‘For The Love Of Ayurveda’

Dr AMREEN responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire.

Why and how did you think of becoming a doctor?  

My mom is my inspiration — her childhood struggle, especially with her studies, and dealing with day-to-day life challenges, aside from her fond, unfulfilled desire to become a doctor. A health camp was once organised in her school. My mom’s work as a volunteer and her caring nature impressed the camp doctor. He advised her to study well and told her that he saw a rare potential in her to be a doctor. But, as luck, or ill-luck, would have it, and despite being good in studies, my mom was not able to continue her studies after high school. Yet, she clung on to her love for healthcare and wanted to become a nurse. However, owing to the nature of her work, and long hours, her father wasn’t enthused. It did not take long for her to be a part of her family business, thanks to her father’s insistence — clothing and tailoring.

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

My mom’s unfulfilled dream led me to become a doctor. This, I felt, would make my her proud and happy. The urge, also drive, to become a doctor got entrenched when my grandmother was admitted at a leading Ayurveda hospital, while I was studying in high school. I used to stay at night in the hospital. The environment of the hospital and team work inspired me. I followed my dream to study Ayurveda, and here I am — a professional Ayurveda physician. 

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

I think I’ve, as a doctor, cultivated a great deal of patience and respect towards life — with each year on the job. I take every case as my responsibility. I believe fully in my vision and mission to helping patients without causing any harm. Ayurveda has taught me to counter sorrow and illness, or disease, from the mind, body and soul of my patients, along with appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes.

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

I try to connect holistically with my patients with a receptive, smiling face. I listen to them, I counsel them, and try to help till I feel I have given my one hundred per cent. When I get a happy smile from my patients it motivates me — to taking my skills to the next level. 

What is your best definition of optimal wellness and why? 

Optimal wellness relates to doing your basic day-to-day activities, and balancing your mind, body, and soul, in the best manner possible. Living well, exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, sleeping well, and relaxing a bit at the end of the day contribute to optimal health and well-being. 

Your ‘best’ case 

A 43-year-old working woman, who had lost her self-confidence and also hope of life, owing to pressing family issues and enormous stresses. She responded quite favourably, also quickly, to counselling, followed by a healing session with Ayurveda — and, with not more, but less medicine. 

Your ‘not-so-good’ case? 

I’ve had them, as is part of any medical practice; but, they are just a few and also far between, fortunately. 

What appeals to you the most? 

Dedication and sincerity. 

What annoys you the most? 

When a patient has a wry quip [pun intended] when their doctor is unwell. 

Your favorite book? 

Svasthavrtta by Dr Mangalgowri V Rao, MD [Ayurveda].

Your favorite joke? 

Nothing in particular.  

Your favorite song? 

Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se [Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se/1978/Hemlata/Ravindra Jain].

Your favorite movie? 

Animated cartoon movies; Korean.  

Your favourite TV, Netflix show? 

Nothing specific. 

Your other interests, or hobbies? 

Dancing, reading and cooking. 

Your goal in life? 

My goal is to bring awareness for comprehensive health and happiness.  People think that Ayurveda is just medicine, but Ayurveda is, in essence, the science of life. It is all in our kitchen and our surroundings — the herbs, the plants, or think of what you may. My goal is to connect people, not just patients, with Ayurveda — and, make health and healthy, active living a daily habit, or practice.

Dr AMREEN, BAMS, MSc [Yoga Therapy], is a consulting Ayurveda physician @ Dhatri Ayurveda, Ambalpady, Udupi, and Ayurvedeeyam, Kadiyali, Udupi, Karnataka, India.

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