Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy: Personal Success Story.by Hyoun Bae on 08/19/18
Dr. Dilip Sarkar, retired vascular surgeon and President of the Board of Directors of IAYT, has an interesting story.
In 2001, a busy surgeon, he suffered from a heart attack. Other than a history of IBS and insomnia, he did not fit the bill.
All of his medical numbers were within range. He apparently showed no signs, nor noted any relevant risk factors or family history.
Four years after his open-heart surgery he was able to stave off medications, concerned about their complex side effects.
He turned to yoga and Ayurvedicmedicine, transforming his life through their practices and daily regimens. And, he was able to reverse his heart disease, and practically overcome IBS.
For Sarkar, his journey - which including needing to leave behind his successful surgical career and adopting a role in the health and wellness industry - was precisely that, parsing what he deems as true health in relation to medical models focused upon disease.
Dr. Sarkar's conclusion is that biomedical or conventional "Western" medicine is aimed at the absence of disease - particularly effective at acute strategies of care, emergency intervention, surgeries and treatment through prescription medicine. As far as preventative care strategies based in a life of wellness, yoga and Ayurvedic medicine offered just that.
Chronic diseases could be best be approached through a lifestyle of wellness, rooted in dinacharya or daily life regimens augmented towards one's personal health, their constitution, and in relation to the seasons.
From his own experience, he was conditioned to look at disease or its absence as the marker of health. Positive states of health and vitality were not measured and agency was not placed upon the patient, or the individual in a healthcare system.
Sarkar travels nationally and internationally promoting what he deems as a comprehensive understanding of yoga and its therapeutic tools, not only the physical asanas, but breathwork, meditation and the ethical underpinnings which contextualize its aims.
Perhaps the overarching import of his offering is to take back agency and locate resources of health within. Our overdependence upon medications and medical assumptions may reflect an impoverished state of health and health knowledge. Endogenous causes of disease are much of our own responsibility, some rooted in stress and endocrine regulation.
Like many, he locates these "adjuvant" modalities within the umbrella of "Western Medicine." You can benefit from your annual checkups and routine care, while making the most of dietary therapies and lifestyle regimens.
Sarkar (2017). Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Western Medicine.