Need of Ayurveda in today’s word
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Need of Ayurveda in today’s word
The main aim of Ayurveda has been described as “Ayurveda not merely being a system of medicine, but a way of life”.
Its objective is to accomplish physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being by adopting preventive and promotive approaches as well as treating disease with a holistic approach.
What you eat, where you live, even the colours you are attracted to can be explained by Ayurveda.
In today’s world we have lost the tradition of the holistic way of living and we are running behind material desires ignoring our health.
Ayurveda has many more principles and a strong foundation of years of practice rather than just prescribing medicines. It teaches us how to balance our lifestyle with different things.
The Global Ayurveda: future medicine
Though efficient enough the old heritage of Ayurvedic healing has faced lot of struggle to mark it’s place along with the conventional medicine.
The eight decade of 20th century witnessed third upsurge in the popularity of Ayurveda among Westerners. There is an economic aspect to this trend too people in western world typically pay out of pockets for traditional medicines.
So, Ayurveda is receiving momentum as an effective alternative to the conventional system of medicine by virtue of its systematic approach to cure and prevent ailments using natural resources. Ayurveda has emerged as effective preventive medicines and providing answers to various unsolved health problems.
Today, Ayurveda is extending its roots across India becoming a global holistic medicine.
CHIKITSA CHATUSPADA – 4 limbs of a successful treatment
It is the first of its kind to be explained in any medical book, are the 4 limbs of treatment or medical system or hospital management explained in Ayurvedic texts essential for effective healing.The treatment line-up or hospital protocol too becomes incomplete or imbalanced in the absence of any one of the above said 4 limbs. They are as follows-
भिषग्द्रव्याण्युपस्थाता रोगी पादचतुष्टयम्।चिकित्सितस्य निर्दिष्टं प्रत्येकं तञ्चतुर्गुणम्॥
1.The Bhishak (Physician)- The Doctor forms the most important limb of the medical system / treatment lineup / protocol. He is an important member without whom the effective treatment protocol cannot be accomplished. He is the person who diagnoses the disease of the patient and plans up a line of treatment projected towards effective healing of the disease and the diseased in question.
“दक्षस्तीर्थात्थशास्त्रार्थो दृष्टकर्मा शुचिर्भिषक्”।
The Ayurvedic doctor should be-
Daksha: Brilliant, Intelligent, Skilled, Analytical, Wise, Judicious.
Shastrartha: Perfect theoretical knowledge
Drushtakarma: Unparalleled practical knowledge and exposure
Shuchi: Purity, Clean by mind, body and thoughts
2.Dravya – The Medicine or Drug, Full-fledged Pharmacy:
Once the disease has been identified and diagnosed by the physician, the implementation of suitable medicines (drugs, herbs, treatment) towards healing of the disease and diseased comes into question. The medicines may be prepared (as in Ayurvedic pharmacies) or dispensed as in pharmacies or prescribed to be sought for in drug stores. The pharmacy needs to be full-fledged so that all the necessary medicines are available readily when the need sets in.
बहुकल्पं बहुगुणं सम्पन्न्ं योग्यमौषधम्”॥
The Ayurvedic medicine should be-
Bahukalpam: It could be used in many formulations or it should readily fit as an ingredient in many formulations
Sampannam:grown in ideal conditions and suitable climate, non-contaminated or infested with worms and insects.
Yogyam:Readily used in the targeted disease or in prevention of a disease, should fulfill many roles in the healing process.
3.Upasthatha: Care-takers, Attendants, Nursing and Support Staff:
The patient needs someone to care for and provide him or her with the prescribed medicines at proper time, to be affectionate, provides good diet and gives selfless service by keeping themselves at the disposal of the patient. Nursing and support staff at hospital, family and friends at home fulfil the role of Upasthatha. The process of healing becomes difficult in the absence of these kind hearted people.
“अनुरक्तः शुचिर्दक्षो बुद्धिमान् परिचारकः”।
Anuraktaha: Kind hearted
Shuchi: Purity, Clean by mind, body and thoughts:
Daksha: Analytical, Wise, Judicious, Have situational understanding
4.Rogi- The Patient:
If there is no disease, there is no patient and if there is no patient there is no doctor or hospital. The treatment line-up is mainly drafted targeting the Patient or diseased. Thus the patient forms another important limb of the treatment protocol.
“आढ्यो रोगी भिषग्वश्यो ज्ञापकः सत्त्ववानपि”॥
Aadhya: Rich, wealthy- able to bear the cost of the medicine
Bhisak vashya: Obedient, submissive, under the control and supervision of doctor, surrendering nature
Gnaapakaha: Good memory to foolow instruction properly, should be in senses and consciousness
Satvavan: Strong by body, mind, should not be timid by nature, and co-operate with the doctor by all means.