Customer Reviews (3)
November 8, 2010
!!!!!!---Grazie Dr. Rudra! From Heather---!!!!!!
I came into Dr. Rudra's office in June feeling a complete mess. I was having lower back pain and neck pain and stomach pain. I was not sleeping well and had so much stress going on in my life. Basically I was feeling very unhealthy and unhappy with my current state. I have known about Ayurvedic medicine and eating for a long while, but rarely practiced it (obviously). I went online and searched and found Dr. Rudra. I set up an appointment immediately. We spent a good hour and a half discussing my problems and other things that pertain to Ayurveda and my health. She suggested some yoga during certain times of the day. I scheduled several yoga sessions with Roy, who taught me how to BREATH and assisted me with learning the poses properly. I really think a lesson on meditation is helpful too if you do not know how to or need some guidance. Roy was an amazing teacher there as well. I also received several treatments for my lower back and neck with herbs and oils. I think that they would both be so very proud to know that within 3 weeks after my first visit, I was free of back pain and neck pain. Thank you so much to both Dr. Rudra and Roy for their help in getting me back on track. Grazie Mille! By Heather
May 6, 2010
Great Ayurvedic Doctor in New York City, The Real Deal trained in India!
I wish I had met ayurvedic doctor, Dr. Reetu Rudra, 18 months ago, shortly after I turned 50 and just wasn't feeling myself. For 18 months, I had spent so much time and money going from one medical doctor in NYC to another, getting nowhere. Although I knew and was so thankful to be "healthy" on paper, I was low on energy, not sleeping well, was anxious and had various symptoms that couldn't be attributed to anything "medical" according to the MDs in New York City. Over the years I had heard about Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient medicine practiced in India for over 6000 years. I understood that Ayurvedic medicine probably held many answers, given the wisdom intrinsic in a 6000 year-old science. Then a friend told me he was working with a wonderful Ayurvedic doctor trained in India. Of late, he was looking so much better and full of energy, so I wanted to see this doctor! He told me about her academic accomplishments -- that she had graduated at the top of her ayurvedic class, then became a naturopath and spent a year working in a hospital, that she had an Ayurvedic center in London before coming to NY -- and that she was devoted to the art of healing with natural means. Dr. Rudra immediately understood the issues I was dealing with, and knew how to help right away. She explained that I was in a state of imbalance called by too much "Vata" and gave me three things I could do to immediately start feeling better: 1) Based on my ayurvedic body type, she told me how to adjust my diet and which foods to eat at specific times of day -- she said this was 50% of the problem 2) She taught me a specific type of yogic breathing exercise called pranayama that would bring vitality and energy into all my organs, and 3) She gave me specific herbal supplements and herbal medicines that would restore balance over a period of a few months. I was so excited!! Finally a doctor had understood my complaints and gave me the tools to help myself. Immediately I changed the foods I ate, began pranayama and meditation in the morning, and started Triphala and other herbal medicines to restore balance. I began to feel better! Because I have a "vata-imbalance" which happens to many people after age 50, Dr. Rudra suggested that I go through a detoxification called "Panchkarma". My panchkarma has involved a series of medical massages -- using a variety of herbal-medicine oils rubbed into specific areas of the body-- as well as some herbal home treatments. Also Dr. Rudra, who is a yoga teacher as well and lifelong practitioner of the ayurvedic lifestyle, have given me various yoga exercises to also help my condition. What I like so much about Dr. Rudra and her NYC clinic is her common sense approach to natural healing. I've always believed that the body can heal if given the correct support and treatments. I've always believed herbs were much more healing than pharmaceutical medicines because of their subtle qualities. There's still so much to learn about the science and art of Ayurveda -- so much common sense, everyday practices and guidelines for living a holistic and peaceful lifestyle. Every step of the way, Dr. Rudra has been there to answer my questions and facilitate healing. One final word: do not be fooled when you meet Dr. Rudra, for she is young and unassuming. But she is an old soul with a deep gift for healing and has a heart overflowing with compassion and good humor. This young woman, with high academic honors and a life devoted to the art of healing, has travelled very far from her home in India -- to bring ayurvedic healing and wisdom to those of us in NY City. She puts all the older gray haired medical doctors I've met with to shame, for she knows how to heal imbalances that these men do not even come close to understanding. For ayurveda is 6000 years full of wisdom, and the medicine practiced by western doctors is less than 300 years old. Now that you know about Ayurvedic medicine and Dr. Rudra, it should be obvious where true healing can be found in New York.
January 25, 2010
Very Helpful Treatments for Pain and Debility from Neuromuscular Disorder
A disabling spinal neuromuscular condition causing chronic pain, stiffness, spasm and weakness, especially of my neck, shoulders, and arms, led me to Dr. Rudra, seeking pain relief and improved mobility and strength. She has helped me greatly. Having benefited from acupuncture and Tuina, Chinese medical body work and looking further into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) I learned of Medicine, which in large measure, predated and formed the foundation of TCM's approach to illness, use of herbs and even acupuncture. Ayurvedic Medicine, appeared to have a highly developed system of diagnosis, and treatment, incorporating constitutional factors with diet, yoga and breathing exercise and use of medicinal herbs and oils. Its therapeutic procedures seemed to me more sophisticated than with TCM, and in my case, hopefully more helpful. My TCM experience taught me an important lesson concerning the training and credentials of parishioners, which I applied in seeking a doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine. In China, treatments with acupuncture and herbal preparations together with Tuina, the therapeutic bodywork, involving massage and manipulation, are taught and administered in University settings. Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine require multi-year study together with clinical training in University Hospitals or Clinics where they see a wide variety of patients and medical conditions. In the US one can receive acupuncture treatment from a licensed acupuncturist who is not a formally trained Doctor of TCM and who, most likely, has not had the equivalent depth and breadth of training and clinical experience. The differences in training and clinical experience can make a big difference in the quality of treatment. While a good Chinese University trained Doctor of TCM, was not difficult for me to find in New York CIty, finding a therapist skilled in Tuina was. In the US, Chinese bodywork techniques are increasingly offered by spas and spa type settings, administered by licensed massage therapists who may have learned Tuina techniques, but who do not have the skill and experience of those trained in Medical Tuina from a Chinese university hospital program. Once I found a Chinese University trained Tuina therapist, the significant difference in technique, and most importantly, the significantly greater benefit was obvious. I continued with this therapist for more than a year, until I recently decided to try Ayurvedic treatments to determine if they could be even more helpful. In India, Doctors of Ayurvedic Medicine undergo a multi-year full time medical school curriculum of study with hands on clinical training at the hospital or clinic affiliated with the particular college based or university based program. A wide variety of patients with the full range of medical maladies are treated in these hospitals and clinics. In addition to the proper use of herbal medical preparations that are ingested, another fundamental treatment procedure and essential doctor's skill is the preparation and application of medicinal oils, herbs, and poultices to the body, with specialized massage techniques and also directly to the ears, nose, and other areas of the body using poultice dams and continuous flow e.g., to the forehead with Shirodara. Special therapists trained and certified by Doctors of Ayurveda Medicine can also administer these procedures under the doctor's supervision. In the US, however, Ayurvedic massage and related procedures are increasingly offered in spa type operations, whose purpose is not dedicated to Ayurvedic medical evaluation and treatment of disease. Because of my frank and chronic medical condition, I considered only an Indian trained and credentialed Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine with clinical training, preferably at a university hospital, who could directly offer the full range of treatments. My experience with the Ayurvedic treatments has been very satisfactory. Dr Rudra has been most professional, attentive and patient; explaining her approach and recommendations and fully addressing any questions and concerns I had. The series of massage treatments with medicinal oils and, particularly the Shirodara, the spinal Basti and both the Nasya and Karnapurna procedures for the sinuses and the ears, have been very helpful in reducing pain, stiffness, spasm and improving mobility. The Basti procedure performed by Dr. Rudra, is one that have not I have not been able to find elsewhere within New York City, that is regularly offered, even by equally credentialed practitioners. Together with the dietary guidelines and recommended yoga and breathing techniques, shown to me by Dr, Rudra, I have been able to maintain and even increase the improvement over time
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