Dr. Vikram Chittoda is an Ayurvedic practitioner from Shahdara with experience of over 18 years. He practices from his own chittoda polyclinic which he set up soon after completing his B.A.M.S. course. Dr. Vikram Chittoda has been awarded Dhanvantari Award for his commitment and accomplishments. He is a member of the National Integrated Medical Association (nima). Read his interview below.
Please tell us about your educational background and professional qualifications.
I have passed my H.S.C from Government School, Krishna Nagar in science stream in 1994. I got admission in B.A.M.S at Gaur Brahman Ayurvedic College, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak after passing an entrance exam in 1995. I completed it in 2001.
Why did you choose Ayurvedic practices?
It is the era of Ayurveda and it is growing globally. Ayurveda has huge potential, it is an ancient and time-proven medicine system. Its medication is based on natural herbs which have no side effects. I relate to it easily.
What is your experience when it comes to treating patients? Do they trust the treatment?
Patients want quick, easy, and less expensive treatment as they are too habitual of the western medicine. To convince a patient, it takes a lot of effort. Only after that, they start showing some trust.
Any challenge that you face as a practitioner?
There are some challenges. Quality of medicine, availability, and affordability of herbs or medicines, a reliable platform or infrastructure for upgradation of knowledge, etc.
Do you think nirogstreet is making a difference by striving to innovate dedicated technology platforms and knowledge resources for Ayurveda Practitioners?
Definitely, it is in the right direction but a lot has to be done over the course of time. It is an elaborate task.
Any out of ordinary situation that you have faced while treating a patient?
Sometimes, patients want results too quick and they go back to Allopathy even when the Ayurveda treatment has just started. They need to have faith in Ayurveda.
How effective is traditional medicine as a cure?
It is an effective medicine system for sure. but unfortunately, only chronic patients who do not have many options after trying Allopathy and having already received several treatments, comes to Ayurveda as the last resort. This mindset must change. awareness programs are important in this context.
What do you think of Ayurveda’s future and its role in integrated medicine?
Future is promising as more people now want alternative medicine and proximity to the natural lifestyle. Ayurveda is the answer to effective and natural healing. If we integrate Ayush medicines in the treatment of several diseases along with other treatments, the results are going to be promising. For example, Ayurveda can introduce Piperine in T.B. treatment for a far better cure.
Any hobbies or activities you engage in, outside your professional life?
I like to spend my leisure time doing yoga. I also like to play chess.
What message would you like to convey to the people on Wellbeing?
I would like to advise people to follow Ayurveda and its simple tips to stay healthy.