The Center for Research

The Center for Research at Ayurveda Integrative Wellness Institute

NOW inviting clients for enrollment for studies on effects of Ayurveda on Pain (Shula Chikitsa)


Our Goal:

The goal of the Center for Research at Ayurveda Integrative Wellness Institute is to conduct quality research investigating the effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatments. 

The Center for Research at Ayurveda Integrative Wellness Institute’s purpose is to contribute rigorous research on Ayurvedic treatment.  Much of the research conducted on complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments, including Ayurveda has applied a reductionistic approach.  Ayurveda is a comprehensive medical tradition.  In keeping with the tradition of Ayurveda we seek to conduct studies which examine Ayurveda’s holistic impact on patient outcomes and quality of life.    


Research Director:

Dr. Andrea R. Pfalzgraf, MPH, PhD

Phone - 412 809 0999

Dr. Pfalzgraf obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Emory University and a PhD from West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy. 

As a health outcomes researcher with an interest in psychiatric and neurologic disorders she has conducted research on a variety of disease conditions.  She has a specific interest in Ayurvedic medicine’s ability to improve patient outcomes and health related quality of life. 

Ayurveda Physician (Vaidya): 

Dr. (Vaidya) Lina Thakar, BAMS

Phone - 412 809 0999

Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.)  - 1992, Pune University;  Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, one of the oldest Ayurvedic colleges in the world.  Studied under (Vaidya) Vilas Nanal, a 4th generation Ayurveda Physician since first year of BAMS 1987. Dr. Lina Thakar is the director of Ayurveda Integrative Wellness institute and will provide all clincial framework necessary for research program. Mainly as an Ayurvedic clinician & wellness practioner in USA, Dr. Lina Thakar has total 22 years of experience of Ayurvedic practice out of which last 11 years are in Pittsburgh PA USA.