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Ayurveda education: A student's perspective

International Journal of Ayurveda Research
Medknow Publications
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7788.64410
  • Education Forum
  • Biology
  • Education
  • Medicine


"India has or rather had the knowledge of the spirit, but she neglected matter and suffers for it. The West has the knowledge of matter but rejected the spirit and suffers badly for it. An integral education, which could, with some variations be adapted to all the nations of the world, must bring back the legitimate authority of the spirit over a matter. Yet, knowledge of the matter must also be fully developed and utilized …" (The Mother at Sri Aurobindo Ashram) INITIATION INTO AYURVEDA A fascination for the physiology of water and ionic exchanges in the nephron curiously drew me to medicine, quite conveniently brushing aside 2 years of preparation for the Indian Institute of Technology entrance examination. After being a guinea pig for different systems of medicine as an asthmatic patient for many years, I had finally found a peaceful night's rest during the monsoons, with Ayurvedic treatment consisting of decoctions of pathyadi and dashmoola with kankayani vati. From a crippling dependence on salbutamol inhalers to a rather rounded facial appearance due to a florid Cushing's syndrome developed by an adulterated corticosteroid administration by a quack practitioner, I had suffered enough. Wanting to be an empowered patient rather than a guinea pig and following many dinnertime conversations with my mother, who felt a need to safeguard Ayurveda; and my chartered accountant father, whose love for nature and medicine continues to inspire me, I took the plunge into the unknown world of Ayurveda at the age of 18. Unsurprisingly, the choice seemed irrational to everyone else, as it involved turning down a conventional medicine seat at Grant Medical College to start my Ayurvedic education at R. A. Podar Ayurvedic Medical College. I was frequently mocked at; overtly then, covertly now. My choice was emboldened by conversations with Makrand Dave a mystic poet who saw no reason why scientific disciplines could not bridge across both ancient and modern medicine.[1] By creatively and scientifically co

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