By: Dr. Brahmananda Nayak
Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was passionate about ancient Indian medicine system, Ayurveda, and was keen to modernize it on a global scale. You may raise an eyebrow about why a renowned scientist was keen on something that has been debated in the scientific circles and countered with skepticism. The fact of the matter is Ayurvedic medicines and cures have survived the test of time and have emerged victorious, time and again. Ayurveda looks at a disease and finds ways to cure an individual. Not just the generic symptoms. In allopathy, if there are five people diagnosed with asthma, all the five asthmatic patients would be treated with the same drug, with an assumption that the ailment is caused due to the same set of reasons. Allopathy presumes a generic view of the biochemistry composition of all the five patients.
So, if you ask what’s wrong with this approach, the answer is, individuals showing similar symptoms or ailments, have different body compositions. Therefore, Ayurveda will look at each individual differently. The treatment, likewise, would differ from prescribing different kind of herbs, therapies and drugs. In a nutshell, Ayurvedic treatment is given on case to case basis, whereas, Allopathy generalizes treatments.
This is not the only difference. A noteworthy aspect is Ayurvedic herbs and medicines are completely natural. They are 100% pure and free of lead or any other contaminants. This essentially means minimum side effects. On the contrary, in allopathic treatments there is hardly any drug that is free of side effects.
Ayurveda as a time-tested and scientific form of medicine believes in healing a person from within. Take for instance treatments like panchakarma and rasayana. They are focused on cleansing the body and setting the three doshas in complete harmony. It is almost like giving an individual rebirth. Or in today’s lingo, it can be referred as pressing the reset button, or going back to the factory settings. These two treatments, flush out all the toxins and rejuvenate the body to a pristine condition.
Ayurveda considers each individual as unique. Hence the solutions provided are unique as well. The treatments are given based on the belief our body is inherently healthy and is capable of correcting the imbalance on its own with the use of natural resources.
Apart from Late Dr. APJ Kalam, many distinguished personalities have expressed deep faith and confidence in Ayurveda. The Indian government on its part, is spearheading a campaign to create better awareness about the benefits of Ayurveda and Yoga. So much so, 21st June has been declared as the International Yoga Day.
With 356 million 10- to 24-year-olds, India has the world’s largest youth population. If India has to become a superpower then, every individual should be able to lead a healthy life, and should have recourse to effective and efficient healthcare that is not astronomical. Ayurveda provides that safe and cost-effective alternative!