“The Power of Healing lies within everyone, but very few of them are aware of this power & when you know, it’s you, your mind, your willpower that has the potential to raise this power and make it work for you to start your healing journey”.– Dr. Kavya
Dr. Kavya is a specialist in Ayurveda Panchakarma. She received the degree from one of the renowned universities in India, RGUHS (Rajiv Gandhi university of health sciences).
Pushing herself to the limit in experiencing and learning Ayurveda and Panchakarma from the top Ayurvedic physicians of India makes her stand out.
She is one of the few who went for clinical as well as an experimental research on the pathology called Hypothyroidism and put a great insight on the same. She has published a few articles on diseases treated by Ayurveda panchakarma. Also, she has attended multiple seminars and presented scientific papers on Ayurveda.
On 22nd Dec 2017, she won the best paper presenter award in an “International conference on Ayurveda and medicinal plants” held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. On 26th March 2019, she received the prestigious award (gold medal) and certificate from the governor of Karnataka for acquiring highest marks in university in the field of Ayurveda panchakarma specialty.
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This is my Ayurveda Interview with Dr. Kavya
What attracted you to Ayurveda?
I did not come from a family of doctors. As early as elementary school, I developed a love for science. I somehow knew very early on that medicine was the career for me. The idea of being a part of a profession focused on helping others regardless of circumstance, focused on facilitating people leading to healthier and therefore happier lives. When I took the entrance examination, my scores were good enough to enter Ayurveda but not Medicine (Allopathy). I accepted the fact and studied Ayurveda. After a year of studying, I understood the basics of it. And when I completed my bachelors and post graduation, I understood that this is it! I’m blessed to have crossed the path of Ayurveda and be able to study this ancient wisdom which our ancestors followed and healed themselves. Now I know the reason, I thank god today and each day that I’m in this community treating plenty of patients and watching them heal through this system of medicine. It attracts me more and more & gives me hope to practice Ayurveda even more.
Tell us a little bit more about your work in the Ayurveda field. For how long have you been practicing it?
I would say more than a system of medicine, Ayurveda is a lifestyle. Since the day I learnt the depth of Ayurveda, I started living accordingly, by following certain ayurvedic daily rituals and eating according to my body type. So yes, I have been living with Ayurveda now for 11 years, and have been practicing it to treat & heal patients for 5 years. I treat all sorts of health conditions, try to understand the underlying cause as per ayurvedic diagnosis and treat accordingly depending on where the pathology lies.
Who inspired / inspires you?
Great question. More than an inspiration, I would say that I have learnt/still learning from people who were/are in my life. I learn from my family members, my pet, kids & my surroundings. I learn from the people who cross paths of mine. There is so much to learn and so many things to take inspiration from. Everybody & everything in this universe has something to teach us, the way we perceive them is what really matters.
Why do you think it is important, for anyone, to practice Ayurveda?
Great question again.
Like I said before, Ayurveda is a lifestyle, the fundamentals of ayurveda revolves around keeping our health optimum. And for this there are ayurvedic rituals to follow on a daily basis, so if one practices these ayurvedic daily rituals then he/she is going to be healthy and free from diseases throughout life. Thus, it is important to practice ayurveda everyday & make it a sustainable lifestyle.
What tips would you give someone who wants to be healthier but doesn’t know how.
How to start?
Ok, for someone who wishes to have a healthier life and doesn’t know where and how to start I highly recommend them to seek help & connect with a health professional. And talk to them about how you feel and what changes you’re willing to bring to your life. Reaching out for help is not bad.
In these difficult times, what Ayurveda suggestions can you provide us to feel less stress and anxiety?
I always consider a holistic approach in treating various diseases. One thing you need to understand is that this time shall pass too. And do not worry about the things which are not under your control, try to avoid over thinking.
Vata pacifying diet and regular abhyanga will definitely help. I highly recommend Meditating and practicing gratitude, not just during a pandemic but regularly. Make it a habit to sit with yourself and bring your consciousness on your breathing. Showing gratitude to things you have in your life, being thankful for the food you eat, air you breathe, the family you have. To all the beautiful things happening in your life. These practices will help you calm down & worry less.
Your favorite remedy against cough?
Cough is a medical condition where the treatment definitely depends on the individual. But the basic remedy would be facial steaming with turmeric and my favourite warm salt water gargling which is beneficial to manage cough of recent origin.
How does Ayurveda help you take care of your skin?
Holding a master’s degree in Panchakarma, I self-practice seasonal Panchakarma therapies to detox my body and rejuvenate. Eating according to my body type, warm and freshly cooked food (foods rich in prana) will definitely add up to my healthy skin. My affinity towards Meditation, Pranayama and regular Abhyanga are the ones which I follow ritually to have that extra glow.
What would be an ideal Ayurvedic breakfast?
There are no standardized breakfast recipes in Ayurveda. The food which is a staple is good for consumption. The traditional/ cultural ethnicity is intertwined with food. So one should eat what they have been cooking since their childhood with their family. Having said that, keeping light, warm and moist breakfast is good to start the day as the digestive fire before 10am is not optimum to digest a heavy breakfast.