Become a Member
Are you a practitioner of Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, or Greek Medicine (Western Herb 'Energetics')?
to get a modern, integrative certification for your practice.
We offer credentials in Biocharacteristics, Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, and Greek medicine
that are suitable for integration with modern healthcare providers,
and well-adapted to every social group and community culture.
Do you educate people to professionally practice Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, or Greek Medicine?
Become a Certified School
Who can apply?
You may apply if you have graduated from a school that teaches students to professionally practice
Ayurveda, Greek medicine, Unani Tibb, or other Biocharacteristics medical professions.
Student and international members are also welcome.
What is AABC?
The American Association of Biocharacteristics Clinicians (AABC) unites Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, and Greek Medicine clinicians
under the common umbrella of Biocharacteristics medicine
AABC is leading the effort to improve access to and acceptance of these health modalities, for use across all social groups and cultures.
- We represent clinicians from these ancient traditions and promote them to modern healthcare providers.
- We foster patient-centered care that focuses on the culture of the client, not the medicine.
- We explain these modalities using professional language that make sense to everyday people and appeals to modern healthcare providers.
- We encourage broad acceptance across all social groups, income levels, and professions.
As a result, our members are better able to reach and promote their practice in their local communities, and provide their unique health services to them.
Despite great personal investment and skill,
modern practitioners face obstacles to promoting Ayurveda, Unani, & Greek medicine successfully in their local communities.
A quick glance at the Ayurveda profession in the United States reveals significant obstacles preventing Ayurveda's success
AABC solves this problem, giving our members the ability to:
- Expand their practice beyond current cultural obstacles limiting their success & reach;
- Provide patient-centered care that focuses on the culture of the client, not the medicine;
- And, expand their scope of training to other Biocharacteristics' traditions, cross-pollinating between them.
The word Acupuncture makes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) more accessible.
As a descriptive term, the word Acupuncture communicates the method, making TCM more understandable to people worldwide.
Similarly, Biocharacteristics makes Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, and Greek medicine more accessible, understandable and easier to invest in.
It communicates the fundamental method of the above 3 traditions.
Acupuncture & Biocharacteristics are culturally neutral, universal terms.
Clients do not have to adopt a new culture or religion in order to participate in them.
The result is that these traditions can reach new multi-cultural audiences and social group.
This allows whole communities to evaluate, understand and benefit from the medical insights of these 3 traditions.
Certify Your Practice in Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, or Greek Medicine
AABC's practical, modern certification can be used in all professional settings.
"My friends and family started to feel I was practicing a form of medicine, rather than a new lifestyle or set of cultural habits. AABC helped me present myself and my practice in a more familiar way."
"AABC's cross-cultural terms make my practice more accessible. I can reach whole new communities with this paradigm."
"Biocharacteristics science makes sense to my friends and colleagues. They trust more in my clinical model, and invest in me."
"Biocharacteristics science boosted the credibility of my clinical practice."
"Now I can practice the traditional medicine of my culture, AND also point to the science of it."
How Does AABC Improve Clinical Success?
We strengthen the professionalism of our member clinicians by:
- Explaining the Biocharacteristics theory of medicine in common sense terms, helping your clients, and other healthcare providers, understand what you do.
- Creating a culturally neutral, clinical atmosphere that anyone can invest in regardless of culture or creed, and that feels familiar and adaptable to any social group.
Develops and Improves as Modern Research Advances
While AABC embraces clinicians with culturally or spiritual specific practices,
associations have a special responsibility to represent all clinicians in the profession
by remaining culturally and spiritually neutral, and focusing on clinical outcomes.
We've seen many associations where lack of focus on clinical outcomes has led to politics and conflict,
and prevented the advancement of the entire profession.
Culture, and tradition are difficult to change through academic analysis.
For this reason, traditional medicine is difficult to develop, adapt or grow.
Classical textbooks from a tradition, thousands of years old, may be treated as sacrosanct (example: Caraka, Avicenna)
even when modern research disproves one or more of its proposals.
The inflexibility of social customs restricts growth and innovation in traditional medicine systems.
Because it proposes a hypothesis of medicine that is analytical, the Biocharactistics medical model is testable, flexible and adaptable.
Biocharacteristics creates a means for improvement within traditional systems, and ensures their relevance in generations to come.
Our accredited schools are active in developing novel research to improve consistency and accuracy of Biocharacteristics medical models.
Mission & Vision
We unite Greek, Ayurveda, & Unani medicine under their common theory of medicine
The result is a practical, modern certification for clinicians from these disciplines,
enabling them to bring the benefits of Biocharacteristics medicine to everyday people
and a broader, multi-cultural audience.
People from any culture, spiritual, or ethnic background can use it.
Healthcare providers can understand, verify, and trust it.
We strive to be:
- Innovative: To improve clinical performance and consistency through research focused on client outcomes.
- Practical: To model excellence in patient-centered, evidence-based care.
- Integrative: To participate in the health care community through collaboration and integration.
- Suitable: To be culturally neutral and adaptable.
What is the Biocharacteristic Theory of Medicine?
Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, & Greek medicine are founded upon the Biocharacteristics theory of medicine.
This theory describes pathology using simple characteristics like heat, or cold, oiliness, or dryness to produce a very rich, individualized, and accessible medicine.
Biocharacteristics was the dominant form of medicine through Europe, the Middle East, and India from 250 B.C. until the 1650s A.D.
It became known as Greek Medicine in Europe, Unani Tibb in the Middle East, and Ayurveda in India.
Its message is still relevant today, but modern practitioners often face large cultural obstacles to promoting their clinical practice.
What is Biocharacteristics?
History of Biocharacteristics
A Multi-cultural Platform for Traditional Medicine
Cultural agility is the ability to provide patient-centered care that focuses on the culture of the client, not the medicine.
It shows no preference or partiality to any one ethnicity, culture, social group, or spirituality.
It enables practitioners to reach and deliver healthcare benefits to each group within our multicultural society,
Currently, cultural agility is lacking in the modern practice of indigenous medicine, whose traditions tie these modalities to specific cultural and religious beliefs.
Cultural impartiality is a key step that will render their health benefits accessible to the general public.
For example, a simple google search of Ayurveda reveals many symbols associated with Vedic spirituality and culture, including
1) Lotus flowers,
2) Dhanvantari, Ganesh & Other Hindu deities,
3) Vedic forms of Meditation,
4) Vedic astrology,
5) Vedic architecture (Vastu Shastra),
and symbols associated with Indian culture such as
6) India’s cuisine and spices, style of dress, and names.
Ayurvedic classes, public conferences, and events often include chanting, mantras and prayers despite their attendees' diverse religious, spiritual and cultural preferences.
Practitioners are frequently promoted on the basis of their spiritual charisma, rather than clinical success.
While these cultural and religious expressions resonate with many Ayurveda clinicians,
use of these symbols in a professional clinic can create cultural obstacles.
They may cause Ayurveda to appear irrelevant, inaccessible, unfamiliar, exclusive, or exotic to individuals who don't share these customs or beliefs,
restricting the use and acceptance of Ayurveda.
Modern healthcare providers have been trained to promote their services in a culturally and spiritually neutral manner.
The public sees cultural agility as synonymous with professionalism.
Use of cultural symbols may encourage the public to see Ayurveda as exclusive, or as a faith healing technique which is not medical or analytical.
An analysis of Unani Tibb yields similar findings.
The result is that many competent clinicians in both professions are unable to reach their local communities or advance in their professional career.
Biocharacteristics theory, common to both professions, proposes a culturally neutral, testable hypothesis of medicine that makes these modalities more accessible.
It offers a rational explanation for why Unani Tibb and Ayurveda work, so healthcare professionals and international communities can assent to it.