Dr Rupinder Singh Sidhu, commonly known as Dr Raj is a qualified, experienced naturopathic and ayurvedic practitioner, graduated from and . He has many years experience treating chronic or difficult cases with success. His wife and colleague is Claudia Sidhu, a hair diagnostician who has managed their private practice for 15 years. When they emigrated from Australiathey relinquished a well established practice, and they have now moved to the cleaner air of Christchurch New Zealand.
Raj has treated a wide range of people suffering a range of ailments - from the common cold to asthma, metabolic disorders, liver problems, anaemia, depression, hair loss, rheumatism, hypertension, and more. Raj looks at a different picture - instead of looking for a specific disease, he analyzes his patient’s whole body, their physical and psychical condition, to find what might be out of balance. Once he identifies the particular “dosha” (or energy) that is aggravated beyond its normal state, then he is able to formulate preparations for each patient’s individual needs in accordance with their constitution, in order to be able to effect a cure.
Can you explain what Ayurveda is and where it comes from?
Ayurveda, from the Sanskrit word meaning "science of life and longevity", is the world's most ancient system of preventive health care. Developed in over 7,000 years ago, it is a natural approach to creating balance between mind and body and to strengthening the body's healing abilities. It has a philosophy, a lifestyle and a healing system. Ayurveda is filled with real-life stories of people who struggled with chronic, degenerative and terminal illnesses, but found help with custom-made Ayurvedic herbal medicines. Many of these people were at first sceptical about Ayurvedic herbal treatment – as perhaps you are today. However, their experience after undergoing our ayurvedic treatment has changed their life and their health for the better.
My experience is based on many thousands of patients from , and , all of whom entered the highly fascinating world of Ayurvedic medicine. While before it had appeared strange and foreign to them, they now found that they could achieve a better quality of life by integrating their body, mind and spirit. Nowadays medical newspapers and scientists all over the world are taking a closer look at Ayurveda, to understand how it works and the promises that it may hold for the future.
What are the main differences between Ayurveda and conventional medicine?
The first and foremost difference between ancient Ayurvedic medicine and modern medicine is that Ayurveda is a complete health care system. Secondly, Ayurvedic medicines don’t have any of the side effects typically experienced with conventional medicines. The third and final main difference is that we work on the cause instead of the symptoms. You might ask - how is this done? Take the case of someone who has arthritis with symptoms of swelling and pain as an example. What we try to find out is how this condition is being created. What is the cause? And what is triggering the pain our patient is feeling? What has caused the swelling and the pain? There are so many blocks in such a situation - one block is pushing another. We must work through all the blocks so that we can finally target the primary block causing the symptoms and recreate the original balance.
Another distinctive feature of ChaMunda Ayurveda is that our customized medicines work simultaneously on the mind, the body and the emotions. They work on all of these levels together, not just the physical. We acknowledge that every individual is unique - not all people are the same. The mind works differently in everyone. This also sets Ayurveda apart from conventional medicine, which doesn't take people's individual differences into account.
What methods do you use at ChaMunda Ayurveda clinic to improve your individual patient’s quality of life?
First of all, we identify the cause of the imbalance and all its possible solutions through the pulse diagnosis. The pulse diagnosis is a traditional Ayurvedic method of locating disorder in the body and is particularly regarded as one of the most accurate tools in an Ayurvedic doctor’s arsenal. Every organ can be located through the pulse and can tell us of its medical history, its present condition, and whether it is healthy or beginning to fail. We can then determine which solution is most appropriate for the individual using this information.
What is your message for people suffering from serous diseases?
People should never lose hope, no matter what. You may find the right person with the right attitude and the right eye who can look at things from a holistic point of view. I think there is always a way out.
For further information or for consultation with Dr Raj Sidhu please contact ChaMunda Ayurveda Clinic, Christchurch, Telephone (03) 348 6161 or visit the clinic’s website at