Rishi Sodhi died on January 25, 2006 in a fatal car accident at the tender age of 16. Rishi had all charm of life: he was an excellent student, a caring and loving son; had a firm faith in God, was a great brother and friend, and above all, a concerned human being. He had an unshaken belief in natural medicine and used it all his life and even suggested some products to his friends.

He was keen to go into dentistry and explore the possibility of bridging the eastern healing system with the western.The Rishi Sodhi Research Foundation is a non-profit organization started by Dr. Virender and Rekha Sodhi in loving memory of their son. The purpose of this Foundation is to sponsor research studies to help bridge the gap between different healing modalities, to reduce suffering and to fulfill Rishi’s dream to serve humanity in a compassionate way. These studies will be conducted both in India and the United States.

Below are some of the main goals the foundation wishes to establish:

  • Support Integrative Medicine
  • Sponsor research studies that will utilize the technology of modern medicine and the healing powers of alternative medicine.
  • Provide education to practitioners to combine the best of alternative and traditional medicine for the overall wellbeing of the patient
  • Educate teens about safe driving practices.

Following activities has been done through Rishi Sodhi Research Foundation:

1. The Rishi Sodhi Cardiology Seminar

Bridging the gap between alternative and traditional medicine.

The Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians supported CE credits to NDs for attending the first Annual “Rishi Sodhi Cardiology Seminar” on May 6th, 2006 at the McCormick & Schmicks in Seattle, WA. The purpose of this seminar was to fill in the undeniable gap between Alternative medicine and Traditional Allopathic medicine. This event brought together two highly respected speakers: Dr. Sanjeev Vaderah MD, FRCPC and Dr. Virender Sodhi MD (Ayurveda), ND.

2. Harnessing Inflammation

Bridging the gap between alternative and traditional medicine.

Dr.Thoms DePuydt MD, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mark Weber DC, a Chiropractor and Dr.Virender Sodhi MD ( Ayurved) ND presented a comprehensive approach in harnessing inflammation on October 10, 2007.

3.Hepatitis C, outcome of one year study on Ayurvedic treatment in combination with Interferon and Ribavirin

Bridging the gap between alternative and traditional medicine.

Principal Investigator Dr. Rakesh Sharma MD, Dr. Virender Sodhi MD(Ayurved) ND It is estimated that over 3.9 million people in the US and over 200 million people worldwide have HCV. Dr. Sodhi have been following number of patients with Hepatitis C for the last twenty years using Ayurvedic therapies. Almost all the patients noticed considerable drop in hepatitis C RNA PCR . Most of the patients on Ayurvedic nutritional therapies and Ayurvedic herbal supplements were able to keep the Hepatits C RNA PCR below 300,000 as long as they were following the suggested treatment. There are ten patients who also opted to get pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin along with Ayurvedic therapies and herbal supplements. All these patients became negative from the virus and experienced very few common side effects of the pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin treatment. A study was conducted through Rishi Sodhi Research foundation in India. Twenty one patients with hepatitis C positive between the ages of 27-35 were taken in to study. Out of twenty one patients one was also positive for hepatitis B. All have elevated liver enzymes. Genotyping was not done due to non-availability of the test in the area and also due to financial considerations.

Outcome of the study:

70% patients were free of viral load , 30% dropped viral load significantly up to one year. Liver function normalized after three months and remained normal through out the study. We used interferon instead of pegylated Interferon due to cost. We did not do genotyping testing due to non-availability and cost factor.