Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik
Tuesday, March 8
The endocrine system is a collection of glands throughout your body, and includes the thyroid gland, thymus gland, pituitary gland, pineal gland, adrenal gland, pancreas, parathyroid, testes, and ovaries.
These glands secrete a variety of hormones, which travel to specific target organs via the bloodstream, and have specific functions such as regulating growth, metabolism, temperature, and reproductive development. Like the nervous system, the endocrine system acts as a signaling pathway, although hormones are slower acting than nerve impulses. Endocrine signals can last from a few hours to a few weeks. The main control center for the organs in the endocrine system is the brain’s hypothalamus.
Endocrine disorders, which include diabetes, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s Disease, adrenal fatigue – among others – are typically grouped into two categories:
*Endocrine disorders that result when a gland produces too much or too little of an endocrine hormone, creating a hormone imbalance.
* Endocrine disorders due to the development of lesions (such as nodules or tumors) in the endocrine system, which may or may not affect hormone levels.
Symptoms include fatigue and weakness. Treatment is complex – as hormones are interrelated and treating one may adversely affect another. Ayurveda takes a whole body approach to treatment.
About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY.
With over 35 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America and is the recipient of the Dhanwantri Award, his profession’s highest honor. Dr. Kaushik recently founded the Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences, a research and teaching institution.
After completing the 6 ½ years of schooling for his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Kurukshetra University, India, in 1983, Dr. Kaushik worked as an Ayurvedic Medical Officer for two years.
Upon moving to the United States in 1985, Dr. Kaushik received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Alabama in 1988. He then worked as an Epidemiologist and Director of HIV/AIDS Sero-surveillance Program with the Alabama Department of Public Health in Birmingham while maintaining an Ayurvedic practice.
In 1999 he moved to Connecticut and received his Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 2003. He taught Ayurvedic Medicine and Public Health at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport, as well as serving as the Director of Admissions there. He has been a faculty member with the University of Bridgeport, Division of Health Sciences since 2001. Dr. Kaushik co-founded the Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies in Fairfield, CT in 2006.
Dr. Kaushik lectures on Ayurvedic Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, as well as at various national and international symposiums and events. He also offers courses, workshops, lectures, and training in Ayurvedic medicine locally. Dr. Kaushik is an approved continuing education provider for Yoga teachers through the YACEP (Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Providers) and has achieved the highest Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certificate having completed 500 hours of training (E-RYT 500). He includes therapeutic Yoga in his practice.
Each year, Dr. Kaushik and his family travel to India to set up camps offering free medical care for underserved populations. He’d like to expand this service to other countries as well.
Dr. Kaushik brings his unique background as an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic practitioner with experience in public health and health education to this locality. He welcomes you into his wellness community.
Top photograph by Nathan Trampe