Prepare and dispense Ayurvedic medicines - dravyaguna


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and store materials, prepare Ayurvedic medicines as per the Ayurvedic formulary of India and the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India, and dispense those medicines according to a pre-prepared script or order.

This unit applies to any practitioner who provides Ayurvedic medicines to clients.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Obtain and store materials

1.1 Determine authorised and reputable sources of products certified to be free of insecticides, pesticides, chemicals, preservatives, heavy metals and contaminants

1.2 Source natural raw, semi-processed, processed and manufactured materials as required for scope of practice

1.3 Determine storage requirements for different types of herbs and materials

1.4 Maintain integrity of materials through correct handling and storage

1.5 Maintain stock levels according to clinic requirements

2. Prepare Ayurvedic medicines according to Ayurvedic Formulary of India and Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India

2.1 Check and prepare equipment for operational readiness

2.2 Select and assemble ingredients according to order

2.3 Make accurate calculations for quantities and ratios

2.4 Follow Ayurvedic rituals, mantra recitation and meditations and clear non-sattvic influences

2.5 prepare medicine according to Ayurvedic medicine methodology

2.6 Label and store medicinesaccording to legal requirements and Ayurvedic guidelines

3. Dispense Ayurvedic medicines

3.1 Establish form and quantity of required medicines from prescription or order

3.2 Follow procedures to prevent contamination of or by the medicine

3.3 Check and prepare dispensing equipment for operational readiness

3.4 Select and assemble prescribed medicine and dravya

3.5 Package and label correct quantities into suitable containers with clear and accurate labelling

3.6 Provide accurate instructions for administration and care of Ayurvedic medicines

3.7 Complete accurate dispensing documentation according to clinic guidelines and legal requirements

Evidence of Performance

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

prepared at least 20 Ayurvedic medicines, including all of the following at least twice:



kwatha choorana





vati- gautika

lepa/ ubtan









dispensed each of the following at least once:








guggulua preparations



lepa/ ubtan



followed dispensing processes that meet the Ayurvedic formulary of India and the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India guidelines and legal requirements:

correctly interpreted prescription or order

checked materials and equipment

made accurate calculations and measurements

packed and accurately label dispensed materials

completed accurate documentation

Evidence of Knowledge

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory) requirements for the preparation and supply of Ayurvedic medicines:

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) guidelines


principles of manufacturing

quality control procedures

work health and safety

format and requirements of the Ayurvedic formulary of India and the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India guidelines

sources of Ayurvedic medicines and their raw, semi processed, processed and manufactured ingredients and methods to determine quality

key features of dravya used for Ayurvedic medicines:

plants used

botanical keys

plant anatomy

plant classifications and nomenclature

types of Ayurvedic medicines, what they are, how they are prepared

preparation techniques for anupanas

non-medicinal ingredients used in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines

chemical and physical incompatibilities

techniques to prepare medicines from source materials as per Ayurvedic guidelines

Ayurvedic medicine and allopathic drug interactions, both complementary and contra indicatory

Ayurvedic medicine dispensing principles and methods

significance and methods of monitoring control points within the dispensing process

equipment and instrumentation components, purpose and operation

work health and safety hazards and controls for Ayurvedic medicines

waste handling requirements and procedures

recording requirements and procedures

environmental conditions required to maintain integrity of medicines before, during and after preparation

types of instructions that must accompany Ayurvedic medicines

procedures to prevent contamination of Ayurvedic medicines

Assessment Conditions

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated dispensary environment that reflects workplace conditions. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

use of suitable facilities, equipment and resources, including:

kitchen, bench and shelving space

cast iron woks, ceramic and steel cookware, stirrers and decanters

secure storage areas

measuring equipment

sterile containers


natural and manufactured medicinal substances for preparation

distilled water

medicating alcohol

Ayurvedic formulary of India

Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India

other Ayurvedic reference texts

online TGA references regarding labelling

information on scheduled herbs

safety protection equipment, including fire blankets, fire extinguishers, first aid equipment

modelling of industry operating conditions, including provision of medicines to the general public

preparation supervision by a person who meets the assessor requirements outlined below

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors In addition, assessors must:

have 5 years current clinical experience working as an Ayurvedic practitioner providing services to the general public

hold practising membership of an Australian professional body that represents Ayurvedic practitioners

Foundation Skills

The Foundation Skills describe those required skills (language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills) that are essential to performance.

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency