A fascinating documentary that provides a revealing overview of this ancient holistic healing system. Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic medical systems in the world. It is indigenous to India where it has been practiced for over 5,000 years. The term in Sanskrit means “science of life.” It combines medical and spiritual approaches to promote health and balance between mind, body, and soul.
This fascinating documentary directed by Nikolay Vassilev is filmed in India, in the Ayurveda clinic “Ayush Prana” – the world’s only ayurvedic specialty hospital for multiple sclerosis. The documentary features the stories and interviews of patients from all over the world with Multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases, and a multidimensional overview of this ancient system that has been called “the mother of all healing systems”.
Human system in Ayurveda is a combination of body and mind. And there’s no difference between mind and body as in other systems of medicine. In Ayurveda, the therapies work to improve health by restoring balance, enhancing energy, promoting mental and emotional equanimity, and fostering greater patient self-awareness. They include diet and nutrition (based on three body types named dosha – vata, pitta and kapha), herbology, bodywork and massage, mind-body medicine. Herbs are at the very heart of the Ayurvedic tradition. For the successful recovery from each of the diseases, the Ayush Prana clinic uses patented, custom-made, highly concentrated, and potent herbal preparations for each of the patients, which are more than 8000 across the globe. The clinic has its own family pharmacy where is producing ayurvedic herbal medicine on a very high standard in organic and proofed quality.
AyurBrain documentary explains how due to the centuries-old experience of this tradition, most of the incurable disease in the modern conventional medicine system are curable in Ayurveda.
Dr. Prasanth Raghavan is the owner of the “Ayush Prana” clinic, third generation descendent of Datthatreya Parampara. He is specialized in neurological disease and is the torch bearer of Ayurveda therapies for neurological diseases originated centuries back in his family.
Through continuous innovation & research from childhood he had developed his skills in the area like Nadi Pariksha, Marma Vidya and also in formulating special herbal medicines.
He can identify more than 300 medicinal plants with their rasa, guna, virya, prabhava and unlike the normal kids Dr. Prasanth’s childhood was spent inside the herbal garden by identifying and feeling each and every one of them. He was exposed to many Ayurvedic formulations and treatment methodology from which slowly he developed his own special way of treatment. Later during the college time, he realized his path which was neurology. Since then, he started to focus more on neurological disorders.
During 2001-2008 time period he practiced in Germany as a successful Ayurveda physician. He came across many MS patients and understood their suffering more deeply. A disease which can affect the teenager and make their life miserable to an extend to bring them down to wheelchair. The available medication during that time were expensive and not showing much results. This has made him to dedicate his entire life to the vast field of Multiple Sclerosis, the disease of unknown cause.
He started research into this area and came up with the cost effective Ayurvedic treatment which shows remarkable changes in the patients. The lesions started disappearing, people started improving, they found their lost dreams again. Later on, as a path of improving programs he searched a place with the beauty of nature, richness of herbs which one can find the inner peace, that lead him to Ayush Prana destination, the place where all the deep prayers of a MS patients be answered.
The father of Dr. Prasanth is Dr. Raghavan Ramankutty who is an Ayurvedic physician with Vaidyaratnam title. He is also a modern medicine doctor from India practicing as an Ayurvedic physician for almost five decades.
His work focuses on critical and chronic patient’s disorders without established and effective cure in any system of medicine. He is the Founder of Datthatreya Ayurveda.
After completion of his Ayurvedic education, he pursued Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from St.Alberts College, India, and secured University First Rank. Later, he graduated in modern medicine from the Government Medical College Kottayam, Kerala, India. He was also trained in Emergency Medicine for two years at the Government Medical College Hospital Kottayam.
Dr. Raghavan has experience in handling successfully several complicated cases, which includes preventive & terminal management of malignancies, aplastic anemia, goitre, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, nerve deafness, cardiomyopathy, COPD, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, micro and macro vascular diabetic complications, irritable-bowel syndrome, post-traumatic neurological conditions, varieties of chronic vascular headaches, non-healing ulcer, infertility, and other genetic and rare diseases.
He has been engaged in several charitable public health projects serving lakhs of suffering mankind during epidemics and disasters in India.
Sixteen years ago, Bilyana was diagnosed with a degenerative disease – multiple sclerosis – and she began her search for a new understanding of the body and psyche and therapies to help her and include her internal healing powers. For more than 10 years, she has shared her inspiring story. Her followers are many, and most mark profound changes and successes on the road to a healthier and more meaningful life.
Bilyana is the founder of the Foundation “MS – Moga sam”, focused on providing prevention, transformation, and natural treatment for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and other degenerative diseases. “MS-Moga Sam” is the producer of the film.
She is Ideologue and visionary of the programs for personal transformation: Plan to Be (10-days program), new8, I AM ME, 8for8 TEEN (for teenagers), The little teachers (for children between 3-10) and the corporate programs 20 hours of mindfulness and Plan 42.
Nikolay Vassilev graduated Cinema & TV Directing in New Bulgarian University. He works as a screenwriter and director of documentaries and TV productions. His debut film The Way to Wisdom was distinguished by Cultura Animi Foundation.
In 2010 his Fairy Tales won the special Jameson Award for best short feature at Sofia Film Fest. Later came the special award at Bulgarian Europe for Diagnosis and the Master of Short Art award for best Bulgarian documentary for The Way to Thebes. At the International film festival Love Is Madness held in Varna, he received the Bitter Cup award for Teo’s Formula, a film about the world-renowned teacher of physics Teodosii Teodosiev, which has stirred great interest not only in Bulgaria but also abroad.
His latest film “Vaklush” about the life and ideas of one of Bulgaria’s most enigmatic personalities had been filmed over the course of 20 years. The documentary “Vaklush” is in the top 5 of the most popular documentaries of the National Film Center.
More than 16 years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – something that is truly incurable by the traditional medicine. In addition to my diagnosis, back then, I also received and the sentence by the neurologist – “within 2 years you will be in a wheelchair.”
Today, I live an amazing life with the diagnosis and I’m one of the most active and energetic people I know. What I am today is in spite of the “verdict” I received. And it’s not because of or thanks to what medicine was able to do for me. Even then I understood that I had to seek my personal salvation alone, elsewhere. This search connected me to Ayurveda (translated from Sanskrit as “science of life”) – one of the oldest medical systems in the world, which has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It was Ayurveda that helped me to overcome and stop the progression of the diagnosis thanks to the rhythmic treatment I received for years at the world’s only Ayurvedic specialty hospital for multiple sclerosis – Ayush Prana, Kerala, India.
With this movie, I want to tell more about this clinic, where thousands of people from all over the world have received treatment in the last nearly 20 years. Ayurveda is an opportunity for anyone diagnosed with a severe neurological degenerative disease to restore the lost balance between mind, body and soul. Because every disease in its root is psycho-physical, beyond the symptomatology of the body. The root of the disease is in the mental world of the human’s experiences, emotions, way of life, understanding and life path, which almost no one takes into consideration.
I firmly believe that everyone has the right to choose how to heal themselves – body and mind, but in order to have that choice it is good to have information about the options today. I believe that humans possess enormous inner potential. With the right steps, each of us who has a severe diagnosis, can unlock this potential and take adequate steps towards good health. For this purpose, all of us, both doctors and patients, must be open-minded in seeking the various possibilities of mastering the medical cases in front of us and look at them as a situation that affects our whole body, mind and soul.
And let’s face it – the main obstacle to creating a healthier world is not a lack of technology, funding or new discoveries. The obstacle is our distorted perception of what is normal (correct) and this prevents us from taking advantage of even things that we already know and have known for centuries.
The documentary AYURBRAIN explains how thanks to the centuries-old experience of this tradition, most of the incurable diseases in the modern system of conventional medicine are curable with an Ayurvedic approach. An approach that is not limited to just gathering herbs and preparing oils, as most people think, but is guided by deep and centuries-old healing traditions, which today successfully deal with our new, modern diagnoses.
I believe that the knowledge that this film shares can overturn the conventional medicine paradigm regarding the incurability of this and other diseases. As well as I believe that this is a common mission that requires us to be intelligent, thinking and responsible people for our health. Let’s root out ignorance and stop denying the possibilities, but start looking for treatment options beyond the boundaries of conventional knowledge. Healing is possible. And at this stage in human history, it is absolutely necessary. Everything that I have experienced, seen and learned up to this point instills in me a true belief that we have it in us and we can do it.
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