In this article of our Rediscovering Ayurveda series, we interviewed Dr. Tanuja Gohane, a fertility and rejuvenation specialist based out of Nagpur, Maharashtra.
Learning from the Vedas
Tanuja grew up in a traditional Indian household, where terms like ‘Vata-Pitta-Kapha’ and ‘Ayurvedic Dosha’ were always part of general conversations. “Since I was a child, I have been seeing my mother read Bhavprakash (ancient ayurvedic text)”, she fondly reminisces.
Also read: Introduction to Ayurvedic Doshas: Qualities, Imbalances, Treatment and Diet
So, studying Ayurveda during her undergrad was a natural progression for her. She studied and practised under acclaimed Ayurvedic Vaidyas and Panchakarma Shiromani (pioneers), namely Vd. Prabhakar Tanaji Joshi, Vd. Pravit T. Joshi and Vd. Ramdas Avhad, all of whom, she says, helped her build trust and faith in Ayurvedic principles.
“My mentor always said that being an Ayurvedacharya is not limited to only preaching about Ayurvedic medicine. It also involves following an Ayurvedic lifestyle, food habits and rituals.”
In becoming an Ayurvedic Vaidya, Tanuja was exposed to the nuances of this ancient science. She learned from the texts written over 5000 years ago, some in Sanskrit as well.
Focusing on preventative habits
Since the pandemic, the spotlight has shifted from curative treatments to preventative habits. Immunity, in particular, has been a trending topic across geographies. Dr. Tanuja believes that there are no shortcuts to health and while ‘tips’ may help in quick fixes, we need to adopt holistic lifestyle practices to achieve optimal health and immunity. She shares some of these practices below:
Eating when hungry and only till 3/4th of your appetite
Eating a little less than our appetite allows our digestive system to break down food, churn, and absorb nutrients smoothly. Think of your stomach as a mixer; if you filled it till the top, would it blend all the ingredients smoothly? No! That’s exactly how our digestion works. It is also important to ensure that our previous meal has been digested well before indulging in our next one.
“In Ayurveda, it is said: “Roga Sarve Api Mandagno” meaning, a disturbed metabolism is the root cause of all diseases!”
Drink water only when you feel thirsty
To many people’s surprise, drinking excess water has also been seen as a contributor to lifestyle concerns like kidney issues. The good thing is that these issues can be completely avoided based on your awareness of your body. Avoid drinking water based on whatever an app says. Stay in sync with your body and you will know when you’re thirsty!
Also read: Follow these Tips to Prevent Dehydration
Incorporate movement and necessary physical activity
Stillness benefits the mind, whereas movement benefits the body! Your limbs are meant to move, so make maximum use of them by incorporating necessary movement and physical activity in your day. However, don’t do it in excess but rather in moderation. A brisk 30-min walk in the morning will not only make you feel energised but will also expose you to the morning sunlight and fresh oxygen which helps you balance your body frequency to universal frequency.
Additionally, breathing practices are extremely beneficial in keeping the mind calm and at peace. Also, keep good sleeping habits; sleep on time and for adequate hours daily as it will boost your energy and rejuvenate you, allowing you to function at your best.
“When I see patients with chronic issues like tubal block, infertility, anxiety, migraine, and PCOS, adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle is the first thing I prescribe. Along with this, detoxification and diet modifications also help in seeing dramatic improvements in their health, energy and mood levels. Seeing their lives change is what inspires me to keep doing what I do!”
Ayurvedic therapies and treatments
As a fertility and rejuvenation specialist, Dr. Tanuja has helped many couples with conception through Ayurvedic treatments. “When a couple shares with us that they have finally conceived, that brings me immense joy.”
From giving birth through Garbhsamskara (womb practice) to post-natal care Sutika Paricharya (post-natal care), Ayurveda can do wonders. Rasayana Shastra keeps your body younger and Panchkarma detoxifies your body. “Ayurveda has so many therapies and remedies available to resolve any concerns you may be facing, mentally or physically,” concludes Dr. Tanuja.
Fun fact: Did you know Amrutam Nari Sondarya Malt is made with Ashoka, Lodhra and Shatavari that are powerful herbs for female fertility? This Ayurvedic remedy is 100% natural with no side-effects and has helped over 7,000 women with their health concerns.
She sincerely believes that before starting with your Yoga or Ayurveda practice, you must ask yourself: Do I believe in this? If yes, then sail the journey of those rich Shastras to give yourself the divine gift of health. The belief is absolutely crucial here.
We are beyond grateful to have Dr. Tanuja Gohane as part of our #AmrutamFamily!