Ayurveda-inspired Integrative Medicine for Swasthya
Welcome to AIM Swasthya!
'Swasthya' (pronounced Swaas-thya) is 'a healthy & centred well-being' in Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages known to us. At AIM Swasthya, we bring to you the best of Eastern and Western approaches to enhance your well-being. For your health journey, we offer three gateways: Manage diseases. Prevent disorders. Promote health.
Which of these apply to you, today?
How do we assist in your health goals?
Who are we?
AIM Swasthya is anidea to attain optimal health through the best accessible approaches of Eastern and Western health philosophies. Naturally, there have been hundreds of historical and contemporary contributors across the world towards this idea. People who have followed traditions. People who have broken free to disruptively advance medicine. People who have rekindled the past wisdom for our times. In more ways than one, they all belong to AIM Swasthya.
I have valued these endeavors enough to create AIM Swasthya as a platform for integrative health. A childhood history of bronchial asthma had led me to closely witness many health systems including the traditional wisdom of India, Ayurveda. As it helped me significantly, I chose to study both Ayurveda and modern medicine under a 8.5 year structured integrated university programme (BAMS, MD(Ayurveda)). Mentored by some of the best minds in both systems of medicine, I went on to consult patients in India for more than a decade. Sometimes called a healer, I am also a writer, an editor, a speaker, a yoga enthusiast and an amateur chef, hiker and biker. When I moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2014 after living in India for 30 years, I noticed the palpable differences in the health systems affecting us as individuals. A divide, which I hope to bridge through AIM Swasthya. My professional background and contributions can be found here.
Dr.Namyata Pathak Gandhi
BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), VSF
Integrative Ayurveda Physician
Maya, age 70, recurrent gastrointestinal infection since childhood
I had a recurring problem of stomach infection since my childhood. With Allopathy medicine I used to get relief for some time but it used to recur frequently. I was also skeptical about Ayurvedic branch of medicine. But however, when I found my husband (Sumer's) recovery from reflux, I went to Namyata. After thorough examination she went into the root cause. After taking her treatment for about 4 months I was cured and now there is hardly any recurrence of a problem that I had for nearly five decades! I share the above views of my husband about Namyata and her work and I wish her a great success in her work!
Deep, Male, 62 yrs, raised blood pressure
I am a medical representative and a yoga teacher. I had been having raised blood pressure (140/90mm Hg) since the past two years and wanted to find a natural solution, if possible. I also had a tendency for stone formation. Dr.Pathak suggested life style modifications with fine tuning my daily work out based on yogic practices. She gave me a simple herbal formulation which led to a very good control for the condition & overall health. I really appreciate her deep understanding & concerned care about her patient's problem. She simplifies complex ideas and helps the patient take care of the root cause of the problem.
Ben, Age 45, Male, Fatigue and unexplained fever
Every fortnight for six months, I used to be down with fever, did not feel hungry, felt very weak and was losing weight. My blood tests were normal and despite few courses of antibiotics, the situation persisted. I had found it increasingly difficult to go to work. My wife took me to Dr.Namyata and I really thank her for doing so. I started getting better within three weeks. My ongoing fever episode subsided quickly, and within a month my appetite improved and I regained my 5 kgs (11 lbs) of weight. I took the medicines for about 3-4 months. Since last 5 years I haven't got a single attack of fever nor weakness. My weight is stable also.
Victor, 40 yrs, Male, diabetic with recurrent flus
I am a diabetic with a high stress job and much international travel. I used to come down with colds and flus every two-three months for nearly four years. Dr.Pathak, made a few recommendations improve my immunity system which I took regularly for many months. I did not quite realize what a difference they had made until a colleague commented about how I was holding up. It was then that it occurred to me - nearly two years had passed since my last bout of flu! Dr Namyata Pathak has been our family doctor for more than a decade. She is the first call we make when anyone in the family feels the least bit poorly. She's a great doctor not only to bring you back to health, but also to help you stay there!
Robert, Male, 58 years, Recurrent chest pains & abdominal gas
I am a Chartered Accountant by profession in India with work areas involving heavy stress. Two years back I had medical condition where I would frequently get lingering pain in my chest with giddiness. The pain would subside after few minutes of discomfort only to recur at random. Stress test results were false positive, as it would later turn out to be, exactly as predicted by Dr Nami Pathak to whom I consulted on recommendation of a good friend. She saw my reports, checked my pulse and cleared me emphatically saying that in my case there is no coronary artery disease* and I should stop worrying about it. She put me on prescription of healthy diet, some herbal formulations and a specific yoga exercise. I still opted for angiography on advice of a consulting cardiologist and lo...it only confirmed what Dr. Nami Pathak had so confidently asserted. Today, I am doing extremely well on the health front with regular exercise and diet prescribed by her. I feel Dr. Pathak's greatest strength is her confidence in her diagnosis which is so accurate that healing becomes a natural fallout. Her personal interest in holistic well-being of each patient is remarkable. I will have no hesitation in saying that I will trust her with my life. (*I have now known her to direct patients to specialists and get tested as she thinks is reasonable. So she does not falsely reassure.)
Mahima, Age 52, Female, Fracture & then Tuberculosis
I am a yoga teacher. About six weeks before I met Dr.Pathak, I had fallen on my tailbone and had a minor crack. Though the crack had enough time to heal, my movements became restricted was unable to perform my asanas. Even sitting, standing up and turning myself in bed had become hard. I took painkillers, but their effects did not last long and I was aware that they needed to be minimized. Dr.Pathak asked me to drink sesame oil every morning, gave me the Ayurvedic medicine. In about two weeks, I started feeling much better every day and the episode was behind me about five weeks later. Later, I was detected with tuberclousis of the lungs (like sarcoidosis in the Western world) a few years later which also coincided with my menopausal phase with hot flushes. I was put on heavy doses of anti tuberculosis medicines which I could not tolerate very well. I immediately contacted Doctor Namyata, she told me to continue with my allopathic medicines and gave me very good immunizing ayurvedic medicines which considerably reduced my discomforts like burning sensations in stomach and the entire body, sleeplessness etc. She also handled me very carefully even on my emotional ground during this delicate phase of my life. I feel that Ayurveda treatment if taken under the right doctor, who has the heart of a healer can be a boon. To me, Dr.Namyata is that person.
Avnish, Male, 69, Chronic dyspesia
I am a 69 year old Indian male based in India and have had the opportunity closely to observe Dr. Namyata Pathak Gandhi's evolution as a health care specialist since her student days. Even though she has specialized in Ayurveda, I found that right from early university days she has possessed a remarkably deep insight into anatomy, physiology , principles and tools of modern medicine and allied areas, coupled with a rare ability to communicate and explain even difficult concepts to a layman in simple terms. I can affirm from personal experience that she has acquired a very good understanding of Nadi Vidya [the science and art of pulse trading that is integral to ayurvedic diagnostics] thanks to a long, close association with a highly qualified Ayurvedic practitioner with a mastery over it. At least in my case and that of other members of my family including infants and kids, I have found her diagnosis uncannily accurate and prescriptions---which can comprise purely ayurvedic formulations or combined with allopathic drugs-- largely effective. To illustrate, my problem of chronic dyspepsia has been largely resolved thanks to a very simple, easily available herbal formulation--with a formulation specially tweaked for me. She has also helped our family migrate in large measure from synthetic allopathic supplements to herbal ones with beneficial results. She is endowed with a an analytical mind that has helped her associate herself with and contribute to scholarly professional journals. I wish her all success as a practitioner of integrative medicine.
Ziya, Female, Age 3.4 , stubborn constipation
My second daughter is born healthy except she seemed to have a constipative tendency since the first year. Every few weeks, she would not move her bowels for days, become cranky and scream when she passed dry hard stools. Of course I would give her laxatives and have even used suppositories during those days. When she was at age 3.5 years, I went to Dr.Pathak during another acute episode when suppositories were becoming more frequent than I liked. She asked me a direct leading question beyond fibre and water content of her meals: ‘Is she a caesarean baby with an early exposure to antibiotics? YES! I said, feeling we may have nailed something. She suggested probiotic supplements for her and from the third day onwards, my baby has been moving her bowels daily without anything other help for nearly four weeks now. It seems magical and I hope it reduces the episodes too. Dr.Pathak’s understanding of herbs, supplements, western medicine and diagnosis alongwith Ayurveda knowledge is delightful. She seems to know when to use what, and understands individual differences.
Sumer, Male, 72, chronic acid reflux
“My wife and I had met Dr.Namyata sometime in 2010 at her father’s farm house. She had shared with us her burning passion and deep interest in Ayurvedic branch of medicine. However, we never went to her for any treatment as we were firm believers in Allopathic branch of medicine and were skeptical about Ayurveda. I was suffering from chronic reflux and even after taking treatment of more than half a dozen top notch doctors practising Allopathy, I could not recover. After suffering for several years when I lost all the hopes I took Dr.Namyata’s appointment. After going through my entire case history and clinical examination, she was able to diagnose the root cause of my ailment and gave me a list of medicines and dietary restrictions. Her treatment worked wonders and I had a fairly good recovery. This gave me new lease of life. This experience taught me that Ayurvedic treatment is non invasive, with no side effects, holistic and spiritual based on centuries of research by Indian sages defined by researchers in this field . I found that Ayurveda does not work on the symptoms like in Allopathy where there is lot of suppression with its side effects, but it strives to eradicate the main cause of the disease. Of course, Allopathy has its own place in certain situations. As I came more in touch with Namyata, I could see her burning passion for research in this field. She is a rising star and I am sure she will put at rest the doubts that the westerners may have with regard to Ayurvedic branch of medicine, just not by words but by giving them holistic treatment. She will capture new frontiers. She will constantly strive to alleviate people from their suffering.”
*Names changed to protect identity. Please click testimonial to read.
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