Memo: What follows comes from my erstwhile “Healing Journal” – written/compiled on a foggy meandering journey to various countries visiting all manner of hospitals, clinics and exploring various healing modalities and techniques.
Shared here more-or-less unedited for posterity (whatever that is) and to shed light to those struggling who might come across this riff. Please watch the “Healing Ramble, introduction” video for context on this series.(also riffs already from Thailand, India etc + tips about pros/cons and how-to logistics coming…)
Visits to a few wonderful, unique, intelligent clinic/hospitals in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka played the most critical role in bringing me “back to life” from MECFS – no, i’m not healed but i manage. Anyhow…
In this dispatch, i’ll introduce Ayurveda Health Home in Nepal – they operate clinics in Kathmandu and Pokhara where I did my panchakarma 3 week treatment cycle. [Update: now another facility] and are a German-Nepal partnership company and bring the best of both cultures into the operation.
The facilities were fantastic – simple and sincere and functional, the staff was next level skilled & diligent, and the skill of the key medical officers – led by the brilliant, international reknowned Dr Rishi & my lead (the coolest and kindest) Dr. Rumee – empathetic, knowledgable & superb.
The cost was very reasonable (especially compared to “regular life“ costs of living in Vancouver/San Francisco/Seattle or whatever) ￼assuming you’re capable of getting to Nepal… I know it sounds daunting, but I have written up a little advice sheet about traveling with a chronic illness to make something like this much more easy. Hit me up if you want this riff.￼
It is worth every penny, every mile, every effort.
Anyhow, AHH just made a new website and this is me encouraging you to take a look, show them some affection if you feel inclined.
I added a review under what is now a not-so-secret alias, ergo:
Life Changing Experience
I arrived at Ayurveda Health Home in rough shape – physically and mentally. After becoming ill a few years previously, my life had changed from fast-paced and exciting to a continuous stream of medical doctors of many kinds and modalities. I was worn out and demoralized from care which was either based on chemical prescription meds, or cost prohibitive speculative approaches.
The Doctors, therapists and staff treated me like a precious soul for my 2 week in-patient treatment program which was custom designed for me after a personal intake from Dr. Rishi who travelled from Kathmandu to thoroughly interview and examine me. The care included various massages, steam baths, oil baths, mediation, cleanings of all kinds, personalized gentle yoga and learning about Ayurveda as applies to everyday life.
Further, the food was prepared specifically for me, based on my characteristics and where i was in my treatment cycle.
Sometimes the treatment was not easy! But, thoughtful Drs. Rumee and Kristina and their team (especially Kriti, Devi and Dev) showed me incredible gentle empathy and care to help me through. I am incredibly grateful as they gave me improved health but also hope and optimism for the future.
I will be returning for a longer cycle and thoroughly look forward to spending time with them again. The practitioners tended to the delicate work with complete presence and dedication, the cooks were so pleasant and food made with care and love, and the rooms were simple and clean and comfortable (mine had a wonderful view of the lake and stupa as well).
So very grateful that this wonderful place exists.^Len Tukwila