Artificial Intelligence and Ayurveda

Merging Ancient Wisdom with Modern Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the replication of human intelligence through machines that are programmed to think like humans. In other words, AI is a machine-based intelligence that imitates the human mind. Today, AI is applied in most of the fields including psychology, linguistics, business, healthcare, and social intelligence. Of these, psychology, healthcare, and social intelligence have always been part of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is the one of the oldest systems of medicine that originated in India. In recent past, efforts are made to integrate this with Artificial intelligence. This is an essential step forward to keep this 5,000-year-old knowledge stay abreast with time. There is much to be done to regularize the basic implementations of Ayurveda therapeutics. The efficiency of machines taking over the manual insufficiencies has the capacity to make every field more credible and compatible with international standards. Upgrading this healthcare system can significantly improve the user experience globally. As of now, Ayurveda is like an untapped ocean of knowledge. It is loaded with a variety of medical concepts and hypothesis. There are innumerable fields in Ayurveda that can be made more approachable through data mining and data analysis. Computing the available data of thousands of patients can simplify the process of personaliized treatments, that Ayurveda stands for.

AI is widely used as social intelligence to classify individuals into groups by observing and predicting the common traits of individuals with other members of the group. This is done by effective computing of systems that recognize, interpret and process human feelings, emotions, and moods. The classification of individuals is not new to the field of Ayurveda. In fact, it has always been the basis of deciding the personalized line of treatment for the patients. Ayurveda classifies individuals by observing people’s traits based on analysis of their Mind-Body Constitution(MBC). MBC analysis is calculated on the basis of the ratio of, what Ayurveda considers to be the three basic pillars of life, the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in human system. By collecting and systemizing this knowledge from ancient texts, the individual ‘Mind-Body Constitution Analysis’(MBCA) can be effectively upgraded, and have a global reach. Integrating AI with Ayurveda and computing the traits through MBCA for discovering similarities in behaviour patterns of individuals can complement the existing application of AI in social intelligence.

Today, because of the worldwide interest in holistic systems, Ayurveda is fast making its presence felt globally. So, merging this ancient wisdom with modern technologies like Artificial Intelligence is the only way for Ayurveda to move ahead effectively, steadily, and have a lasting impact in the global market.

One of the most researched success stories of pioneering Ayurveda is that of Padma Shri Shahnaz Husain. The exemplary works of Shahnaz Husain and its worldwide recognition needs no introduction. Once, while speaking in the British Parliament, she said, “The main reason for the international success of our beauty products is that they are based on Ayurveda. In the scenario of globalization, the challenge is to develop Ayurveda to compete in the international market. People abroad are well aware of the harmful effects of chemicals and the benefits of organic systems like Ayurveda. So for the globalization of Ayurveda and to compete in the international market it has to be combined with Artificial Intelligence.”

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