This is my journey of being diagnosed with a chronic disease in 2007 to complete recovery in 2013 through Yoga Therapy. I am sharing this so that everyone dealing with a chronic disease can have access to sure-shot cure if they are willing to attend two weeks of therapy followed by a regime of regular Yoga practices.
The Search for Treatment
It was January of 2007 and I woke up with a really bad dysentery. Two doctors, four days, and three varied diagnosis later I was undergoing Colonoscopy when the doctors informed me that I had Ulcerative Colitis. While I had never heard of the disease before, I was told that it’s an auto immune disease which can be controlled through medication. A very friendly expert in Ulcerative Colitis (“I have 200 active patients”) prescribed 20 pills a day. These included steroids, antacids and supplements to counter the effect of steroids, and so on. I was clear as I was walking out that I will not get on this routine – I did not want to spend the remaining 30-40 years of my life popping 20 pills a day.
I started exploring alternate therapy immediately – vising a Ayurveda ashram, consulted a Homeopath. That was when my father informed me about this Yoga Therapy center near Bangalore which was tried and tested by one of his close friends. I immediately visited their city office and met the doctor in-charge of the therapy program. The interaction with Dr. Nagarathna was amazing – within 15 minutes, I was not only at peace but also clear that I will get the disease under control through Yoga Therapy soon. The therapy sessions start every Friday and I immediately signed up to go to the Ashram the next Friday.
My Experience with Yoga Therapy
I arrived on Friday afternoon with the bloody dysentery still on. Medication included Mesacol – a preventive medication for Ulcerative Colitis and many bottles of Gatorade every day. The Yoga Therapy from Saturday which included meditation, pranayam, select yogasanas, and informative sessions about the genesis and hence the possible control of chronic diseases. The specific instructions for me were lots and lots of relaxation and that’s what I was treated to.
The bloody dysentery stopped within three days and I was feeling perfectly healthy in one week. I had clear understanding of the source of my disease and how to keep it under check and could clearly feel the improvement. Another week of regular practice and I was feeling much better than I had felt since my college days.
I came back from the Ashram after two weeks and then carried on with regular practice everyday. Waking up at 4:30 am on most days, I did 90 minutes of meditation, pranayam, and yogasanas. I continued with Mesacol as the only medication based on the doctor’s advice.
The Impact of Yoga Therapy
Over the next 5 years, I continued with my Yoga practices while gradually reducing the dosage of the medicine till I did not need it any more in 2013. I did not have any relapse of Ulcerative Colitis since the first attack. I do not have any symptoms of the disease or take any medication for the last 4 years. As I shared with many doctors, all of them disagreed till finally a friendly gastroenterologist did agree that this is the fourth case he has come across where someone claims to be cured of Ulcerative Colitis.
Over the last 10 years, I went to the Therapy Center quite a few times, initially as a “patient” of Ulcerative Colitis but more recently just for well being. It is one of the best vacation for me and and my family now.
The Trusted Yoga Therapy Center
There may be many centers that offer similar therapies and results but I want to share the one that I sent to. The place is called Arogyadhama and it is part of one of the three recognised Yoga universities in India called S-VYASA. The institute has been around for 30 years as has been the therapy center.
They monitor the health and key parameters of all participants daily and have published numerous papers in reputed journals establishing the efficacy of Yoga Therapy in various chronic diseases as well as for general well being.
While all the details are available on the website (http://svyasa.edu.in/vyasa-hub/arogyadhama/), I am reproducing the ailments treated for ready reference.
- Section A
Neurology:Epilepsy, Migraine, Parkinson’s, Muscular dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple sclerosis, Mental retardation
Oncology: Breast cancer stage 1, 2, 3, 4; Colon, Prostate, Blood, Myelomas
- Section B
Pulmonology:Bronchial Asthma, Nasal Allergy, Chronic Bronchitis, COPD
Cardiology: High BP, Low BP, Heart Disease (CAD)
- Section C
Psychiatry:Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis, OCD, mental retardation
- Section D
Rheumatology:Arthritis, Knee Pain
- Section E
Spinal disorders:Acute and Chronic Back Pain, Lumbar Spondylosis, Disc Bulge, Disc Prolapse, Scoliosis, Neck Pain
- Section F
Metabolic disorders:Diabetes, Hypothyroidism
- Section G
Gastroenterology:Gastritis, Peptic Ulcer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis
- Section H
- Promotion of Positive Health
- Eye Problems: Short Sight, Long Sight, Astigmatism, Squint, Early Cataract, Glaucoma
If you or your family/ friends are suffering from any chronic disease do consider spending two weeks at Arogradhama. Harness the power of Yoga Therapy for your well being. Sessions start every Friday and it is advisable to talk to them first and book your therapy. You can do that either through the website or on phone at +91-80-2661 2669.
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