‘Less Is More Medicine’

Dr Reeti YADAV responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire. 

Why and how did you think of becoming a doctor?

I was always in awe of doctors, what with the natural respect they have in society, from my childhood. This prompted me to be a doctor. I also realised that being a doctor was the best way to serve humanity. This propelled me to transform my dream into reality. 

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

My grandfather was a native, folklore healer who used to treat illnesses with roots, flowers, leaves of local plants and also by chanting mantras. I was impressed with the positive results of his treatment. This led me to enrol and study — professionally — the ancient-modern science of Ayurveda.

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

First and foremost, Ayurveda has helped me to lead a healthy, well-balanced life. It has taught me, thanks to its timeless guidelines, to treat illness, or disease, and maintain my own physical and mental health, as also harmonious balance. I have translated this personal, academic, professional and in-clinic holistic practice experience to helping and treating my patients.

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

I aim at treating a majority of my patients by changing their lifestyle, eating habits and also incorporating select yoga asanas for each case, along with appropriate medicines. This, I believe, is most useful in preventing recurrence of disease too. This has made my patients happy and also [re]assured with my treatment.

What is your best definition of optimal wellness and why? 

For me, optimal wellness is peace of mind with a healthy, balanced body. This also includes managing stress in personal and professional life — in other words, maintaining balance at home and the workplace.

Your best case?

There are a host of such cases. But, I’d like to highlight one classical case where a premenopausal syndrome patient with a plethora of symptoms was restored to optimal health without a single medicine. All I did was teach her to practice ‘bespoke’ yoga, that I had tailored to fit into her specific requirements, as also physiology, along with a handful of appropriate lifestyle changes. Less is, sometimes, more medicine.

Your ‘not-so-good’ case? 

I find it difficult to treat patients who only wish to take medications and not follow my advise on lifestyle and other changes.

What appeals to you the most?

Nature.

What annoys you the most?

Laziness.

Your favourite book? 

Immortal Talks by Shunya.

Your favourite joke?

Nothing specific.

Your favourite song?

Mile ho tum humko bade nasibo se [Fever/Neha Kakkar/Tony Kakkar].

Your favourite movie?

P.S. I Love You

Your favourite TV, Netflix show?

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. 

Your other interests, or hobbies?

Music.

Your goal in life?

To live a happy, peaceful life, and treat my patients in the best manner possible — with a thoroughly professional, also empathetic approach, while understanding each of them as being as distinctive as their signature, or fingerprint.

Dr REETI YADAV, BAMS, MS [Prasuti Tantra], is Associate Professor, at SBSDJ Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Farrukhabad, UP. Her areas of expertise include stree roga [gynaecological disorders], viz., PCOS, dysmenorrhoea, menstrual irregularities, pubertal and menopausal disorders.

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