GREEN FINGERS

This doctor heals minds with ecotherapy

Petal power: Dr Goel’s clinic, adorned with plants, is a cynosure of all eyes

This doctor heals minds with ecotherapy

Dr Nirdosh Goel, a psychiatrist, in his garden. Photo: Sarabjit Singh

Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, June 7

Dr Nirdosh Goel (64), a former head of the Department of Psychiatry, Civil Hospital, who has bagged laurels for his famous works in the district, is now popular in his area because of his ‘Green House’. Living in the Green Park Colony in the city, his clinic is also a cynosure of all eyes. One can gauge Dr Goel’s love for greens as one passes by his house.

Plants stimulate happy hormones

  • Dr Nirdosh Goel says plants release chemical called pheromones which influence the dopamine and GABA levels in a person’s body. A person feels happy when these levels become normal and lifts up their mood which makes a patient feel good.

There is also a small area outside the house where he has grown several plants. He is a true admirer of nature and environment. Goel was always inclined towards the greens. Not just his house, his clinic also dons the look of a green corner which he believes helps in healing the minds of people. The visitors can’t help but appreciate his efforts of coming up with the unique idea of ecotherapy. “It makes the heart and mind of people suffering from psychological issues happy and healthy. This corner has become so famous among people that they even come and click their selfies here,” Dr Goel said. Almost every area of his home is decorated with radiant pots, flowers, and trees. During monsoons, his house becomes a special attraction, with numerous yellow, pink, red, mauve, orange, flowers giving a pleasing and dazzling look.

“Whenever I go out with my wife, she looks for fresh vegetables, and I look for a new variety of flower,” he laughs. He ensures that he gets the best of the varieties of the plants from various parts of the region. Dr Goel has a full-time gardener tending his greens. “I don’t compromise with my plants whenever it comes to looking after them,” he adds.

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