Dr. Mitali Madhusmita
Ayurvedic Physician | Sri Sri Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre,The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru
In this episode of ProHolisticHealth we are very happy to interview Dr. Mitali Madhusmita who is a practicing Physician at the Sri Sri Ayurveda Panchakarma centre and specializes in women’s health.
Over to Dr. Mitali Madhusmita!
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Here is the conversation only slightly edited for text:
Satish Rao: Dr. Mitali Madhusmita, Welcome to the world of ProHolisticHealth! Good to have you here. Thank you Dr Mitali! A lot of working women come to you these days with their health issues. So what are typically the issues that they face and how are you able to help them?
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Yeah health issues mainly, specifically now not only for working women, like you know for those people who are at home, like menstrual problems are there PMS, which is the biggest problem now.
Due to this PMS, they feel lot of mood swings, irritations, bloatedness, heaviness is there in the body, retention, puffiness they are feeling. And aches and pains are there also. As a working woman you know they are doing multitasking job. They have to manage the career and the family both the way. So first of all they have to keep themselves physically and mentally fit for that. So to keep physically and mentally fit they have to follow a specific diet, like you know daily regiment.
So for daily regime they have to wake up early, they have to do regular exercise. Massage, oil massage and bath are very good for them and to follow a proper diet plan. Specifically, you know you can say 25% meal pattern, this has to be carbohydrates, proteins, fibres, antioxidants, a lot of greens and vegetables. All these things have to be there so other than that they can come for a consultation.
They should know their body type, Prakruti. After that they can follow a diet also, what is good for them. And in between they can come for a detoxification process also, which is really good for them to keep themselves fit physically and mentally also. We have many de-stressing treatments also because to handle both the things always they will end up with a stress factor. Due to that they cannot give 100% to both the things, their career as well as family. Also when they are stress-free everything in and around them will be very good.
So we have many treatments like Shirodhara, Abhyanga, we are giving many cleansing treatments, also many massages. Typically, massages are there, so first of all they have to come for a consultation every now and then and accordingly we can manage the things.
Satish Rao: Dr Mitali, what would you say is very important for today’s women for them to be young, feel young and also feel energetic and healthy? What would be your recommendation for today’s women? And how can they take care of their health?
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Yeah, that is the most important thing because you know everybody wants to look young and fit. So first of all to look young and fit they have to you know take care of their body. So after 40 it is very natural anti-aging process starts. But early also nowadays during young age also people are facing many health issues like skin problem, hair fall, you know that fine lines which appear which they don’t like. We have many good and N number of facials over here, specifically for biological aging also and psychological aging for whatever they are going through. At Sri Sri Tattva we have Brahma Rasayanam, which is to rejuvenate and reconstruct the cells. For every woman it is good, they can start having one teaspoon in the morning one teaspoon in the evening. So it is good to maintain their health and to rejuvenate and to reconstruct the cell also and to make them feel glowing physically and mentally.
So facials we have Shankara facial, we have Mukhalepo we have Merma, like facial merma also. They can come down for that. So Hair oils also many things are there like Keshavarana, we do Chakradhara and many like Sirolepo, all these things are there. They can come down for that and along with all these things they will need deep rooted cleansing that is also most important thing for them. So both the ways they can follow their food and lifestyle and some of the herbs also which helps them.
Satish Rao: So Dr. Mitali today weight gain and issues about weight for women especially they are quite concerned about it and they are quite particular in terms of what their weight should be and how they should look and feel. So what can Ayurveda do to help them with their weight gain issues?
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: See that is a major concern for women nowadays. First of all, they go through hormonal changes. Specifically, nowadays young girls because of the quality food and lifestyle, you can say it is a metabolic problem. Due to that they are facing all the PCOD, Polycystic ovary problem. Due to that weight-gaining tendency and you can say thyroid also creates weight gaining, hair fall, bulging you know, bloatedness and they feel very uncomfortable because they are not physically active. In Ayurveda, we have many Detox program, they can do it. Along with that a couple of massages are there to strengthen and tone their body also. We have exercises also which they can follow it anywhere. They can start doing exercises and all these kind of things will help them. But it has to be with help of doctors not like over-the-counter they will come and buy anything and take. Yeah proper guidance which you know is marketed by many people. It is better to come to a doctor for a consultation, know their body, know why they are suffering with all these things and take a proper consultation and start the things which will help them for the long term.
Satish Rao: What about women complaining about lower back pain and joint pain? Earlier you would hear only elderly woman complaining about it, these days even younger women also complain about back pain. Why do you think the prevalence is more now? And how can Ayurveda help them get relief from this kind of problems?
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: See this is a very good question. Actually since females have to undergo physical changes in their lives, like being a mother, being a lactating mother and menopause.. due to that a lot of Iron and Calcium is needed. And now after the C-section, you know Caesarean Section also many people afterwards they are developing lower back pain. And otherwise you know lately also after Menopause Osteoporosis also they are developing. So back pain, knee pain and because of the weight also.. When the heavy load is there, waistline fat is more, they are getting knee problems. So that is due to the lifestyles and people are running behind & busy everywhere, they are doing multitasking. So for that only they are suffering. And slowly and gradually it is becoming more because they have to handle many things at a time.
So we also have many programs like Knee care program, Back care program and Spine care program. Also exercises are there, oil treatments are there. And typically bones after a certain age are dehydrated. To hydrate the bones also we have Sarvangadhara, Kativasti, Jaanuvasti, Trivavasti which is really going to help them a lot. So there is a whole lot of things that you can do to help them. Oral medications also they can take, natural calcium and Iron which is really good for them. Around 50% of Indian women are suffering from Iron deficiency anyway which is the biggest problem. Due to that, they always feel low, mood wise, physically and mentally also and headache will be there. They feel fatigue, tired and they don’t feel like doing any work, they are pushing themselves to do many things. And you talk about the Calcium and Vitamin D3 which is the biggest problem now being a vegetarian also. And people have the occupational hazard you can say. Those people who are in software and all those who sit in the AC rooms throughout, because of the temperature and all these things, they too have those kind of problems. So we have many good supplements, they can take it as supplements also are from natural source to help maintain their Vitamin D3 Calcium and Iron.
Satish Rao: So Dr. Mitali, regarding today’s women and their issues with health, is there something like a rejuvenation program or a Detox program in Ayurveda that you can really help them and make a difference to their health?
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Definitely, you know rejuvenation program is the most important thing and the detox also. First of all, you have to purify the body then only you can start the rejuvenation. For rejuvenation you have to have detoxification then only start. The rejuvenation medicines for detoxification it is better to have an in-house program. So they can stay somewhere, they can cleanse the system. It depends upon their system as to what exact detoxification they need. Then they can start the rejuvenation program at home also. Some of the simple herbs will be there or medications will be there. So those guidelines will be given to them, they can follow them at home. For that there is no need to stay. But initially maybe they have to spend 5 to 6 days over the in-house program, that will be good for them to understand and learn exactly.
And they have to go through a certain diet that time and follow some of the diet plan and medications also will be there. So throughout if they travel and go it will not be easy to maintain all these things for that we need to have here.
Satish Rao: Preventive health is important, at the same time today there is this tendency to reach out or panic in health conditions or health situations. So what can be the home remedies or what can the woman do to take care of their and their family’s health?
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Yeah, those are the things specifically women have to know because they are the first doctor in the family. When the child is not feeling well or any of the family members is not well there they have to know some of the important things, there are things happening in office or at their workplace, they are really stressed out, they cannot give 100% to any of the places. So first of all I tell all the women that they have to know little bit of herbs also. Which they can start it at home, it is a home remedy.
In our Ashram we just specifically launched the program, its called as Ayur Jagruti. So for all the women it is one or two days program. So they have to come and they have to learn what are the specific herbs that they can give it to their kids And then like you can say first aid they can start at home. Afterwards anyways doctors are there for the further things but they can start these small things at home.
Satish Rao: So it is always better to have a first level intervention at home.
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Exactly. So they will also be stress free and all these things will be well maintained.
Satish Rao: And it is a great comfort to the family when they know that the woman in the house has got some knowledge.
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Exactly. And the diet also everything she can give accordingly. So that is why we say, whatever is the father of the diseases, sick or ill-diet is the mother. So diet also has a 50% role because if at all we are following some medicines and eating ill-diet and abusing our body in that way, there is no use and end of the day you are going to fall sick. So first of all both the things we have to hand-to-hand, follow diet and medications also if anything we are taking. So if the woman knows how to follow, how to maintain the family diet plan and all these things for everything, everybody. So it will be really going to help them, for her also and for the family also.
Satish Rao: So an awareness of what is good diet and what is the best, is important.
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Exactly. And follow some of the things.. You know now nowadays everybody is running behind the Yoga, Pranayam and all those things. It is the most important thing to keep the body and mind both the ways stress-free also. So that is also, maybe you know, from your busy lifestyle 15-20 minutes you can spend every day and do these things. That also makes you feel mentally very free and relaxed and rejuvenated also.
Satish Rao: Any tip you would like to give to people as to what they can do in their daily routine in terms of their exercise regime? Which will help them to keep the health at a very good state and keep them healthy and happy and comfortable?
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: See first of all walking is the most important thing. Maybe 15-20 minutes, every day you can go for walking. And exercises, Surya Namaskar is the best thing to increase your metabolism and it is very good for the intuitive minds also. But Surya Namaskar also it has to be very specific, if the person is having back pain and all this thing, always you do in your comfort zone. Any exercise you are doing, do it not very intensively, so you can do it in that way. And elderly people if they don’t know how to do it also like they have lot of back issues and all these things are there, even they can do some exercise in the swimming pool also, which is hydrotherapy, which is the most important thing. There will be no load on any of the spine and bones.
Satish Rao: Dr. Mitali Madhusmita, it was a pleasure having you and thanks for your wonderful inputs. Thank you!
Dr. Mitali Madhusmita: Thank you
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