job she always continued her clinical practice in Mumbai, India. Ashlesha continues her research, clinical practice, educational work, publications, and presentations in Ayurveda at various conferences in USA and India.

As Director and chief clinician at Ayurveda For Healing Inc., Vaidya Ashlesha Raut maintains an Ayurveda Wellness center where she practices Ayurveda in Bloomington, Chicago, IL, and the Midwest region.


  • B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery), University of Mumbai, India.
  • M.D. Ayurveda, Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana (Medical metallurgy & Pharmaceutics), University of Mumbai, India.
  • Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), USA
  • Nutritional Consultant (NC), USA
  • Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM), USA
  • Certified Reiki Healer, USA
  • Certified Pranic Healer, USA
  • Registered Yoga Teacher-200, USA

Ayurveda Practice, Clinical Research Scientist

  • Research scientist at Shree Dhootapapeshwar Research Foundation, Mumbai, India
  • Medical Director at Lamar – An Ayurvedic division of Cipla Mumbai, India
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor – KHS Medical Research Center, Mumbai India
  • Ayurveda Expert at Art of Living Panchakarma Retreat Center, USA
  • Founding member and Director Ayurveda For Healing Wellness center for Holistic Health, USA

Awards and Honors

  • MD Ayurveda - Gold medal winner for M.D. Thesis.
  • North America award of "Charaka" in recognition of her excellence in Ayurvedic teaching by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America.
  • ‘Shiromani Award’ by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards integrative medicine in the industry.
  • Winner of Health and Safety award at American Red Cross – Heartland Chapter

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Board of Directors of NAMACB (NAMA Certification Board)
  • Lifetime member of NIMA (National Integrated Medical Association-India)
  • Professional – Ayurvedic Doctor Member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association)
  • Ex-President and Founding member - Council for Ayurveda Credentialing in North America
  • Ex-Secretary AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Practitioners of North America)
  • Ex-Executive committee member AAPNA.
  • Many advisory positions in various Ayurveda health organizations.

Affiliations with Research Center/Educational Institutes

  • Board of Directors, NAMACB, CA
  • Program Director, Ananda Ayurveda Academy, Willowbrook IL
  • Founding member and Academic Director, American Institute of Ayurveda Dallas, TX
  • Guest faculty, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington IL.
  • Ayurveda Program Instructor, Heartland College, Normal, IL
  • Ayurveda faculty, International University of Yoga and Ayurveda Salt Springs, FL
  • Senior faculty, BVI School of Ayurveda, Kalamazoo MI
  • Academic Advisor, Sampoorna College of Ayurveda and Holistic studies Miami, FL
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor – KHS Medical Research Center, Mumbai India

Community Involvement

  • Volunteered as Authorized teaching faculty for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and lay responders and First Aid training programs at the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter in IL, the USA for 5+ years
  • Volunteer - Yoga & Meditation teacher for Youth
  • Volunteer & Coach for WAVE Children education for accelerated learning
  • Volunteer for Tej Gyan Foundation education
  • Volunteer for many non-profits - HSS,SEWA,EKAL,AWHS

Conferences and Paper Presentations

Vaidya Raut has presented at many conferences in India, following are some of the major conferences attended and paper presentations after she moved to the USA.

  • NAMA conference at Chicago in Oct 2008
  • 1nd AAPNA Conference at PA in Nov 2009 – Presented paper Title: Diabetes Mellitus –An Ayurvedic approach
  • 2nd AAPNA Conference at Miami in Oct 2010 - Chaired judges for The Best Speaker award
  • Update Ayurveda conference at Mumbai India in Dec 2010
  • 4th AAPNA International Conference at Boston in August 2011 – Chaired Scientific Panel discussion
  • 5th AAPNA International Conference at LA in Sep 2012 – Presented Paper - Title – Efficacy of “Romasanjanana Lepa” in regeneration of Hair in Indralupta (Alopecia)
  • Health Freedom Movement Conference at Chicago in July 2013 – Represented Ayurveda medicine
  • 8th AAPNA International Conference at Las Vegas in Oct 2013 – Presented paper on Title – Non-pharmacological approach in Cancer management
  • 11th AAPNA International Conference at Boone NC in July 2014 – Presented paper on Title – Ayurvedic Eugenics – Seeding for optimal Health
  • 15th AAPNA International Conference at New jersey in May 2015 – Presented paper on TitleExploring Paths to Swasthya - Consciousness at center
  • 20th AAPNA International Conference at Bastyer University WA in September 2016 – Presented paper on Title: Therapeutic use of Metals & Minerals in Ayurveda
  • 21st Global Ayurveda Conferences at Mount Madona CA in March 2017 – Presented paper on Title: Alchemy in Ayurveda
  • 13th NAMA Conference – April 2017 Chicago, IL – Invited speaker in Preconference school form workshop for Ayurveda Accreditation
  • Selected Poster Presenter at NAMA Apr 2018 Conference Dallas, TX
  • Invited Panelist at NAMA Apr 2019 Conference Scotts Valley, California
  • Presented at 5th International Yoga Day – Bloomington, IL June 21, 2019
  • Invited speaker at AMERICA MEDITATES, Initiative by Art of Living USA – Jul 24, 2019
  • Advanced track speaker at NAMA annual conference 2020 – Intro to Kaumarabhrutya – Apr 27, 2020
  • Invited speaker at 36th AAPNA Conference –Implanting Immunity right from conception – May 17, 2020
  • Selected Speaker at NAMA annual conference 2021 – Ayurveda and Perimenopause - May 1, 2021