It has been more than six months since I graduated from SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. During out internship, we were posted in different kinds of hospitals and given different kinds of duties, ranging from taking care of patients, consultations, therapy, diet management, yoga therapy, acupuncture therapy, wellness to public health awareness campaigns, taking classes for students and research.
After our BNYS, A few of my classmates have selected higher courses of their choice and are continuing their studies. A couple of them have opened up clinics in their hometowns, where awareness of Naturopathy and Yoga among the public is relatively low. Most of my friends have taken up jobs as doctors, physicians in Naturopathy and Yoga hospital, a few in conventional medicine hospitals.
I have taken a few months to figure out the exact path to take in my life. In those months, I have visited many hospitals in South India and observed what they do and how they do it in detail. After coming back from this trip, SDMCNYS had the International Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy coming up (this was in December 2015), and I chose to stay at Ujire for a while, and set up the six Pavilions – the students’ exhibition on Naturopathy, Yoga, Nutrition, Naturopathic Diagnosis, Energy Medicine and Rehabilitative Medicine at the conference.
After the conference, once I was back home, I sat down with my parents (who are entrepreneurship mentors), pulled out all my notes and experiences from the past few years, my internship and the tour of hospitals, and started drafting out the best way to proceed on my journey.
A few people came trickling in to take help with their health, and I enjoyed talking to them and helping them take control and get healthy. Over the next few weeks, I became increasingly occupied with my plans, and preparing the materials that I would be using in the coming years. I stopped meeting people and talking to them one-on-one for a while.
Yesterday and the day before, one of my old friends had brought his parents and family over to meet me. Due to some trying times at home, his parents’ health had suddenly deteriorated. They were both already diabetic, hypertensive and overweight. The stress had disrupted their sleep, sent their eating habits for a toss and caused their health problem to aggravate, even making new ones appear.
I spent a few hours talking to them, understanding the situation and helping them out. After the two sessions, today, I am so happy it shows. I’ve been bouncing around all day, and my work, which had been constantly getting stuck, zoomed along at an awesome speed. People are me noticed the change and told me about it, and I realised, this is truly what I love doing.
No matter how much dull theory I’d have to push into my brain, no matter how many hours, days and weeks went into trying to understand which cell does what and how the nervous system controls acid secretion in the stomach, how serotonin works and the vagus nerve operates, which muscle is attached to which bone and which exercises need to prescribed for a post-surgical disc herniation case, at the end of the day, it is totally worth it. And that’s what keeps me going, every day. After a marathon three-hour consultation, making someone smile and knowing that they are going to be healthy – that’s what life is all about. I’m so happy I’ve been guided into this path. Mother Teresa wasn’t kidding. 🙂
Dr. Achyuthan Eswar
Naturopathy, Yoga and Acupuncture Physician