Good Medicine Works.
consultations with Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD
... because GOOD medicine works ....!
about Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya
history of Good Medicine Works.
GMW was started as the solo practice of Dr. Bhattacharya in 2001. Over the past decade, she has combined into clinical practice her experience internationally on medical missions, through grant-funded community outreach, and health services research, medical education, hospital-based and clinic-based experience, holistic health counseling, laboratory research, policy development and traditional apprenticeship in learning the practice of true healing medicine.
Through her studies and work, she has learned that medicine is only medicine when it WORKS....
Trained as a biomedical scientist, international public health specialist, and primary care physician before gaining skills as a holistic healer, Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya now practices and teaches Ayurveda and holistic family medicine in Manhattan and in India. Bhaswati became interested in holistic & alternative medicines from her family ancestry of Ayurvedic and Sanskrit scholars: a biomedically-trained father, who was a clinician, scientist, and veterinarian; and an herbalist mother who still maintains a routine of Sanskrit chants, reading the Gita, and daily puja.
Bhaswati has been working in complementary medical education since 1989. As a licensed primary care physician practicing both in inner-city Brooklyn and Manhattan, she is board-certified in holistic medicine and preventive medicine. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Bhaswati serves as Director of The Dinacharya Institute in New York, teaching workshops, seminars, and directing a training programs for Ayurvedic Health Coaches. She is former Director of Research and the former Director of the Division of Complementary & Alternative Medicines (CAM) at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where she worked from 2001 until 2011.
Her academic training includes a baccalaureate (BA) in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania; a masters degree in pharmacology and neuroscience (MA) from Columbia University with 6 years of graduate work in biotechnology, biomedical sciences and laboratory work toward a PhD; a masters degree in international public health (MPH) from Harvard University; and a medical doctorate (MD) from Rush Medical College in Chicago. Her residency trainings in family practice at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and in community & preventive medicine at Mount Sinai provided skillsets to work fluently with the underserved in Spanish and Hindi. In addition, she has several certifications in holistic healing arts. She is currently working on a PhD in Ayurveda/Rasa Shastra at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, UP, India.
Bhaswati’s holistic training comes both through numerous formal courses and through traditional apprenticeship known as gurukula still practiced by traditional healers. She has worked in Tibet, India, China, Nepal, Brazil, Nigeria, and El Salvador, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, and Ireland. Before medical school, she was engaged in ten years of biomedical research, active international public health work and consulting projects in medical education, biotechnology, medical publishing, and medical advertising. She also spent a year in management on Wall Street in investment banking and maintained part-time consulting jobs throughout her schooling to pay heavy school fees.
Alongside formal schooling, Bhaswati has maintained an ongoing pursuit of knowledge in traditional medicines, studying formally under Drs. Ted Kaptchuk, David Eisenberg, Rachel Naomi Remen, Ben Kligler, Ellen Tattelman, Jeffrey Bland, Norman Farnsworth, Deepak Chopra, PR Krishnakumar, Biswajit Mukherjee, Joseph Helms, Vivek Shanbhag, Aparna Bapat, Vasudha Gupta, Chandra Bhushan Jha, and her academic mentor, the late human rights activist Jonathan Mann. Bhaswati accepted the vows of vidyaarambham, the traditional entrance into ayurvedic apprenticeship from the late PadmaBhushan Vaidya Raghavan Thirumulpad in 2001. She goes to India annually to study and then incorporates traditional medical systems directly into her clinical practices, where she provides holistic medical care for the underserved as well as for insured patients, using herbs, nutrition, exercise counseling, ayurveda, energywork, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, yoga, and aromatherapy.
Bhaswati is the recipient of the 1998 American Holistic Medical Association national award. Bhaswati worked at the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine in 1994, now known as NCCIH. She was selected to the NIH Advisory Panel of the Complementary Medical Education Task Force in 1996. From 1995 until 1998, she served as the National Coordinator of the Humanistic Medicine Task Force of AMSA. She was selected from over 4000 graduates as the Commencement Graduate Orator at Harvard University in 1993, the only Indian and the second woman in history, where she received international coverage for her outspoken views alongside then Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell in a speech on blind traditions and the need for insightful healing as we shape policies. She received the 2004 AMA Leadership Award for her work in holistic medicine and international health. In 2008, she received the award for Outstanding Global Service to Ayurveda from the Arogyadham Foundation in Uttar Pradesh, India. In 2010, she received the Kiran Lifetime Award for her work in Ayurveda from the Womens International Network. She was selected in 2013 as a senior Fulbright scholar to research the concept of Ojas and to teach Ayurveda in India, at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. In 2014, she was nominated as one of the top 50 Thinkers in India by MTC Global.
Bhaswati has written several creative and technical works in textbooks and journals and magazines focusing on educating and healing the healers. She served as the founding medical director of InnerDoorway, the premier publishing company for peer-reviewed medical journals in alternative medicines, now known as InnoVision Communications. She served as author and founding co-Principal Investigator and co-author of EDCAM, a NIH-funded grant to AMSA that successfully created a curriculum with 96 experts integrating holistic medicine into medical schools in the US from 2002 to 2007. Bhaswati served for 5 years on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association. She has served as the CAM expert as a contributor to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary and as the chair of the CAM Advisory Council of the Elsevier medical publishing group. She wrote a newspaper column for The Indian Express NA newspaper and was medical editor for two years. Bhaswati also served terms on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Public Health Association (www.sapha.net), Sakhi for South Asian Women, an organization working to end violence against women, and on the Asian American Advisory Council of then New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Since 2006, Bhaswati has focused her energies on the development of Ayurveda in the USA and worldwide. Bhaswati was the Education Director at Kerala Ayurveda Academy from 2006 to 2007. She has served terms on the Board of Directors of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association in the USA, and the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (www.aapna.org). She also served on the Steering Committee of the International Working Groups on Ayurveda supported from 2009 to 2011, by the Government of India, Department of AYUSH under the Ministry of Health. She was the chair of the AUSAC, Ayurved-US Advisory Council, sponsored by the Embassy of India in Washington DC, under the auspices of the Department of AYUSH, which worked on a paper on the Status of Ayurveda in the USA. She served on the Board of Advisors of The Emami/Zandu Group from 2009 to 2011. Bhaswati is currently creating a visual journey in Ayurvedic medicine through her filmmaking company, Betel Nut Productions. Her work has been featured in a documentary called Healers: Journey into Ayurveda, that premiered worldwide in July 2003 on The Discovery Channel and is now available on Amazon.com. In November 2011, she started a movement called the Council for Ayurvedic Credentialing (www.cayurvedac.com), with a mission to create and disseminate documents to assist Ayurvedic education worldwide. The first set of documents present Ayurvedic teaching standards, well-defined scopes of practice, and tools for the various levels of education and educators of Ayurveda in the USA. Her first book was released in late 2015, by Penguin Random House, titled Everyday Ayurveda. She is working on a second book on Ayurveda for Chaukhambha Publications in Varanasi.
Bhaswati continues to serve the holistic community by actively lecturing and providing workshops internationally. She continues to engage in medical education projects, public health consulting assignments, and service projects globally that focus on Ayurveda.
dedicated groups doing good work
This is the website for The DINacharya Institute, directed by Dr. Bhattacharya. DINacharya creates programs for health and wellness professionals to learn about holistic medicine, especially authentic ayurveda.
The Council for Ayurveda Credentialing is creating and disseminating documents to assist Ayurvedic education worldwide.
The official website of the Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
The site for the best Holistic Health Counseling training in holistic nutrition, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
This is the website for an accredited masters program in Holistic Health in Connecticut, where I teach.
This is the website for AAPNA, the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, founded by Vd. Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MD (Ayu). The organization has collected 300 vaidyas trained in India and practicing in the USA and Canada.
The Centre for Research in Indian Systems of Medicine (CRISM) is responsible for designing, formulating and implementing policy for promoting, propagating and Advocacy for Indian System of Medicine in USA, Scientific acceptance of Indian System of Medicine, Preparation of Dossiers for Market Authorization etc.
Founded in 1982, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association that is focused primarily on herbs and herbal products. All of AHPA’s activities are focused on its mission, to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products, and are undertaken to maintain and improve market opportunities for companies that sell herbs, herbal products and other health-related products, and to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide choice of goods.
Started as a hub for Ayurveda, Dr. Mike Dhaliwal manages this site to promote awareness, deeper study, and connections between people, students, shastras and resources for bringing Ayurveda forward.
The only Ayurvedic company to have herbs registered for medical use by HealthCanada, the Canadian FDA, Standard Botanicals was founded and is directed by one of India's most sought-after vaidyas who has a PhD in modern pharmacology. The quality, purity and process of their products is beyond the gold standard.
This is the best source of neem I have found in the USA.
This company sells great nine herb formulas under the label Organic India.
Banyan is one of the leading sources for organic herbs in the USA.
This website offers products from DIVYA/Patanjali, the brands of Swami Baba Ramdev. Dr. Bhattacharya was the first MD in the USA to actively incorporate their herbs in her hospital-based and private practices in 2006.
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in the news
You can watch and/or read about Dr. Bhattacharya online, at
1. IMOW - International Museum of Women
2. Discussion at Asia Society, New York
3. NRI Today magazine
4. The DINacharya Institute
5. Ayurvedic practitioner listing
6. Healthy.net : Healthy People, Healthy Planet
7. The NY Wellness Guide
8. The Urban Zen Initiative - 2007 Conference
In addition, there are several videos on www.youtube.com. Search: Bhaswati Bhattacharya.