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Ayurveda does not focus on the virus, but on the person, the host: Dr Bhaswati Bhattacharya


By Bharat Upadhyay New Delhi: As alternative medicine gains popularity in the wake of COVID-19, the age-old Indian system of Ayurveda can don the role of quiet yet powerful armed forces in the fight against the coronavirus, according to Dr Bhaswati Bhattacharya. She is the Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine from New York’s Weill Cornell Medical...

Wash your hands? Indians have always been doing this – and more


By Bhaswati Bhattacharya In ancient times, Ayurveda was aware of the importance of hygiene. Ancient prescriptions recommended emptying the bowels and bladder in Nature, then covering the excrement with earth in a secluded space. As there was often no water body nearby, it necessitated conscious attention to obtaining water. A person would be seen leaving...

Sensing the Elements Around Us


Everyday Ayurveda by Bhaswati Bhattacharya Ayurveda separately emphasizes clean senses in its definitions of a healthy being. Unlike other holistic systems that discuss the Being as body, mind and sometimes the soul, which Descartes removed from the domain of medicine in 1648, Ayurvedic philosophy also focuses on a fourth component, the indriyas as the interactive tool connecting...

The Talents and Wisdom of The UnEducated


Everyday Ayurveda by Bhaswati Bhattacharya Ask a talented carpenter who carves exquisite furniture, or a stone worker who chisels breathtaking pillars and reliefs, or a silk weaver who makes gorgeous textiles, and they will likely deny the ultimate value of a university education. Many famous businessmen, healers, and thought leaders are also without a university...

Choose Harmony Rituals to Begin Your Day and Counter Dry Stagnant Cold


Everyday Ayurveda column by Bhaswati Bhattacharya To stay healthy over these next months of deep winter, rituals that work with the qualities of the environment will help you balance yourself. There are three main qualities in the late winter months: the wind and lack of sun which makes you cold, the lack of humidity and...

Why Corruption Works


Everyday Ayurveda by Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH MD (Family Medicine) PhD (Ayurveda ‑ BHU) Perhaps the root of all injustices occurring today in modern society in almost every Republic across the globe is the collective lack of priority toward high-quality education both connected with the Earth and practical for today. When the masses are uneducated and separated from their...

Talking with Your Belly


By Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya Ayurveda whispers to us to become conscious of our consciousness and of our being in our body. It tells us to frame our world when we first awaken, before opening our eyes and moving mentally into the outside world, before getting out of bed. It asks us to connect consciously with our...

Smelling Well: Opening the Senses Through the Nose


Everyday Ayurveda by Bhaswati Bhattacharya The practice of nasya is considered one of the five great cleansing works, panchakarma. Nasya is used to clean out mucous and toxins that have accumulated in the head and neck, gathering wastes from the crevices of the sinuses, nostrils, nasal cavity, mouth and throat.  From January to March, there is a natural tendency to...

THE POWER OF LOSING


Everyday Ayurveda by Bhaswati BhattacharyaDespite the wins, we all lost last year. Despite the losses, we all won last year.  Rather than making new year’s resolutions in 2021, we may find greater power in self-reflection about our attitudes about loss. Most of us lost something in 2020, a relative, friend or colleague, property, a job, hard-earned money,...