A Packet of Nature's Intelligence

An Insightful Interview on Amrit with Dr. Frank DiChiara

Dr. Frank DiChiara has been practicing family medicine and osteopathy in Toms River, New Jersey for almost a quarter of a century. Dr. DiChiara has received training in Maharishi Ayurveda and has incorporated it into his practice since the early 80s.

Q: Welcome back to our very special series on Amrit. I am especially excited today to bring you an interview with Dr. Frank DiChiara. Welcome to our program, Dr. DiChiara. How are you?

Dr. DiChiara: Thank you, I am fine. It is a pleasure to be talking to you today.

Q: Could you begin by giving our listeners some familiarity with your background and the circumstances that brought you to this wonderful integration between the very best of traditional ayurvedic medicine and modern medical knowledge?

Dr. DiChiara: I am a board-certified physician with a family practice in Toms River, New Jersey for the past twenty-two years. I've been deeply involved in a natural approach to health care, and I've been able to integrate that into my medical practice over the years. Apart from my practice, I've had the opportunity to lecture and teach, and supervise natural health care clinics in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere on the East Coast. My interest in this Vedic knowledge began in 1972, when I learned the Transcendental Meditation® program. That gave me a great desire to become a teacher of TM®, to have the ability to impart this knowledge to others. As Maharishi continued to unfold more and more of his Vedic science to both the public and the physicians who were involved in the TM® program, I became excited; especially when he began to speak about and teach the principles and practical techniques of Maharishi Ayurveda.

Q: When you talk about Vedic science, what does that specifically refer to?

Dr. DiChiara: The word Veda is a Sanskrit word, and it means science or knowledge. Ayurveda means the science of life or knowledge of life — it is an all-inclusive natural health care system that has its origins in ancient India. However, the principles of ayurveda are based on the most fundamental aspects of the laws of nature, and they are as applicable today as they were thousands of years ago.

Q: I would like to define ayurveda as "blissful life" — it is not just about preventing disease or treating an illness, but also about maximizing the physiology, allowing people to experience perfect health and bliss.

Dr. DiChiara: That is a very important point of distinction, because part of the Vedic description of perfect health and the ayurvedic approach to health is that a person not only has a normally functioning physiology and a clear and creative mind, but that the individual also feels bliss and happiness in everyday life. Whereas in the conventional medicine approach, as you are quite aware, oftentimes we are not actually defining health but ruling out what is not good health.

Q: Exactly. How long have you been practicing ayurveda?

Dr. DiChiara: It's been about sixteen or seventeen years now. I think Maharishi first brought out the knowledge in 1985, and I took training in Maharishi Ayurveda as it became available and began to integrate it into my medical practice. And I have gradually deepened my understanding of ayurveda over the years.

Q: What did you find attractive about ayurveda?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, first of all, it made sense to me on the level of the intellect. Secondly, it is a system that is simple but profound and it uses modalities that are not harmful to the patient. There are no side effects, no harmful effects that I have seen from any of the treatment programs. So I consider it safe. I also found that it does not interfere with any of the conventional medical treatments my patients receive, so it does not have to be an either/or situation — my patients don't have to discontinue conventional medical care to incorporate Maharishi Ayurveda into their lives. I have also found it to be very powerful on the level of prevention, and that was an aspect that attracted me greatly, because my initial interest in health care revolved around the possibility of being able to practice some form of preventive medicine. And finally, I have found it to be rewarding because my patients don't just see relief from whatever problem they have; they radiate health and bliss.

Q: It also treats the whole person instead of individual aspects of the human physiology.

Dr. DiChiara: Exactly. It is a complete, comprehensive, holistic, natural healthcare system. It facilitates interaction between the doctor and the patient and helps the doctor create self-sufficiency in the patient so that the doctor is really teaching the patient to take care of himself or herself rather than be dependent on the doctor or a particular procedure. It's not just about giving people herbs or giving people a diet to follow — it is a consciousness-based, knowledge-based system that can raise the level of a person's well-being so that he or she can find joy and bliss in life, which I consider essential for a person to be truly called healthy.

Q: Tell us a little bit about how you integrate Maharishi Ayurveda into a patient's life — how do you introduce ayurveda if it is something new to a patient?

Dr. DiChiara: I think that to be a successful physician you have to be able to communicate effectively with the patient and gain his or her trust. What you tell them initially in terms of knowledge or instructions has to work, they have to feel better. Once the relationship is established, whether the patient initially came to you to get medication for an illness or to get some tests done or for a referral to a specialist, you can begin a process, a journey of growing with the patient. And from experience I know that even if a patient has no interest in a natural approach like ayurveda to begin with, that interest may develop later. I give such persons a little of the knowledge at a time, an aspect here or there, and sooner or later they decide to try it. And often I find that such people, once they start to see results from an ayurvedic program, ask me why I did not start them on it years ago! And I tell them that they weren't quite ready to hear about it then. I try to make the integration smooth and subtle, with no pressure. Every patient has his or her comfort level, and I try to work with that.

Q: How did you first learn about Amrit, and how long ago was that? Can you share with us your reaction to Amrit both personally and as a physician?

Dr. DiChiara: I first learned of Amrit through my own experience. After being trained as a physician in Maharishi Ayurveda in about 1985, I began taking it on a regular basis. My wife takes it as well. For the last 13-14 years, I have been taking Amrit every day, both the Ambrosia and the Nectar.

Q: Can you tell us the differences between the Ambrosia and the Nectar versions of Amrit?

Dr. DiChiara: They are both very comprehensive formulations that have their origins thousands of years ago. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought a group of select ayurvedic vaidyas together to revive the knowledge and restore the ancient formulas, the formulas that have been described in the great ayurvedic texts.

Q: And what kind of effects has Amrit had on you personally?

Dr. DiChiara: As you know, practicing medicine in today's world can be extremely stressful. If you take me, for example, there's my office practice, a hospital practice, visits to nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, the calls at night, getting up very, very early in the morning and working on weekends — it can quickly get very intense, overwhelming. Over the years, I have found that Amrit allows me to stay balanced — it allows me to maintain my equanimity in life and enjoy good health. I rarely fall sick.

Q: According to the classical texts, Amrit helps the body defend itself by supporting natural immunity.

Dr. DiChiara: That would certainly be supported by my own experience. Based on my own experience and that of many of my patients, I would say that Amrit is a powerful immuno-modulator — people tend to become sick less frequently and less severely if they take Amrit regularly — and it helps balance the immune system and allows it to respond appropriately to the environment, because it allows purification of the human physiology and hones the response. Allergies, for example, are an inappropriate response to the environment — either an overreaction or an inappropriate reaction. In people who take Amrit regularly, I find that the response to viruses, bacteria, allergens, impurities in the air or the water or pollution is more even, more appropriate.

Q: Amrit, which literally means "nectar of immortality," is truly the crown jewel of the ayurvedic tradition.

Dr. DiChiara: It is a completely natural, but extremely powerful substance. I have not seen anyone to whom I have prescribed Amrit have any significant side effects from taking it. Although it is quite powerful and effective, it is completely safe and natural. It is made from whole plants and not active concentrated ingredients — it involves many herbs, and a very involved process of preparing those herbal ingredients. As you said, it comes in two complementary forms: one is called Ambrosia, available as a tablet, and the other is Nectar, which is a paste. However, for those who cannot tolerate raw sugar for whatever reason — maybe they have insulin dependent diabetes — Nectar is available in tablet form. I found in both my own experience and that of my patients, Amrit just balances the physiology in a very gradual and innocent way. It quietly influences every aspect of your mind and body functioning. It makes your immune system more powerful, so you are less likely to get sick, more likely to recover from illnesses of any kind. Therefore, if you had to choose one substance that you would want to take to enrich your overall health, that is simple, easy and natural, it would be Amrit.

Q: Absolutely. When I came across Amrit, I realized that it was an herbal superstar. It had extensive science behind it; much of the research on it was done in this country at major medical centers. There are studies showing that Amrit is many thousands of times more powerful than vitamin C or E as an antioxidant, and also that it reduces the oxidation of LDL, which of course can be very harmful to the heart. We know that vitamin E gives some protection against Alzheimer's and certain types of cancer. Vitamin C is important to maintain the integrity of the mucus membranes and reduce the rate of infection. Well, here we have Amrit that is many thousands of times more powerful than vitamins C and E as an antioxidant.

Dr. DiChiara: When the question comes up from patients about what supplements they should take, is it okay to take this or that particular preparation, I do not say that there is no value to taking a group of vitamins or other herbal preparations; of course there is some value. However, to my knowledge, none of them has been demonstrated scientifically or experientially to have the comprehensive value that you can get from taking this one substance — a substance that is all-inclusive, that has been shown to be the most powerful free radical scavenger, either natural or synthetic, that is available, and a most powerful antioxidant.

Q: How do you introduce Amrit to your patients?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, I am known to practice the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, and people know that I am involved in an aspect of natural health care. There are patients who specifically come for this program — such individuals are expecting to have recommendations for ayurvedic herbal preparations, including Amrit, which is applicable to almost everyone. Then there are those patients who have no prior knowledge of this natural system of health care and may not even realize they have an interest in it. In the course of interacting with the patient and gaining that patient's confidence and exploring different possibilities and ways to elevate their overall health, we might come to a discussion on natural preparations that could be added to their daily regimen. I frequently recommend to my patients not only Amrit, which is very important, but also learning Transcendental Meditation® or doing specific exercises, altering their diet or having a daily routine that is conducive to balancing their physiology and bringing about an overall improvement in their health.

Q: And what is the general reaction to Amrit from your patients? What do they come back and tell you about Amrit?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, I would say that the most common response is, "I feel better." People don't have so much fatigue; they feel healthier; they do not get sick as frequently as before they took Amrit; they feel stronger, more able to accomplish their goals.

Q: Fantastic. Could you give us some specific examples from your practice of people to whom you have recommended Amrit, and their reaction to it? What you have noticed over time in terms of the depth that Amrit has contributed as well as their health and vitality?

Dr. DiChiara: You'll be surprised to know that quite often the people I least expect will follow a program of taking it regularly are the ones who adhere to it the most faithfully. You recommend it to a man, say 86 years old, and you might not expect him to be so involved in regularly taking it, then you realize that he keeps coming back or keeps ordering and does not want to go a day without taking it. So obviously that person is noticing some change! One of the results from Amrit that begins almost immediately is that your physiology just begins to function more normally, more regularly. That would include every function and every aspect of your physiology — bowel function, for example, which is a big concern in elderly patients. You tend to get sick less frequently and less intensively and recover more quickly. This one elderly man who is 86 — he had some significant heart problems and prostate problems — several problems, in fact. He went through the medical system, had open-heart surgery and other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, but when all is said and done, for him it comes down to taking Amrit Kalash every day. If you saw this man today, he looks very young for his chronological age and he sleeps well, eats well, feels good most of the time — and that would be just one example.

Q: That would be a good example of Amrit being defined as the nectar of immortality!

Dr. DiChiara: Right. He literally appears to be looking and feeling younger.

Q: I think that is what we aging baby boomers are really looking for. What can really, on the basis of modern scientific research in U.S. medical centers, help us remain youthful in our physiology so that we do not become increasingly atherosclerotic and psychosclerotic — not only facing possible hardening of the arteries but also a rigidity of the mind and spirit?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, it is quite obvious from recently-published studies, both in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, that Americans want something natural, something different. I think one study said that over a third of the American population has tried some form of "alternative" health care, either with or without their physician's knowledge. They are seeking out this kind of knowledge on their own, whether their physician is paying attention or not. Another study published a few years ago said that approximately 40% of the American population suffers from some form of chronic disease. This would translate to about one hundred million Americans, which is devastating.

Q: And modern medicine has few effective answers for chronic disease.

Dr. DiChiara: In modern medicine we seem to deal best with areas involving technological advances, crisis intervention, open heart surgery, hip replacement, and procedures like that. In terms of making a person healthy, happy, stable and growing in consciousness and good health — it seems to be lacking in those areas.

Q: Could you think of any other cases in your practice where the results of people taking Amrit were truly exceptional?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, there are many people I see who suffer from allergies, and many of them have taken Amrit and other ayurvedic preparations. I have seen a great improvement in their chronic allergy symptoms. I have also had some very seriously ill patients who have come to me over the years, including a woman who is probably in her late 50s or 60s who had a disease called ITP, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which is a blood disorder where you do not make enough platelets or you destroy the platelets that you do have and therefore you have the tendency to bleed. She had gone through the modern medical system and had gone to a university medical center and was under the care of a very good hematologist and had been on high doses of corticosteroids and had chemotherapy and then underwent a splenectomy (removal of the spleen). Yet there was no significant improvement, and her platelet count remained dangerously low. Normal platelet count being anywhere from 150,000 to 450,000, hers was approximately 9,000-11,000. She began a Maharishi Ayurveda program that included many aspects of ayurveda, but one of the cornerstones of that program was taking Amrit Ambrosia and Nectar. She had a phenomenal response and today, about 8 years later, we could consider her cured. She has a normal platelet count, no symptoms or signs of this disease and she remains on Amrit and other simple but very effective ayurvedic preparations. I met her recently, and it was extremely uplifting for me, and gratifying as a physician, to see her after a few years looking genuinely healthy and able to lead a normal life, enjoying each day.

Q: To have something to offer from Maharishi Ayurveda that can really make that kind of difference must feel fantastic. I see such instances in my practice as well. I am just amazed that, for example, people with mild-to-moderate depression feel better when they are taking Amrit. You do not usually see it in the first few weeks, but certainly after a month they do not need to continue taking unnecessary anti-depressants. They feel so much livelier.

Dr. DiChiara: As a practicing psychiatrist, you know quite well that all the medication that is available on the market for depression and mood disorders and panic attacks, as well as other herbal preparations that involve taking extracts and concentrated ingredients — they generally come with a whole host of potential side effects. Although these products may improve one aspect of their physiologic functioning, you bring on all these unwanted adverse side effects that tend to make overall life still quite miserable.

Q: Absolutely. For example, the anti-depressants as a group almost always decrease libido. Suddenly individuals taking such medication have less sexual interest; it harms their marriages. It certainly is depressing.

Dr. DiChiara: There are other factors like unwanted weight gain, and these just add to their poor self-image. We see none of that with Amrit, none of that with the other Maharishi Ayurveda preparations that we use in a complementary fashion with Amrit.

Q: Do you have any other exceptional cases of people benefiting from taking Amrit that you can share with us?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, I can recall a person who had quite severe hypertension, high blood pressure. He was getting intermittent severe headaches. His blood pressure was quite high; it was affecting his ability to function in a managerial position for a very large corporation. He was not sleeping, and that was when he came to me. He told me that, because of the stress related to his job, he had not slept through the night for eight years. It seemed to him like he was a prisoner of war. He said that at least every hour to two hours he would get up and pace during the night — maybe fifteen to twenty minutes. This individual is a very high-level executive in a major well-known corporation. After he began taking Amrit, learned the Transcendental Meditation® program and changed his daily routine and diet a little bit, everything fell into line. He took anti-hypertensive medication, just to control the acute part of his illness, but he has been tapered off anti-hypertensive medication and he created for himself only greater and greater success in his everyday life.

Q: That is so exciting. It must be so fulfilling for you as a family practitioner to be able to see that kind of change in someone, where they are literally going from nightly misery and daily stress and strain to being able to normalize their blood pressure and also to be able to function at a higher level on a day-to-day basis.

Dr. DiChiara: Yes, I know from practicing all of these years as a family practitioner, that there are no guarantees that everything is going to go the way I would hope or assume it's going. We could do everything appropriately and correctly in the modern medical system and still have a bad outcome. However, I think it is our responsibility, when we have some knowledge that is useful and we consider good, to share it with patients. Of course, there will be those who will be open to it and those do not really want to accept it. However, I have found from my longevity in practice, that if a person is not willing to listen to something today, that does not discount the possibility of maybe next year or the year after that. When they do well, we are gratified and fulfilled by that, in our roles of physicians. So I keep giving out the knowledge; some people want it in big chunks, the whole package right away. Other people just want to take little pieces of it, but we are there for them, we have this supreme knowledge. When I give people Amrit and other herbal preparations, when I introduce them to Transcendental Meditation® and other aspects of Maharishi's Vedic science and they begin to enjoy life and they feel bliss, that is the most gratifying aspect of my practice.

Q: I could not agree more.

Dr. DiChiara: It is surprising how many people have not ever heard of Amrit. Never heard of Transcendental Meditation®. It continues to astound me that, although we live in an era with extensive communication and technology advances, there are still many people who have not ever heard about this knowledge.

Q: Yes, and it is our duty to really bring that knowledge to them, so at least they can decide for themselves, simply because it makes such a difference in the quality of people's lives. How about Amrit with children — have you had any experience with that?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, I have had experience with my own children, first and foremost. I have three teenagers, and they have been taking Amrit. Especially when my oldest daughter went away to college, I really encouraged her to take it, and she did. I did not want her to be getting sick away from home. I also knew that it would promote the growth of consciousness, so it would be especially useful to her in her studies. Other children in my practice, yes, I have prescribed it to them — many mothers bring their children to me for a natural approach to chronic otitis media and allergies. Kids with bronchitis, croup, asthma and respiratory infections — I have had a lot of success with Amrit in preventing the recurrence of these problems.

Q: That would make great sense, given the research in U.S. medical centers showing that Amrit is thousands of times more powerful than vitamin C as an anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger. That would mean, of course, that it maintains the integrity of our immune system and mucus membranes, which are the first line of defense, thereby preventing further occurrences, say, of otitis media or bronchitis.

Dr. DiChiara: This is especially important when we see that many of these children have been bombarded with anti-microbial agents over the years. That is not a good situation.

Q: What could happen is that they will grow into adulthood and perhaps have a serious life-threatening infection and find that there is no effective antibiotic available because they have become resistant to all of them.

Dr. DiChiara: Not only that, but also there are nationally-known medical experts who are even questioning whether to use antibiotics for recurring otitis media. The approach to some of these problems in modern medicine is controversial, even within the medical community. I feel confident when I prescribe a natural herbal preparation such as Amrit, or some of the other ayurvedic herbal formulas appropriate in a given situation, that I am offering something that can help without damaging the rest of the physiology in any way.

Q: Could you comment on the ayurvedic view of Amrit being a holistic Rasayana that works on several systems in the physiology at once — how that is different from the conventional "one-cause-one-cure" approach?

Dr. DiChiara: Well, the Sanskrit word "Rasayana" can be loosely translated as something that nourishes, balances and strengthens the entire body. It goes to the heart of the ayurvedic approach to health in general. As we know, the dominant system of healthcare in this country, and most modern developed countries, is the allopathic approach to health. That means prescribing an unlike substance to combat or negate the effects of some other substance. The classic example of that would be an antibiotic to kill a bacterial infection. That is not the approach on which Vedic health is built. Vedic science is built on the premise that nature is intelligent, and that the same laws of nature that govern and guide all phenomena in the universe also govern and guide how the human mind and body functions, because certainly we are a part of nature. We are a reflection of nature, and our mind and body follow the same laws of nature that are lively throughout the universe. So when we prescribe a Rasayana such as Amrit, what we are doing is introducing into the psychophysiology of the person taking it a packet of nature's intelligence that has lively within it certain laws of nature that will bring back the memory of the wholeness of life, meaning the way it was originally designed by nature. So we are not trying to kill anything, destroy anything, fight anything off — we are simply restoring some orderliness. A reflection of natural law back into the awareness and the physical functioning of a human that will bring him or her back to that home of all the laws of nature of which natural, perfect health is a consequence.

Q: That is a beautiful description of a Rasayana in modern terms. Can you explain what nature's intelligence is? What do you mean when you talk about herbs being "intelligent?"

Dr. DiChiara: There is orderliness in nature. Trees and plants go through their cycles, the cherry tree always has cherry blossoms and a tulip bulb blossoms into a tulip — there is obviously intelligence at work here. In the medical field, for example, if you look at what the human kidney does to maintain balance and homeostasis in the physiology and compare that with a great technological advance like a dialysis machine, there is no comparison. The kidney knows what it is supposed to do; you don't have to tell it what to do. And the same is true for every aspect of nature's intelligence. Healing herbs such as the combination in Amrit have the natural ability to heal within them, and as long as this intelligence is preserved through the processing, the formulation has the natural capacity to heal.

Q: Beautiful.

Dr. DiChiara: The herbs restore natural orderliness to the physiology — they reawaken the memory of the wholeness of life. The Sanskrit word for this is "smriti." What we are doing with Amrit is introducing an aspect of nature's intelligence into a subtle level of the intelligence within the human psychophysiology, and this has the effect of reawakening the natural order that was meant to be there, allowing you to regain that balance or homeostasis that is essential to perfect health.

Q: Amrit brings a lightness of being that I see so many patients in one form or another commenting upon, and certainly that is what I have noticed in my own life. Taking Amrit on a twice-daily basis is remarkable, in that it gives me exactly what I need. If I need a boost of energy, I feel it; if I need some calming of my nervous system because I have multiple levels of activity imposing upon me, then I experience more lightness and no longer feel in any way oppressed but can go with the flow. So that is the other amazing thing about Amrit — it gives you what you need on the level of wellness.

Dr. DiChiara: Perfect health is not really an intellectual process; a high-level functioning of the intellect is rather the reflection of overall balance and orderliness in the physiology, which is something that must come about spontaneously and in the way nature designed our mind and body to function. We see in modern medical research that billions of dollars are being spent to find this specific cure for this disease or that devastating medical problem. Although it sounds very simplistic, the cure for being sick is not getting sick. There needs to be some transition in the thinking from disease orientation and infatuation with disease. With the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, including Amrit, all we are trying to do is simply remove those obstacles such as stress that impede the course of nature.

Q: The last phase of stress is exhaustion; that is when we see patients coming to us with fatigue, which is probably the number one complaint heard in doctors' offices today, with the second complaint being insomnia. We are truly a tense and tired population, and Amrit is a natural way to counteract stress at a very deep level. It is not a tranquilizer or an antidepressant — rather it helps restore the fundamental resources of the body so that it can heal the stress. Amrit provides the nutrients and antioxidant power that allow us to live with deep rest and dynamic activity in a world that is becoming ever more stressful.

Dr. DiChiara: Stress, as we know, can be so deeply rooted that it is on the level of DNA and passed on from generation to generation. This would explain why people come into this life with a propensity towards a particular weakness. And that whole imbalance becomes so deeply rooted over the course of time, it just gets out of control to the point where it becomes a major medical problem with all the suffering that goes with it.

Q: You mentioned DNA, and that brings up again the modern scientific research that has been done at the major medical centers here in the U.S. that confirms that Amrit is a broad-spectrum antioxidant able to enter the cell itself and get at the excess free radicals that damage the cells. It also acts outside the cell, on the level of the blood flow and tissues and organs, and strengthens the whole physiology. So you have a broad-spectrum effect where Amrit prevents the "rusting" of the physiology both inside and outside the cells.

Dr. DiChiara: In fact, a few years ago a famous Japanese researcher in free radical scavenging agents and antioxidants was quoted as saying that Amrit was the most powerful substance, either natural or synthetic, that he had tested in over thirty years of research.

Q: You mentioned that you had some special experiences with Amrit and longevity.

Dr. DiChiara: Well, my involvement with longevity and elderly patients came about quite passively. The area of New Jersey that I practice in has the second largest concentration of retirees in the U.S. I have a lot of experience with elderly patients, and also over the years have gone to see patients in nursing homes. It doesn't matter at what stage of life you start, one of the remarkable aspects of the effects of Amrit, whether the patient is fifteen or eighty years old, is that you begin to see a gradual transformation in their overall well-being and health. Some of the concerns that elderly people seem to focus on, and some elderly patients obsess on, are things that younger people take for granted in their everyday bodily functions. For example, as people get older they often have a problem with their bowel function. It seems to go along with that Vata part of their lives. I have seen many times that if a person begins to take Amrit, they become more regular in their physiology function. It is a very gradual and non-traumatic way of reversing that situation. As you said before, insomnia is a very common complaint, and particularly in elderly people it seems that, as that Vata time in their life grows, they become more sleep-deprived and have more problems sleeping in general, and Amrit seems to help that as well. In addition, I have noticed that it helps them in their thinking processes; it becomes more orderly, more grounded in reality and they seem more content in their everyday life.

Q: What about the aspect of prevention — more and more individuals are realizing the importance of a prevention-oriented approach to health these days, especially with conventional health care being so expensive.

Dr. DiChiara: Both ayurveda in general and Amrit in particular are wonderful for a prevention-based approach. Amrit is simultaneously a therapeutic as well as a preventive preparation, so it would have benefit for those who are well and want to feel even better, as well as for those who seek to regain a good state of health.

Q: It appears that it has been fulfilling for you to work with Amrit to promote the well-being of your patients.

Dr. DiChiara: Well, it's very fulfilling, because I can prescribe Amrit to patients with confidence, knowing that it won't cause any harm, knowing that it can be easily incorporated into their daily routine, knowing that a person can take it for the rest of his or her life and continue to derive benefit from it. It helps me in my goal of creating a self-sufficient patient.

Q: You are a bright light of Maharishi Ayurvedic medicine, and certainly the people of Toms River, New Jersey are very fortunate indeed to have you available to them. I want to thank you, Dr. DiChiara, for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. Thank you so much for giving us your valued time.

Dr. DiChiara: Thank you very much.

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