‘I Owe It All To Ayurveda’

Dr RASHMI C SUVARNA responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire. 

Why and how did you think of becoming a doctor?

I never thought of becoming a doctor until it happened.

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

I think it was during my post-grad studies that I learned the best lesson of my life — that everything depends upon a doctor’s skill, approach and results in Ayurveda treatment, and not just the illness in isolation. This was the pivot. It inspired me to be what I am today — a classical Ayurveda physician.

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

Ayurveda is, quite simply, the reason why I took the decision to practice medicine. Ayurveda has helped me to grow mentally, spiritually, and also in the psyche. It has given me the great opportunity to heal my patients in different ways and [for me] to grow socially, as also professionally.

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

The results I’ve given to my patients in various ailments; as also the comfort with the medications, along with empathy.

What is your best definition of optimal wellness and why?

Optimal wellness: it ensures physical and mental balance, yes, but only when we follow the credo with a certain aggregate of discipline.

Your ‘best’ case?

A case of allergic rhinitis — which was as tricky as anything I’ve ever seen in my clinical practice.

Your ‘not-so-good’ case?

A case of inveterate eczema [atopic dermatitis] — that just did not respond to the best mode of treatment envisaged.

What appeals to you the most?

When people are committed to their own health and that of their family.

What annoys you the most?

Patients who try their ‘best’ to be doctors — with more than a little help from the ’Net.

Your favourite book?

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi.

Your favourite joke?

Hmm, all jokes are quite my favourites.

Your favourite song?

Innunu Bekagide [Mundina Nildana/Starring Praveen Tej/Radhika Narayan et al/Vasuki Vaibhav].

Your favourite movie?

Simple Aag Ond Love Story [Starring Rakshith Shetty/Swetha Srivatsav]. 

Your favourite TV, Netflix show?

The Family Man

Your other interests, or hobbies?

Singing; reading books.

Your goal in life?

Be the best version of myself.

Dr RASHMI C SUVARNA, BAMS, MS [Ayurveda], is Chief Consultant, AyuRashmi Clinic, Kinnigoli, Mangaluru, Karnataka. She’s been practicing Ayurveda for over seven years, specialising in spinal and joint diseases, lifestyle disorders, allergies, migraine, viral infections etc. She also provides comprehensive care with counselling, medications, panchakarma therapies and acupuncture. Her other interests include making handmade cosmetic products for skin and hair care, aside from creating awareness about Ayurveda in the community. She lives in Mangaluru, India.


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