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Interview with Dr. E.P. Jeevan (B.A.M.S.) How did you come to Ayurveda?

Dr. Jeevan: I don't come from a traditional Ayurveda family, but I've been learning Sanskrit since I was in 5th grade. After graduating from high school, I received a scholarship to Ayurveda Coimbatore College. For this year 20 students from all over India were selected. The course was in the curriculum system (editor's note: The word "curriculum" (Latin: expiry of the year) is sometimes incorrectly equated with "curriculum" or teaching objectives. A curriculum is usually limited to listing the teaching content The curriculum, on the other hand, is more oriented towards teaching objectives and the course of the teaching or learning process or course of study. In particular, it contains statements about the framework conditions for learning.) And lasted 7.5 years. Students and professors lived together on campus. What were the criteria for awarding these scholarships?

Dr. Jeevan: First of all, you needed a high school diploma with physics, biology and chemistry. My advantage was that I had already learned Sanskrit in school for 7 years. In addition, the horoscope of the students was used. How did you experience your studies?

Dr. Jeevan: Back then, when you were an Ayurveda student, you were always smiled at a little when you were around conventional medical practitioners and engineers.
I started when I was 17 and as a modern Indian the first three years of training weren't really interesting, but when we started clinical practice, working on patients, we understood that it really worked. That's when it got really interesting. How did it continue?

Dr. Jeevan: In 1989, at the age of 24, I graduated as a B.A.M.S. I actually wanted to continue studying to do my MD (Medical Doctor), but there was another path.
At that time, more and more Westerners came to India who were interested in Ayurveda and wanted to learn more about it.
We were the only students in India studying Ayurveda in Sanskrit and English.
In 1989 the Ayurveda Coimbatore College started with a 3-month introductory course in Ayurveda for Westerners. My luck was that I was chosen as a teacher.
I also taught Indian students at this college.
In 1995 an Italian student invited me to teach in Italy. I left India and went to Italy. There I worked as an Ayurveda doctor as part of an international cultural exchange program with the Ayurveda Coimbatore College and gave courses for laypeople and doctors. I stayed in Italy for over a year and then went back to India.
Even before Italy I met my future wife there, who was a student of mine. We got married in India and then went to Germany. In 1997 we founded Ayurveda Care in Nuremberg.

My vision here in Europe is to teach this ancient medical system in its original truthfulness. More and more people should learn and understand the medical, scientific aspect of Ayurveda. To what extent are the classical scriptures transferable to the West?

Dr. Jeevan: Ayurveda explains itself:

according to the place
according to the time
according to the people

The principles must be adhered to, but a change to the regional characteristics makes sense.
The problem here in the West: the principles are being changed.
We have to adapt the approach, but keep the basic principles.
You can change the plant, the dosage, even the massage.
I would like to add the following to this: there is no such thing as an "Ayurvedic" massage, it is always the application of specially selected oils to the skin.

Ayurveda says that one should grow up with regional foods. Of course, that is not the case here at all. Today we go to the Japanese, tomorrow to the Chinese.
Ayurveda says that you should use the plants of your own country.
However, in order to apply the principles of Ayurveda to the native plants, it takes many years of experience, that is tradition.
If we have studied western plants, then there should be western Ayurvedic medicine. You taught and practiced in both countries. What are your personal experiences? What comparisons can you make?

Dr. Jeevan: The massages here are very different from the massages in India. This is due to a fundamental cultural difference for an Indian, the silence is not pleasant, the Indian needs conversation, in the West people need rest to regenerate.

There is a great need here to understand Ayurveda, to understand the disease. In India it is up to the doctor to deal with it.
In India, people usually don't want to hear anything or the doctors are not even ready to explain a lot, which is now changing again.
The work of the Ayurvedic doctor is to select the right plants and their combination and the patient goes home to then e.g. to apply a special oil. Only the rich get a massage in India.
It's very different here in the West.

Also, there are more physical illnesses in India, there are many mental illnesses here. But in order to cure mental illness, the body must first be healthy.

In India I give higher doses, people react very strongly here. As an Indian Ayurveda doctor, you make no secret of the fact that you also see dangers for practicing Ayurveda in the West.

Dr. Jeevan: The good thing here is that people are very open to alternative medicine systems and herbal uses.
The danger is that people want to study very quickly and then practice with half-knowledge without any depth. Ayurveda is becoming a fad with which one wants to make money quickly.
In India one speaks of an Ayurvedic doctor only if he has 30 years of experience: 10 years of theoretical studies, 10 years of botany and production, 10 years of practical experience.
Ayurveda must not be reduced to massages or Vata, Pitta, Kapha. How do you see the role of Ayurveda in the European health system?

Dr. Jeevan: Ayurveda is not an alternative medicine system, it is a medicine system, not an alternative to anything.
The great potential of Ayurveda lies in prevention.
The knowledge of the daily rituals and the annual routine is accessible and understandable for everyone.
An example:
I say that public hygiene in the West is very good, but personal hygiene is poor. In India it is exactly the opposite: public hygiene is poor, but personal hygiene is high.
Ayurveda says that one should not leave the house in the morning until the five senses have been purified. Kapha has to be drained. How can one face the world in a healthy way when the senses are clouded?

If people implemented the knowledge of life, there would be no wars.
Already teaches this knowledge to the children and in it lays the basis for a good nation.

Another important point:
Ayurveda belongs in rehabilitation centers and old people's homes.
Many today associate Ayurveda with 5-star wellness hotels. That has to change in consciousness.
Ayurveda is not an expensive medicine. You can do a lot on a small scale yourself. Just rubbing in an oil can give people a lot of relief. Ayurveda may not be able to heal or extend life, but sufferers can sleep better. What are your current projects?

Dr. Jeevan: On the one hand, it is my job here in Castrop-Rauxel in the Kerala Ayurveda project. I also give classes all over Germany to teach Ayurveda to the medical professions.
Here in Castrop-Rauxel, we started a free 2-year training course for therapists in April.
We also offer 1000 hours of training for doctors here.

We work with various universities, including Bonn and Bad Pyrmont, and offer Ayurveda treatments in the hospitals in addition to conventional medical treatments. We concentrated on certain clinical pictures: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, polyneuropathy. The whole thing runs over three years and is scientifically documented. How do you find the Ayurveda portal?

Dr. Jeevan: The Ayurveda portal has managed to bring all Ayurveda people under one roof. That is the great success. The Ayurveda portal is known.
I see further opportunities in bringing in and documenting more medical knowledge from India. Would you like to give our visitors something else on the "Ayurvedic" path?

Dr. Jeevan: In the West, people always try to think in fixed categories, but that is not the Ayurveda approach.
In addition, the following applies: the knowledge of life is in us, nobody needs to teach us that.
I always recommend trusting your intuition, listening to your body, feeling what health is, not becoming someone else's slave.
You shouldn't go to extremes, but choose a healthy middle ground. Thank you for the interesting interview.