‘Less Is Best Medicine’

Dr BHAVYA responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire. 

Why and how did you think of becoming a doctor?

That I became a doctor was a dream-come-true for me and my parents too. My parents ingrained in me that classical ethos to serve people, the ill and the needy. They called it god’s decree, also work, or worship.

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

I was keen to make holistic medicine my profession and career. And, what better than Ayurveda for it?

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

Being a doctor is tough — that is, outside of all the respect and glamour. Also, one needs to put in a great deal of effort to cultivating the idea of natural healing with a good deal of patient involvement —  with enormous patience with patients.

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

Adapting to changes and using newer treatment modalities, like agnikarma, as also preparation of our own medicines, among others.

What is your best definition of optimal wellness and why?

Optimal mental, emotional and physical well-being of the person — and, living in harmony with nature.

Your best case?

It was a case of herpes — it responded well to my Ayurveda treatment, when other options failed to provide tangible relief.

Your ‘not-so-good’ case? 

A case of vitiligo [white patches]. It failed to respond, notwithstanding my best efforts.

What appeals to you the most?

When my patients get good results by following all my instructions to the core.

What annoys you the most?

Unavailability of quality medicines, at times, and when patients just don’t follow my prescriptions, or instructions, and go to Google for ‘self-treatment.’

Your favourite book? 

Yegdagella Aithe by Belagere Krishna Shastri. 

Your favourite joke? 

Why can’t the river listen — kyun ki wo beh-r[ah]i hai.

Your favourite song?

Chalte chalte [Chalte Chalte/1976/Kishore Kumar/Amit Khanna/Bappi Lahiri].

Your favourite movie?

Taare Zameen Par [2007; Aamir Khan/Darsheel Safary].

Your favourite TV, Netflix show?

The Family Man [2019; Manoj Bajpayee/Priyamani/Sharad Kelkar/Neeraj Madhav/Sharib Hashmi/Dalip Tahil/ Sunny Hinduja/Shreya Dhanwanthary/Samantha Ruth Prabhu]. 

Your other interests, or hobbies?

Gardening, playing chess.

Your goal in life? 

To be able to treat all treatable medical cases with minimal medicines — where less is best medicine.

Dr BHAVYA, BAMS, is a private Ayurveda physician from Chitradurga, Karnataka, India. She is liked by all the women folk in her area of practice, more so, for her contribution in treating gynaecological cases, as also her compassion and dedication towards the overall well-being of her patients. She, along with her doctor-husband, formulate home-made medicines for patients with a personalised, or bespoke, intent, and also for safe, effective results.

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