Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi is an experienced Pure Ayurveda practitioner. He is an expert in Cancer, Asthma, Paralysis, and Chronic Renal Failure. He practises from his Dhanvantari Ayurveda clinic in Panchsheel Nagar, Hapur, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. He is a member of the Board of Indian Medicine, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. He is also the Secretary of U.P. State Ayurvedic Congress as well as Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad, Meerut. He is also the convenor of Arogya Bharti, Hapur, and associate member of Quality Council of India. Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi has 12 research papers, 7 new drug discoveries, 2 patent applications, and a dozen awards to his name. Read his interview with NirogStreet below.
Dr. Tyagi, why did you chose Ayurveda?
Actually, Ayurveda is in my family tradition. I am the second generation since my father is an Ayurvedic practitioner himself. I have been reading Ayurveda texts since my childhood. So, it was part of my upbringing.
Yes, there were some other suggestions too. My mamaji (maternal uncle) is a Chief Engineer in Indian Navy. He wanted me to change the field as he thought Ayurveda was full of challenges and not a promising career. But I wanted to pursue. Frankly, I didn’t face any problems whatsoever. Of course, this was all because of the prior guidance and exposure I already had to it in my family. For example, as I started formally as a student, I already knew quite enough about the Tridosha concept. I understand that many Ayurveda students face the challenges since they don’t have such a previous exposure. I used to help my batchmates and juniors by helping them understand the concepts in a more practical way. I made my privilege a way to help others. Everyone should do that.
Please tell us about your Ayurveda education and the first few years as a practitioner.
I am a M.S. in Ayurveda, general surgeon, and Panchkarma consultant. I completed my B.A.M.S. from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak in 2009. Post that, I went to different parts of India to learn the various fundamentals or tatvas of Ayurveda. For example, I went to Kerala to know the fine aspects of Panchakarma, learnt more about Ayurvedic surgery from specialists in Karnataka. Similarly, Maharashtra is famous for its Rasa Vaidyas, so I went there to learn from them. In Gujarat, you would find the best Ayurveda gynaecologists. Such is their expertise in this field, that the number of male doctors is higher than that of female doctors. I also learnt Ayurveda genetics or the pumsavana karma. I moved from state to state extensively, covering Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, eastern Uttar Pradesh, etc. as well. Thus, I got my overall teachings and hands-on experience from the best. I traveled widely just for this for an entire year after my B.A.MS. This is the real Guru Shishya Parampara.
After these years of Shiksha Diksha, I started working at a hospital in Hauz Khas. It was for 3-4 months. Then I got married. My wife is also a B.A.M.S and M.D., from the National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur. So soon after, we started our own Dhanvantari Ayurveda specialty clinic in Hapur, Ghaziabad. At the hospital, we offer specialized treatments like Panchakarma, Jalauka, Kshar Sutra, Kshar Karma, Raktav Sechan, Swarna Prashana, Pumsavana Karma, naturopathy, etc. besides the complete health care on issues related to Kayachikitsa, Stri-prasooti roga, Manovigyan, Aahar-Vihaar, Jara Chikitsa, and Adarsh Santaan Sadhna. We also provide health maintenance and prevention therapies such as Swasthya Vritta, Rasayana, yoga, and meditation. We cultivate and manufacture our own drugs so that the quality is never compromised.
What is your experience when it comes to treating patients? Do they trust the treatment?
There is no question of trust. The only challenges are availability and accessibility. If you treat patients well and have the resources and complete facilities for proper healthcare, its benefits would automatically reach more and more people. It is true that authentic Ayurveda doctors are very less and Ayurveda has been distorted by a lot of quacks to be projected as medication for sexual health related issues. This can not be further from truth. Ayurveda is a centuries-old, complete, scientific, and holistic system of medicine.
Another common misconception is that Ayurvedic treatment is slow. It is purely a myth. When it comes to diseases, there are two types of illnesses: Chronic and Acute. In Chronic diseases, you cannot be treated immediately. Even in allopathy, the treatment goes on for a long time. Besides, allopathy just treats the patients for symptoms, while Ayurveda is an integral health system of prevention, maintenance, and cure. Wrong interpretations have kept the benefits of Ayurveda from people. I’d give you an example. Suppose a patient has severe dysentery. It can be life-threatening. What allopathy does is it prescribes antibiotics and at best treats the patients by admitting them in I.P.D. (in-patient department). This process takes days and costs a lot. In Ayurveda, just one tablet twice cures the patient easily. The whole cost comes out to just 25 rupees. This is how effective and fast Ayurveda actually is. Since the modern doctors and people-in-general don’t understand Ayurveda, that’s why what you hear from them is Angoor Khatte Hain.
One more thing I’d like to add. B.A.M.S. education and practice is not applied as dedicatedly as they should be by the practitioners themselves. M.D. is necessary for teaching Ayurveda students. Now, as a matter of fact, 90% of the teachers have a huge practice-phobia. If they don’t understand clinical practice in a practical way, how do you expect them to deliver quality education. This lacuna affects the students and it shows in their low confidence as they come out to practice.
Any challenge that you face as a practitioner?
In my view, non-availability of herbs is a major challenge. There is a lack of organization in markets. Herbs either have to be cultivated to procured from far-off forests. In that too, a lot of brokering is involved which makes it too expensive. If a kilogram of neem leaves are bought by the brokers for 5 rupees, they sell it for as high as 60 rupees. And you don’t even get to know any information about the age of the leaves. This scenario has to change for better.
Another challenge comes from the manufacturers. The pharmas produce Ayurvedic drugs as per their own strategies. Palatability of drugs is an issue in Ayurveda.
One more bottleneck is the laxity in awareness, regulation and quality control by the government. Adequate advertisements are not done. More than 60 lakh clinical and non-clinical researches are lying on the internet and yet the assurity factor is highly missing.
Any out of ordinary situation that you have faced while treating a patient?
A misfortunate case did come to me sometime back. The patient was chronically ill and was suffering from piles. Due to surgery failure in allopathy, he underwent excessive bleeding. Probably due to medical negligence, the allopathic doctors treating him did not realize that the bleeding is making me him severely anaemic. The haemoglobin level had fallen to just 2.5. Blood transfusion was not a viable option. Medication resulted in stroke. He collapsed. Had the treatment been correct, he could have lived on.
How good is traditional medicine as a cure?
Traditional medicine is the only cure.
What do you think of Ayurveda’s future and its role in Integrated Medicine?
There are pros and cons to integrated medicine approach. Emergency care needs allopathic support. That’s necessary. But with the current model of bridge course, the youth will deviate to allopathy.
Ayurveda has a great future but a lot has to streamlined. The Ayurveda syllabus taught right now is low quality. Permission for testing, modern diagnostics, proper training, etc. are required immediately. Ayurveda has great use for modern diagnostic tools. Just by looking at the Gas Distended Bowel Loops in an ultrasound, ayurveda can predict the disease. It is a miraculous health science.
Do you think NirogStreet is making a difference by striving to connect the mainstream society exclusively to Ayurveda practitioners through dedicated technology platforms?
NirogStreet is definitely a good initiative. Technology people coming to Ayurveda is a good sign. I’d say set your motto high and firm. The cause of Ayurveda is going to take some time. It has its own pace. But it will reach the top ultimately. It’s a long-term endeavor. CMEs, seminars, awareness and outreach programs that you are doing are important. NirogStreet should become the bridge between the people and Ayurveda.
Any hobbies or activities you engage in, outside your professional life?
I have a joint family and I devote my free time to it. I have the hobby of photographing those tiny wildflowers to which nobody pays much attention. I am also a Herb Collector. I like to travel too.
What message would you like to convey to the people on wellbeing?
To general people, I’d urge them to become more aware about Ayurveda and do not keep it as a second choice of treatment. They should follow the ethics of Veda which postulates that if you benefitted by someone’s expertise or service, you must praise it and share it with others.
For students, my message is that they should adopt Ayurveda authentically, properly, and completely. There are people seeking Ayurveda. They must not go back disappointed. You’re the ones who would cure them of their Gadodvega (anguish caused by ailments or diseases) and create a healthy society that can adopt Ayurveda wholly.