Prof. Vandana Baranwal
Varanasi (old name Banaras), in India is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It is considered the seat of spiritual wealth and wisdom. Growing up in Banaras in a traditional joint family, home cooked food, temples, holy river Ganges and Vaidya ji (Raj Vaidya Pandit Shiv kuma shastri ji) has been part of my life. I was exposed to Veda, Shad Darshan, Astrology, Ayurveda, and spiritual discourses along with science, medicine and philosophy from very early age.
I was always fascinated by the power of the tiny round “Goli” and herbal powders “Churna” that were given to us when we fell sick and also by the Vaidya ji, who prescribed them to us. Raja Vaidya Pt. Shiv Kumar Shastri ji was not just a family friend and family Vaidya, he always has been my confidante, loving teacher and guide .
I bow to the holy feet of my Guru and seek his blessings!
It was natural for me to study Ayurveda. I completed my BAMS and Masters in Ayurvedic Obstetrics and Gynecology, from prestigious Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. I was very fortunate that during my 8 ½ years of training I got to study, learn and train with some of the world renowned and loving teachers at my Alma mater BHU, India.
With a keen desire to serve and bring goodness of Ayurveda to the world, I joined SDM College of Ayurveda and hospital. I feel pride and joy to be part of the SDM family. As a teacher and guide to our graduate and postgraduate students, or as a clinician to people in our OPD and IPD, it has been a journey that has enriched me with expertise and experience.
I was a professor in the department of Ayurvedic Obstetrics and Gynecology, SDMC and H, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore before I moved to the USA.
I continue to practice, teach and spread the goodness of Ayurveda. It is an honor and privilege to be part of my heritage and keep it alive for the benefit of mankind. I empower people with knowledge and help them make informed decisions. I believe in guiding people with love, compassion and helping them heal themselves.
I have been recognized by my peers and was felicitated with “Charaka Award” in 2017 by AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professional of North America), USA, for excellence in teaching.
I am a published author, and have co-authored “Stree Roga Vimarsha”, a book of Ayurvedic gynecology and “Prasuti Tantra Sandarshini” a book of Ayurvedic Obstetrics.
I enjoy writing and write regularly for various scientific journals, women’s health magazines and e-magazines.
I am also an editorial board member, Journal of Research and Education in Indian Medicine (JREIM), a UGC recognized Ayurveda Journal being published since 1982.
I am associated with many Ayurveda organizations and schools in India as well as in the USA. I am on the board of directors at the Council for Ayurveda Research.
I have founded AyurveDatri to spread Ayurveda and alternative care for women world wide.
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