Dr. Noor Mohammad is an Ayurveda practitioner based out of Hathras, Agra. His deep sense of understanding in Ayurveda adds an innovative edge to his day-to-day practice. He also teaches Ayurvedic students and devotes most of this time to the cause of Ayurveda. He is also writing a book on Kriya Sharir for the benefit of the community. Read his interview below.
Dr. Noor, please tell us about your educational background and professional qualification in Ayurveda.
I have done my B.A.M.S. from the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery, Bangalore. I am currently pursuing my M.D. from Uttar Pradesh which will be completed in 2018. It is good to keep learning always.
Why did you choose Ayurvedic practices?
I always had an interest in Ayurveda. You can say I have an immense passion for it. I was already aware of the side effects of Allopathic Medicines. Modern medicines tend to harm the body's immunity, antibiotics are known to weaken it. A lot of cases are documented in which the body has grown resistant to antibiotics. On the other hand, Ayurveda is a completely natural system. Such things brought me closer to Ayurveda further.
What is your experience when it comes to treating patients? Do they trust the treatment?
Of course, they trust the treatment most of the time. It is not something new to them, only that their awareness and understanding of Ayurveda has been masked by the spread of western medicine. The majority of the people have become disconnected from their traditional treasures and that’s all. Ayurveda is an age-old and proven medical system. You don’t have to distrust it for any reason. Even if you talk about the past, the concept of Ayurvedic Rishis is not something alien to people. New therapies are evolving in Ayurveda too and that would only strengthen its impact. In Ayurveda, we have so many different therapies, such as Shivagodhan, Ksharsutra, and Panchakarma. You have to help the patients understand the advantages of these.
Any challenge that you face as a practitioner?
I don’t think there is a challenge as such. I always believe in giving my 100 percent. If your treatment brings results and helps the individual live a healthy life, your work is done. I think you can interpret the challenge, if any, as a confidence problem. For people, it is just a matter of that. After all, society wants to get benefitted and as long as you have an authentic cure, they are going to be well and happy.
Any out of an ordinary situation that you have faced while treating a patient?
Every once in a while an extraordinary case comes up, but I have been able to manage them well. I specialize in skin treatment and pain management. So, I don’t particularly get baffled by the disorders as such. Yet, if I need to, I consult my seniors for their second opinion so that the patient gets recovers soon enough and without a shred of doubt.
How effective is traditional medicine as a cure?
It is absolutely effective. Ayurveda has everything. It very well tells you beforehand that symptomatic treatment is a big no. You have the meticulous concept of Prakriti. It is a little tough to understand, but it is so comprehensive that once you do you are completely sorted as a practitioner.
What do you think of Ayurveda’s future and its role in integrated medicine?
To tell you the truth, the whole idea of integrated medicine is not so great at all. There is only one benefit that Allopathy would not be able to put you down. Yet, I am of the opinion that Ayurveda practitioners should always stick to practicing pure Ayurveda and nothing else. Purity and authenticity are the core principles in Ayurveda. You cannot compromise the essence of Ayurveda just to downplay the Allopathy system.
Do you think Nirogstreet is making a difference by striving to connect the mainstream society exclusively to Ayurveda practitioners through dedicated technology platforms?
I came to know about Nirogstreet only recently. And I was quite surprised and heartened that something like this has arrived in the world of Ayurveda. I knew of the passion and dedication Dr. Abhishek Gupta (VP, Ayurveda Growth, Nirogstreet) has for Ayurveda, but when he told me about the organization, I was more than happy. I feel inspired and motivated and hope that Nirogstreet will be the wind of change in its own way to elevate and spread the benefits of Ayurveda to all places. It has already set a big goal for itself - to bring cohesion and engagement among the Ayurveda practitioners and into the community itself. It shows it is already on the right path.
I would urge Nirogstreet to something to uplift the confidence of Young Ayurveda Doctors as well, to provide them with practical training support, and organize more CMES. I would also say that visiting colleges can also be a good initiative.
Thanks for your suggestions, Dr. Noor. We do have all those things well included in our roadmap and vision. We are going to work toward it very keenly. Let’s talk about your free time too. Any hobbies or activities you engage in, outside your professional life?
I try to spend most of my time on Ayurveda. I teach part-time at Prem Raghu Ayurvedic College, Hathras. As I am also pursuing M.D. a part of my day is spent in that too. Besides these, I also dedicate myself to developing new therapies deduced from the principles of Ayurveda. For example, I have developed liver therapy, formulas for treating warts and pimples. I want to write a great book on Kriya Sharir to help the Ayurveda students and practitioners and that is my ultimate goal too.
What message would you like to convey to the people on Wellbeing?
I believe in the Ayurveda Mantra, Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam. I would advise people that they should correct their lifestyles, follow a healthy diet, and include yoga and meditation in their daily routine. To practice health means to preserve health.