Anand Dhruva (MD)

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Ayurvedic Oncologist
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine


Anand Dhruva, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Dhruva is on the Hematology-Oncology faculty at UCSF, and is a graduate of the distant-learning Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona.

He completed his training in internal medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and completed his hematology and medical oncology fellowship at UCSF in 2006.

He has a particular interest in Ayurvedic medicine and conducts research on Ayurveda and yoga. As a practicing medical oncologist, Dr. Dhruva is well acquainted with the standard approaches to cancer and the concerns of patients with cancer. He works in the modality of integrative oncology, which employs a holistic approach to healing, utilizes evidence whenever possible, emphasizes the patient-practitioner relationship, and makes use of all appropriate approaches to health.

The goals of his practice are to integrate safe, effective, and individualized complementary healing approaches into standard cancer care and survivorship. Dr. Dhruva’s practice is open to adults living with or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. His practice also includes Ayurvedic lifestyle consultation and integrative medicine consultations for all patients.

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Interview Summary

Originally trained as a medical doctor in Oncology, Anand Dhruva has more recently trained in Integrative Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine which he has been focusing on for the past decade or so.

With his background in oncology, Anand has found himself focusing on patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, or who have just come out of conventional treatment. He strongly believes that there needs to be more attention given to treating patients post cancer physically, emotionally and mentally.

In the video he outlines some of the Ayurvedic concepts for us, like the doshas, vata, pitta and kapha, and he describes a recently completed study that looks at a four-month Ayurvedic approach to recovery that includes diet, lifestyle practices, yoga, and marma, a type of acupressure. Anand goes on to detail some practical tips for people to follow at home including nutrition and digestion, teas, oils for massage, oil pulling or swishing, the Ayurvedic approach to enemas, and meditation.

This conversation leaves us with a greater understanding of the role Ayurveda can play in the cancer journey and how we can help ourselves.

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