Inclusive Path of Health

Over-dependence on a single system of medicine has broken the backbone of human health. People are largely dependent on allopathic system of medicine. The truth is that no medical system is perfect but is an approximation of perfection. Our health sector is as fragmented and complex this day as it never was in past centuries. The solution primarily lies in an inclusive path of health wherein drawbacks and limitations of every system are accepted and worked upon. Segregation has to be replaced by inclusiveness.

What is Inclusive –

Inclusive means all-embracing. Inclusiveness brings a sense of belongingness, which means all knowledge is mine. Exclusive means restricted, which is choosing between ‘this’ or ‘that’. Healthcare becomes more effective when it is inclusive. Exclusiveness segregates the knowledge into ‘mine’ and ‘theirs’. ‘Not mine’ or ‘Theirs’ does not mean it will not have effect. All knowledge has effect. All the ancient paths of knowledge, including Ayurveda, are inclusive. There was no conflict or clash between the health sciences of ancient civilizations. Extensive trade routes of ancient world helped the physicians of those times to learn from one another. Ayurveda texts were being translated into Greek by the time of Hippocrates (460 – 370 B.C), who was familiar with the works of Indian physicians. Although Hippocratic Oath still exists, the basic principles of Greek medicine that integrates body, mind and soul have been assigned the footnote status in the medical schools today. The healing therapies of the East were also inclusively interwoven. They shared many common principles for long and healthy life like ethical conduct, healthy diet, daily as well as seasonal routines. The innovative and inclusive approach of Ayurveda is evident from the fact that this science is as relevant today as it was at the time of its inception.

How to proceed  –

The drawbacks and limitations of any system of healthcare can be worked upon by creating an inclusive path of health. This can be done by officially introducing Ayurveda in all medical schools of India. It is found that a subtle integration of the two systems has always existed. We’ve witnessed an underlying use of Ayurveda by allopathic physicians wherever and whenever the modern medicine limits them. The limitation of allopathic system is that, besides emergency management and surgical interventions, there is no finite treatment for most of the chronic diseases. Be it hypertension, diabetes or any other, the medicines are to be continued throughout life. The underlying use of Ayurveda can be exemplified from the fact that, even about three decades back, ‘Liv52’ – an Ayurvedic medicine – was conveniently used in prescriptions by allopaths in India. Majority of people, till date, think that Liv52 is an allopathic drug. It is common to find at least one Ayurveda herb in 90% of prescriptions by allopath specialists. A majority of these doctors apply the concepts of holistic wellness (Ayurveda) for themselves. This subtle and veiled acceptance needs to take the shape of a gross integration.

Ayurveda is synonymous to wellness. Relevance of Ayurveda is of extreme value in management of current scenario of health, but at the same time it is important to make it understandable, so that people are able to associate with our ‘Indian approach to health management’. There is a need to translate the tradition of Ayurveda in day-to-day life. Ayurvedic medicines and lifestyle not only act as catalysts for modern medicines but they also reduce their side effects. Along with investment in allopathic system of healthcare, it is equally relevant to create a technologically sound space and investment for Ayurveda. In this age of over-specialization, where patients get treated by multiple specialists, official acceptance of holistic approach of Ayurveda can bring on an inclusive path of health.

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Quote ‘Charaka Samhita’ – an ancient Ayurveda text –

Ego (ahankaar), intellect (buddhi), mind(mann) and memory (chitta) are the four constituents of the inner wisdom (antahakarana)

– ‘Ego’ identifies the Self with the body as ‘I’

– ‘Intellect’ controls decision-making

– ‘Mind’ controls resolution or will

– ‘Memory’ deals with remembering and forgetting

The Doshas – Vata, Pitta Kapha – govern and regulate the physical and mental functions, thus guiding an individual to make choices.

Analogy –

– Human body is the chariot

– Individual self is the owner of the chariot

– Intellect (Buddhi) is the charioteer

– Mind is the reins

– The five senses are the horses

– World experienced by the senses are the tracks on which the horses tread

A chariot is used to move forward in a journey. A journey needs a track and a destination to make it meaningful. The way we live in this world is the journey.  The self is influenced by the senses. Most of the time we are absorbed in decorating the chariot than keeping it in an efficient working condition. Unless one has a disciplined mind to control the senses, it is likely to be led astray. It needs intelligence to make the journey through life goal-oriented and successful.

Each person (owner of the chariot) can enjoy the journey of life only if the horses (the five senses) are well directed by the charioteer (intellect) through a good control of the reins (mind). It is only with this control does the charioteer takes the chariot to the desired destination. We may encounter many charioteers on the same track but none has the power to rein our horses.

You are perfect, whole and complete even in your countless imperfections  – Bhagwad Gita

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Progressive increase in cases where patients break up mentally before they breakdown physically is not because people are becoming overworked but because they are unaware of how to handle life. Awareness in dealing with state of mind is essential, because once the head is lost the body follows.

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