Interview with Dr. Rajas Nitsure, who spent years in research to bring these healing smoke therapies into modern living with herbal bidi-like form and paper-rolled sticks.
What is Dhoom-pan?
Dhoom- Paan is a part of Ayurveda that prescribes medicines to be ingested via smoke. Anyone who has studied Ayurveda or is familiar with its heritage knows how well it recognises the benefits of smoke. The medicinal potential of igniting and inhaling the smoke of certain herbs is tremendous. To those of you who know the home remedies for certain ailments like sinus, cough and cold is the smoke of burnt garlic, ajwain, licorice or cinnamon, or have known that a lady who has recently delivered a baby is often exposed to the smoke of select herbs for early recovery, this is exactly what smoke therapy through a key-hole. Medicines that are taken via mouth often take a while longer to show their impact, smoke therapy provides almost instant relief. The usage of smoke therapy is far and wide and we are just scratching the surface here.
Little about Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years.
My grandfather, Vaidya Anant Nitsure was revered for his excellent diagnosis of illness. He practiced medicine from the early 1950s till the late 1990s. I have been witness to his practice and testimony of his success. More on him in separate blogs. He kept on studying, experimenting, inventing and reinventing his technique throughout his lifetime. One of the most effective techniques he discovered was that of Dhoom-Paan. He perfected the science by practicing it on himself and only then did he begin prescribing it to patients. Due to his relentless effort and contribution to the technique of Dhoom-Paan, he is referred to as the ‘Father of Smoke Therapy’. I watched him practice this technique for years and decided to take his legacy forward.
Right after my graduation my intense desire to research herbal blends for smoke therapy and make it more accessible for everyone took on my journey of discovery. Travelling across India, handpicking herbs from various parts, trying out its blends, finding the right fixatives to keep it together and importantly – maintaining a pleasant taste; the road was winding with no end in sight, just a goal in mind!. Creating a modern formulation of traditional knowledge was my only aim. Through 18 years of intense research, finally, I present to you a product that is closest to perfection. It is easily palatable and completely chemical-free. You can check out Maruk & Temburi here (link)
How it fits with Ayurveda
Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy—an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics—which comprises their own constitution. With years of research and tonnes of textual knowledge for support, Maruk blends are made to accommodate every body type. It would not hamper your health in any way. Of course, anything in excess is poison!
The herbs are carefully selected to soothe your senses, have a lasting flavour and create a great experience.