Dr. Sarita Shrestha

Dr. Sarita Shrestha is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician from Kathmandu, Nepal with more than 30 years of clinical experience.

She has received numerous prestigious awards for outstanding service and is renowned as Nepal’s first Ayurvedic OB/GYN, specializing in Ayurvedic women’s healthcare. She teaches in international institutes and hospitals, presents Ayurveda workshops worldwide.

Dr. Shrestha is fast becoming recognized as the “Mother” of Ayurveda in the West.



Obstetrics and Gynecology, Benares Hindu University, India

First Ayurveda OB/GYN, Nepal
First Woman Ayurveda Specialist, Nepal

Registration #: ADAN – 04, NAMC – 07, NAMC(S) – 03

US Contact Person: Kay Brownfield
445 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA 95076

Academic Qualifications

  • M.D. (Ayurveda), OB/GYN; Benares Hindu University, India
  • BAMS; (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery) Jeevaji University, India
  • CAMS; (Certificate of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery) Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • School Leaving Certificate; SLC Board
  • I Sc; Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • DAc. Diploma Acupuncture; Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Yoga Therapy Certificate ; Vivekananda Kendre, Bangalore, India

Additional Professional Training

  • COFP (Family Planning) – USAID
  • Leprosy Management – BMT, Nepal
  • Ksharsutra Training – Gujarat University., Jamnagar
  • Research Methodology – Nepal Health Research Council
  • Management and Planning Project – Women In Science and Technology, Nepal
  • Management for Woman Managers – Nepal Academy of Administrative Training
  • Management of Earthquake Disaster – NAAT, Nepal

Awards & Recognition

2017 – Global contribution in Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Doctors Association

2016-17 – Student Support, Sipadole Schools

2016 – Social contributions, Sipadole Community

2015 – 100 Trail Blazers in Ayurveda & Yoga, Spirituality & Health Magazine

2012 – Social contributions in the field of Ayurveda, Citizens Society

2001 – Nomination as first and best woman Ayurvedic specialist physician for National (Nepal) award (Undeclared at date)

2001 – National Honor for Service to Humanity and Ayurveda (Praval Gorkha Dakshin Bahu)

1997 – Public Service Commission; First class (1993 and 1997)

1995 – Best Paper presentation at International Ayurvedic Conference, BHU, India

1986 – Best Yoga Instructor, Vivekananda Kendre, Bangalore, India

1984 – Colombo Plan Fellowship, Nepal

Present Work Status

Founder/Medical Director, Ob/Gyn

  • Devi Ma Kunja and Ayurveda Rural Hospital, Sipadole, Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Shree Vedanta Ayurveda Medical and Pancha Karma Clinic, Pulchowk and Bhaktapur, Nepal

NAMC Coordinator

World Health Organization

Technical Consultant

Gorkha Ayurveda Company (Pharmaceutical), Kathmandu, NP


  • Joshi Ayurveda Clinic, Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Women’s Shelter for Domestic Violence

Visiting Teacher/Consultant

Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda,
Watsonville, CA


Institutional Research Committee

Board Member

National Ayurveda Research and Training Center


Postgraduate Ayurveda Doctor’s Society


Resource Center for Primary Health Care

Professional Experience

30 years medical practice, consultation and healthcare service to thousands of people in both urban and remote areas of India and Nepal in hospitals.

Facilitated training programs of thousands of national and international students in the areas of Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Therapy; emphasizing specialty in women’s healthcare.

Coordination of National and International seminars, conferences and conventions (ADAN; 1997, 2000, 2003 as coordinator).

  • Board Member, Nepal Health Research Center (3 years)
  • Board Member, Gorkha Ayurveda Company (5 years)
  • Board Member, Ayurveda Medical Council, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Ayurveda Campus, Naradevi, Kathmandu
  • Visiting Consultant, Sri Ram Orphanage, Haridwar, India
  • Co-Guide – Fulbright Mission Scholarship – 1999
  • 10 years teaching graduate and under-graduate level Ayurvedic college students; Trivuban University
  • 2 years teaching; The Mahendra Sanskrit University
  • 10 years consulting; Shanta Ayurveda Clinic, Kathmandu
  • 7 years consulting as OB/GYN; Ayurvedic Hospital, Kathmandu
  • Planning and Program Coordinator/Officer; to WHO, Nepal
  • Founder/Director; Devi Ma Hospital, Devi Ma Kunja, Sipodal, Nepal
  • Technical Advisor for GAC, Kathmandu (6 years)
  • President – SAMATA, Nepal (6 years)
  • President – Heritage Herbal Garden (6 years)
  • Vice President – Nepal/German Ayurveda Society (3 years)
  • Treasurer – ADAN (7 years)
  • Advisory Board – Rockey Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, Boulder, CO
  • Advisory Board – The Growing Edge Center for Sustainable Peace and Healing, a non-profit organization in California
  • Advisor – National Ayurvedic Medicine Association, USA
  • International Presenter – California Ayurvedic Medicine Association, CA
  • Curriculum development – BAMS, CAMS, AHA, AHW,
  • Public Service Commission curriculum for AHW and AHA
  • 4th National OB/GYN Congress

Publications & Presentations

New Book – Soon to be published (in Nepalese)!

Impact of Nepalese Cultural Food & Health

M.D. Thesis

Role of Cedrus deodar in the Management of Puerperium (1996)


Management of Asthma through Yoga (1989)
Bhav Prakash and His Contemporary Authors (1988)
Role of Agni (1987)


Women’s Health & Noncommunicable Disease, Vhalakushari
White Discharge Indicative of Women’s Health, Mahila Swastha
Journal of Ayurvedic Doctors Association of Nepal, regular contributor
History of Ayurvedic Medicine in Nepal
Shilagit and Its Uses
Guduchi as a Potent Herbal Tonic
GAC Booklet of Scientic Research
Gynecology in Ayurveda for High School Students
Safe Motherhood in Ayurveda
Reproductive Health in Ayurveda
Management of Menopausal Syndrome in Ayurveda
Antenatal Care in Ayurveda
Management of Dysmenorrhea
Mangement of Vomiting in Ayurveda
Female Health in Ayurveda
Obstetrics in Ayurveda
Management of Menorrhea

Papers Presented

History of Ayurvedic Medicine (GAC); BHU
Role of Cedrus Diodar in the Management of Diabetes (award as best paper); BHU
Puerperal Management (award as best poster presentation); BHU
Herbs used in Gynecological Problems ; WHO, Nepal
Ayurveda and Menopause Management ; WHO, Nepal

Public Media

Featured in the books:

In Search of the Medicine Buddha by David Crow, Putnam, 2000

Second Life by Prof. K.B. Joshi, 1999

Light of Yoga by Prof. V.S. Vaswani, 1986

National Television Network (Nepal) as well as radio (Nepal, Canada, California, USA) and print (Asmita Women’s Magazine, Nepal)

Press Resources

Download press package (bio photos, bio and CV)


US Contact Person: Kay Brownfield
445 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA 95076