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Updated: February 22, 2014 12:17 IST

Ayurveda not Greek to doctor from Athens

Shyama Rajagopal
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Dr. N. G. Kostopoulos, chest specialist in respiratory diseases integrates modern medicine with ayurveda at his clinic in Athens.
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Dr. N. G. Kostopoulos, chest specialist in respiratory diseases integrates modern medicine with ayurveda at his clinic in Athens.

When modern medical practitioners in India try to laugh away ayurveda treatment system, here is a Greek physician who integrates both systems in his practice at his clinic in Athens.

In the city as part of the Global Ayurveda Festival, Dr. N.G. Kostopoulos, greets his ayurveda mentor with Hari Om when a phone call comes in just as he prepares to speak to The Hindu.

It was his chance meeting with ayurveda physician Ashwin Barot, a clinical specialist and researcher practising at the Harley Street in London, which made Dr. Kostopoulos take up the study of ayurveda treatment system and then integrate it with the modern medicine that he was practising.

He went to Manchester for research in asthma in 1989 after completing medicine in 1984. In 1990, he gave up his research in modern medicine and turned to ayurveda.

“It was easy for me to study ayurveda as I had studied Sanskrit when I was about 17 or 18 years old . I was drawn to the language while studying ancient Greek. So many words in Greek have come from Sanskrit.” After studying and taking up some research work in ayurveda, he shifted his practice to Athens in 1999.

He gets patients from all over Europe as many in the region have started looking up to ayurveda as a panacea, said Dr. Kostopoulos. “The Europeans could as well come to India where ayurveda is part of life here, but the patient needs to be confident about getting proper treatment,” he said.

Integration of the two systems was likely to build that confidence, he said. A patient coming with problems of hypertension and high cholesterol is provided an exposure to ayurveda system too as he introduces them to ahara, vihara and aushadi along with yoga and meditation step by step. There was a lot of similarity in the ancient Greek medicine and ayurveda, he said.

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We Indians have a tendency to accept whatever westerners had accepted. We should think about this attitude. Our ancestors gave us everything but we are not knowing it's value. It is time to wake up and turn back to our own system. Every Ayurvedic physician should know how to use it for modern day problem without taking the help of modern medicine but with the help of modern diagnostic techniques and studies. Forget about what Allopathy practitioners who laugh at Ayurvedic system. We should ask How many Ayurvedic practitioners has got faith in our own system. If they have faith why do they mix both in their practice. Even though we have limitations it is better to stick on to our own system, at least Ayurvedic practitioners.

from:  Dr.Santhosh MD
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014 at 18:56 IST

Mikkia is right, Ayur-Veda in Sanskrit Brahmi language during the
Mittani period, where there was interaction of Sanskrit with ancient
Greek, Aramic and Hebrew, now account for 67% of world population of
aBrahmic faith.

from:  Mohammed Munawar
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 22:07 IST

Though diagnostic tools are best with western medicines, the "Nidan",the identification the problem is the best with Ayurvedic system. The combination, how much successful is judged now by the control of even by most challenging deceases like cancer.

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 19:39 IST

Yes, that makes sense. All languages/cultures of Man are rooted in Sanskrit/Brahmi--in fact ~90% of the people living on Earth today are rooted in Bharat (or present India).
Read Book: god-Isvar (, Kindle store)

from:  Mikki
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 18:24 IST
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