Ayurveda The Ancient Indian Medical System May Be The Way To Go

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Jan 04, 2017 11:31 AM EST

PUNE, INDIA - JUNE 23: Dr Ganesh Rakh spends time with his daughter Tanisha at a playground June 23, 2016 in Pune, India. Dr Ganesh Rakh, in a bid to change societal attitudes towards women, has been providing free medical care for female patients at his hospital, the Medicare Hospital, for 5 years. In a country where a traditional preference for boys and an easy availability of sex screening has resulted in a skewed gender ratio, Dr Rakh saw how upset families were when a girl was born. He decided to wave the delivery fee for newborn girls and celebrate their births. He also gives free vaccines for girls, and is giving free care and plastic surgery for burn and acid attack victims. His hospital is struggling to keep up financially, it survives almost solely on fees from male patients, but Dr Rakh says he will keep fighting to change attitudes towards women in Indian society. (Photo : Photo by Allison Joyce via Getty Images)

Ayurveda the ancient medical system from India has found liking all across the globe, specially by people interested in alternate medicines.Its an holistic approach claimed to work wonders on many levels beyond physical realm but Is Ayurveda and Science really a match made in heaven is the concern that needs to be addressed for its wide acceptance.

According to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) U.S., Ayurveda (Ayu = Life; Veda = Science or Knowledge) has its roots deep into the history of medical science. Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita(200 BC - 400 BC) and Ashthanga Hridaya of Vagbhata consist of detailed description of utility and medicinal value of 700 herbs and 6000 formulations whereas Madhab Nidan (800 AD) shows over 5000 signs and symptoms. Its undoubtedly a vast field of study and research.

In Ayurveda the concept of Prakriti or Mother Nature has been considered to play a central role, around which a cohesion of the body, senses, mind and spirit work as a unit. Ayurveda offers detailed guidance of application in scientific notions like therapeutics, food, nutrition and diet. Its effectiveness and prowess have been accepted in many reputed institutions of countries like Germany, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland and the United States.

The understanding about Ayurveda can only come from studying its very roots as it goes back hundreds of years in human history and then only its association with the ever evolving modern medical science can be possible.

According to NCBI due to lack of physical evidence modern medical practitioners often doubt Ayurveda's effectiveness. Only documentation of practice supporting these claims and researches evaluating the various theories, medicines and procedures to be used in ayurveda can gauge its scientific authenticity.

As per Ayurvedic scholar Dr. JLN Sastry Ayurveda can be the perfect answer to modern day woes of deadly diseases like dengue and chikungunya, heart ailments and gastroenteritis. In an interview with the Zee Media Group Dr. Sastry said that he is very hopeful of ayurveda finding a place in modern medical system. Even if not entirely but in parts it may be incorporated.

Reportedly India is the only country having a separate ministry for Ayurveda known as "Ayush" . There are also plans to set an exclusive Ayurveda related medicine department within All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) the premiere healthcare Hospital and Research Institute in Indian capital New Delhi.

In private sector the Indian company "Dabur" has set an ideal example of modern day science incorporating Ayurveda. Dabur's rare collection of medicinal herbs has got it much ahead of its competitors, starting from a downmarket by lane medicine of Kolkata (India) the company has grown into a multi billion corporation.

Million of consumers trust in Dabur's Ayurvedic product suggests there is scope for its wider perhaps global usage. The union of Ayurveda and Science is definitely on the card for many believing in its goodness.

 

 

 

 

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