Podcast Ep 4: What is Ayurveda? What’s Your Dosha (Pitta, Vatta, Kapha)?

Podcast Ep 4: What is Ayurveda? What’s Your Dosha (Pitta, Vatta, Kapha)?

Today’s guest is Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya. She is an Ayurvedic and holistic medical doctor practicing in New York. Ayu-means longevity and veda- means wisdom, so Ayurveda means the knowledge of life. The objective of Ayurveda is to not only heal people but to keep them strong. When Dr. Bhattacharya started applying Ayurveda practices to treat her patients, she found that many illnesses that modern medicine deemed untreatable were in fact curable in Ayurveda, such as arthritis, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. 

Modern medicine prescribes drugs to “treat”  diseases, but what they really do is mask the symptoms. Ayurveda utilizes food, exercise and natural remedies such as herbs and oils to treat diseases and restore balance to the body. Oftentimes, health problems like fatty liver or arthritis go away when balance is brought back into the body. There are three fundamental principles that are vital to understanding this powerful relationship between alignment and manifestation of disease: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. If your health is unbalanced right now, today’s episode is for you. Join our conversation with Dr. Bhattacharya to learn how health can be restored by aligning your rituals and practices with the environment’s cycles. 

What’s In This Episode

0:00    Introduction to Ayurveda

1:38:    How did Dr. Bhaswati get to Ayurveda?

2:19     Modern medicine vs. Ayurveda

4:10     Ayurvedic perspective on arthritis 

7:14     What exactly is Ayurveda

8:18     Restoring balance to the body

9:10     Diet as medicine

10:17   Oil as a healing treatment

10:32  Ayurveda Dosha

12:39   The principle of Vata

13:57   Movement and disease

15:33   The principle of Pitta

19:00   Pitta “drugs” that clean up the liver

21:00   The principle of Gupta 

22:55   Ayurveda’s principle of harmony

23:45   Applying Ayurveda to chronic disease

26:00   Applying Ayurveda to minor issues like headache and frozen shoulder

27:10    The healing mindset

28:28    Applying Ayurveda to neurological disease

30:38    How to use ghee or sesame oil 

31:24     The importance of Rejuvenation 

Links in this Episode

Get Dr. Bhattacharya’s book
Everyday Ayurveda

For authentic Ayurvedic polyherbal formulations with highest quality ingredients, check out
Tazaa Ayurveda   Special discount code TAZABB for 15% off.  

I have included links to some of herbs and oils she talks about and uses for treatment

Organic Guggul  Rejuvenate & Cleanse The Lymph System | Strengthens Joint Mobility | Liver Detox

Guduchi – USDA Organic, 1 Pound – Rejuvenating Herb for Digestion, Complexion, and Vitality

Coconut Oil, Certified Organic

Sesame Oil, Certified Organic

Ghee – Certified Organic – Gourmet Clarified Butter

Please note that these links are affiliate links meaning that I will receive a tiny commission should you choose to buy through these links – this comes at NO cost to you.  It helps us continue to make videos like this so thank you!!

About Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya 

For the past 21 years, Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MPH, MD, PhD, DABHM, FABPM, HHC, CAP*, has been practicing holistic family medicine emphasizing Ayurveda, and teaching best clinical practices and educational techniques for learning Integrative Medicine. 

She currently works between her private consultation medical practice in Manhattan and her deeper study of indigenous medicines around the world, when she consults with patients via phone/video conference. She has recently completed a PhD in Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the ancient city of Varanasi.

As the first US Fulbright Scholar sponsored jointly by the US Dept of State and the Government of India in 2013-2014, to research and teach Ayurvedic medicine in India, Dr. Bhattacharya continued research in the clinical and physicochemical bases of bhasmas–herbometallic compounds that often work quickly and cleanly to rebalance the body from ‘incurable’ diseases. For her PhD thesis 2014-2018, she studied how plants work medicinally, from soil to stomach to cell.

Specializing in The Patient, Dr. Bhattacharya actively incorporates traditional and indigenous medical systems into her clinical practice of holistic family medicine, using modern science only where it actually works for real patients. The goal is not a clinical trial; it is to help each patient improve his/her quality of life, health, and well-being. She defines, refines and practices medicine on a holistic and truly integrative path. She provides holistic medical care for the underserved as well as for insured patients. 

Modalities include herbs, nutrition, yoga, breathwork (pranayama), exercise counseling, energy work, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, aromatherapy, a strong underpinning in Ayurveda, as well as biomedical drugs and procedures as needed.