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Treatment personalised: E T Narayanan Mooss on Ayurveda
Ashtavaidyan E T Narayanan Mooss, the inheritor of a proud tradition of service through the practice and propagation of authentic Ayurveda, is rewarded once again as nation honoured him by giving prestigious Padma Bhushan award.
Ashtavaidyan E T Narayanan Mooss, the inheritor of a proud tradition of service through the practice and propagation of authentic Ayurveda, is rewarded once again as nation honoured him by giving prestigious Padma Bhushan award.
Born to Devaki Antharjanam and Ashtavaidyan E T Neelakandhan Mooss, Narayanan Mooss learned the basics of Ayurveda from his father and eminent teacher Kuttancherry Aryan Mooss. He is connoisseur of traditional arts of Kerala and Sanskrit literature too.
 
In an exclusive interview, Ashtavaidyan E T Narayanan Mooss shares his thoughts.
 
Question: In every medicinal system, three factors i.e. physician, patient and medicines are vital. How do you evaluate the role of patients who come for Ayurveda treatment?
Answer: Yes, you are right. From my viewpoint, patients have big role. Nowadays many patients don’t know what this science is. Hence patience is less for them. 90 per cent of people who comes for Ayurveda treatment want immediate result. While some section in society hesitates to come.
 
People should know that concept and approach of Ayurveda is entirely different from Allopathy. In brief, it is way of life and teaches us how to prevent diseases. For example, if a cancer patient comes in the initial stage, Ayurveda can do wonders. Like this many serious diseases can be controlled. What happens often is people come only in the final stage and demand improvement.
 
Question: Diagnosis is a critical part in consulting. And it has become easier nowadays with the advent of modern technology. What was your experience when you started consultation?
Answer: I try to create a personal rapport with the patient. Sometimes consultation time will move from 15 minutes to 30 minutes or one hour. I’m very strict that before prescribing medicines, I should know all the details of the patient. I will study patient’s family life, profession, mental condition, environment he or she lives, interests, behaviour etc. Then I learn when the disease was started, the medicines used so far, the hospitals they had consulted etc. Present physicians barely get five minutes to talk with patients. We cannot blame physicians or institutions, when there is long queue of patients. But, this scenario should change. Interaction between physician and patient should have to improve.
 
Question: Nowadays the word Ayurveda has been a brand of making money and bogus massage centers have been exploiting it well. What’s your comment?
Answer: As an authentic ayurvedic practitioner, it hurts me. Sincere efforts from the State Government are missing. Though the government passed a law one year ago to regulate bogus institutions, hitherto nothing has happened.
Besides, they should try to aware the people regarding the science of Ayurveda and promote authentic ayurveda institutions. It’s the need of the hour.
 
Question: Do you think manufacturing patent medicines has violated the basic principles of Ayurveda?
Answer: No. Formulations of all patent medicines are taken from classical texts of Ayurveda. And moreover it is helpful for patients.
It’s for just informing you - However he kept mum when asked - Ayurveda says that medicines are prescribed according to one’s body constitution. As per that medicines for pitha-kapha or vata-kapha predominant person are entirely different. But patent medicines are meant for all, right?

Question: In your view, what’s the challenge Ayurveda faces in the coming days?
Answer: The business of Ayurveda without knowing the science is the main challenge. Every one who associates with this field themselves should try to learn this medicinal system and propagate it.

 
Question: About the Padma Bhushan award?
Answer: It’s a reward for Ayurveda community. Students and physicians should understand that there is immense scope for ayurveda and should utilize it. I hope this award would motivate them to work hard.




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