When you consult an Ayurvedic doctor, there are many ways of asking questions and there can be different replies based on your questioning. Before pursuing post graduation, I was working under a very famous Psychiatrist, Dr KR Sridhara. Many people were coming and asking him – “doctor my son has so and so complaints and needs your counselling”. The Psychiatrist used to correct them saying, “See, what she actually needs, counselling, or medicines or nothing, depends on her mental condition. Please allow me to decide on that.” On that note, let us try to understand how an Ayurvedic doctor perceives different questions asked to him.
Q. I have cold. Will chyawanprash work?
The question is limiting the Ayurvdic doctor to chyawanprash and whether it is helpful to relieve cold or not. (Yes it does, to an extent). But it is making the doctor avoid opening up other options of treating the cold that you have. If your intention is just to know about chyawanprash’s efficacy on cold, then it is fine. But if you mean to ask the doctor for a medicine for cold, then you might be limiting the doctor’s choice.
Q. I have cold. Chyawanprash or Cofavin Syrup which is better for me?
You already have done your research and wants the doctor to say which one is the best among the two.
Q. Can you please suggest some home remedies for this?
The choice of the doctor is limited only to home remedies. The doctor might feel confused to suggest some Ayurvedic medicine from market.
Q. I had gone to that doctor, who prescribed these medicines. Are they right? What you suggest?
The doctor has the task of judging / improving the prescription of the other doctor. He needs to keep in mind that his way of explaining the disease condition and reasons for medicines might differ from the same explained by the previous doctor.
Q. I have these complaints. These are the medicines that I am currently taking. What you suggest?
Most comfortable for the doctor, since it is an open end question. He has all the options with his hand to suggest to patient. He (or she) can be own with his suggestions.
Note: I am not trying to judge here which type of questioning is correct and which one is wrong. At the end of the day, Ayurvedic consultation is patient oriented exercise. When patient leaves the Ayurvedic clinic, he should be totally convinced and happy that his requirement is met in all possible ways by the efficient Ayurvedic doctor. It may be for clearing a doubt about a medicine or a detailed consultation for a chronic disease.