Rest in Peace to Ayurveda Dr Rishi in Nepal

My heart aches at this shocking news. Dear Dr. Rishi was such an instrumental part in changing my life for which I will be forever grateful. In his presence, I felt a very rare and powerful and graceful energy which I will always remember.

His credentials and accomplishments are endless as he travelled the world bridging cultures and sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda as well as other healing modalities with scholars and practitioners. He kept up quite a schedule but also was the chief medical man of this highly efficient and effective group of clinics in Nepal.

DaveO and Dr Rishi at Ayurveda Health Home in Kathmandu. Nepal – note almost matching moustaches

I remember sitting with him at lunch as he gently ate and kindly answered my questions (building about the differences between traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, and the importance of being present and doing the most minor activities with intention – including eating and cleaning.

Importantly for my healing journey though, he travelled from Katmandu to Pokhara specifically for my intake at the hospital – along with his luminescent colleague Dr Rumee. After *losing* so many years of my life to chronic and complex illness I was so discouraged as doctors never seem to take the time to listen to me and thoroughly examine and inspect me. He listen to all aspects of my life, physical, emotional, spiritual and so on with a deep well of empathy and acknowledgment.

Wishing every blessing my wee heart can muster for his family, friends, colleagues and other patients. I will light incense in your honour from Japan and remember you always so very fondly.

In gracious remembrance of a wonderful human.

Note: much more to share about my time to Ayurveda Health Home in Pokhara and later a visit with Dr Rishi in Kathmandu.

Original announcement from Ayurveda Health Home FB (in Nepali)

यस आयुर्वेद हेल्थ होम का संस्थापक मेडिकल डाईरेक्टर, राष्ट्रीय एवं अन्तरराष्ट्रीय रूपमाख्यातिप्राप्त, बहुआयामीक प्रतिभाका धनी, मृदुभाषी, मिलनसार, आयुर्वेद क्षेत्रका अग्रज, गुरु, पथप्रदर्शक, श्रध्देय डा. ऋषी राम कोईरालाज्यूको आज मिति २०७८।०५।०१ गते अपरान्ह १ वजे ६३ वर्षको अल्पायुमा असामयिक निधन भएकोमा हामी अत्यन्त मर्माहत भएका छौ । यस कठिन घडीमा सम्पूर्ण शुभचिन्तक, बन्धुबान्धब र बिशेष गरी परिवारमा पर्न गएको अपूरणीय क्षति प्रति गहिरो दुख एवं समबेदना ब्यक्त गर्दै शोकाकुल परिवारमा धैर्य धारण गर्ने शक्ति ईश्वरले प्रदान गरून साथै उहाँको आत्माको चिरशान्तिको कामना गर्दै बैकुंठमा बास होस भनि ईश्वरसंग प्रार्थना गर्दछौ । – आयुर्वेद हेल्थ होम परिवार धापासि, काठमाण्डाै

This lovely article The Good Doctor was published in Nepali Times by Lisa Choegyal on Aug 2021

The good doctor

Tribute to Nepal’s most celebrated Ayurvedic doctor Rishi Ram Koirala who died last week at age 63


Dr Rishi took my pulse in his little office across the courtyard of the Dhapasi clinic, flanked by two of his junior doctors similarly adorned in full PPE, learning skills from the master. On the walls were colourful renditions of the naked body showing ancient pressure points, chakras and energy channels. Stacked on shelves were rows of red-topped glass jars containing mysterious medicines of essential natural ingredients, herbs, tablets and dried plants.

“I’ve been busy, still lecturing all over the world via Zoom, and I’ve just submitted a paper on ayurvedic policy for the National Planning Commission and Ministry of Health.” His eyes sparkled. 

“And we are now producing our own medicines from home-grown herbs and plants on our land beyond Nagarjun. We are expanding our factory to process these, taking advantage of the government restrictions on importing pharmaceuticals and trying to break the stranglehold of the cartels exporting all Nepal’s best medicinal plants to India.”

Dr Rishi’s reputation as a skilled and compassionate doctor, ayurvedic master and yogic practitioner with three decades of experience, extends across the globe. With degrees from Banaras and Kathmandu, his ayurvedic expertise was based on nearly 12 years of intensive studies. 

Lisa Choegyal in Nepali Times

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