'Ayurveda' conjures up images of relaxing massages and steamy baths with fresh
scent of medicinal herbs wafting through the air to instill in us an
exhilarating sense of wellbeing. Popping pills is easy for those on the go, but
the principles and practice of ayurveda, an alternative medicine, guarantee
rejuvenation of the whole system—body, mind and soul, to enhance a person's
health and quality of life.
Medindia spoke to Dr Sridevi Rajeev, Director and Chief
Physician of AVN Arogya
. AVN, formerly known as Arya Vaidya
Nilayam was instituted in 1930 by late Aryavaidyan N Rama Varier, a well known disciple of the late Vaidya Ratnam P S Varier of Kottakkal
. Dr Sridevi, along
with her husband Dr Rajeev C Warrier, has been heading and managing ayurvedic
clinics and treatment centers at Madurai and Mumbai. She is successfully
running AVN Arogya Ayurvedic Hospital, a 100 bed state-of-the art facility at
the temple city of Madurai, in Tamil Nadu, South India.
‘"The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well" - Hippocrates.’
An expert in
'Ayurvedic Panchakarma', the traditional Ayurvedic therapeutic process which
addresses the root cause of the problem and corrects the essential balance of
the three primary life forces or 'Tridosha' in body, Dr. Sridevi specializes in
Ayurvedic pediatrics and focuses on developmental neurological problems
encountered in children like ADHD, Autism, Cerebral palsy etc. Backed by
hands-on training in modern gynecology, Dr. Sridevi has combined 21 years of
Ayurvedic practice with in-depth knowledge in nutrition and dietetics to devise
comprehensive solutions for several health problems encountered during the most
important phase of a women's life - pregnancy.
Q. As an
alternative medicine, the healing efficacy of Ayurvedic therapy is well known
around the world. But in a fast paced world many people find the treatment
prolonged and cumbersome as against the quick route of popping pills. Can you
tell us how people who choose Ayurveda stand to benefit by the treatment?
ancient science of life, has laid great stress on the importance of a
constructive approach to healthcare. It is very important to think ahead and
focus on staying healthy rather than undergo the suffering from various
ailments. Also, shortcuts to healthcare only work in the short term
. It is very
important to have a holistic approach especially in chronic problems like joint
pains due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Cervical spondylosis, Lumbar
etc, which are very common today, where, the need of the hour
is a preventive and holistic approach to promote healing. So, in the long run,
preventive healthcare that implies an all-inclusive approach including diet,
lifestyle pattern, exercise regime, a positive outlook as well as timely and
periodic detoxification and rejuvenation, results in positive health. Ayurveda
has elaborated several methods for detoxification and rejuvenation and these
have been adapted to suit the needs of the current generation, thus enabling
anyone today to reap the benefits of this great science.
Q. Tell us
about AVN Arogya, your health facility, highlighting some of the health issues
in people you've treated, and therapies and cures that happened at the center?
uniqueness of the approach to healthcare at AVN is the adaptation of the
time-tested knowledge of health to contemporary needs. Situated away from the
hustle and bustle and yet close enough to Madurai in South India, amidst acres
of lush greenery, AVN Arogya hospital provides the ideal setting for a complete
healing experience. The hospital combines a health orientation with a restful
living experience to ensure that a hospital stay need not always be a cause for
anxiety and apprehension.
At the Outpatient and
In-patient level, we handle a variety of ailments: •
& muscle problems like Osteo
spondylosis, Sciatica •
problems like Stroke, Facial paralysis, Migraine, Chronic
headache, Diabetic neuropathy •
like Systemic Lupus Erythmatosis, Multiple sclerosis, Ankylosing spondylosis, Rheumatoid arthritis •
like Recurrent infections, Sinusitis,
Tonsillitis, Bronchial asthma, Bronchitis •
like indigestion, hyperacidity, constipation, liver disorders, Peptic ulcer,
Chronic amoebiasis, Piles, Fissures •
problems like stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression, sleeplessness •
problems like Irritable bowel syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, Anorexia nervosa,
Bulimia, to name a few.
patients from abroad are keen to experiment with Ayurvedic therapies. In your
experience, is it easy to explain to them how this medicine works? How often do
they have to visit your center or can they stay at your center till the
treatment is over? Give us some details.
Patients from abroad are very keen and open to alternate
systems of medicine and it is quite easy to explain to them about the therapies
and procedures as well as how Ayurveda functions. Then, they are ready to
submit themselves to the treatments planned and very often strictly adhere to
the instructions given. For chronic ailments that need therapeutic procedures,
we advise an in-patient session which may have to be repeated at a frequency of
a year or so, followed by intake of medications for specific periods of time.
Some patients do well with a course of therapy followed by medications and
exercises. For other cases, they may just need to follow some medications and
make some changes in their diet and lifestyle patterns that will help them
recover almost fully.
Q. Do you use
modern diagnostic tools such as X Rays and Scans to diagnose ailments? And how
do people who visit you from afar get their refill of medicines?
A. We have an integrated approach to healthcare and make use
of modern diagnostic tools such as X Rays and Scans, wherever necessary, to
diagnose ailments. We also have specialists in the fields of Neurology,
Developmental Neurology and other fields of medicine visiting us as consultants
and we also offer panel consultations to provide maximum benefit to the
Q. Do you offer
some health packages, health massages and beauty treatments that people would
like to take up during a vacation to enhance their health and looks and get
back to their work with renewed vigor and freshness?
The hectic pace of life today coupled with irregular eating
& sleeping habits and the rising levels of pollution make one prone to many
health complications. Taking this into account, we also offer a wide range of
comprehensive preventive healthcare programs that include Detox programs, skin and beauty care
packages, relaxation and rejuvenation packages
Wellness programs involving Ayurvedic therapies, Yoga, meditation, a
healthy diet and a serene and soothing atmosphere can help you to bounce back
to pulsating health.
One could ideally have a detailed consultation with our physicians who
design individually tailor-made programs for their special needs or choose from
any of our pre-defined wellness packages.
the ayurvedic system of medicine aims to rid the body of toxins, promote good
health, prevent diseases and provide the key to longevity. Methods of treatment
are based on simple and natural principles and products that work best if a proper
diet and lifestyle is maintained along with medicine.