I am Dr Vignesh Devraj, an Ayurvedic doctor from Kerala born into a lineage of Ayurvedic doctors. My cosmic tryst with Ayurveda probably began when my great grandfather started an Ayurveda institute 100 years ago in Thrissur - then belonging to the Madras Province in the British Era.
Initially, I didn’t have a strong inclination to join the family tradition, but I didn’t have a choice. And like every other person in modern society, I was also disconnected from the wisdom that runs deep in our roots. Being an extremely kinesthetic learner, I found Ayurveda interesting only if the teacher was able to engage me with stories and practical application of the knowledge.
Parallelly, I kept falling sick with severe allergies, and my unhealthy lifestyle only worsened it. Of course, I wanted a quick fix and resorted to allopathic medicines. Eventually, it dawned on me that this was not a sustainable route, and also because of the side effects I was experiencing - In fact, the side effects were worse than the allergies.