Ayurveda and my family
The last two generations of my family were practicing the Ayurveda. There are 5 doctors in my family. Three of them are practicing the ayurvedic medicine and two of them are doing the Allopathic medicine.
My grandfather is a certified Ayurvedic medical practitioner. He got his degree from the Trivandrum Ayurveda medical college, and then he established the Ayurveda practicing in 1947. My grandfather used variety of methods for curing the disease and making the medicine with the medicinal herbs and roots.
After that he decided to transfer his knowledge to his sons. Then he started to teach them about the making of the medicines in the proper traditional way. Finally, he succeeded in teaching them the whole thing he have learned years back. My father learned everything from him and is still practicing it in the old way he learned.
These are vessels that are used for making medicines. They were passed on from my ancestors in late 19th century.
My father finished his degree and stepped into the field of Ayurveda. My father worked with my grandfather and eventually he took over everything and he started to get succeeded in life. He did everything by himself with the help of his spouse. He set up many branches of clinics and exported the medicines to other places. People came from different places to see him for the cure. He used to go on business tour to other states for the medicinal purposes and collect the raw material for the production of medicine. He is old now and he starts to leave everything one by one for his retirement. But still also he is hardworking in his old age.
Ayurveda and I
Actually I’m a medical student studying in MBBS program at a University in China. While helping at my father clinics, I learned something about Ayurveda. The thing I learned is to prescribe medicine for the pain, fever, diarrhea and the first aid and remedies. But I still have a little knowledge, because it needs time to study and practice. It’s not that easy.
I think it is one of the world’s most effective treatments. Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 3000 years ago. Ayurveda doesn’t get any side effects, the major drawback of it is that it needs time. Ayurveda places great emphasis on balance of body, mind and consciousness.
Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. They combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works and they are Vata dosha (space and air), Pitta dosha (fire and water), and Kapha dosha (water and earth). It’s believed that the health issues you develop are linked to the balance of your doshas.
It is said that you should have a child’s mind to study Ayurveda, because it is one of the purest minds. The best thing I learned from father is to help people and give hope and love to the needy and how to handle the worst situation with a cool mind. My father always says “Don’t worry. Everything will happen when its time”. This still motivates me every single time.
I choose medicine to study not only because I know how to treat people from my father, but also I have a pedigree of the ayurvedic medicine and medicinal blood flowing in my veins. In the future, I plan to merge the Ayurveda into the allopathic medicine and that will be more effective for the patients.
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