The traditional kitchen of Ayurveda has a dabba – a round container with smaller sections for easily finding spices. Though each dabba contains different items depending on the household, all are commonly used as spices and enhancers of food. Their medicinal value and their dose and use will be discussed.

Bio – Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH, MD, PhD, serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dept of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She practices holistic family medicine in Manhattan and specializes in projects related to herbal medicines and Ayurveda. Her research interests for the past 30 years focus on the translational interface of indigenous medical wisdom with mainstream biomedical science. Prior to her PhD, she was Attending Physician and Director of Research for ten years at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, NY Presbyterian Healthcare System. Her academic career includes B.A.(UPenn-neuroscience),M.A.(Columbia-pharmacology/neuroscience),M.P.H.(Harvard-international health), M.D. (Rush Univ Chicago) with residency training in urban family medicine (Columbia/NY Presby) and in preventive medicine (Mount Sinai, NY), a course in integrative nutrition(Teachers College-Columbia), a 2013-2014 Fulbright award to study ancient concepts of immunity in Ayurveda, and a mid-career PhD (Banaras Hindu University) in Ayurvedic ancient chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology focused on polyherbal formulations and metallo-mineral medicines used effectively for diabetes. Dr. Bhattacharya has authored several technical papers in Ayurveda and delivered over 300 invited presentations globally on ancient medical systems, including talks at the United Nations, the NIH, AYUSH-India, the World Ayurveda Congress, and for World AIDS Day and the World Bank. She received the AMA’s national leadership award and was recently awarded Fulbright Specialist 2018-2021 in Global Public Health specializing in Integrative Medicine. A documentary film on her work, Healers: Journey into Ayurveda is shown on The Discovery Channel. Her book Everyday Ayurveda is a national bestseller published by Penguin Random House in 2015.

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya

MPH, MD, PhD
Building Your Dabba: 10 Spices for Detoxifying and Enriching the Diet.