Dr. Vijay Murthy
Ayurvedic physician, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Public Health Researcher & Radio presenter
PhD, UTS Sydney, Australia
Master of Public Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Master of Surgery (Ayurveda), Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India
Bachelor of Naturopathy, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, Auckland
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, Bangalore University, India
Co-founder, Ayuwave Natural Health & Wellbeing, 57, Wimpole Street, London
Senior Associate Member – The Royal Society of Medicine, UK
Fellow – The Royal Society for Public Health, UK
Researcher – Faculty of Medicine, The University of Southampton, UK
Board Member & Ayurveda Consultant – Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, Ltd., US
Researcher – Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Sydney, Australia
Science Editor – Ayurveda Journal of Health, Centre for Indic Studies at University of Massachusets-Darmouth, USA
Research director, Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, UK
Member – Accreditation Board, The European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association, UK
Host & Executive producer – Unlock Your Health, UK Health Radio
Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 2016
Master of Public Health
University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2011
Bachelor of Naturopathy
Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012
Master of Surgery, Ayurvedic Medicine
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, 2000
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
Bangalore University, India, 1995
2012 – Present Director, Ayurvedic physician, Naturopath, Nutritionist; Ayuwave Natural Health & Wellbeing Clinic, 57, Wimpole Street, London W1G8YW
2012 Ayurvedic consultant, Wholistic Medical Centre, 57, Harley Street, London W1G8QS
2011 Holistic health care practitioner, Ayurvedic doctor, Elements Natural Health, Auckland.
2004 – 2010 Ayurvedic practitioner at clinics and health centers in Auckland, New Zealand.
1998-2003 Primary health care Physician – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka, India. Worked as Ayurvedic Medical Officer at a rural primary care unit in charge of a village with 700 families, a kindergarten and a primary school. Participated in National Immunization programmes, child health and Family planning initiatives.
Supervisor of Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing at Government Central Pharmac, Bangalore, India. The pharmacy manufactured Ayurvedic and Unani classical medicines supplied to 650 Ayurvedic hospitals run by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka.
Ayurvedic Specialist at Tribhuvan Medicare Centre, Bangalore, India, specialising in Ayurvedic fertility support, gynecology and Ayurvedic therapies, Panchakarma.
1995-2003 Ayurvedic physician at Rouhita Ayur Clinic, Bangalore, India. Specialised in Panchakarma and Ayurvedic herbalism.
1995 Accident and Emergency Doctor, Shekar Hospital, JP Nagar, Bangalore, India. Duties involved General Practice, Obstetrics, General surgery, Intensive care. 1995 Internee at hospitals in Bangalore, India including Sri Jayachamarajendra Institute of Indian Medicine (Ayurveda), K.C. General Hospital (general medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, dermatology, ophthalmology, HEENT), National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Chest diseases hospital.
TEACHING AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
2013 – Present Research supervisor, guest lecturer & examiner, Masters of Science/Masters in Complementary Medicine, Middlesex University, UK. July 2012 – 2016 Research scholar, currently researching on women’s use of complementary and alternative medicine for back pain, a study from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney. Recipient of Australian Post graduate Award.
2011 – June 2012 Research scholar in gender health and ageing, researching on women’s use of complementary and alternative medicine for back pain, a study from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). School of medicine and public health, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Recipient of University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
2011 – 2013 Honorary Head of Faculty and lecturer, Ayurvedic Medicine, Facilitator of professional development in health research, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, Auckland, New Zealand
2010 – 2011 Academic leader and research fellow, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, Auckland, lecturer of Bachelor of Naturopathy, Diploma of Nutrition and Diploma of Massage, Research methods for Natural Therapies, Introduction to Critical Thinking and Professional Development for tutors of Natural Therapies.
2008 – Present Guest lecturer, SDM Hasan Ayurvedic College and Hospital, India, Course development and delivery of Qualitative Research Methods in Health.
2006 – 2009 Research leader of Curriculum Evaluation of Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management. Curriculum development for the Diploma of Ayurvedic Medicine and the Diploma of Lifestyle Management. Qualifications accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
2004 – 2012 Head of Faculty – Ayurvedic Medicine, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, Auckland, Lecturer of Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management, Diploma of Ayurvedic Medicine, and Medical Science courses for naturopaths.
1995- 2003 Non Governmental Organisations; educating and training the general public, health workers and Ayurveda physicians on various aspects of health including primary health care, preventative health and complementary and alternative medicine in urban and rural India.
1996-1997 Honorary and Visiting Lecturer of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, Davanagere Ayurvedic Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India, teaching Ayurvedic antenatal care and Pediatrics.
2011 -2016 The use of complementary and alternative medicine for back pain by women aged 60-65 years across Australia: A health services research study. University of Technology, Sydney (2012 to 2016) and University of Newcastle, Australia (2011 to 2012).
2012 The role of self-discovery and self-reflection of women’s CAM use: Qualitative data from a cohort study of 3,731 women. Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, University of Newcastle, Australia.
2011 An Ethnographic Study of the Challenges and Tensions Facing Attempts to Integrate a Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) in Primary Health Care: Ayurveda at the margins of a health care system. University of Auckland, New Zealand.
2011 ‘Health For Life’; The effectiveness of changing dietary habits through educational workshops and the impact this has on overall health. A school health promotion intervention involving parents, students and children at Sathya Pre- Sai School – Rongomai, Greenmount, Manukau City, New Zealand.
2011 Masters dissertation on the “Positionality of Ayurveda in the New Zealand Health Care System”, University of Auckland, School of Population Health.
2008 Research leader, Curriculum evaluation of Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management program; A qualitative study with focus groups, discourse analysis and in-depth personal interviews. Funded by AKO Aoteoroa; The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, New Zealand.
1999 Masters Thesis; “A Study and Management of Carcinoma Cervix Uteri through Ayurvedic Principles”. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
Publications (pub med indexed)
Murthy V, Sibbritt D, Adams J. An integrative review of complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain: a focus on prevalence, reasons for use, influential factors, selfprescribed effectiveness, and communication. The Spine Journal 2015; 15 (8): 1870-1883.
Murthy V, Sibbritt D, Adams J, Broom A, Kirby E, Refshauge KM. Consultations with complementary and alternative medicine practitioners amongst wider care options for back pain: a study of a nationally representative sample of 1,310 Australian women aged 60-65 years. Clinical Rheumatology 2013; 33 (2): 253-262.
Murthy V, Sibbritt D, Adams J, Broom A, Kirby E, Refshauge KM. Self-prescribed complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain amongst a range of care options: results from a nationally representative sample of 1310 women aged 60-65 years. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2014; 22 (1): 133-140.
Murthy V, Sibbritt D, Broom A, Kirby E, Frawely J, Refshauge KM, Adams J. Back pain sufferers’ attitudes toward consultations with CAM practitioners and self-prescribed CAM products: A study of a nationally representative sample of 1310 Australian women aged 60-65 years. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2015; 23(6): 782-788.
Murthy V, Adams J, Broom A, Kirby E, Refshauge KM, Sibbritt D. The influence of communication and information sources upon decision-making around complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain among Australian women aged 60-65 years. Health and Social Care in the community 2015; doi.10.1111/hsc.12275.
Adams, J., Sibbritt, D., Broom, A., Wardle, J., Steel, A., Murthy, V., et al. (2012). Research Capacity Building in Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine: Grassroots Action towards a Broader Vision. In J. Adams, J. Gavin, J. Barnes, A. Broom & P. Magin (Eds.), Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine; An International Reader (pp. 312). Sydney: Palgrave macmillan.
Sibbritt D, Adams J, Murthy V. The Prevalence and Determinants of Chinese Medicine Use by Australian Women: Analysis of a Cohort of 10,287 Women Aged 56–61 Years. The American journal of Chinese medicine. 2013;41(02):281-91.
Contributor, Herbs and natural supplements, An evidence based guide, 4th edition, editors; Lesley Braun & Marc Cohen, 2015. Elsivier Health. Australia.
Murthy, VS.(2012). Guidelines for practitioners in treating disorders of ‘impaired Agni’; Integrating Ayurvedic model and evidence base in managing constipation predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Light on Ayurveda Journal of Health
Murthy, VS.(2012). “Sanskrit and Science” – the necessary links for propagation of Ayurveda in the west. Light on Ayurveda Journal of Health, 10th Anniversary Special Issue, 2002- 2012, 54-57.
Murthy, VS.(2012).‘What works’ in treating BACK PAIN Using Ayurvedic Herbs and Therapies; Review of selected research studies. Light on Ayurveda Journal of Health, 10(3), 54-60.
Murthy, VS.(2012). Continuity of a Healing Tradition or Contribution to Health Care Needs? Light on Ayurveda Journal of Health, 10(3),13-16.
Murthy, VS. (2011). Ayurveda at the Crossroad of Evidence Base.Light on Ayurveda Journal of Health, 10(2), 70-72.
Mahadevan, L & Murthy, VS. (2011). Therapeutic Applications of “Fats”; A Classical Ayurvedic Approach of Snehana for Detoxification, Health Maintenance and Disease Management. Light on Ayurveda Journal of Health, 10(1), 40-48.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS/ KEY NOTE ADDRESS/ INVITED SPEAKER
Invited speaker (2016). Factors influencing decision-making by back pain sufferers on their use of complementary and alternative medicine : Messages for Globalisation of Ayurveda & AYUSH Systems. 2nd European World Ayurveda Congress, Koblenz, Germany.
Keynote address (2016). ‘The more women visit GPs, the more they self-prescribe alternative medicine for back pain; An Australian nationally representative study of women aged 60-65 years’. CAMSTRAND 2016, Warwick University, Coventry. UK.
Invited speaker (2015). How can we better evaluate clinical practice, outcomes and experience? NuHealth2,NHS crisis: Brick wall or window of opportunity? Conference & Summit, Organised by Alliance for natural health & Yes to life. London Hilton Metropole, London
Murthy, V, Sibbritt D, Adams J (2014). How do women’s attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) influence their choice of self-prescribed herbal medicines for back pain? International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine. 2014, Paris, France, 4-6 July 2014.
Murthy, V, Sibbritt D, Adams J (2013). Health Care Utilisation by Back Pain Sufferers who consult Herbalists: a study from a nationally representative sample of 1,310 Australian women. International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research. 2013, London, UK, 11-13 April 2013.
Poster presentation at the 3rd International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) May 15-18, 2012 – Portland, USA: The role of selfdiscovery and self-reflection of women’s CAM use: Qualitative data from a cohort study of 3,731 women. http://www.biomedcentral.com./1472-6882/12/S1/P424
Invited speaker (2014). The perfect man: Ayurvedic secrets to sexual health, 16th International Symposium, European Academy for Ayurveda, Birstein Germany.
Invited speaker (2013). Food intolerance and their connection to thyroid, adrenalin and insulin related conditions. 15th International Symposium, European Academy for Ayurveda, Birstein Germany.
Invited speaker on the satellite research panel at the 13th International Ayurveda Symposium at the European Academy of Ayurveda, Birstein, Germany, Sep 2011: “Ayurveda is universal and yet for its global relevance faces the need for establishing contextual evidence”.
Poster presentation at the 6th International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research (ICCMR) May 6-9, 2011—Chengdu, China: “An Ethnographic Study of the Challenges and Tensions Facing Attempts to Integrate a Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) in Primary Health Care: Ayurveda at the margins of a health care system”.
Presentation at the 1st Ayurveda Congress, Klagenfurt, Austria: “View from the Margins, a Public Health research on the positionality of Ayurvedic Medicine in the West, with special reference to New Zealand”, October, 2010
Presentation at Swastha Ayurveda conference organized by Middlesex University, Colombo: “The Gift and Curse of Time, can Ayurveda offer solutions?” January, 2010
Invited speaker at the 18th International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and Its’ Applications at S-VYASA University, Bangalore, India: “Ayurvedic approaches for the prevention of Diabetes Mellitus”, December 2009
Invited speaker at the 2nd International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference, Ayurveda and Yoga Australia, Sydney: “Ayurveda in the care of the elderly population”, April, 2009 The18th Annual Function and National Seminar on Urinary Disorders, Ayurveda Shastragna Parishad, Chennai, India: “No drug therapy in Mutratita (Stress Incontinence) – A clinical study with emphasis on lifestyle”, 1998
16th Annual Function and National Seminar on Amavata, Sandhivata and Vatarakta (Arthritis), Chennai: “Role of Snehabasti in the Management of Sandhivata (Osteoarthritis) afflicting Janusandhi (Knee Joint)”, 1998
National Seminar on Role of Ayurveda in Child Survival and Safe Motherhood, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India: “Understanding of Malnutrition through Ayurvedic principles and its management”, 1998
SEMINARS, WORKSHOP Facilitation and TALKS (Professionals)
Seminars on “A short course in Ayurvedic classics for the modern healer” (2016). Sonne und Mond, Berlin, Germany.
Workshops on ‘Ayurvedic approach to health care’ (24th August 2012), ‘Healing the mind to health the body’ (25th August 2012) and ‘Essential Ayurvedic herbs for health support’ (26th August 2012). Series at Healthy directions, Noosa, Sunshine coast, Queensland.
Professional development workshop on “MIND and its Ups and Downs; How to grasp it & talk to it; the wisdom of Ayurveda in addressing stress, cravings, addictions”. A workshop at Wellpark college of Natural Therapies, Auckland, for Ayurvedic and Yoga practitioners and Naturopaths, August 2011
Lecture series at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Zentrum für Naturheilkunde im Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin; Ayurvedic approaches to the management of cancer and autoimmune disorders. June/July 2012
Invited speaker presentation at the School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle; Complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: outcomes, approaches and initiatives – Integrating traditional and complementary and alternative medicine in antenatal and post natal health promotion programmes. May 2012
Professional development workshop on “Search strategies and identifying relevant peer-reviewed journals for health research publications”; A workshop for the teaching staff at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, New Zealand, Feb 2012
Professional development workshop on “Formulating a research question”; A workshop for the teaching staff at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, New Zealand, Nov 2011
Research capacity building workshop on “how to conduct literature reviews” for the staff at Wellpark Colellege of Natural Therapies, New Zealand, Oct 2011
Continued Medical Education for Ayurvedic practitioners, students and herbalists of England. “Essential Ayurvedic herbs for health support Developing Ayurvedic language for understanding the behavior of herbs when prescribing herbal remedies”. Columbia Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London,27th Sep 2011
Workshop on “ the application of Ayurveda in autoimmune conditions” and “Samprapthi based Ayurvedic clinical protocols in the treatment of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple sclerosis”. 13th International Ayurveda Symposium at the European Academy of Ayurveda, Birstein, Germany, Sep 2011.
Seminar for the Ayurvedic Practitioners’ Association London: “Understanding Ayurvedic Herbs in designing treatment plans for degenerative conditions, multiple sclerosis, Disorders of Ageing”, May 2011
Address to the Medical practitioners, Taunton, England: “Debating the role of non-medical approaches to health care”, May 2011
Guest speaker at Nippon School of Ayurveda, Tokyo: “Ayurvedic Nutrition, lifestyle and mental health support in the care of the elderly population”, January 2011
A-15-days workshop on “Advanced Qualitative Research in Ayurvedic Medicine” for Associate professors and professors of Ayurvedic Medicine; SDM College of Ayurveda & Hospital affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India, 8 to 22 June 2010
Workshop on the “Clinical applications of Immunomodulation and it’s connections to Rasa, Shukra and Ojas” for the members of the New Zealand Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Auckland, New Zealand, 24th June 2010
Workshop on “Ayurvedic treatment of respiratory conditions; an evidence based approach for practitioners” for the members of the New Zealand Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Auckland, New Zealand, 23rd May 2010
Address to Ayurvedic physicians from the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India; Reorientation Training Programme in Swasthavritta (Social and Preventive Medicine); “An introduction to new public health”. SDM College of Ayurveda & Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, Dec 2009
Professional development session on “How to conduct a case study in clinical practice?” for the members of the New Zealand Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Auckland, New Zealand, June 2006
SEMINARS, WORKSHOP Facilitation and TALKS (General Public)
A talk on ‘Why diets don’t work? An Ayurvedic approach to managing food hypersensitivities and digestive disorders’, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, Auckland, New Zealand, 24th April 2012
A workshop on ‘Women’s’ Power to Heal’ at the Newcastle Townhall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 5th Feb 2012
An address to the members of the Albany Club, St Bedes Hall, Little Albany St, London: “The Power Of Food Therapy, What Can I eat?”, 19th Jan 2011
Guest speaker at Nippon School of Ayurveda, Tokyo: “Overcoming stress, cravings and addictions; the Ayurvedic approach”, August 2010
Guest speaker at Ayurveda School, Okinawa: “Overcoming stress, cravings and addictions; the Ayurvedic approach”, August 2010
Invited speaker at the 2nd New Zealand Hindu Conference, Hindu Council of New Zealand Inc, Auckland: “Supporting older people through Ayurvedic wellbeing’, May, 2008
Facilitated a one-day-workshop “360 Degree Wellness Workshop: Using Ayurvedic principles and self-practice for health and wellbeing; Hot Yoga Assylimb, Pukekokohe, Auckland, New Zealand, 20th Aug 2011
Key note speaker at the Franklin Health Expo, Pukekohe Indian Association Centre, Pukekohe New Zealand; “Using Food as Therapy; Understanding the function of ones own metabolism, and how to foresee and prevent the onset of chronic illness.” 25th June 2011
A mutli-disciplinary Panel discussion on integrative health care; ‘Embracing menoupause’; Ayurveda – Nutrition, lifestyle and mental health support in menopause, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, 21st Aug 2008
Workshop for elderly people. “BE HEALTHY- AYURVDA AND YOGA FOR ELDERS”. Organized by AROGYA, Hindu Elders Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand. 28th Sep 2008
Award for highest-rated abstracts at the 2012 International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Portland, OR, May 15-18, 2012
Australian Postgraduate Award July 2012 to August 2014.
University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research scholarship September 2011
Memberships in Professional Societies and Other Professional Activities
Patron, The New Zealand Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, NZ
Executive committee member, Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, UK.
Senior associate member, The Royal Society of Medicine, UK
Fellow, The Royal Society for Public Health
Member. New Zealand Natural Health Council, New Zealand.
2011 – Present Science Editor – Light On Ayurveda: Journal of Health, Centre for Indic Studies at University of Massachusets-Darmouth, USA.
Reviewer – Light On Ayurveda: Journal of Health, Centre for Indic Studies at University of Massachusets-Darmouth, USA.
2009 – Present Research collaborator – Network of Researchers in Public
Health for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NORPHCAM), Brisbane, Australia.
2011 Vise President – The New Zealand Ayurvedic Practitioner’s Association.
2010 Editorial board member, Light on Ayurveda Journal, LOAJ, Massachusetts, USA
2007 Panel member for accrediting Bachelors degree in Naturopathy by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
2006 Vice-president. The New Zealand Ayurvedic Practitioners Association.
2016 (ongoing) Host & Executive Producer, Unlock Your Health, UK Health Radio.
2011 – 2015 Columnist, Ayurveda clinics & Spotlight on Ayurveda, Om Yoga & lifestyle Magazine. Prime impact events & media, Essex, UK.
2012 The best contribution of Ayurvedic Classics; GUT HEALTH,An article for Ayurashmi, Sanctum 2011-12, A magazine published by SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital, Hassan, India.
2011 Q& A. November 2012 Issue. OM Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine, Prime Impact Events & Media, Colchester, Essex, UK.
Ancient Pearl of Equilibrium. An online article on Ayurvedic wellbeing. Wisanow. Wise women/ Living life. An online forum for women.
Interviews on Radio New Zealand February 2011; Radio New Zealand, National, Asian Report.
2010 Television interviews on Colon Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Ayurveda in Europe, Multiple Sclerosis. Etv Kannda, India.
‘Revisiting traditional approaches to detox’, Article by Dr. Vijayendra Murthy, Avena, Journal of New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists,Winter 2010, Volume 10 Issue 2
2009 Television interviews on health topics, Etv, Bangalore
2008 ‘Aphorisms of Wellbeing’, Audio CD by author Dr. Vijayendra
Murthy and Composer Jo Blankenburg, Auckland 2008.
2008 ‘Being and Balancing’, the question of control in a world of dos and don’ts” Ayurveda and Yoga Conference Magazine, Sydney, 2008
1998-2001 Ayurvedline Publications, Bangalore, Associate editor and founder member for the publication of Ayurvedline, a biannual chronicle on Ayurveda 1997-2003 Narrator, Radio and TV broadcast. Over 50 talks on health broadcast from All India Radio, Bangalore.
TV interviews and documentaries for health care programmers.