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Testimonials

Testimonials

Knowing human being and elaborating the intricacies, Ayurveda remains unique in the concept of the individual. A few months of my life and practice in Germany gave me the understanding, that Ayurveda could emerge as a medical system in the West only through evidence based studies. Because its philosophical and theoretical fundamentals are unable to be explained in the present day reductionistic knowledge. This event shall be enumerated as a step to the future of Ayurveda in the West.

Incidentally, I had various occasions to share with MS patients and there by to know the intensity of the disease “Multiple Sclerosis”.

Since MS is affecting mostly people of the younger age group, who are involved in the vibrance of health in creating family, job, sport etc., it is a despairing incident in their life. Its sudden onset and the impression they get that there is no cure possible.

The Government of Germany is paying more than 33000 Euro per year (Die Welt 16.11.04).(the reason to which this treatment method can be inducted to be paid by the insurance).

This is a collection of case studies on Multiple Sclerosis treated with the help of DATMS (The Dathathreya Ayurvedic Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis). A collection of Ayurvedic treatment methods adapted to individual needs. A treatment method that had been invented or developed by Swami Dathathreya, the teacher to my father Dr. R.Raghavan who had refined this method and is using in the management of Multiple Sclerosis in our Family clinic in India and Ayurveda Ashram in Germany. The most important facet of the treatment is the usage of Potentiated Herbal oils.

This is an invitation to share the benevolent views of the Ayurveda as reflected by the vedic saying “Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu” – let the entire world be Healthy.

Dr. Prasanth Raghavan P.A.M.S
Here we give an overview about Multiple Sclerosis patients who had the DATMS Ayurveda treatment programs, which had been treated by Dr.Prasanth Raghavan (P.A.M.S. Mangalore University, India). Here we have given more emphasis on the symptoms that are affecting patients daily life (pains, motor functions like walking, bladder control, vision etc.)


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    MS diagnosis 2005

    Background of Mrs. Elisabeth Heinrich: age 53 years, was working as a school teacher for the past 30 years. She worked continuously without leave during the duration of her career. During the treatment she agreed to take a 6 months leave after the therapy which was essential to control the progression of MS.

    Duration of DATMS Therapy – July 2006 for 60 days.
    Investigation Method – MRI and CSF investigation.
    Diagnosis – 2002
    Type of MS – Primary progressive.
    Body weight – 66 kg , Height- 1,72 meters

    She got the diagnosis of MS in the year 2002. But in the year 2000 she was diagnosed as Encephalomyelitis disseminate. In the year 2002 itself she got 3 exacerbation and that leads to considerable deficit in motor activities were her walking distance was reduced to less than 2 km (she was walking more than 20 km before 2000). And other symptoms like severe pain, bladder symptoms, gait disturbances etc.

    Medication – On all the 3 exacerbations period she was on high doses of cortisone. Also medications like Copaxone, Neurontin 300 (twice daily, ingredient is Gaba Pentene).
    Kentera – Plaster (Wirkstoff oxybutznin), L-Thyroxin 100, Urbasone, and other food supplements. She is taking L-Thyroxin 100 on advice from her endocrinologist to avoid a pathology process that may lead to disease of the thyroid gland in the future. (Details not available.)
    Symptoms of MS before DATMS

    Altered Sensation – tingling sensation in the legs, dissimilar sensation of the left hand.

    Gait & Balance – it is documented that when she walks 200-250 meters, she has considerable pain in the legs. The gait was visibly changed from normalcy, with dragging of the left leg involving her hip joint.

    Spasticity – Spasticity is present in both the legs, especially the left leg. Stiffness of the knee joint and ankle joint.

    Coordination- mildly affected.

    Bladder & bowel problems – she has to wake up in the night 3-4 times, and reported urinary incontinence, she has to interrupt the therapy several times during the initial days of treatment for urination or bowel urgency. Bowel control was also affected as she says that – flatulence (elimination of gas) without control; frequent constipation.

    Cognitive & emotional disturbance- See ‘General’

    Mental – mentally disturbed with mood swings due to MS.

    Weakness & fatigue – Fatigued in the afternoon, during warm days and in summer.

    Pain – She had severe pain in the legs for which she was taking Gaba pentene 600 mg and still the pain was strong, occasional headache.

    Family – no family history of MS or other neurological diseases.

    General – As she was having severe side effects from the medication she was taking, she requested that the doses be minimized, especially the Gaba Pentene, which was taken for palliating the pain and was periodically increased to 600 mg still the pain was strong. It is stated that this medicine is not supposed to be taken not longer than 6 months (she had already been taking Gaba Pentene for 4 years). Her condition improved during the first days of treatment ,especially the pain and she tried to taper the intake of Gaba pentene , but on the following days she had severe panic attacks, depression and sleeplessness (only 2 –3 hours of sleep during the night) as the withdrawal symptom of Gaba Pentene. On consultation with the Neurologist who suggested for her to continue taking Gaba Pentene. However, with her determination and the effect of the DATMS treatment she had slowly tapered the dosage of the drug to 100mg from 600mg. During the treatment, the complication of the Gaba Pentene was disrupting her sleep, where sleep is very essential for the recovery of the patient therefore she had been advised to postpone the treatment for about a month until her sleep was normalized. Earlier in her life she had thyroid surgery and from then onwards she was taking L-thyroxin 100mg, this might have also complicated the situation.
    After the DATMS Therapy

    Gait & Balance – She is able to walk 600-650 meters and during the second to the last day of the treatment she walked 1000 meters with out having pain or other discomfort. Moreover the gait style improved considerably in the initial phase of walking (up to 100 meters) and there is no visible disturbance in walking and balance. The dragging of the left leg and hip has visibly improved.

    Spasticity – The spasticity of both legs has improved; especially the left leg which was more affected.

    Bladder & bowel problems – there was noticeable improvement in the bladder control as she is waking up only 1 time in the night. Even though she had withdrawn for the Kentera-Plaster what was applied for bladder control. The problems of bowel urgency and flatulence without control were absent during the later days of treatment.

    Cognitive & emotional disturbance – she is calm and stable now.

    Pain – Pain in the legs were absent during the last phase of treatment. The intensity of the headache is reduced.

  • Last year (2012) my life offered me a big unexpected change! I started the year in new York in the middle of skyscrapers, noises and pollution; I ended up surrounded by trees & birds in “Ayush Prana”, and I found my peace of mind just here. Thanks to mother nature who has guided me to quickly choose the Ayurveda path for my healing. It’s really true: Nothing is missing and everything is perfect in nature!

    I get more closer to patience, perseverance, faith and emotional stability here. My mind is more like Peryar river: I just let my thoughts flow and go! We have to defend happiness as our first right, as human being. Protect your happiness from worries, nightmares and serious medical diagnosis. Defend your present happiness from obligations, rhetoric, melancholies coming from the past or the future. If we achieve that, we will become 100% healthy!

    I wish abundance, prosperity, health and love to each person who comes to and lives in “Ayush Prana”.

    A huge “Grazie” (thanks in Italian) to Dr. Prasanth, Dr. Geetha & Simona.

    Anna (Italy)

Video Testimonials

Treatment as a Mantra

By Bilyana Savova for Eva Magazine, Bulgaria

General

22th September 2012

I get off the plane and for the eleventh time I step on Indian soil. After flying for 15 hours, the hot brush of ocean and moist tropical forests in the air of Kerala, the southernmost state of India, makes me dizzy. I see my name on a plaque held by a smiling young Indian. We leave in a taxi to one of the many Ayurvedic clinics in India, but this is the only one that specialises in treating Multiple Sclerosis. The diagnosis I have been fighting for the last 5 years. I feel tired. Not from the fight, but from the long trip. While colourful houses, forests, rubber plantations pass in front of my eyes I remember how I fell in love with India 12 years ago. How I dreamt of coming back here again and again… As they say “Be careful what you wish for because it may come true”.

Four and a half years ago

I thought I have my life under control. I was planning the changes in it. I worked hard, sometimes to exhaustion. One beautiful May morning everything fell apart. I was sent to an MRI examination to get my pituitary gland checked. I received a folder with the results and was asked to discuss them with the doctor. I opened the folder feeling something is wrong, and started reading the unfamiliar terminology. Finally, I found the sentence that changed my life: “More than half of the macromorphological factors for MS presence are flagged.”

MS, MS, MS … I kept repeating it in my mind trying to recall what that was. It is Multiple Sclerosis, I remembered terrified! The doctor began explaining something, but I only saw his lips moving, refusing to accept this is my story.

More bad news followed afterwards. Different doctors half-heartedly admitted that medicine is powerless against this disease. Searching online day and night I tried to figure out by myself how other people handle MS, how they treat themselves; I was looking for every little piece of information I can find in order to plan how to fight the illness. The real shock came when a doctor told me my MS is progressing rapidly and within two years I will be in a wheelchair. I couldn’t believe it. I would have never thought I could be helpless, that I wouldn’t be able to move.

There were some honest doctors. One of them explained that the disease is different with different people; that the medicine knows almost nothing about what causes it or how to treat it; that the medicaments prescribed only ease the symptoms but have many side effects. He also told me that unless I become part of a Government organised MS list, I will be paying at least 2000 leva per month for drugs. “By the way, he told me, I know some people with MS who go to India. I do not know what they do there, but they feel good!” At this moment I saw light in the darkness, suddenly I could see and breathe again. I took a deep breath and saw an exit. I saw the choice I had to make. India!

You might think my decision was irrational and made in a state of shock. No, I tried to analyse my life and see what path I chose to follow – whether I prefer to be an obedient patient given no promises for improvement, stuffed with drugs simply suppressing the symptoms; or I want to change my life, get to the cause of the illness and chase it away.

A month later I was already on my way to an Indian Ayurvedic clinic. I knew very little about Ayurveda, but I could instinctively feel this was my path. For Ayurveda doesn’t simply see me as a set of organs that can be attacked with certain drugs; but as a personality where the emotions, the soul and the body are inextricably linked.

In Sanskrit Ayurveda means Science of life. After five years of Ayurvedic treatments I draw the line: step by step I learned how to live truly, fully and with love. I learned how to preserve my energy and how to eat properly. I learned that changing my eating habits can affect my health. I learned how to practise yoga without being a yoga myself. I realised few things in life are really important and nothing is a matter of life and death. Now I believe there is no need for fate to put you down on your knees to arrange your priorities. Once you start from the beginning everything is possible.

Just 6 months following the “sentence” I’ve been given by medicine I was already reorganising, rearranging and emptying “the closet”. I turned my life 180 degrees around. Not just my own but the lifes of the people closest to me; my children – my greatest support in the decisions I’ve made.

Ayush Prana Clinic, Kerala

Day 1

Curious glances follow me on the way to my “house” where I will be spending the next seven weeks. Some patients are on wheelchairs, others use walkers. They are all smiling at me. I not smiling back – I’m too tired. The room is spacious, the bed – canopy. The bathroom itself is as big as a room in the last two clinics I would go to twice a year. There is hot water in abundance – an absolute luxury for India. I take a shower and fall asleep. For 24 hours.

Day 8

My house is surrounded by rubber plantations and a river, behind which there’s a jungle in all shades of green. My eyes tired of the greyness in the city greedily swallow the bright colours.

I’m part of the clinic now and one of the 10 patients with MS. Doctor Prasanth and I had a two-hour long conversation about me, the diagnosis, my lifestyle, my work, rest, nutrition, childhood illnesses and treatments applied so far. Then he made me a program for the next three days – relaxing and adaptive therapies (oil and hot water body massages, and for the head – Shirodhara, but with cold
herbal water). After months of working and hardly ever resting, these few days allowed me to hit the
brakes. But not to stop, just to step on the brakes. Stopping takes terribly long and it drives me
crazy.

On the third day I got a crisis. My type of crisis – a terrible pain pulsing throughout my whole body.
They tried to help me with some special massages oil and herbal powders for pain relief and sleep.
After many hours of keeping wide awake, the pain suddenly stopped just as unexpectedly as it
began. Like there is an invisible on and off switch. I slept for nine hours straight and woke up feeling
better.
I eat balanced Ayurvedic food here, mainly rice and lentils in different variations. Vegetables as well,
but cooked on fire, rarely raw. Hot spices are almost absent from the menu. On the side of the path
to the dining table I find black pepper growing freely and from now on every time I walk pass it I’d
pick up a few grains, even though it is not recommended. However, I keep it within limits.

We eat three times a day and are allowed 30 minutes on the Internet (the Internet is only available if
there is no rain or thunder) and 60 minutes of reading. I’m in despair. Will I have time to speak to my
children and friends; to read the books I brought? It’s only been a week and I am already dreading
the following six, I am even considering leaving early.

Day 9

It’s 10 am. After having my pulse and tongue checked on an empty stomach, I am appointed Kashaya
Dhara – a relaxing massage with Kashaya (potion made of hot herbs). In the massage room I lay on
the cold table. My therapist Mary Kuti is smiling at me nicely and suddenly the universal sadness in
me unlocks after being hidden away day after day. I burst into uncontrollable tears – big tears drops
just pour out of my eyes. Mary lays her hand on my chest bone, where the heart chakra is, and
slowly begins to massage it whilst talking softly. I gradually calm down and even smile back at her.

Day 10

I open my eyes woken up by the roosters’ singing. The time now is 5:10 am. For the first time I have
the strength and desire to do my morning yoga. I wash myself and 2 minutes later I'm on the roof. I
smile at the sun and it smiles back. From that day onwards this is my morning routine. My hour and
a half must end with chanting mantras and meditating. And a gratitude! Every morning I am grateful
for everything that happens to me! For everything I have. I still do that today before opening my
eyes. And I smile.
I have practised yoga for several years now, but no one has ever adapted the asanas 2 for me and my
Ayurvedic constitution 3 . Here the usual Greeting to the Sun was replaced with a Greeting to the
Moon which turned out to be better suited for me. Day after day my body fitness improves – I can

2 Asana – a posture of a yoga exercise combined with breathing
3 Ayurvedic constitution – according to Ayurveda each person has a specific combination of the energies,
which determine their physical, mental and emotional type, psychophysiological constitution, metabolism,
exercise endurance, preferences for different foods, personality, physique characteristics, predisposition to
illness, treatment preferences, illness prognosis, duration of life. Usually a person as an Ayurvedic constitution
is a mixture of two or three doshas

4.tell by the balanced asanas. My flexibility increases, and standing on one leg in Tree Pose becomes
easier. Keeping the body and the muscles in good shape is essential for people diagnosed with MS.

Day 12

8 am. I finished yoga two hours ago, and I’m hungry. At 7 am I drank the prescribed herbs (powders,
divided into doses and taken at the appointed time) with a cup of hot water. I also have to drink the
Kashaya (a quite bitter herb tea) that we receive in a thermos freshly made every morning.
In the morning rounds the doctor checks my condition by taking the pulse on my left wrist using
three fingers. Ring finger registers Vata, the middle one – Pitta, and index one – Kapha 4 . After the
check-up, the Doctor assigns the treatments I need: rice body massage (typical for therapies in
Kerala, performed with hot cooked special rice porridge); Shirovasti therapy on the head and Nasya
(sinus therapy – considered very important in Ayurveda, associated with the view that nostrils are
the gateway to the brain). About 200 minutes of therapies all together.
And finally breakfast! Papaya, watermelon, grapes, pineapple, bananas, my favorite sweet chiku, all
of which are in abundance in Kerala. Apart from fruits, oatmeal is also served at breakfast as well as
Molasses to sweeten the meals.
I decide to take a walk around the site for the first time. I go out through the iron door and start
walking down the road between trees of ever dripping rubber. The morning is beautiful. I can hear
only the birds singing. I am really smiling from the inside. Finally I am starting to feel slow, quiet and
relaxed.

Day 15

I’m happy – my friend Milena is here with me. She lives in Canada and studies Ayurveda there. Not
only did she find this place for me, but she also came to spend four weeks here with me – something
I really needed. I have always assumed that whenever I feel unwell, I should face the pain alone and
avoid burdening others. Milena taught me that in moments like these love can do miracles. Most of
the patients here didn’t come alone. Across my house lives Suarna – a young Indian woman who
came here with her little girl and the babysitter. The house next door is occupied by the whole
Badzhadzh family – they came from Australia to accompany Pam – the mother who has MS and is
confined to a wheelchair.
The very first time I met with doctor Prashant he told me my three doshas are totally out of balance.
What’s even worse was that my Kapha dosha is a zero! “Zerooo” – he had said, locking his thumb
and index finger in an O shape. Kapha is the dosha of Earth and Love. It’s not that I lack love or that
no one loves me. It’s just that I have built a thick wall around myself trying to avoid being hurt or
disappointed.
Mimicking happiness and love is one of the worst things one can do to oneself. We need to learn to

4 Doshas – according to Ayurveda the universe is a manifestation of the five basic elements: Space (ether), Air,
Fire, Water and Earth. When they interact in harmony the three basic types of energies or doshas are created.
They are present in everyone and everything – Air and Space form Vata dosha, Fire and Water form Pitta
dosha, Water and Earth forma Kapha dosha.

say “No”. To seek your happiness no matter how difficult it may seem. We shouldn’t live a life sacrificing everything for others, not even for the people closest to us, instead we should live so that we love, we feel loved and that makes us wake up every morning filled with love and gratitude! Then we can begin to be useful to and desired by others. And to be healthy!

So my friend came from the other side of the globe, surrounded me with love and attention and
became a key part of my therapeutic program. We would talk for hours. I realised that if we live in
the same city we would not be able to spend as much time together as we do now. Again I thanked
the fate for the gift it gave me.

Day 20

This morning I am surprised to see that I have lost 6 kilos. Doctor Prashant immediately included the
Ghee butter, purified cow butter, in my food regime – a spoonful every morning on an empty
stomach and a spoon in the rice at lunch and dinner.

Day 25

This morning Pam, the woman in a wheelchair, got up and took three steps. I stood there
speechless, paralysed with tears in my eye like everyone else. I hugged her. Her son and daughter
were screaming and jumping with joy. Pam was glowing.