We talked to Dr. Vikram Chauhan on how Planet Ayurveda heals using herbs, and this is what he had to say about it.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: My Family, we are doing quite OK in these COVID-19 times, we are well, and we didn’t face any problems by the grace of God. And my business is doing fine. We didn’t have to take any drastic steps or drastic measures to cope with because we are in healthcare; I won’t call it business; it’s a service.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Planet Ayurveda?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: In India, there is a system of Graduation in Ayurveda; Ayurveda is an ancient medical system that is called B.A.M.S. After that, I wanted to do more in Academics, so I started studying M.D. post-graduation. B.A.M.S. is graduation, and M.D. is specialization. I did my M.D. in herbal Pharmacology, Dravyaguna, where you learn about Herbs and their pharmacological actions. I thought to serve Humanity throughout the Planet, not only in My Area. So, I started my company in Planet Ayurveda’s name because Ayurveda is for everybody, for every living being. Now, we are working in so many Countries.
How does Planet Ayurveda Innovate?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Ayurveda is a Vast and ancient science. We have a treasure of knowledge, Ayurvedic Literatures, and Scripts. There are lots of books that are hidden and not read yet. In Ayurveda, we do not have to do any research; we only have to search. It is like a Deep Ocean, and we have to dive in it to find Pearls. There are so many things deeply hidden in Ayurveda. We only have to find those formulas and work on them. We articulate things, and I combine my Herbal Pharmacology experience, and I prepare the formulations by blending many herbs. I will say Ayurveda is the Theory of Everything. I am also thinking of writing my book titled “Ayurveda – The Theory of Everything” because Ayurveda is medical science and metaphysics. Ayurveda is not only medicine but the way you live your life.
How the Coronavirus Pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Before COVID, I was seeing 50-60 patients in my Clinic because everyone got scared and everything went under Lockdown, so we also stopped seeing Patients physically, and we continued our Tele-Medicine more and started a new Service that is Online Video Conference. I came to know from my patients who took the Video Consultations from my doctors and me. They are delighted; they do not have to travel more. Previously, they were needed to travel from far off places, from different countries from 3000 to 5000 km away and they were reaching my Clinic then waiting for their turn. And now they have to book an appointment online, and they can talk to my team of Doctors and me from their Living Room.
It would be a long list of Appointments, isn’t it?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Yes, of course, it’s a very long list of appointments, but patients are still happy; we are delivering the products at their Doorsteps, they are taking the consultations, taking appointments in Advance, and they are quite OK. So, this is an innovation that happened out of necessity as necessity is the Mother of Invention. It was a blessing in Disguise for Us.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: In life, it was a tough choice for me to Practice Ayurveda because people, in general, do not believe in Ayurveda. Now they are slowly believing in it and accepting it after experiencing the results. But, it was a difficult choice to take this Path. But, I am too happy following Ayurveda. I am successfully treating patients with Ayurvedic medicines, and they are satisfied with it.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety, how do you project yourself and Planet Ayurveda in the future?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Ayurveda says you should be in touch because you are made up of 5 elements. My secret to staying out of Stress and Anxiety is to be in touch with those five elements, which we are made up of, Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Space. If we contact Air, breathing in and breathing out, Deep Breathing and Pranayama is one way to keep your anxiety and stress away; this is how you stay in touch with Air. How can you be in touch with the Earth Element? You should walk barefoot on the Ground, you should lie down on the Grass, and you should enchant Om Mantra. This way, you are connecting your energies with the Universe and exchanging them. It would help if you did moon-gazing and Sun Bathing so that you can energize yourself. Sun is the source of fire element in the Universe. So, that’s how you can stay connected with the five elements. And, you should stay connected with God, Almighty. How can you do that? Meditate. By meditation and doing Yoga, Yoga means unity. You are uniting yourself, and understanding this concept of 5 elements, this Soul and Supreme Soul, then Stress and Anxiety cannot touch you. Then, you know you are the witness of the Universe. You are just witnessing this whole drama. When you become a witness, then you are not affected. Then, stress and anxiety cannot touch you, and you can be peaceful and happy.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: No, I don’t feel that I have any competition because I am not in any race; this is my formula. I am not competing with anyone. My formula is to be creative, and I also would advise all my viewers /listeners, don’t be competitive, and be creative. Because when you are creative, you already beat the competition because you have created something unique. The creation comes from within; it never comes from the books or the Internet; it comes from your thoughts and ideas, so if you are Creative, then there is no competition, you are happy, and you are peaceful. You do not have to look around; you have to look inside. That’s how I can believe that one can be prosperous and relaxed together.
Your final thoughts?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: My final thoughts are, don’t be scared of Corona, and don’t be afraid of anything. Do not give yourself to Stress or Anxiety. Just Be Calm, be connected to these five elements, Be Peaceful, and Be Creative. Thank you Very Much.