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Ayurveda Services

​Why Choose Ayurveda services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Live well and flourish with Ayurveda services at The Ohio State University Integrative Medicine Clinic. Ayurveda is a comprehensive form of holistic medicine that focuses on the prevention of disease and the promotion of optimal health and manages chronic disorders through natural approaches.

It is rare to find a doctor in the West who practices Ayurvedic medicine and rarer to find these services offered side by side with medical doctors and other health professionals in a multi-practice setting. The OSU Integrative Medicine Clinic is pleased to have Hari Sharma, MD, on our staff. One of the nation’s foremost Ayurvedic doctors, Dr. Sharma has written several books on Ayurveda and has been published in respected medical journals and textbooks. His significant experience and collaborative approach gives you personalized care for mind, body, and spirit.

At Ohio State’s Integrative Medicine Clinic, you have:

  • The convenient and comprehensive care you deserve in one location
  • Access to other health services in the same location, including acupuncture, chiropractic and massage
  • The highest quality of Ayurvedic healthcare, supported by research and education
  • A licensed and nationally-recognized physician with expertise in Ayurveda and meditation
  • Access to seminars and classes related to meditation, mindfulness, tai chi, and more
  • Free and convenient parking

What is Ayurveda and what are its benefits?

According to the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine​, Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It is holistic healthcare that started in the ancient Vedic times of India. Ayurveda means “the science of life” and is a natural, prevention-oriented healthcare system that includes:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • A healthy lifestyle and daily routine
  • Stress management, including meditation
  • Herbs and other dietary supplements
  • Detoxification
  • Herbs and dietary supplements
  • Breathing exercises (Pranayama)
  • Rejuvenation therapy (Rasayana)
  • Self-massage (Abhyanga)
  • Yoga postures

Ayurveda’s purpose is to prevent disease, maintain optimal health, and manage chronic disorders to restore a healthy balance.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does an Ayurveda consultation include?
    ANSWER: At your appointment, you will fill out questionnaires to help determine your constitution (your physical and psychological tendencies and the way your body works to stay healthy) and system imbalances. The doctor will confirm this by examining you and doing a pulse diagnosis. He will then give you a personalized management plan that may include one or more of several Ayurvedic approaches.

  2. What are the Ayurvedic dietary recommendations?
    ANSWER: In Ayurveda, dietary recommendations are personalized to your individual constitution and any imbalances you may have in your system.

  3. What is Pranayama (breathing exercises)?
    ANSWER: Prana is considered the vital life force. Pranayama includes different breathing practices that aim to balance or increase your life force. These breathing exercises are personalized to suit different people. Pranayama helps your health and all aspects of life by enhancing your vital force.

  4. What is Spontaneous Meditation?
    ANSWER: Spontaneous Meditation is a way to get in touch with your inner Self. Dr. Sharma regularly teaches Spontaneous Meditation, a unique type of meditative practice that is not concentration, contemplation, or self-hypnosis. You do not need to change your behavior, diet, religion, or belief system to practice Spontaneous Meditation. Spontaneous Meditation aims to strengthen and support both the mind and body to enhance health and well-being.

  5. What are the side effects of Ayurveda?
    ANSWER: Ayurveda is extremely safe when provided and supervised by an experienced, licensed practitioner.

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Will insurance cover Ayurveda services?

More and more health plans are paying for Ayurvedic care when a licensed physician provides it. For example, The Ohio State University employee health plan covers Dr. Sharma's office visits. You will need to check with your insurer to see if your health plan covers Ayurveda and if you need a referral from your doctor.


Our Practitioner

Location Clinician Appointment Telephone​
OSU Integrative Medicine
2000 Kenny Rd.
Columbus, OH
Hari Sharma, MD, DABIHM, DABP, FCAP, FRCPC ​​​614-293-9777
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