Dr. Tejal Shah BAMS, MD(Ayu), PhD(Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences)
Dr Tejal Shah has a particular interest in disorders of memory and cognition with a focus on healthy brain aging, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, women’s health, stress management, mental health, pain remediation, Panchakarma and how to follow a health restoring lifestyle including diet using Ayurvedic principles.
Dr Tejal Shah has completed her Ayurvedic degrees from the renowned Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. She did her Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS, 5 ½ years full time course) and Doctor of Medicine (MD, 3-year full time course, 2002; speciality Manasroga & Manovignan – mental disorders and mental health) from the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda which is one of India’s premier institute in Ayurveda and recently been declared as an institute of national importance dedicated to Ayurvedic studies and research by the Ministry of AYUSH, India. During her MD, Dr Shah won a travel fellowship from the World Health Organisation to present her MD thesis work on Ayurvedic management of dementia at the prestigious National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India. Dr Shah worked as a tutor for the international students of BAMS course at Gujarat Ayurved University.
Dr Shah then went on to complete her PhD in 2013 in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences from the University of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia) wherein her project was on a clinical trial investigating the effects of a lifestyle intervention comprising physical exercise and computerised brain training in Alzheimer’s dementia prevention. Dr Shah has shown that a combination of physical exercise and brain training could enhance cognition in healthy community dwelling older adults.
In India, Dr Shah has worked as honorary house physician and clinical registrar at an Ayurvedic hospital during her MD course and has completed her internship for BAMS course. She believes in a personalised approach and tailors management plans accordingly, with a focus on the three body types and their imbalances. Dr Shah is specially interested and experienced in the following:
· Panchakarma therapy
· Management of stress
· Mental health disorders
· Issues related to memory, concentration
· Managing a healthy lifestyle following Ayurvedic principles
· Women’s health
· Aches and pain