About Us (Vd. Dilip Gadgil and Vd. Mrs. Madhavi Gadgil)

Coming from middle class family, I completed my education till inter-science & wanted to take admission to a medical course as per the desire of my parents. The marks were marginally less for me to take an admission to M.B.B.S. course. As an alternative I took admission to B.A.M.S. Very soon I got frustrated due to quality of education in the Ayurvedic College. I felt as if I am a victim of bad destiny. When suddenly a turning point arrived that changed everything! I had a talk with my guru Vd. Madhava Kolhatkar for one & half hour. He was a very good academician, teacher, researcher, practitioner & above all a very good Guru! I met him for the first time & he influenced my life since then! I made a vow to dedicate my life to Ayurveda & I am really happy to follow the path throughout my life. Once I supposed myself to be really very unfortunate for not getting admission to the M.B.B.S. course. But now I really feel fortunate for getting a chance to learn Ayurveda.

              As per my Guru’s advice I took up studies even in Sanskrit along with Ayurveda and completed my M.A. with Sanskrit Grammar along with B.A.M.S. Later on I completed M.Phil in Sanskrit & M.D. & PhD in Ayurveda.

               I was asked to go to various Ayurvedic practitioners for clinical experience. Vd. S.D. Phansalkar (a disciple of Vd. Gangadhar Shastri Gune) remained my main teacher. Vd. Venimadhavashastri Joshi, Vd. S.K. Karmarkar (Nashik), Vd. Datar (Sangli) & Vd. Kolhatkar also created an impact for my clinical practices.

               Vd. Kolhatkar was a real visionary in a very adverse situation. He could find out a way to educate the students, both theoretically as well as practically. As a result, after 25 years now, we have good practitioners of Ayurveda to take up any challenge. We have good academicians & teacher & good researchers as well. The Triskandha Kosha project as conceived by Vd. Kolhatkar is really historical landmark in the field of Ayurveda. This is the first work of its own kind in this high-tech 21st century. It is the best method to explore the Ayurvedic texts in a very much effective way to benefit all sectors such as academic, research, clinical practice, fundamental etc. Computers where very new at that time and it was the vision of Vd. Kolhatkar to use information technology to explore Ayurvedic texts.

            I left my full time job in Ashtang Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, and joined the Triskandha Kosha Project as an Executive editor. The department of Ayurveda was new in Tilak Maharashtra University and we got engaged in the development of the department through various innovative courses.

Suddenly we got hit from the destiny on 6 November 1992. Our Guru Vd. Kolhatkar passed away in an accident with no chance to treat at all. This was the biggest hit in my life and I took merely one year to restore. We established a trust in his name .We have two major functions of this trust every year.1) Guru-paurnima 2) The death anniversary of our Guru (6th November). We arrange lectures of the well known scholars on these occasions.

I made a vow to complete his work on Triskandha Kosha as a true homage to him. I had to struggle very hard to push the project without any funding and ultimately could get funding from Government agencies and could complete the project in a total span of 19 years! Miss. Mira Mehta (Student of Iyengar Guruji, U.K.), Smt. Shanta Shastri (Secretary AYUSH Department) and Dr. R.A. Mashelkar (Director General CSIR) helped me a lot to come out of this adverse situation.

After completion of the Monumental & Historical project namely "Ayurvediya Triskandha-Kosha" in a span of 19 years, I have now taken voluntary retirement from the University, with very big plans in my mind.

I could then realize the power of information technology as a tool to be beneficial to the field of Ayurveda. Besides I was practicing & enriching my clinical experience especially in the field of cancer, Heart disease, & Diabetes. Two experiences made an impact in my life & suggested of innovative ideas in the field of clinical practices of Ayurveda.

One of our students approached me to seek guidance, whether we can help a terminally ill patient suffering from advance cancer. It was October 1985, when a 67 year old  man, suffering from Collangio carcinoma was opened up for a possible surgery & was left in-operated with no ray of hope of survival for more than 15 days. I decided at least to try to help him. I took guidance from Vd. Kolhatkar & started the treatment. It was a miraculous recovery and patient is still alive after 27 years with current age of 94 years! (in 2012)

This case started fetching me many cancer cases especially in advanced stage. To my surprise, those left untreated responded well. Those who have under gone surgery, chemo / radiation had a limited scope of improving life quality & extending it to certain extend. I'm still doing the job for the benefit of the patients and the society. At least I could improve life quality in most of the cases but still was not satisfied with the job & wanted to do more positive for the benefit of the patients.

The same experience I had in Heart diseases as well! People turn towards Ayurveda when modern medicine cannot offer any treatment. Especially when bypass surgery or angioplasty is not possible due to poor economic condition or fear of the procedure or the general condition of the patient not being fit for operation or L.V.E.F. is too low, the patients turn towards Ayurveda as an alternative system. Truly speaking Ayurveda can perform a much better job than modern medicine from early stage of a disease till the advanced stages. I started getting the cases in advanced stages and realized miracles of Ayurveda with its holistic management.

I was very disturbed when I started getting cases of kidney failure either due to Diabetes, Hypertension or both. The modern approach here is really very mechanical. It is getting the work of kidney done from a machine, a lifetime process of haemodialysis to be performed twice or thrice a week for life long. Even the alternative of kidney transplant is too expensive & risky. Moreover, since this is not a treatment for cure, it is a prolongation of life artificially. People started coming to me mostly when they have already started dialysis. It is too late then! But later on people started coming to me in earlier stages such as Creatinine ranging between 2 – 4 & urea up to 100. It was a pleasant surprise that we could diagnose each case in Ayurvedic prospective & could reduce the Creatinine & urea or at least could maintain it to delay the commencement of dialysis. This is a very good achievement because CRF is a progressive disorder & irreversible in modern medicine.

Based on my clinical experience in case of cancer, Heart disease & diabetes along with its complications & based on Triskandha Kosha project, I had an innovative idea to spread the knowledge through Internet.

The idea struck my mind due to an experience in Germany. A young lady of 22 years age approached me for lifestyle consultation. She was suffering from Malignant Melanoma stage four. She had already completed 3 cycles of Chemotherapy and was due for the forth one.

When I noted her lifestyle, I was really shocked! She used to get up at 11 am. Her lunch time was 5 pm! Dinner at 12 pm! She used to watch TV till 3 am and then sleep! More over she was smoking 30 cigarettes a day!

“With this lifestyle, there are absolutely no chances for survival!”, I said to her. She was severely constipated, no appetite, no energy. She assured me to follow my instructions. I asked her to go to bed and wake up early. Start Yoga practice. Eat figs and resins to relieve constipation. Drink milk separately. Get de-addicted immediately.

She followed my advice and we had a follow up after only eight days (I stayed only 10 days.) She was better. Constipation was relieved. She started feeling hungry and energy improved. More over she left smoking. I asked her to continue the same regime.

I visited Germany next year and she came for a follow up. She had maintained health. Really surprising fact was that, she didn’t require Chemotherapy for the whole year! I was really encouraged and asked her to continue.

The same experience repeated even next year! Only change in lifestyle could keep her away from Chemotherapy! I then decided to spread the message through internet for the benefit of global community.

As a result I had an innovative idea of developing a website to propagate message of Ayurveda regarding three dreaded diseases.

My wife, Mrs. Madhavi Gadgil completed her course from Ayurvedic College, Ahamednagar. She is practicing Ayurveda since 1982. Her area of expertise is gynecological problems, problems associated with beauty. Her area of research is diet of children especially from 2.5 years to 5 years of age group. She completed her PhD in this subject in 2008.

We (myself & wife Madhavi) have established "Niramaya Ayurvedic Research & Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.". Through this company, we are establishing an "Association for Prevention of Diseases" emphasizing on Cancer, Heart Disease & Diabetes. The basic theme is to Prevent these diseases at Primary & Secondary level & also prevent their complications.

As a result I developed the website “www.health-ayur-world.com “. It was released at the auspicious hands of Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, a well known veteran Indian scientist on 3rd May 2009 in Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital Auditorium.

 With this background of mine, let us explore the concept behind this website & create a healthy society.

The website www.health-ayur-world.com contains a Questionnaire that assesses the Health Status in a holistic manner, considering all aspects of life. The questionnaire is in two forms, Express & Elaborate. The Express Questionnaire is totally free. It is very helpful to those who have been recently diagnosed as Cancer, may be currently under conventional treatment or in disease free state or may be in terminal stage with a progressive disease. The program finds out the lacunae & suggests appropriate measures to combat them. It also provides a list of Service Providers at a global level to help them. The same is the case of Heart disease patients, may be Diagnosed as Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), might have undergone stress test, angiography, angioplasty or even By-pass surgery. They all can benefit from the website. The program is also beneficial to Diabetes patients for prevention of complications like Nephropathy leading to Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), Retinopathy leading to Blindness. The next generation of these patients is prone to these diseases i.e. Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes due to heredity. They can benefit through the website for primary prevention. Also people working in IT/BPO sector, are prone to various diseases due to very stressful life schedule. They will also be benefited through this website. If one is interested in more detailed information, he can be a Member of the Association as a "Health Seeker" by paying an annual subscription. He / She gets a login & Password & an access for Elaborate check up. For more details please visit website www.health-ayur-world.com

Shri Madhavacharya Gurukula and Study Group

Vd. Kolhatkar used to read one text of Ayurveda every year, in the holy 4 months (Chaturmasa). I knew this fact, but couldn’t do it for myself, due to heavy work schedule of Triskandhakosha. After resigning, I decided to concentrate on that. We started with Sushrutasamhita. Students also joined my reading, and we took nearly 9 months for completion. But then I realized, that, this is the only way to understand Ayurveda in true sense, and the best method to do this is the Gurukula system. So I arranged a workshop of two days duration of Vd. Kolhatkar’s students, and my students, about starting gurukula. Everybody gladly accepted the concept, and Shri Madhavacharya Gurukula is now an established activity. We conduct residential courses of one month duration after 1st year, 2nd year, and 3rd year examinations, during vacations. We teach Ashtangahrudayam text, and also emphasize on memorization of shloka by heart, reading and understanding   Sanskrit commentaries, sharing of clinical experiences. The system has created wonderful impact over students and teachers both. It’s a dedicated team work, and we as disciples of Vd. Kolhatkar, feel proud to be associated with this activity.

Shri Madhavacharya Ayurvedic Study Group

As a part of Gurukula, we need to keep on enriching our knowledge of Ayurvedic classics. We used to gather physically every day early morning to read the texts. Now the activity is run through the internet on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6.15 am till 7.30 am. Vd. Vilobh Bhartiya, placed in Amaravati, Maharashtra, coordinates the lectures. The text is seen on the screen, and I explain in Hindi. Various vaidya from Maharashtra, Kranatak, Gujrat and From USA have joined the endeavor. One may visit www.instituteofeayurved.com for details of the study group. The monthly  subscription for Indians is just Rs. 200/-

Besides this, I wrote a book entitled “Cancer, Heart disease and Diabetes – Prevention and Treatment in Ayurvedic Perspective”. Dr. Mashelkar was very kind to write Foreword for this. The book was published at his auspicious hands on 30th Oct. 2010. It was very well received.

The Marathi edition of the book was recently released at the auspicious hands of Mr. Dinkar Gangal, Granthali Publicatins. Also present are Dr. Arvind Kulkarni (Radiation Oncologist) and Mr. Girish Gandhi, Manakarnika Publications.

This book is also well received.

Now recently, my book entitled “Lifestyle – The Key to Health” is complete and  ready for publication. It will be published in a conference of NAMA in Seattle, USA in April 2012. We are launching a Webinar course on “Prevention of Primary and Secondary onset of Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes through Ayurvedic Lifestyle” in May 2012 in collaboration with Dr. Yash Mannur, through Shubham Ayurveda.. One may visit www.instituteofeayurved.com for details of the course.
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