Interview with Ayurveda Portal in Germany
ayurveda-portal.de: How did you come to Ayurveda?
Dr. Ranade: Since
my childhood I have seen many of Ayurvedic physicians working
near by where I was born in Poona. And I don't know, that was
probably a liking for me. Actually I admitted into a western
medical college but I told my parents that I don't want to learn
this particular type of education. At that time they thought I
was probably crazy because at that time it was common to do
western medical science. So I opted for Ayurveda. Since then I
never turned back. I like this and I think it is in my blood.
By choice I came to Ayurveda and it is a very vast field. The
more you learn you know that there is a lot to learn more.
Since I started travelling to all this different countries I
have published books in ten different languages, like German,
Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,
My wife, Dr. Sunanda, she is also travelling with me. She is
a gynaecologist and paediatrician. She also holds courses on
nutrition and Ayurvedic cooking. She has also written books
about that. It is our motor of the life to propagate this
science through all over the world and we are doing this since
almost 25 years.
Can you tell us more about your work?
Dr. Ranade: Almost
25 years I am now in Germany. I am a chairman of International
Academy of Ayurveda which is now in Poona and our website is www.ayurved-int.com .
We have branches all over the world, for example in Australia
and New Zealand. My wife and I travel every year more than
100.000 miles to visit all these centers. We have centers
practically in every European country, in the United States and
we have also started centers in South America: in Brazil, Chile,
Argentina and we have centers in Toronto, Canada. Name the
country and probably we are there. I am really happy that in the
last 25 years Ayurveda is really growing very big all over the
world and all our centers are booming. More and more people are
coming to Ayurveda.
Initially in Germany the response was from chiropractitioners,
Heilpraktiker, physiotherapists. But now the proper medical
doctors are also attending our courses. We get students from all
the branches of medicine, from Cardiologists, orthopaedics and
psychiatrists. We also have started treating patients by opening
up clinics in different countries. Although there are some legal
restrictions because Ayurveda is still not legally accepted in
all the countries, still we have good relations with the
patients and once they have a fate in you, in the physician and
then there is no problem. The things are really going on well.
Especially in the United States, myself and Dr. David Frawley,
we are very good friends and we started working way back in 1993
and since then now there are more than 10 institutes in the
United States which are imparting Ayurvedic education programmes.
They are for different natures, we call it a module, a module is
a one time teaching in a month. We teach on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday that is one module. In USA we have 10 modules which are
covered in one year. And we get two holidays, one is summer and
one is Christmas. Then the students go for internship where they
start practicing actually Ayurveda on patients. They start
understanding Panchakarma, they put their hands on the patient,
they start to diagnose different Ayurvedic concepts and they
start treating the patients.
The basic programme is an 18 months programme and it is
getting very good results in the United States.
Depending on the need of the people in different countries we
verify these modules, somewhere it is a 10 modules programme,
somewhere it is 6 or 8 modules. It is very easy in one way to
teach to the medical doctors because they have the concept of
anatomy and physiology and everything. For common people it
takes a little bit longer because we have to teach them the
How is your teaching program with "SEVA-Academy" here in Munich?
Dr. Ranade: I
am with SEVA since over 15 years, together with Dr. Rai.
Initially we started with the introduction of Ayurvedic courses
here. Now what has probably happened is a saturation of basic
learning of Ayurveda. That happens to every country. Last year I
suggested to Helga Schmidt von SEVA, why don't we go for an
advanced programme? Now there are students who know basics, so
let them give some advanced knowledge. Now I am conducting a
course in internal medicine that is called Kaya chikitsa. I will
do it two times in a year. We will cover the entire internal
medicine diseases in three steps. We will call it Kaya chikitsa
I, II and III. By this way we are offering advanced teaching
programmes in Ayurveda to the German people.
Do you think that Ayurveda is transferable and adaptable to
everywhere in the world?
Dr. Ranade: Yes,
to everywhere, there is no problem. If it was a concept of an
Indian science it would not be useful to the western people. But
it is not like that. The fundamental principals, once you
understand them, you can apply them to anywhere, to all the
parts of the world. I am practicing Ayurveda since 25 years. I
see patients from Australia to Canada. It is my experience, that
once you know the basic principles of Ayurveda you can apply
them to every country, with every race, every religion. Yes, no
problem at all.
How do you evaluate the development of Ayurveda in the western
Dr. Ranade: Ayurveda
has been developed very nicely. Although, there are certain
hurdles, and unless we come across with these hurdles, that is
the main problem. For example with Yoga, what you need is only a
simple mattress and you can start practicing Yoga. But with
Ayurveda, unless you have medicines at your disposal, only
philosophy doesn't work, you need medicine. Getting medicine
into different countries is a problem that we have to solve in a
proper way. Not smuggling medicines into the country. Once, we
do that there is no problem at all.
There are no set right rules for importing Ayurvedic
medicines in these different countries. So somebody has to
formulate these rules and regulations. And then the herbs and
the medicinal compounds can be brought in all these countries.
But we will come over with this situation very soon.
ayurveda-portal.de: What potential do you see for
Ayurveda in the western world?
Dr. Ranade: Huge!
You see, what has happened is the following: we have to give
credit to the Yoga first, because Yoga is well known. The people
who go to the Yoga then actually turn to Ayurveda. In yoga there
are not many ways of treating the disease. It is very good for
healthy people, but for therapeutic purpose Yoga is limited.
Unless you take the help of Ayurveda Yoga is not fulfilled
completely. Majority of the people who are introduced to yoga
know Indian culture. They are vegetarians, they know sattvic
lifestyle. Naturally they start learning Ayurveda. That is the
biggest help for Ayurveda. You see, the credit goes to Yoga –
And the credit goes to allopathic treatment – no. 2. :
Everybody everywhere in the world knows that there are many side
effects to all allopathic drugs and therefore they come to
Do you give Ayurvedic consultations in Germany?
Dr. Ranade: Yes,
very often. I have my private clinic in Frankfurt, in Sandweg
53. I work with Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Norbert Lotz, he is a
psychologist and it is his clinic. About 5 times a year I come
to Frankfurt and Munich. From there I travel to Switzerland and
to Austria. Since about 5 years my wife is conducting the
Ayurveda baby massage and other massages in a big massage school
in Austria. (www.massageschule.at)
do you have a special message to our visitors regarding life and
Dr. Ranade: The
message would be very simple: those who are really interested in
being healthy they have to understand how to change their
lifestyle and become healthy. You see, Ayurveda is not a
medicine, Ayurveda is basically a science of life. In order to
change the lifestyle also you need some courage. I know it! It
is not that easy for western people to suddenly change but
slowly, slowly if they adopt their proper behaviour they can
come into the right lifestyle pattern and be healthy. That is my
ayurveda-portal.de: Thank you very much for this interview.