Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
- Tell us more about yourself. Who are you?
I am Dr. Balaji S. Pawar and I practice Ayurveda. I have obtained my graduate and post-graduate degrees in Ayurveda from Poona in India. I am an Associate Professor and I teach ‘Dravyaguna’. I also have my own practice.
- How did you get into Ayurveda?
Being from India, I was born and brought up in the state of Kerala where Ayurveda is practiced in daily life. Since the mainstream medical science there was Ayurveda, it had a significant influence on me. I also wanted to help those in need, which motivated me to take up Ayurveda.
- How did Ayurveda change your life? What happened?
Ayurveda has always showed me how to live a healthier and peaceful life, as well as being kind and helpful to those in need. As a preventive medical science, Ayurveda has also helped me live a better life.
- How would you describe the Ayurvedic doshas to a beginner?
The three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha have their own properties which help the body maintain balance and not fall ill. When explaining the basics of the doshas, I usually say that Vata is related to movement and pain in the body, Pitta is related to digestion and blood, and Kapha has to do with stability in the body. I try to make my patients understand the basics, which helps them relate to Ayurveda.
- Can you explain the Ayurvedic dietary rules in simple terms?
The basics of eating are related to Agni (digestive fire). There are several major principles:
- Eat only when hungry
- Eat to fill up only half of your stomach
- Do not eat Virrudha ahar (incompatible foods)
- Eat food according to the specifics of your dosha. Make sure it can be digested, which helps you be healthier by boosting your immunity.
- Any final words?
Ayurveda has been written for the benefit of mankind and can be applied to any part of the world. It not only promotes health but also covers preventive health. Overall, it is helpful for the healthy and sick alike.