Premal Patel, MD
Currently Resides: Houston, TX
Hometown: Houston, TX
Board-certified in Family Practice, Premal followed completion of residency training with studies at the Ayurvedic Institute. She has served on faculty for the Ayurvedic Institute and on the NAMA Board of Directors, continues to facilitate the Ayurvedic module for the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and has authored a chapter on Ayurveda and women’s health in the book, Integrative Women’s Health.
Premal has been married for over 15 years and appreciates the support of a husband and many close friends who love Ayurveda and always push Premal towards her higher self. She also enjoys the loving warmth of her two golden retrievers who also receive the benefits of Ayurveda.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ayurveda is the lens through which I see the world—vata, pitta, and kapha, and satva, rajas, and tamas. I have been blessed to have some amazing teachers, and am much more understanding of a world in which all the principles of Ayurveda dance. A “pitta’d or vata’d out” husband is much easier to handle when one has the principles of Ayurveda to lean on—a nice bowl of ice cream or a warm oil massage always does the trick!
Which Banyan products are you currently using and why?
My first and favorite Banyan product is Mahanarayan oil. It feels great almost anytime—stiff neck, after a work-out, during meditation retreats, and even for a full body massage. I also use Lung Formula and a neti pot during times when my allergies are acting up.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
My two dominant doshas are pitta and kapha, and those are the two most likely to go out of balance. For kapha, when the weather is cold and wet, and my diet is heavy (like a cheesy pizza!), congestion and phlegmy wheezing show up with a vengeance—then I use pranayama, hot tea, pippali, and licorice tea to calm things down. And if I have been out roaming around on an intensely sunny day (during the good ‘ole Texas summer), and then I add spicy food to the mix, pitta is bound to get imbalanced—and I’ll end up a little irritable and sharp, often with a good case of diarrhea; but it’s nothing a little aloe vera, shitali pranayama or a refreshing glass of coconut water can’t fix.
Favorite place in the world?
In the company of good friends, laughing my head off.
“Be more eager for truth than for success.” —The Mother
How do you make a difference in your community/world?
By working on my own shortcomings, insecurities, and mistakes; and by simultaneously remembering my true nature—love, truth, eternal divinity.
Favorite sattvic meal/recipe?
Plain kitchari—just with cumin, salt, turmeric, and ghee—made runny and served hot!