Your Health in Your Hands

Vaidya Smita Naram's New Book

Your Health in Your Hands is a clear guide to using Ayurveda to restore and maintain good health.

Dr Smita Naram begins by telling the stories of patients who have used Ayurveda to restore balanced health to themselves, to give us a clear understanding of how this effective and profound, ancient Indian system of medicine and life works to restore health and well-being.

This understanding leads to the core of Your Health in Your Hands, a manual of practical and proven ways in which we ourselves can make a real difference to our health.

It focuses on 11 groups of common health issues which are often seen in Ayushakti clinics;

Joint Pain
Skin Disorders and Skin Care
Stress and Depression
Sleep Disorders
Reducing Weight
Diabetes
Reducing High Cholesterol
Balancing High Blood Pressure
Coughs and Colds
Hair Loss and Hair Care
and Common Digestive Disorders.

 

This is followed by Dr Smita Naram's valuable insights into Diet, Health and the Stages of Life, so we can be clear about how our diets need to change according to the stage of life we are living, and shows us how our health is truly in our own hands.

 

 

Vaidya Smita Naram

My Story
Ayurveda is in my blood. My grandfather, my great— grandfather, in fact going back four generations on my father’s side, were all Ayurvedic doctors. For that reason, from my earliest childhood, my father gave me Ayurvedic herbs for my health rather than using chemical—based medicine.


I clearly remember one incident, a striking example from when I was 10 years old, which demonstrated to me the effectiveness of using Ayurveda. I had severe colic, which was very, very intense. I was rolling round on the floor in pain, screaming; I thought I was going to die.


My father took me to see a physician, who said it might well be appendicitis and they may have to operate. We’ll wait for a day, even half a day, he said, and if it doesn’t go away, we’ll operate. This was around 1972, when there was no sophisticated diagnostic machinery as there is now. People didn’t think clearly; they just thought—this is appendicitis, so we’ll operate if there’s pain and that will end the problem. That was it.

We went back home and my father called on my uncle, who was a very famous Ayurvedic doctor in our village in Gujarat. My uncle the doctor, when he heard the diagnosis and solution, said, ‘No, no, there’s no need for surgery; we’ll just give her an enema. ‘So he gave us a formula we could make from what we had in the house; a mixture of cumin, dried ginger powder, ajwain, asafoetida, coriander and other things, which we boiled and added to castor oil in specific quantities.
My father then gave me an enema of this mixture. Within five minutes with this the pain disappeared. This was my foundation experience of the effectiveness of Ayurveda.