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Regaining Balance With Regenesis MD

Regenesis MD founder Dr. Bhavna Vaidya-Tank reflects that the best term to describe her multi-faceted practice—whose name stems from the idea of “regeneration”—is balance.

Dr. Vaidya-Tank

“Fundamentally, that goal of ‘balance’ is what integrative medicine is all about,” she explains. “It recognizes that it is the interplay of all aspects of the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of our lives that affects our health. Thus, our practice is built on the firm belief that treating health problems must also be holistic.

“Often,” she notes, “when a patient has a health issue, they will seek specialized care—focusing only on a single symptom or problems. But when they come to us at Regenesis MD, we will work with them to carefully and completely assess all aspects of who they are and guide them on the path to achieve deeper and broader levels of health.”

Additionally, says Dr. Vaidya-Tank, “at Regenesis MD, we understand the importance of balancing the physical and the aesthetic in achieving health. The symbolism of the lotus flower in the Regenesis MD logo speaks to that. The lotus flower is beautiful and it grows in dirt—it needs dirt to grow. We often remind our clients—and ourselves—that even if we have a really bad physical or emotional environment or bad genetics, we can still regenerate, we can still be beautiful, we can still have great health. That was the whole idea underlying the Regenesis MD practice.”

External Pressures Cause Internal Imbalances

“You could say that an imbalance is at the root of all health problems,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “Our bodies are a collection of beautiful, complex systems that function together to enable us to grow, thrive, and heal. But, because these systems are interrelated, a problem—an imbalance—in one area can produce systemic problems. Stress, toxins, trauma, insufficient rest or exercise, emotional distress—all can throw the system off-balance and put us on a path to ill health.”

And, unfortunately, in today’s world, observes Dr. Vaidya-Tank, the things that knock us off balance start early. “Our children are bombarded with so many external influences, from their electronics to seeing so much violence. They grow up faster. Then, as adults, a lot is expected of us as well. Our days off are not really days off. Our work days are crammed with so much that it’s difficult to maintain balance. So, we talk about sleep, but we’re often doing chemically induced sleep. We talk about food, but we’re not eating where we’re actually enjoying our family or our food. Our food isn’t grown in beautiful soil, which helps make it nutritious.

“We say that we want to be perfectly aligned and have a perfect balance. But I see a lot of people who come to me and they’re just trying to keep the fires going.”

To illustrate, Dr. Vaidya-Tank describes one such patient—whom we’ll call Adele—who came to Regenesis MD complaining of increasing fatigue that made her complicated life even more challenging. Adele and her husband, both business owners, set high standards, says Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “They are achievers. They want to function highly with six hours of sleep. They want to be like Superwoman, Superman!”

The path to restoring balance for Adele took many turns, starting with fundamental basics—such as increasing restorative sleep and reducing stress—and progressing to individually targeted therapies to support immune function and reduce systemic toxic burdens. These therapies resulted in a pivotal shift for Adele, who exclaimed: “I’m feeling like I have all this energy and I don’t know what to do with it!”

While that outcome is the goal many of Dr. Vaidya-Tank’s patients seek, the doctor cautions: “It takes time. It took about a year and a half for us to get there; it’s a lot of work. And it’s all about achieving balance—but not just with hormones or an IV. It’s also about helping her find balance in her life.
“If there’s chemical balance or hormonal imbalance, we can fix that—and we do. In fact, that’s often where we need to start. But if there’s imbalance in your moods, with the way you connect to people you love and cherish, you also have to balance that.” And, indeed, Adele needed to work with a health coach, her husband, and a family therapist, in order to regain this broader balance.

Warning Signs of Imbalance

Dr. Vaidya-Tank observes that many people ignore the warning signs of imbalance in their bodies and in their lives. “We often downplay the frequent headaches or sleep problems as ‘minor problems.’ But if you’re regularly reaching for medication to fix your headache, your constipation, diarrhea, or to help you sleep; if you find yourself ‘fixing’ these ‘minor’ problems all the time, there’s something wrong—and it’s not minor!”

It's so important to remember, she says, “that health is about our whole selves—not only our physical selves, but who we are emotionally, mentally, and aesthetically; and it’s also about how we relate to each other.

“So, if you’re angry or upset and thinking it’s always someone else’s fault; or you’re continually frustrated with your job; or you’re unhappy with everything—there’s something wrong. If you hate the way your skin looks or the way you feel about yourself, or you don’t recognize yourself anymore—there’s something wrong. If your weight has changed more than 15-20 percent from what it used to be, something’s going on.

“And think about your family relationships: are you having at least one or two meals with your family and loved ones a week? If you’re not, there’s something wrong. You need some help.”

Finding Your Balance: A Personal Process

For Dr. Vaidya-Tank, the pursuit of balance is a personal practice not just a professional one. She finds the key pillars to maintaining equilibrium may include therapies such as regular acupuncture, but they also include appreciating love and loved ones, spirituality, and giving back to the community—all of which nurture a balance that makes her feel centered and connected.

“Spiritual places where people can go and gather are wonderful resources for finding and restoring balance,” she says. “I find that going to my temple is of huge benefit in my life; it centers me and it is a place where I can de-stress. That spiritual connection—wherever you find it—is so important.”

And Dr. Vaidya-Tank reminds us that all her healing work has a single goal: to enable her patients to feel their best and thus be able to savor their lives. “Above all: enjoy your family. Enjoy the love that you have. Because it really does help.”