Ranjan Amin, the Ayurvedic healer
“Physician, heal thyself!” is an ancient proverb that Ranjan Amin put to the test.
Ranjan is the founder of Ayurvedic Health London, a therapy centre based on the Marylebone Road in London.
Following a check-up for a bout of flu, Ranjan was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Warned she faced a lifetime on drugs such as metformin, she looked to an Ayurvedic remedy from her own clinic.
“Ayur and veda are Sanskrit words,” says Ranjan. “Ayur means scientific knowledge and veda is longevity of life. When you put the two together, you get an ancient scientific knowledge developed over 5,000 years.”
The core idea is to look at the body holistically and use natural remedies. Each therapy is developed for the individual, and clients are encouraged to take control over their healing.
Our often busy lifestyles cause us to ignore one of the most important parts of our life – taking care of our bodies and our self.
To tackle her diabetes, Ranjan adopted an Ayurvedic approach – including daily walking, meditation, and a smoothie diet based on lime juice. And a lot of willpower.
The result? “I lost nine kilos, my blood pressure is under control, and my diabetes is in remission.”
It’s worth noting the Ayurvedic approach is now mirrored by conventional science. Research by Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University has reversed Type 2 symptoms through a similar low-calorie diet. Whilst conventional medicines are still recommended for sufferers, Ranjan and others have shown that fasting and a controlled diet can help send diabetes Type 2 into remission.
Ranjan explains that Ayurvedic medicine offers therapies for many modern day maladies.
“Our often busy lifestyles cause us to ignore one of the most important parts of our lives – taking care of our bodies and our self. By carefully tailoring our diets, lifestyle, and daily regimen using Ayurvedic principles, we can regain the vitality and longevity which so often escapes us.”
She grew up with the philosophy. As a child, her mother used Ayurvedic methods to reduce swelling on a sprained ankle. “Every day we were given some herbs, some spices in our food and I didn’t really understand why!”
Slowly, she developed an interest in the Ayurvedic theories – how ginger and pepper can invigorate the body or how meditation can help us cope with the stress of modern life.
It goes beyond any universal principals of air, water, food… Ayurveda allows you to to explore, and empowers you to be in control.
“It goes beyond culture,” says Ranjan. “It goes beyond any universal principals of air, water, food… Ayurveda allows you to to explore, and empowers you to be in control.”
The belief in the necessity of self-control is why Ranjan runs her business with Tide. Her account gives her the tools she needs to grow the clinic, in a low-stress way. It’s a perfect match. “We’re going to put something about Tide on our website!” she says.
As more of us look for ways to improve our health, Ayurvedic medicine will hold an appeal. Stress and lack of attention to our health can affect us all. Popping pills can only go so far. The message from Ranjan is that, no matter how busy we are, we all need to take control of our health.
Learn more about Ayurvedic Health and the treatments on Charterhouse Clinic’s website.