Krya Ayurveda Series – Making friends with Ayurveda

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As a company, we are quite proud to have all our products and principles inspired by the principles of traditional Indian medicine. And it is to the principles of Ayurevda and Siddha we turn to when we formulate products or answer our consumer queries.

We are fortunate in our journey to have the support of respected Ayurvedic vaidyas like Dr.Anupama Santosh and Dr.Santosh of Shrestha Ayurvedic Centre.  We are privileged that such reputed Ayurvedic Vaidyas have found Krya’s products useful for their patients.

For our hair series last month, Dr.Anupama had written a post on her experiences with natural haircare products and why she supports completely natural products like ours. This was received extremely well by our readers, and gave a new perspective to the question of product toxicity and safety.

I have been long thinking of doing a continuing education series on Ayurveda for the benefit of Krya’s consumers and our blog readers. This is imperative as knowledge and belief in Ayurveda is fast falling and there is a rise in unscrupulous elements who are exploiting people’s inherent belief in Ayurveda with sub standard products / advice.

I was very grateful for Dr.Anupama’s quick response in agreeing to do a continuing series on Ayurveda for us. It is my belief that her rich experience, learning and practical wisdom will help many of us understand and appreciate better the tenets of Ayurveda.

Here is the first of Krya’s series on Ayurveda, written by Dr.Anupama Santosh.


 

Ayurveda is a ‘cool way of living’

Ayurveda is a cool way of living. The general perception of Ayurveda is like that of a rigid, self righteous, strict moral science teacher who says ‘no pain, no gain’ and all that. With all the talk and instructions about DOs and DONTs, pathyas, musts and shoulds, bitter medicines, etc., isn’t it true? One may ask. I beg to differ.

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Ayurveda, though received with respect and followed with fearful veneration by the ‘believers’ is often misunderstood and alienated as a hard task master. When embraced gently and lovingly, Ayurveda turns out to be a gentle friend for life, through thick and thin. What do you call someone who tells what you are actually like and what you can do/how you can be, to get the best out of your life? Best friend??

When I first started at the Ayurveda college, I was totally bewildered by the classics. They spoke about elementary stuff. Learning how to brush and clean your tongue (Dinacharya) is not what you expect in your medical college. And I thought ‘what did I get myself into ?’. But, over the years, as I explore with patience and awe, Ayurveda unravels beautifully, not just as a medical science, but as a life science, leading, protecting and supporting as a guiding light in every walk of life.

Ayurveda is probably the only life science which explores every aspect of life of a common man. And the purpose is not to deprive, but to enable us to fulfill the purusharthas- Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. It is not a restrictive path, it is path of understanding and personal enlightenment. Ayurveda celebrates the uniqueness of each individual by identifying the type (Prakriti) and providing guidelines to the well being of every kind.

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Based on this knowledge, I have suggested some small, easy and doable things to my patients and they find the results astonishing. For instance, when patients with Vata predominant prakriti are convinced to include cow’s ghee in their diet, they find it unbelievable to see how their perpetually dry skin looks moisturized naturally.

Some of the regimens mentioned in the classics are so powerful that, even doing 10% of it yields results. For instance, whenever I mention Abhyanga, patients always complain that it is time consuming and impractical. When I push them to try a shorter version of application of oil  on the body just 10 mins before bath and using a suitable hair oil at least twice a week, even if it is for half an hour before washing , they come back impressed with its effect on their skin and hair.

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Ayurveda promotes the understanding of one’s health/ body and mind, and how to nurture it to not just live longer but, live with the best quality of life in harmony with nature. Let’s consider an example; the classics describe the various seasons and the aahara-vihaara (food & lifestyle) suitable or not suitable for that particular season (Rutucharya). (Including details like when to eat Puliyogare and when is the best time to have sex). So, when we look at the whole year, we are almost indulging in everything we like, but at the right time and in the right amount and in the right way. So there is no question of deprivation and Ayurveda is not a prude science. And we get to do everything without falling sick. So, I think I am justified calling Ayurveda ‘ A cool Science’

Ayurvedic medicine, is but a part of this beautiful, all encompassing science of life. Ayurveda promotes a wholesome and happy life. It shows us a path to have fun, enjoy life to the fullest with the gift of good health. Ayurveda gently nudges all of us to understand, love and respect oneself and do the right thing to nourish our body, mind and soul.

Ayurveda is a friend, indeed! Let’s be BFF with Ayurveda!

 

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Dr.Anupama is an Ayurvedic consultant at Shreshtha Ayurvedic Center based in Bangalore. She believes that the Ayurvedic way of living is more relevant today than ever before. Her success in treating infertility cases has earned her immense love and gratitude from her patients. She is also a medical consultant for some Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical companies and advises them on product formulation and development of proprietary Ayurvedic medicines.

 

About Shreshtha Ayrvedic Centre, Bangalore

Shreshtha Ayurvedic Center, founded in 1997, is run by leading Ayurvedic consultants Dr.Santosh and Dr.Anupama. Though the center is located in Koramangala, Bangalore, patients from various parts of the country visit, owing to the genuine Ayurvedic treatment made available here. Apart from the consultation services, the center is equipped with a good pharmacy stocking Kottakkal medicines and organic lifestyle products. A Panchakarma center is also maintained at the center, which offers none of the spa kind of massages ( which is often confused for Panchakarma), but authentic, classical chikitsa with curative effect. To reach out to the growing demand of patients outside Bangalore, Shreshtha Ayurvedic Center started their Online consultation portal and also shipping facilty for prescribed medicines, which has had an overwhelming response. More details on www.ayursambhasha.com and Shreshtha’s facebook page.

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Is your natural product really natural? – an ayurvedic doctor’s perspective

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This is a guest post written by Dr.Anupama Santosh of Shreshtha Ayurvedic Centre, Bangalore, an Ayurveda Centre that offers authentic, high quality and effective, personalised Ayurvedic therapies to meet people’s health needs . Dr.Anupama Santosh and Dr.Santosh, regularly prescribe Krya’s hair and skin products to their patients.

At the end of most consultations involving complaints related to hair& skin, I am often posed with this question:

“Doctor, what do you suggest to wash my hair with? Not that I use any brand, I am very careful and choose only herbal shampoos. Hope that’s fine, Doctor!”

In my practice, spanning over 15 years, I have tried to answer this query in various ways. I have often told my patients, what the label “herbal/ayurvedic product” can mean and to what extent, it can be herbal and (un)safe. A labeled herbal product can get away with containing a miniscule amount of herbs in it bringing a great deal of advantage to a pharma company which can just add a herb for namesake and marketing it.

I also mention my 7 years of experience as a consultant in the pharmaceutical companies where I am also involved in product development. I use this as a background to explain the concept of fillers, preservatives, artificial coloring agents and other additives to products. Thankfully, the understanding and acceptance of this kind of information is much more now than ever before.

So, after the shock and incredulity passes, their next question is this: “OK, doctor! Please give us some better and safe options and make them available.”

And this is exactly where I became less chatty. Not with an intention to hold back, but because of the lack of trustworthy products. Recommending a product to a patient, is a huge responsibility which I am not willing to take unless I am really, really sure.

Over the years, I have suggested herbs which patients can mix and use, which is practical only for a handful people who have the time and willingness to do it.

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At our clinic, we do make a lot of our own medicines and we did try and make a herbal hair wash and a hair mask which worked really well. But, we did not have the bandwidth and time to pursue these products for long. And another major requirement is also to have various options of hair washes and hair masks to suit specific needs like prakriti/dosha/roga/age. After all, Ayurveda is rogi-specific not roga-specific (specific to the patient and not specific to the disease)

And in this long pursuit for safe and effective hair care products for my patients, I came across Krya products. I was ecstatic to find their thoughts reflected mine. I immediately ordered a few products and started prescribing them. Initially, I had to spend some time educating patients (mostly the younger lot) about methods of washing hair with a powder as opposed to washing with a frothy shampoo. After a couple of months, the feedback has been really good.  Some of them have become more aware of the other unsafe products they have been using and have started picking up the face wash range as well.

My husband Dr.Santosh, specializes in treatment of Skin problems and is relieved to have found Krya products which he confidently prescribes to his patients with eczema and scalp psoriasis.

We are prescribing Krya products regularly for about 6 months now and are extremely glad to associate with their team. Thank you, Krya, for helping us to further our endeavor towards safe and chemical free healthy living.

About Dr.Anupama Santosh:

Dr Anupama SantoshDr.Anupama is an Ayurvedic consultant at Shreshtha Ayurvedic Center based in Bangalore. She believes that the Ayurvedic way of living is more relevant today than ever before. Her success in treating infertility cases has earned her immense love and gratitude from her patients. She is also a medical consultant for some Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical companies and advises them on product formulation and development of proprietary Ayurvedic medicines.

About Shreshtha Ayrvedic Centre, Bangalore

Shreshtha Ayurvedic Center, founded in 1997, is run by leading Ayurvedic consultants Dr.Santosh and Dr.Anupama. Though the center is located in Koramangala, Bangalore, patients from various parts of the country visit, owing to the genuine Ayurvedic treatment made available here. Apart from the consultation services, the center is equipped with a good pharmacy stocking Kottakkal medicines and organic lifestyle products. A Panchakarma center is also maintained at the center, which offers none of the spa kind of massages ( which is often confused for Panchakarma), but authentic, classical chikitsa with curative effect. To reach out to the growing demand of patients outside Bangalore, Shreshtha Ayurvedic Center started their Online consultation portal and also shipping facilty for prescribed medicines, which has had an overwhelming response.

You can explore more about Shreshtha on their website and facebook page

Team Krya would like to thank Dr.Anupama Santosh and Dr.Santosh for their generous support of our work. We are privileged that such reputed Ayurvedic Vaidyas have found Krya’s products useful for their patients.


 

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