PhD Student Dinesh Gyawali
Teaching a course in Nepal about the use of medicinal plants
Participating in a promotional campaign for Enlightened Leadership International
Dr. Dinesh Gyawali – An Expert in Ayurveda and Herbology
PhD student Dinesh Gyawali studied ayurvedic medicine and surgery at the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, and worked at various private and government clinics in Nepal. He also earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology from Tribhuvan University and a postgraduate diploma in social health and counseling from Macquarie University, Australia.
Dr. Gyawali feels that he can have the greatest impact on people’s health through education. For example, while working in Nepal he hosted a radio program on ayurveda, teaching people about simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can significantly improve their health.
In 2006 Dr. Gyawali presented a research paper at the World Ayurveda Congress in India, which landed him an invitation to Maharishi European Research University in Holland. After that he stayed in touch with the Transcendental Meditation program organization and eventually learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique.
“TM impressed me a lot. I did a lot of research on its effects,” he said. “The day you practice it you have the good feeling right away, it has instant results.” Dr. Gyawali hopes to learn the TM-Sidhi® program this summer.
Dr. Gyawali is now pursuing his PhD in physiology and health and assisting faculty with teaching and research using his extensive knowledge of herbology. In that capacity, he will be giving health consultations along with Dr. Jim Davis at the soon-to-be-opening Integrative Health Clinic on campus. He is also planning to implement a widespread planting of medicinal plants based on the Vedic calendar. “Being in contact with herbs has medicinal power so I want to plant as much as possible on campus,” he said.
He is also a member of the Enlightened Leadership Program at MUM and a principal organizer for Enlightened Leadership International in Nepal.