At the Market
Hi, welcome to vim and fancy. My name is Neelam Misra. I am an allopathically trained physician. However, even in the most conventional medical settings, I felt that things were connected in ways that were not immediately obvious. During my medical school training I researched music therapy and during residency, I furthered my investigation with a research project examining the effects of a tibetan sound bowl on pain perception in spinal cord injured patients (At the first session I had to cajole patients to participate, by the last session patients were eagerly waiting for the tibetan sound bowl session to start). Given the rigors of conventional medicine, my foray into holistic care was admittedly limited, but these niblets of experience convinced me that there was something more.
Elegant Decline (Photo Credit: Vineet Choudhary)
After training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management, in 2007 I took a course in Medical Acupuncture. I continued to see patients and was thrilled to offer something besides oral pain medications, epidural steroid injections, and physical therapy. With acupuncture I could witness, in my patients, first hand, the subtle transformations that took place. However, not all of my patients responded the same way, in fact some did not respond at all. I wished that there were something more I could offer…
Raindrops at the trailer park
In 2010, I started a study of Ayurvedic Medicine at the California College of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a system of health that looks at each person as a unique collection of molecules and the treatment protocols are customized for each individual. The treatment options consider all five sensory modalities (hearing, vision, taste, touch, smell) and lifestyle modifications (diet, yoga, herbs, meditation). Ayurveda is empowering because it helps the patient gain control of their health and well-being, thus fostering self-sufficiency. I believe that Ayurveda combined with acupuncture is a powerful two-pronged approach to healing.
Unfettered Garden (Photo Credit: Vineet Choudhary)
Along the way I was blessed with two beautiful boys. I took a hiatus from practicing conventional medicine, but not from studying. I know it is common convention that as parents we are here to guide and teach our children, but, I am certain that these two little guys selected me very purposefully. They have guided and taught me in ways that are truly beyond my wildest imagination. Unfortunately, my eldest son has had his share of medical ailments. I often wondered “why?”, but then it occurred to me that he chose me to help him and in turn help myself and others by deepening my understanding of health and healing in unexpected ways. In addition to transforming my understanding of health, my two boys effortlessly remind me to celebrate the whimsical, which, I believe, is far-reaching in its healing capacity. I am grateful for and indebted to not only my little ones, but my husband as well, who has helped me immeasurably carve out this path.
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