‘Ayurveda Is So Fascinating’

Dr LIJU B S responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire. 

Why and how did you think of becoming a doctor?

It was during my Plus Two that I developed a robust yearning to becoming a doctor. As I grew up, I was witness to some eminent doctors treating patients, with a wide range of diseases, or illnesses, with great success. It was such a delight for me to see the sheer happiness on their patients’ faces. This propelled me to think of medicine as a career; also, profession. 

What made you think of, study and specialise in the system of medicine you now practice?

I took up Ayurveda as I could not make it to studying modern medicine. Well, the fact is — just a month after joining Ayurveda medical college I developed a strong gut feeling that I’d made the right choice. I followed it up with a post-graduate degree in Ayurveda.

What has been your personal and professional experience as a doctor?

It’s been a great journey, satisfying and fulfilling, at the same time, to being an Ayurveda doctor. When I joined the faculty in an Ayurveda college, following my post-grad studies, to ‘up’ my bearings, also knowledge base, I felt that this was godsent. Teaching students is one of my passions.

What unique and special skills you think you have that has made the big difference for your patients?

I don’t think that I have any special skills, but I listen quietly to patients’ stories and complaints patiently and prescribe them minimal medication. May be, my willing-to-listen approach to each patient has made that big difference.

What is your best definition of optimal wellness and why?

I believe that optimal wellness is the sum total of activities, choices, and lifestyles to achieve a pleasant state of holistic health. This extends beyond mere physical well-being; it incorporates various dimensions that work in complete harmony.

Your ‘best’ case?

A patient with IBS. She had taken several medicines and treatments. I just had two counselling sessions [Smriti meditation] with her. She got over her health issue without any medication.

Your ‘not-so-good’ case?

This is something from which no physician is exempt.

What appeals to you the most?

The holistic approach of Ayurveda science. This is something that fascinates me. Always.

What annoys you the most?

Fake news about Ayurveda medicine.

Your favourite book?

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Your favourite joke?

Nothing specific.

Your favourite song?

Bade Achhe Lagte Hai [Balika Badhu/1976/Amit Kumar/Anand Bakshi/R D Burman].

Your favourite movie?

Dhadkan [2000], starring Akshay Kumar/Shilpa Shetty/Suniel Shetty/Mahima Chaudhry. 

Your favourite TV, Netflix show?

Life on Our Planet [2023], starring Morgan Freeman.

Your other interests, or hobbies?

Playing cricket; watching movies.

Your goal in life?

To become a successful Ayurveda academician.

Dr LIJU B S, BAMS, MD [Ayurveda], is a dedicated classical Ayurveda professional. He blends his academic expertise and practical experience with a passion for advancing the science and practice of Ayurveda medicine. He currently works as a wellness specialist @ Santhigram Kerala Ayurveda, New Jersey, US.

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