Having spent over 27 years practising Ayurveda, Dr. Anita Satyarthi is among the select few in Delhi who have learned from their experiences vastly. The best of her expertise relates to obesity and hair problems. She practises from her own clinic, Adarsh Ayurveda, in Laxmi Nagar. NirogStreet talked to her to know the journey she has made so far. Read the conversation below.
Please tell us about your educational background and professional qualification briefly.
I come from a science background. I studied B.Sc. before pursuing my B.A.M.S. from Ayurvedic & Unani Tibbia College and Hospital, Delhi. I completed B.A.M.S. in 1989. Thereafter I finished my internship and took the house-job (residency) at Tibbia Hospital for six months. Because of my excellent performance, I got an extension of another six months. That was 1990-91. Then I joined Green Shield Healthcare which is located in Pitampura. I worked there for seven years. I primarily used to treat obesity and related problems there. Later on, I started my own clinic, Adarsh Ayurveda.
Not just a great practitioner, a meticulous scholar too, Dr. Satyarthi. We’re inspired. Would you tell us why did you choose Ayurvedic practices? How Ayurveda happened to you, after all?
I always had an interest in herbs. My grandfather used a number of home remedies. Perhaps I picked my cues from him. I have always loved greenery, the nature, the many ingredients and supplies of our day-to-day life that it produces.
What is your experience when it comes to treating patients? Do they trust the treatment?
I think people already have faith. You just have to substantiate it a little. Once you show them your own confidence, reassure them, and bring positive results with your treatment, they would easily be able to rely on that faith. You know what I mean. It is an important thing to understand. But I admit there are the other sort of patients also, the ones who have become tired after receiving numerous allopathic treatments without much success. It takes time to convince them, but again, if your treatment works, they are ultimately rewarded with a sense of trust and peace. Also, some patients come straightaway to try Ayurveda.
Another aspect is that you have to know what you are. It is best to avoid prescribing allopathic medicines along with Ayurveda ones, except in special cases and emergencies. Mixed-pathy is something I’d never suggest. I am a pure Ayurveda practitioner. I would never find the satisfaction I feel when a patient gets relief and cure just through the Ayurveda treatment. It is great feeling always.
Any challenge that you face as a practitioner?
I think every patient, every case of illness is a unique challenge. A lot of the patients who turn up at my clinic suffer from chronic ailments. They are the ones who have tried allopathy, which has made it only worse for them with so many side effects to deal with. People have to be aware what the treatment is doing to them.
Any out of ordinary situation that you have faced while treating a patient?
Once a patient came all the way from Rajasthan. He had allergic psoriasis which caused patches all over his body. The diagnosis was really quite tricky in this case. Ultimately I discovered that he was allergic to eggs and the albumin intolerance was causing severe liver toxicity.
How effective is traditional medicine as a cure?
It is completely effective. You just have to be careful about preparing the medicines strictly as per the guidelines. Purity and precision have very crucial role in the efficacy of any Ayurvedic medicine.
What do you think of Ayurveda’s future and its role in Integrated Medicine?
Ayurveda students are taught parts of allopathy too. So, if you have studied it in your curriculum, of course you can be partially allowed to give allopathy prescriptions. For example, in gynaecology, you have to somewhat depend upon some allopathic treatment. As far as we have an Ayurvedic choice, we should stick to it.
Do you think NirogStreet is making a difference by striving to connect the mainstream society exclusively to Ayurveda practitioners through dedicated technology platforms?
I like the platform that NirogStreet is building. It is indeed a very good initiative. Ayurveda was sidelined for all these years because the Vaidya Gurus hardly shared their knowledge with others and the knowledge was just too restricted. With NirogStreet, we can direct our queries, clear our confusions, share our expertise, etc. It is highly necessary. It not just benefits the doctors mutually and but ultimately helps the patients get cured more effectively and quickly. One practitioner cannot be an expert in every disease. It comes with practice, type of cases they encounter more frequently, and experience.
Any hobbies or activities you engage in, outside your professional life?
Writing is my interest. I contribute to books and blogs regularly. It is the hobby that I have. It lets me share my insights and learnings from the entire work of my life.
What message would you like to convey to the people on wellbeing?
I’d advise them to adopt Ayurveda and understand the health advantages of various herbs. They should cooperate the Ayur-Vaidyas so that they can be cured well.