Ayurveda in Nepal Nepal is a place where you will find all ayuvedic care is available with a reasonable prices. Include also the vision of a center focusing on sustainability an all levels by maintaining the integrity and diversity of the cultural heritage of Ayurveda. The seeds of such a place now exist in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, the traditional birthplace of Ayurveda. It is called the Devi Ma Kunja, and is the manifesting dream of Dr. Sarita Shrestha. A "Kunja" means a holistic, serene place filled with positive energy, and "Devi Ma" is the Universal Mother.

Dr. Shrestha is well qualified to be the force behind a center with such an ambitious name. She faced discrimination while pursuing her medical degree. She was told by the principal of the university, " Women cannot become doctors. You should quit now before you begin." Her response was, "I will try". She tried and succeeded. Today she is considered a national treasure and has received national and international recognition for her exceptional services and was Nepal's first woman Ayurvedic physician and the first Nepalese Ob/Gyn in Ayurveda.

Her accomplishments and dedication to selfless service have inspired other Nepalese women to follow in her footsteps and succeed in becoming doctors themselves. The Devi Ma Kunja is a unique approach to meeting the extensive healthcare needs of Nepalis. While providing profoundly needed healthcare, it will also function as a unique laboratory illustrating "Ayurveda in action", for an international community of practitioners and students who will be welcomed to work and learn within this Nepali-run center. The clinical program of the Kunja officially opened its doors to patients in December, 2002.

As of now, the clinic is housed in a 6 room rented building in Sipadole, near Bhaktipur, Nepal - a rural community of about 8,000 people, 18 km from Kathmandu. The clinic contains 2 recovery beds, a birthing bed, 2 outpatient rooms, a yoga room and a small garden to supplement the wild herbs collected, and a pharmacy. It provides greatly needed and previously unavailable healthcare services and educational self-care programs to local villagers.

Very simply, the motive is to offer sustainable healthcare to the people while supporting the natural environment on which their continuing well-being depends. In the words of Dr. Shrestha " Playing is healing, singing and dancing are healing, being in nature is healing. All of these healing ways will be found within the community of the Devi Ma Kunja for all people."

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