I dedicate this site to Nani, my maternal grandmother, Leelowtee
Bissoo, who was known more familiarly as Betya. She was well
known in her neighborhood for all forms of post-birth treatments,
treatments for mothers and children and Ayurvedic medicine.
BISSOO (1836) Patna BIHAR
BHEEKHAREE (1840) Gaya BIHAR
MUNTOOREEA (1856) Ghazipur BIHAR
GANGAPERSAD (1847) Arrah BIHAR
Her brother worked as a traditional chiropractor
and her sister-in-law, who worked as a midwife and was highly
gifted, was regularly asked by doctors to assist them with
difficult hospital cases.
Another sister-in-law, currently aged over 80,
also practiced these arts and lived a very traditional lifestyle.
This site is special because, unlike other sites,
it does not offer a host of products or recommendations for
a myriad problems and illnesses (sites that do this are totally
ineffectual, illusory and false).
The reason why this site does not follow the popular route
is because Ayurveda is based on numerous factors that are
specific to each individual and his/her health diagnosis,
as well as on constant shifts in balance and imbalance. This
is especially so during treatment when each individual requires
a specific approach.
In this context, it is important for you to:
- know the parameters that are specific to you;
- understand the process of balance-imbalance-restoration
- understand how balance is managed;
- discover the age-old sophisticated culture which surrounds
Ayurveda and which I am part of.
This does not involve theoretical learning but
a process of reflection which will enable you to know yourself
better and understand yourself from a holistic perspective.
Once you are familiar with these principles, you will find
it easy to play an active part in co-piloting your course
of treatment, working as a team.
The goal of everything posted on this site is solely to provide
information to readers who wish to understand Ayurveda and
its contribution to our wellbeing. The site also aims to train
people who wish to practice Ayurveda and those who wish to
develop their personal and professional knowledge in the context
of the traditional Ayurveda relationship.
I wish to stress that, under no circumstances, should the
information given on this site be used to carry out self-diagnoses
or self-treatments, or to modify/stop medical treatments.
These two domains are totally different and independent of
each other. I, therefore, negate all responsibility if anyone
makes incorrect use of the concepts, plants, etc, that are
presented on this site.
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This site provides a clear exposé of Ayurveda, the
ancient tradition of hygiene, well-being and treatment, so
that you will be able to understand and manage your own personal
rules for achieving peace, fulfillment, health and longevity.
Ayurveda is probably the oldest therapeutic
tradition in the world that has come down to us through texts
known as Vedas. These texts are approx. six thousand years
old and were passed on, both in terms of knowledge and practice,
without interruption since that time. The oldest is the Rig
Veda which presents, in chapter 10, 97, a hymn to plants as
receptacles of light and queens of the body.
Acquiring the complex art of Ayurveda can only be accomplished
through direct transmission in the original language, not
through courses or textbooks.
I had the privilege of benefiting from this traditional training
even before I was born, for my parents had learnt the tradition
from previous generations who had passed it down in full and
my mother used it during her pregnancy. As a baby, I was the
recipient of Ayurveda (just like my children) on a daily basis.
I learnt the art and continued to practice it as an adult,
working with the sages of our tradition. I have the attestations
of this traditional training, which I pursued in parallel
with my academic studies.
This generational process of transmission took
place in the Bihar region of India and was enriched, during
later generations, by the Indian culture of Mauritius, until
my arrival in Israel in 1995. I practice Ayurveda in my personal
life and have handed it down to my children. In my professional
life, I use it to carry out diagnoses, counseling, treatment
and teaching. As I deepened my knowledge of Jewish culture
in Israel, I found that the two cultures - Judaism and Ayurveda
- offer enormous reciprocal insights and both highlight the
wonders of Creation.
Two cultures - Indian and Jewish - are present within me.
They are also present within the individuals who consult me
since these are people who belong to Jewish culture but who
also place their trust in an ancient method of health, well-being
and longevity. Consequently, I feel that it is important to
clearly present the principles of Ayurveda, using Jewish cultural
markers to facilitate viewers' understanding. Ayurveda is,
of course, applicable to everyone, whatever their culture
The information I provide and my comments derive
from both these domains but, in no way, should it be viewed
as a complete exposé of both systems, or as a complete
presentation of the works that are cited or their central
message, nor as favoring one culture over the other. The fact
that I draw on both systems is simply my way of rendering
Ayurveda more comprehensible to the reader. I wholeheartedly
believe that one must totally respect the original teachings
of each culture, from the time of their inception, for both
cultures were handed down from master to pupil without altering
any aspect whatsoever (in Judaism, the transmission goes back
to Moses at Sinai and in Indian tradition it took place over
numerous millennia, from acharya (leader) to acharya, in a
process called “parampara”).
I have, therefore, avoided the facile pedagogic route and
I have not allowed myself to make any changes to either tradition.
The connections I make between the two cultures aim to lighten
the research of the reader and of those who pursue consultations
or training with me and enable them to pursue more easily
their studies and self-management by themselves, on the basis
of their own culture and treatment and in the complete freedom
to be themselves, which is the central goal of the program.
Each person will thus be able to arrive at this "raja-vidya,
royal knowledge" (Bhagavad Gita 9, 1-2).
And every Jew, with his special uniqueness in the world, as
he sings the poetic Bar Yohai song, will be taking up the
supreme challenge, as an associate of the tradition began
by God himself with the celebrated plural of "Let us
" (Genesis 1, 26).
It is in this context that one should understand
the many references I make to the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita
and Patanjali's Yoga Sutrai.
I thank, in advance, readers who point out errors or make
Before the birth of a child and particularly during pregnancy,
a mother practices Ayurveda and, after giving birth, she gives
her child massages and thus creates an intense and happy bond
with her baby. In my turn, I passed this treasure onto my
children’s generation. From a young age they understood
and integrated this knowledge and are capable of using it
This is how I myself began my career in this field.
As I grew up, I benefited from the transmission of the tradition
through my paternal grandmother (Dadi, in Hindi) and my maternal
grandmother (Nani, in Hindi) and through other members of
my very traditional family.
Finally, with the cultural mix of the Hindi and Hebrew languages
and he unique position the island of Mauritius, in the middle
of the Indian ocean, close to the island of La Reunion, to
Africa, to India, and with its close ties to England, I bathed
in the cultures and languages of France, England and the US.
Having integrated and solidly affirmed my pluralistic-cultural
individuality, and having lived in cosmopolitan Israel, I
am able to help (in these various geographic zones) people
of different cultures since I understand and speak their languages
– by making diagnoses, treating, training and offering
personal development support.
My life is thus divided among a rich variety of people whom
I personally help in these different geographic areas. Today,
these relationships are enabled via telephone, the Internet,
e-mail and personal trips. It is important for me to maintain
contact with all these places, for they are living complementary
sources of the unique Adam – human being.