A Conversation with Dr.Priya Bahuleyan, Ayurvedic Physician

Dr. Priya Bahuleyan is a senior Ayurveda physician and lifestyle consultant at Kerala Ayurveda Ltd. In this discussion with Uma editors, she talks about an Ayurvedic lifestyle, her favorite recipes and more.

1. In your opinion, what are the first 3-5 things an individual can do to get started on an Ayurvedic way of life?

In my opinion the  things one should follow to get started on an ayurvedic lifestyle are:
* Faith in the system, 
* A mindset to adopt sustainable lifestyle changes,
* Approach a qualified Ayurveda doctor only ,
* Patience for recovering from chronic conditions.

2. Can you share a few examples of when you have seen Ayurveda at its most transformative, or essentially its best?

I have seen it in lifestyle disorders and rejuvenative health.

3. Are there certain situations, persons, or diseases that you have found Ayurveda to be more valuable for?

I find ayurveda to be more beneficial in maintaining one’s gut health and curing respiratory diseases*.

4.  Are there situations  or conditions you believe Ayurveda may not work, or that other modalities may provide greater impact?

Of course! Emergency management is not our thing. Any system of medicine which heals a person be it Allopathy, Homeo, Siddha or Chinese must be respected. 

[Note from UMA Editors: If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911 (or your local medical emergency number) or seek immediate care from the nearest hospital]

5. What are some recommendations you have for someone to get the most out of their initial Ayurveda journey?

I recommend people to find the right qualified and licensed Ayurveda doctor and regular follow up to avoid adverse consequences, especially in the initial phases of ayurveda journey.

6. When choosing an Ayurvedic doctor, what are some of the questions you recommend someone ask? Are there other things you recommend people research to ensure a good fit with their Ayurvedic doctor?

In my view a Doctor’s Qualification and reputation must be checked and most importantly he/she should be empathetic and approachable to the patient.

7. What are the top 3-5 Ayurvedic herbs you believe we all need in our lives? Do they have any caveats or contra-indications in some situations?

Few of the Ayurvedic ingredients we all should have in our lives are neem, turmeric, tulsi, and mint.  And yes, every herb has contra-indications to some extent.

8. What are the few Ayurvedic spices we must all have in our kitchens?

The must have ayurvedic spices we all should have in the kitchen are: cumin, ajwain, fennel, pepper and hing (asafoetida).

9. Could you share a favorite Ayurvedic recipe?

My favorite ayurvedic recipe is cold infusion of coriander seeds for pitta issues.

10. Can you share a brief overview of the doshic or lifestyle or other imbalances that can lead to bloating? What do you see as the path back to balance?

Bloating can be caused by-
Vata pitta imbalance
Long sitting
Fermented foods intake
Lack of sound sleep
Fad diets
Stress, etc.
To name a few remedies- medicines, food and lifestyle corrections.

11. Please paint the picture of an Ayurvedic journey under your care as a doctor? Please touch on low-touch (remote) and high touch (basti, etc.) modalities? When do you believe a panchakarma becomes necessary? How do you recommend patients make the best of remote sessions and gain the maximum benefit before coming in for in-person treatments. 

I have successfully treated a patient from Singapore remotely for Psoriasis*. Just got done with a Bell’s palsy patient at the clinic with 100% recovery*. Panchakarma is required for chronic deep seated conditions usually. Remote consultations are challenging for both doctors and the patients as it will need frequent interactions to avoid any miss out. Not all cases can be dealt remotely. 

12. How has Ayurveda enhanced your life personally? 

Somewhere in the process of healing patients holistically, this system elevates your higher consciousness to deal with situations and people better and life in general.

*This content is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease, or affect the structure or function of the body. The information herein does not constitute medical advice. Anyone suffering from a medical condition should consult with a physician. User reviews do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results — what works for one may not work for another.

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