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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Futuristic Health Module

I suggest a ‘E-HEALTH MODULE’ as the futuristic module for health.

atomic modelThis ‘E-HEALTH MODULE’ is based on networking modules centrally coordinated by the ‘e-health networking centres’. In this module, all the systems of medicine are connected through e-network yet have their  parallel existence. It is in common interest that all the systems of medicine co-exist under one roof instead of being pitted against each other.

This future health module would be based on the ‘Solar System Model’ or the “Atomic Model’, wherein ‘planets’ or the ‘electrons/protons’ are centrally connected and controlled by ‘Sun’ or the ‘Nucleus’ respectively. In solar system, the planets have their individual path of revolution as well as independent axis of rotation, yet they all move around their central body which is the ‘Sun’. Similarly in an atom, the protons, neutrons and electrons have their independent energies but they still revolve around the ‘Nucleus’. In the same manner, the nature of all the system of medicine (Allopathy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy) should be like planets with their independent existence, their individual axis and path of rotation and revolution, thus acknowledging the fact that they are essentially inter-dependent for their individual existence, revolving round the central control of the ‘E-HEALTH NETWORK CENTRE’.  A balancing act of offence and defence would be the USP of this ‘E-HEALTH MODULE’ which would be centrally controlled by ‘E- HEALTH NETWORK CENTRE’.

ehealthFunctioning of E-Health Module:

The ‘E-Health Network Centre’ would be the centre of this networking module. This ‘E-Health Centre’ will have a network of doctors from their respective fields. The patients would approach the ‘E-Health Network Centre’ and get their problems registered with this E-Network. This E-Network will then consult the network of associated doctors from various fields for the disease/problem in question. Virtual conferences of doctors may replace the physically attended conferences for this purpose. This network technology of this E-Health Module would help the patients and doctors to connect from anywhere. After thorough discussion, the patient will be guided to the right track of treatment through this ‘E-Health Network’. With this module patients will have an option to choose his doctors and treatments with a transparent in approach.

Slaves of Aliens

As I was walking along the path of my life, I came across a gate. I walked inside. To my surprise, the gate closed automatically as soon as I entered. I wanted to go back but could not. I could see the outside world through the gate, but people from outside were not able to see inside. I had no choice but to walk on.

As I moved on, I met an alien. I was taken aback. Then came another….and another….and another….soon I discovered that I was in the land of aliens. I could not understand their language, though they could understand mine; I was frightened, though they were cool; I was not friendly, though they were very warm; I had a closed mind, though they had an open, accepting and appreciative mind. Very soon I began to understand them despite not knowing their language. I began communicating with them.

As I got familiar with my surroundings, I came to know that these aliens were the original inhabitants of this world. But over the period of evolution and subsequent progress, only a handful of aliens had survived and rest of them had been killed by the normal inhabitants of the earth. This was the reason they had to keep themselves inside the gated enclosure to prevent further loss of lives. They were a disciplined and happy lot. They had a helpful nature, were compassionate and could not stand a sight of misery to anyone. They always did their best to alleviate the pain of the sufferers. The only thing that saddened them was that they were delegated as ALIENS IN THEIR OWN LAND. They could see the sufferings, the plight of people outside the gates but, despite being well equipped to relieve them of their pain, were rendered helpless because people were not ready to accept their help. The aliens wanted to co-exist and move with the rest of the world, share and extend their knowledge, their experience and their thinking with the normal inhabitants. They wanted to share the joys and alleviate the sorrows of normal inhabitants.They had tried working out various ways to share their knowledge and enlighten and befriend the people of the world, but the people outside were not ready to accept them. So they had no option but to see the world perish in front of their eyes. I could see the pain in their eyes.

The only way they could think of to reach normal inhabitants was to enslave any normal inhabitant (like me) who accidentally, or otherwise, entered their gates. The slaves, like me, were taught about their approach, their system and their knowledge. During this period of learning, the slave becomes mesmerised and awestruck by the innovative and open-minded approach of the aliens. He, too, wants his own people to benefit from the knowledge he has gained. Once the slave is equipped with the knowledge, he is relieved from slavery and is let free to go outside the gates in the hope that he would show the real face of aliens to the world, will share their knowledge with the people, will make them understand that the aliens were actually their well-wishers and that it was essential for the world to befriend them and learn their skills and knowledge to improve their lives. But, nevertheless, it becomes an uphill task for that freed normal inhabitant, who no longer is a slave. Though he is now aware that aliens were the oldest inhabitants on earth, or that they were equipped with all the principles of life and health, or that they were the most innovative and evolved people ever, still he is not able to make people accept them; because an alien is an alien. Let’s take a hypothetical situation –

Imagine a situation where you find an alien standing just in front of you. Now how would you respond?

  • Would you be instantly taken aback
  • Would you be scared
  • Would you scare it off
  • Would you accept it in your life and know about it
  • Would you befriend it

All the options are possible. It could even be that you would like to befriend it, but for this you would need the support of people (normal inhabitants) around you. You may like the alien, understand it, but without the support of your people you won’t be able to carry forward this friendship for long. The fear of being alienated may prevent you to befriend the alien; or your fears, in general, may prevent you from doing this.

Now let me disclose the identity of ‘Aliens’ and ‘Normal Inhabitants’ in context with this article.

The ‘Aliens’, here, represent ‘Ayurveda System of Health’.

The ‘Normal Inhabitants’, here, represent ‘Contemporary Modern Medical System’ along with all the people who believe only in ‘Modern Medical System’.

This was my plight on being gated with the aliens more than three decades back. I was a hardcore normal inhabitant. When surviving in the alien world was the only option I had, there was no other way but to accept, befriend and understand their concepts. But when I came to know them enough, I found that the aliens had a very innovative and positive approach. In the beginning I used to wonder as to why God threw me in this ‘gated land of aliens’ / in the ‘gated world of Ayurveda’, but soon I began to realise that God does not give you what you want but He gives you what you need. He gave me a purpose. The aliens helped me evolve. They had now taught me the very basis of my existence. Had I not been associated with this science, then like any other normal inhabitant, I might not have explored or experienced it ever. But God has his ways. He wanted me to evolve, to evolve beyond my normal self. Now, thanks to these aliens, I have come to have a different outlook while treating patients. Instead of using only my brain, I use my heart, my senses and my soul too. 

Like all the other slaves of aliens, I found that the alien world had a lot to offer to the normal inhabitants. People need to understand that Ayurveda is not an alien science, but is the original one. It was penned down for the health and happiness of all beings. So why disrespect it or displace it from its home. Why not learn from its experience, find answers in it and co-exist with it. But spreading this message of aliens is still an uphill task. Normal inhabitants need to come out of their generalised closed approach to make this possible. I sincerely hope that people will take a step forward to hold the hands of aliens and bring them out of their gated enclosure to co-exist with them.

Now imagine a situation where you encounter an alien with a placard which displays ‘WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS AND ARE HERE TO HELP YOU’. Will you try to explore him?

What if the placard displays ‘You can know more about us from your people*’. Would you like to meet those people?

I think YOU MUST. So start looking for the slaves of aliens and try to gain as much as you desire.

(*The people referred here are the free slaves of aliens)