Dr Dhanya Ayurvedic Practitioner

“Ayurveda Is The Science Of Living” – In Conversation With Dr. Dhanya Dilip

Read on to know about Ayurveda, its benefits and how it can be practiced in our daily routine – in conversation with Dr. Dhanya Dilip.

Ayurveda, as most of us know, is an ancient science of our country that has an in-depth study of how our body works and what requires to be done to achieve balance. At Zayka Ka Tadka, we believe in passing this valuable information to our audience, so everyone can get benefited with this amazing science. These efforts and thought process made us to have a dialogue around Ayurveda, and Dr. Dhanya graciously agreed to help us achieve the same.
Dr. Dhanya Dilip is an Ayurvedic practitioner, who is familiar to audience at Zayka Ka Tadka by now. We had the pleasure of hosting her on our live videos in a series called, “Ayurveda Made Easy.” Dr. Dhanya shared many interesting and essential things about human body and how Ayurveda’s holistic approach helps us achieve good health. Dr. Dhanya even cooked the Kerala special, Avial for our audience in a live video.
Here is an excerpt on how Dr. Dhanya became an Ayurvedic expert and her views on this wonderful science.

Inspiration from childhood

Dhanya recollects her childhood days and says, “My grandfather and grandmother are my inspiration always! I remember him telling me stories about him handling his opponents in a fight through a marma technique where with a twist of his fingers over his opponents umbilicus, the person would lay stupefied unless released. Also, my grandmother giving me a regime of gingelly oil and raw eggs during the first few months of puberty, grinding up herbs in buttermilk to increase my digestive capacity and immunity etc, could be my first basic introduction to Ayurveda!
Such experiences early in Dhanya’s life, later turned out to be a deep love for medicine and ancient culture. She adds, “I have always been awed by our country, its culture, history and diversity. Right from a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be in the field of medicine, later years that was streamlined to being a doctor. After my medical entrance, though I had a seat in MBBS, all of a sudden I took a liking for Ayurveda, trying to know more about it.
The holistic method of the science attracted her quite a bit and while she entered the course, never once did she had any regret, except for one reason! “The language of the Ayurvedic texts was mostly sanskrit and the translations were more available in malayalam and hindi than english,” adds Dhanya.

Ayurveda in her own words

There are several interpretations of this ancient science and even, misconceptions sometimes! Dhanya makes us understand this in simple words- ” Ayurveda as you all know is a holistic science, but what what we don’t generally understand is how Ayurveda connects the dots of your various physical problems and the right treatment will help you have happier and problem free life. It starts right from how  the air you breathe, the soil you stand on, the utensils you cook, the vegetables you eat, your staple meal, the water you drink ,your daily regime – ultimately, your lifestyle can affect you in many ways.”

How can one achieve balance using Ayurveda

Our lifestyle has great impact on our health and Ayurveda emphasizes the same. Dhanya says, “The first few chapters in the classical texts of Ayurveda begin with advises on the daily regime and modifications to it based on your body kind. Ayurveda hence is not a science that deals with treating diseases but like how the name itself speaks- it is the the science of living or life. It emphasizes on physical and mental exercises .Following the classical way of Ayurveda will help attain a mental -physical balance and hence a healthy you.

An ideal Ayurvedic practitioner would be…

As with any holistic approach, Ayurveda focuses on maintaining the whole body in balance. Hence the practitioners usually do not attach the word, Physician to their names. To this, Dhanya explains, ” Ayurveda deals with the body, mind, spirit and soul together and not individually. An Ayurvedic doctor needs to be a psychologist too not just a physician. Hence the term Ayurveda physician is absolutely unsuitable.

Ayurveda in everyday life

Most of us stay away from Ayurveda thinking that one needs to consult an Ayurveda doctor only in case of illness. But Dr. Dhanya suggests that a simple daily routine helps us achieve a sound body and mind – the ultimate goal in Ayurveda. She suggests the following practices for everyone to start with-
Practising Ayurveda on a day to day basis in 3 most simple ways to me would be:
1. eating and drinking right
2. sleep right
3. mental and physical control through exercises and practises”

Thoughts on yoga

Yoga and Ayurveda are often linked together for a person to achieve balance. Elaborating on this, Dr. Dhanya adds, “Yoga is more than just mere physical exercises, the breathing regulation and stretches help in stimulating various vital points that help keep the body healthy and bring mental tranquility. Also,  massages help regulate and increase circulatory effects of the body.

Can Ayurveda be effective for all ailments?

This is one common question that keeps many of us in dilemma while suffering with an illness. To this Dr. Dhanya clarifies, “Of course Ayurveda can be used for all kinds of ailments. Western medicine is a rather new development of medical world. Until then I am sure your great grandfathers had just Ayurveda for their common colds or even hepatatic conditions. What is important to differentiate is the right doctor to consult,. because only the right doctor will be able to even refer you elsewhere in case of need.

Connect with Dr. Dhanya Dilip

Dr. Dhanya works towards spreading the essence of the science besides the physical consultations, like,

a. taking up online consultations
b. conduct seminars in schools and colleges , live videos
c. blogging her views and experiences on this beautiful science
d. manufacturing certain body products such as face creams purely based on the Ayurvedic principles

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