Ehsaas, based in India, facilitates in promoting traditional Medicine through volunteering. Ehsaas is an Urdu word which means “Feelings” or “To feel”. From our name comes our philosophy of ‘feel to heal’. Ehsaas was born out of the desire of introducing traditional medicine to people across the world through learning and practice. We felt that many people across the world were getting introduced to Ayurveda but only in the form of Oil massages and Detoxification programs. Ayurveda at heart is much more that just getting a relaxing massage. It is a way of life and one can only truly appreciate it if one gets to experience it. Not only just personally experience it but also practice it to truly experience what Ayurveda has to offer.
Unlike most volunteering programs that you might have come across, Ehsaas does not leverage on social issues prevalent in India to attract volunteers to join them. We at Ehsaas instead wants volunteers to join our program because they want to learn the ancient science and practice the same among the locals, to experience how and why people in this part of the world still prefer natural medicine over western medicine.
Imagine yourself working at a Traditional Medicine clinic in a small village in Kerala and helping the ‘Medicine man’ or the Vadhiyar, as he is locally known, with his daily treatments. Helping the Vadhiyar in picking medicinal plants and then preparing medicinal oils from the same. This is what our traditional Medicine volunteering program looks like. Ehsaas started as more of a regular learning program where in international students would enroll to learn more about the traditional medicine, the science and the theory. Though the program participants found it very interesting it lacked practical application of the science they had learned. We then introduced practical lessons where in students practiced their new learnt skills but we were still not happy as our students were not seeing the science been applied in real world scenario, where they would see how traditional medicine been used in its traditional ways could treat ailments. This prompted us to include volunteering as a part of the program where in our students volunteered at a local traditional medicine clinic and see the science in action.
As a volunteer our participants got the chance to deal with real patients and offer them real treatments. See and experience how a Vadhiyar could heal a fracture by using traditional plaster made of wood. How sprains and joint dislocations are not treated by painkiller and pain reliving sprays but rather oil massages and Ayurvedic stretching (Dynamic Stretching). How a Vadhiyar diagnoses ailments in his patients only by checking their pulse, seeing the color of their tongue, the texture of their nails etc.
Dadpreneur, spiritual vagabond, an avid traveler and software engineer by profession who loves biking in the Himalayas and cooking butter chicken.
Karmmy is a passionate reader and a marketing Consultant by profession. He loves reading about spirituality and trekking in the Himalayas.
He is a traditional medicine man, Reiki healer, and martial artist. He is deeply connected to the world within and without, and lives spirituality on a daily basis
Vikas has been managing our volunteers since 2010. He has extensive knowledge on various Buddhist and Hindu traditions and loves sharing it with our volunteers.