Dr. Abhay Kumar Pati was born in Raj-Nilgiri, Balasore District, Orissa, India. Dr. Pati was trained as a Physician in Calcutta at J.B. Ray State Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital [Asthanga Ayurvedic College], which is one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India, under Calcutta University. Dr. Pati came to U.S.A. almost 30 years (3 decades) ago on a fellowship. He was the publisher of an International Health Magazine called Health World. Dr. Pati is an author of several health books including, Vitamins and Herbal Digest, a 360 page book, which has been printed more than 7 times and sold over 800,000 copies in the world’s market. In this digest, readers can find nutritional, Ayurvedic, Chinese, Native American, South American herbal supplements and much, much more.
Dr. Kumar Pati, CEO
Best Nutrition Products
Here, Dr. Pati shares his knowledge on Ayurveda and Pancha Karma, including the ayurvedic science of detoxification and rejuvenation, and basic therapies of ayurvedic medicine.
For the last 10 years, Dr. Pati has been manufacturing nutritional and herbal supplements. His company name is Best Nutrition Products Inc. The corporation has over 30 websites and all links are listed at:
Dr. Pati has formulated more than 100 nutritional supplements, which are being marketed in U.S. as well as being exported to more than 30 plus countries. Products are available in pharmacies and health food stores. Products are also sold on Ecommerce on the Internet. Dr. Pati also has designed a special hormone called Melatonin for travelers who frequently fly long distance over 10 hours to 17 hours on a non-stop airplane across the Pacific or Atlantic route. His Melatonin is being sold in many Duty Free stores, as well as on board, including Singapore Airlines.
Dr. Pati says Ayurveda has become one of the most Important natural remedies among westerners, especially Americans, where people believe in natural, organic and health foods. Ayurvedic Medicine works very well, when it is in standardized extract form. When the active ingredients of an herb are extracted in high concentrations and manufactured in capsules or tablets and measured in milligrams, it works very well.
In the earlier days, the activity of herb procurement, preparation and dispensing remained mainly the responsibility of a practitioner and was on a one to one relationship between physicians and his patients. It was a matter of sacred trust. However, the socio-economic changes in modern times, the technological advances, commercial factors, consumer preferences, changing lifestyles, etc., has influenced the way Ayurvedic Drugs are being manufactured, marketed, distributed in U.S.A., Europe and Australia now.
There are hundreds of Ayurvedic products from tablets, capsules, tinctures, perfumes, essences, and aroma-therapy products which are being manufactured in U.S.A. and are available in health food stores and pharmacies in U.S.A. While common Indian people do not know which are Ayurvedic herbal remedies from India, they know them from their botanical names. There are about 100,000 Health Food stores in U.S.A. alone, and 20% of herbal products in health food stores are from India, whereas 40% are from China. Among them gugul for cholesterol, gymnema (gurmar) for blood sugar, valerian for sleeplessness, boswella for arthritis, withinia (ashwagandha) as an adaptogen, psyllium as a mild laxative and many, many more. It is a several billion dollars business right now.
Now the National Institute of Health Sciences has recommended introducing Ayurvedic Pharmacology in regular medical curriculum beginning next year. The U.S. Government is already negotiating deals with Indian Government and Universities in India. For sure, a large number of Ayurvedic research scholars and professors will be coming to major U.S. Universities from India. At present, more than 1000 highly qualified Ayurvedic Physicians are already in U.S.A. from BHU and other Universities in India, and more will be coming. Many Ayurvedic doctors are teaching in Universities and doing research in pharmaceutical and health food companies.
Dr. Pati, a graduate in Ayurvedic medicine from Calcutta, was the first well-qualified doctor who came to U.S.A. He is an advocate who has promoted the age-old medical science, Ayurveda, in many western countries through his publications and websites.
Dr. Pati says, We need our strength in technical expertise in the fields of medicinal plants, plant chemistry, biotechnology, phytochemical, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, pathology and clinical research in order to do advance research in Ayurvedic medicine.
As he was born in Balasore (Orissa), he approaches the Government of Orissa to pay more attention for the development of Ayurvedic Medical Science in his own State (studies, research, manufacturing, exporting and treatment of Ayurvedic medicine), where it is more neglected than rest of the country. For example, in a State like Kerala, 50% income of tourism is based on Ayurvedic Therapy, which is being offered to foreigners and local Indians. Why not in Orissa?
Orissa’s Government must recognize it is a medical science and it is a big industry, which has a domestic and export value. Approximately 3 years ago, Dr. Pati launched the largest Vitamins and Natural Supplements Store in Singapore’s Peninsula Shopping Center. A special website can be found for this outlet at: www.firsthealthfoods.com
Furthermore, he approaches Ayurvedic students, professors, physicians and researchers to work together for the advancement in research on Ayurvedic medicine, the present and future of natural health care system. Ayurveda medicine is not only used for a cure, it is a preventative health care science.