For cancer patients, the power of Ayurveda offers simple, effective palliative care, says American integrative psychiatrist Dr. Judith Pentz

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Author of Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul (Mango Publishing) speaks on ‘deep, powerful, sustainable’ practices at Nagpur, India, conference

Integrative healing benefits everyone because it calms the senses and nourishes at so many levels.

The integrative healing power of Ayurveda offers simple and effective ways to alleviate the suffering that too often accompanies cancer, says American integrative psychiatrist Dr. Judith E. Pentz, who will speak Jan. 12 at the Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer Management conference at the Psychiatric Society in Nagpur, India.

For many years, Pentz’s research on her forthcoming book, Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul (Mango Publishing, Spring 2020) has brought her to Nagpur in search of ways to break past the limits of allopathic medicine, especially in mental health. With the support of Sunil Joshi, M.D. (Ayu), who leads the Vinayak Panchakarma Chikitsalaya clinic in Nagpur, Pentz says, she has found Ayurveda “to be the most balancing, complete medical approach in maintaining and returning to a level of well-being.”

Now Pentz will share ways that Ayurveda can improve quality of life for cancer patients. The conference, which is presented in association with Vidarbha Psychiatric Association Academy of Medical Sciences, brings together psychiatrists and other physicians treating patients with cancer.

In the United States, Pentz leads a program in the department of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico that educates psychiatric trainees in the University of Arizona’s integrative medicine module.

The opportunity to present this work to psychiatrists in India has tremendous implications for palliative care, as well as preventive well-being. “Basic nutritional changes can quickly improve the quality of a person’s life,” she says. “Integrative healing benefits everyone because it calms the senses and nourishes at so many levels."

Pentz first met conference host Dr. Vivek Kirpekar, a psychiatrist in Nagpur, in 2011 when she shared her approaches to applying Ayurveda to nutritional choices for mental health patients.

In Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul, Pentz tells about her search to find a healing for her psychiatric clients that couldn’t be found in mainstream practices. “There must be a better way,” she thought, and so she traveled to India for an ancient ayurvedic cleanse—panchakarma—and found more than healing practices for her clients. She found a way to return to her soul.

Her story is woven through this practical, accessible book that invites readers to participate in transformative ways to heal what they thought could never be healed. “The experience changed me at the cellular level,” she says. “That is why the changes it brings are powerful, deep and sustainable.”

Dr. Judith Pentz is available for interviews on:

  • Palliative support for cancer patients through Ayurveda
  • Sustainable wellness through the ayurvedic practice of panchakarma
  • Simple, practical daily habits of self-care
  • Self-care for the caregiver
  • Integrative practices such as nutritional support and mind/body/spirit techniques

About Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul

Coming Spring 2020 from Mango Publishing.

Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul offers a practical map for creating sustainable life changes that promote well-being. Written by American integrative psychiatrist Dr. Judith Pentz, Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul provides not only the tools and practices of the Ayurveda—it provides a compassionate yet compelling path that bridges Western and Eastern audiences. “So many of us yearn to say with authority that we have been able to expand into being much more present in our lives, to experience our lives through new eyes—this book takes you there,” Pentz says.

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