Personal Beliefs and ailment:
Together, we (Anju and Roopesh) are strong believers of our inherited value systems and we try to practice our culture in our day-to-day life and routine. As born Indians, we both take pride in what as a sanatana dharma we had in our culture but at the same time we regret that we have not been able to carry it all the way in the purest of its form – may it be the worship, education, trade or health with yoga methods. Nevertheless, we are born in a time where we have to still treasure whatever we are left with.
It was 9th October 2014, when we met with an accident and Anju sustained severe spinal injuries. Her body below waist went senseless. The implants that were done with the surgery on D12 in spine healed the bones but the damage to neurons was something – today’s medical science does not have an answer to. I met many doctors (neuro physicist and surgeons) but not a single could answer when she will be back on her feet again.
Medically, they call it paraplegia, Anju was bed ridden from that day – it was really difficult for me to keep her spirits live and up. I would always discuss and let her know that she did not embrace the abode and God sent her back to take care of the two angels he has blessed her. These kids were then 4 years and 15 months. The purpose of her life is not just to be in bed crying and mourning asking God “Why me?” but to believe and keep on trying to stand both physically and mentally with all belief in GOD.
Anju hailed from a very small place called Bacheli in South Chhattisgarh. Then she had her neighbor and childhood friend Lokesh who she used to play with. Time went by and after schooling their ways separated in 1994. After 23 years Lokesh met her in Pune in new avatar as Lila kirtan Das.
The childhood friends were happy to meet again but Lila kirtan was sad to see Anju bedridden and emotionally broken. And then we were informed about Govardhan Ecovillage. The website itself answered all the queries and concerns.
Ayurveda and Unani medical practice is something Indian government has recognized, and we have Government medical colleges as well. But the government’s apathetical approach has made these medical practices all unexplored and difficult to trust. People have been often victims for making just money by many self-acclaimed practioners.
AYURVEDA IN GEV
We first visited Govardhan Ayurveda on the day of its inauguration.
GEV has established the Ayurveda in the purest form bringing it with all essence from Kerala. The Ayurveda has most of its herbs grown in the surrounding garden. The thing that appeased me most was the fact that most of the medicinal formulas for the inpatients were prepared all fresh from the herbs.
The staffs in Ayurveda are all very homely and soft spoken at the same time expert in their part of therapies.
Dr. Sasikumar Nechiyil – The Aacharya (Guru) and mentor is very caring. On the inauguration day Anju met Dr Sasikumar and for the first time Anju heard something “The case is not very critical, she should be walking after treatment, though it may take some time”. The words came as relief and boosting confidence in Anju. “I was really going into depression, but his words have brought me back and I believe in him”, Anju told me later.
Dr Sreejith Ayyappath – The Medical Director of Govardhan Ayurveda is a very young, energetic and expert vaidya. He amazed me with his expertness of pulse reading when he read the pulse of my Mom and discussed all ailments. He told things as if he has read all previous reports. He would visit Anju daily to enquire, observe and prescribe further if required. The treatment was done under his supervision.
Dr Sreekanth, Dr Rajshree, Dr Sudheesh are all equally competent and friendly.
As suggested by Dr. Sasikumar and Dr. Sreejith – Anju was admitted in the facility for the treatment. In around 10 days the edema was all gone. I was amazed to see Anju on a video call and when visited in 2 weeks’ time, was really surprised to see her in a confident posture.
She had regained all her sensory reflexes, but the motor reflexes were at a very early stage. She was able to show some flickering movements in foot fingers. The bowel movements were poor. This was all before she was admitted to Govardhan Ayurveda
After the treatment of 40 days, edema was all gone, the burning sensation in legs reduced, with concentrating efforts the spasm can be felt in the muscle – though the leg will not move. The bowel movements got better. Very small movement in the knees – all these compared to what it was in almost three and a half years – for me a big achievement in just 40 days.
Currently the oral treatment is continuing back at home with all suggested medicine and message with medicated oils. Looking forward to having Anju back in Govardhan Ayurveda as and when advised and be back on her foot. The kids are longing and making lot of plans for ….and I sincerely Thank all of you….