The primary task of an Ayurvedic doctor is to examine patients. You will go ahead with a particular line of treatment or refer the patient to a super-speciality doctor if the disease is found to be outside the purview of Ayurveda.
As an Ayurvedic doctor, you will have to obtain the consent of the patient before undertaking any surgical procedure. Similarly, you will also have to notify the presence of communicable disease in the patient and consent to proceed further.
Ayurvedic treatment might not cover all types of diseases. Therefore it is your duty not to neglect the need for advanced care or emergency medical attention. Besides, you should avoid experimentation on your patient as it can potentially risk the healing process. If you don’t find any solution to a particular ailment, you should not resort to “hit and trial” methods, rather you should refer the patient to a specialist instead.
It is the duty of the Ayurvedic physician to give the patient all necessary instruction and information so that he/she gets a better understanding of the ailments. For example, as an Ayurvedic doctor, you will inform the patient about the treatment required and respect his/her right to get a second opinion as well as the right to seek alternative forms of treatment.
Patients treated may require regular meetings with the Ayurvedic doctor. Say you are treating someone who is suffering from a chronic stomach ailment. The patient might have to visit you multiple times for consultation. You will be expected to maintain a record of the treatment plan until its conclusion.
Ayurvedic doctors treat patients suffering from various ailments. As a doctor specialising in this discipline, you should be a good communicator and be able to explain the treatment plan and the approach to a patient. Being an alternative form of treatment, sound communication skills are very important so that a patient is convinced about the authenticity and ability of the treatment.
As an Ayurvedic doctor, you will need to be patient and must show empathy and be well-behaved with patients. Ayurvedic treatment isn't about instant relief. Therefore patience both on the part of the doctor as well as the patient is very important. Good behaviour by the doctor will foster a long-term relationship with the patient and also present Ayurvedic treatment in a positive light.
As an Ayurvedic doctor, you should be enthusiastic about sharing knowledge, participate in workshops and training, impart education and spread the awareness of Ayurveda.
In order to increase the knowledge of Ayurveda as well as awareness among people towards alternative treatment and your practice, your presentation and branding skills are very crucial.