• What do you do?

I combine various forms of alternative therapies (Yoga, Acupressure, Sujok and Reiki) for treatment and management of various ailments. So, a patient goes through multiple therapies progressively.

 

  • Which diseases can be cured through the Alternative Therapies that you practise?

Alternative therapies are a mode of treatment, symptom alleviation, disease prevention and health management. One tends to loosely use the word "cure" for a high degree of relief or a long- term prevention (of the disease or its recurrence) both of which are possible through one or more of these therapies. Cure connotes a kind of permanence that cannot be since our body ages constantly.

One can prevent or manage many lifestyle ailments like Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Depression, through these therapies. An alleviation of symptoms or a higher degree of relief can be expected in cases of common breathing troubles (Asthma and Bronchitis), Joint pain, Low metabolism, back and neck pain, indigestion, insomnia etc.

 

  • How can I pick a suitable therapy?

Treatment is selected on the basis of observations like the kind and the severity of the disease. More often than not, there is an integrated approach. One or the other therapy tends to dominate as according to the changes observed.

For example, in case of a frozen shoulder, if the movement is severely restricted, Sujok or Acupressure is usually eases the movement more efficiently than Yoga. Once the movement is comfortable, Acu-Yoga maintains the flexibility in the shoulder joint as well as prevents the recurrence of severe stiffness.

 

  • Can these therapies interfere with one's prescribed medication? OR How does a patient, on regular medication, go about choosing an alternative mode of treatment?

The alternative mode of treatment is complementary to conventional medicine although there is a difference in the understanding of health and the method of treatment is holistic. The aim is to heal. The addition of alternative medicine to the regular treatment speeds up healing. One does not need to discontinue with or alter one's prescribed medication.

The treatment methodology mainly involves pressure, stretching, breathing rhythms and guided meditation. Neither can potentially interfere with the chemical composition of the drugs.

 

  • If I am on allopathic treatment and then start one of the alternative therapies, how and when am I likely to experience the additional effect? In how much time should I expect improvement so that I can discontinue with my medication?

Usually most of these therapies induce a sense of well being, increase the daily capacity and energy in cases of chronic diseases. For acute physical problems like back-pain, cervical pain, bronchial Asthma, headaches or migraine, the results can be almost instant. Medically the effect can be assessed in terms of dosage reduction and better control over blood pressure, blood sugar, thyroid function etc, when one goes for the periodical check-ups. However the advice regarding continuation or discontinuation of allopathic treatment depends on the Physician's decision.

The improvement or the degree of alleviation depends on the patient's constitution and the kind and the severity of the disease. Also, some bodies respond faster than the others. One must understand that Yoga and Acu-Yoga are not merely therapeutic measures they are a way of life. These are best suited to maintain a healthy mind, body and prevent diseases. In general one ought to learn these for at least 1-3months and then incorporate them in their daily routine for long-term appreciable results. Acupressure and Sujok are better suited for treating acute problems and one should feel the difference instantly or in a short span of time (1 - 2weeks).

 

  • What are the side-effects to these therapies?

There are no side-effects to any of the listed therapies. The therapist designs a suitable treatment procedure to suit an individual health status or limitations.

 

  • What kind of workshops do you do?

I design health oriented workshops tailor-made to suit the needs of various groups. These groups include professionals with work related disorders, groups of people with lifestyle ailments such as back-pain, high blood pressure, stress etc and groups of people seeking a rejuvenating experience through alternative system of medicine.

 

  • Where do you conduct these workshops?

These workshops are conducted at a place convenient for the participants. Residential weekend workshops can be organized by my team at a retreat centre called "The Hermitage", in Bangalore.

 

  • Can I practice Yoga after having had a surgery?

It is advisable to wait for about 3 months after having had a surgery before you start with most of the Yogasanas and Pranayam techniques. Also, it is important to practise under the guidance of a trained Yoga therapist (in conjunction with the surgeon's advice) for a while so that you know the modifications in the asanas as according to the kind of operation you have had and the list of Do's and Don'ts.