The Relevance of Traditional Medicine In Today’s Westernised World
Ayurveda has its roots in the ancient medical studies that originated in India thousands of years ago. It is said that great seers of ancient India acquired knowledge of Ayurveda through deep meditation and spiritual practices. They learned the human physiology and the mysteries behind the human body. Ayurveda has been written in the world’s oldest known literature- Vedas. It is believed that Ayurveda has been in existence well before the writings of Vedas and it was passed from a teacher to disciples for several generations. Ayurveda has a great influence on the evolution of medicine and beyond all over the world. Chinese medicine, Herbology and even Buddhist philosophy also reflect the learnings from the Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is, at its root, a study of integration of different elements, such as choices and thoughts, emotions and physical actions and exposure. All these cause balance or disorder, harmony or chaos. This is not just a medical science but a complete theory of human existence. According to Ayurveda’s belief, health is an experience of the mind, body and soul. Ayurveda has defined three energies namely- vata, pitta and kapha. Vata signifies natural elements that is mobile and non-material. Pitta denotes the intelligent aspect of choice which is transformative while the kapha defines physical aspects of nature. These three energies together govern the function of the entire body and any disruption in any one of these can cause diseases and discomfort. For a healthy and sound body, these three energies must be harmonised. The balance of these energise is unique to each living being. The equivalent of this unique balance is regarded by practioners in its modern day term as DNA.
Ayurveda recognises that human experiences, physically or emotionally, has impact on medical diagnosis. The study believes that due to different experiences of a person, the same medicinal combinations can react differently for different individuals. Thus, each and every action of a person impacts the balance of these three energies and therefore, the health of the body.
Western medicine has advanced at an incredible pace, robotic surgery, micro implants, new drugs and new therapies, but the role of Ayurveda still has a great importance in medicine. Ayurveda, homeotherapy, traditional medicine is still popular and widely practised in Asia.
In fact, globally, traditional medicines is increasingly used for many reasons. One is the cultural and traditional beliefs of the community and another is that it is considered natural with little or no side effects. Most of these traditional medicines are forms of Ayurveda which have been assimilated to reflect the customs and traditions of the local region. In China, 40% of all the health care services that are delivered account to traditional medicine. The same number is 71% in Chile, 40% in Columbia. In India, 65% of rural population use Ayurveda as a primary source of their health care. In a study by Professor Karl Peltzer, published on the US National Library of Medicine, over 80% of those who use Traditional Medical services in South East Asia found it to be very or somewhat helpful to treating their condition.
As countries develop, more people use a combination of traditional medicine and western medicine. At DrCommune, our doctors who practise Ayurveda and traditional medicine believe in working together with other specialist, especially modern specialist, to give the best combination of care to patients. When doctors communicate with each other and allow patients to move seamlessly through direct referral, patients will benefit.
Dr Vinod Bansal is a pioneer doctor at DrCommune.com who is an experienced Ayurvedic doctor. She is a government approved Ayurvedic physician, serving as the District Ayurvedic Officer to her community for more than 20 years now. She believes in sharing her knowledge with other doctors to benefit patients regardless of country and locale.
Connect with her and many of our other doctors who believe in working together for better patient care at DrCommune.com.