We need to look beyond providing healthcare & engage in the pursuit of good health, a combination of physical and mental well being: PM
Being the Prime Minister of the most populous democratic country in the world, means that you are being under the extreme pressure of meeting the expectations of almost 1.2 Billion people. And our PM Mr Narendra Modi is excelling in his role in a way that none of his predecessors have achieved over a long period.
Modi, himself is a vegetarian, an introvert and a workaholic, with a frugal lifestyle. To be able to perform to the most challenging of the duties at this level requires a healthy body and mind. He has testified that, the secret for his energy is practicing yoga, pranayam and his habit of being a workaholic.
One of the important agenda put forward under Modi government is the upbringing of Ayurveda and other traditional system of medicine on a global scale. Yoga, which originated from India, is gaining wide acceptance all over the world. Similarly, a strong movement is required in promoting Ayurveda and other holistic treatment methods. Ayurveda, the Indian traditional system of medicine, which is perhaps the oldest system of medicine known to mankind, having originated around 5000 years ago, somehow lost its charm, by the wide expansion of modern medicine.
One of the first initiatives in this movement for promoting Ayurveda was the setting up of the ministry of AYUSH. The main functions of the ministry of AYUSH are development, education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathy.
Strengthening this movement of bringing our traditional systems of medicine to a point of global acceptance is not the responsibility of the government alone, but all the doctors, treatment practitioners, teachers, students, medicine manufacturers, etc. need to join hands and work for the common goal.
It is due to this lack of confidence, they recommend the patients to consult a practitioner of modern medicine. This is a very common scenario happening now. There are some cases where doctors asks patients to follow modern medicines for the first 3 days of the illness, and then come back to Ayurveda.
This mental block of treatment practitioners is the biggest hurdle faced now. If an Ayurvedic doctor herself doesn’t have confidence in the knowledge she attained over the years, how can he induce confidence in the patient approaching him for treatment.
Now our health and lifestyle is being outsourced. It was never so during ancient times. During that time, people had good knowledge about the body, and in case of any discomfort or illness, they were aware of the cure and preventive methods.
A couple of decades ago, when you travel in a bus or train, imagine, when a child cries. There would be at least 10-15 people who would come up with suggestions and remedies, and most of the times these work. No one questions about the proof or authenticity of such remedies at that time. It was very common during that period, where a person who doesn’t have any medical expertise would provide support to whomever needed.
This is because of the fact that, it was part of our culture and tradition to know the basics of human body, different preventive and treatment remedies and a healthy lifestyle. But gradually, modern medicine invaded our rich knowledge. People started to outsource their health, which caused loss of belief in traditional medicine among the new generation.
People don’t know about the capabilities of Ayurveda, its scope as a system of medicine, the authenticity of the diagnosis, treatment procedures, medicines, etc. There is no medium through which a person can identify accurate information justifying all the above doubts.
A fact about modern medicine is that, the whole treatment process in inclined to cure the symptoms, without curing the root cause of the illness. For many health conditions, it uses medication which suppresses the symptoms and does not really bother about the root cause. The same illness can affect again and again, as the root cause is untouched. In some cases prolonged use of such medicines can cause drastic side-effects.
But in Ayurveda, the whole principle is about identifying the root cause and the treatment process depends on this identification. That is the reason why, in Ayurveda, for same disease for two different people, the treatment procedures will be different.
Ayurveda is the oldest (5000 year old) system of medicine known to mankind. The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the gods to sages, and then to human physicians. The great classics of Ayurveda, namely Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hridayam and Ashtanga Sangraha, are all believed to have written during 400 BC.
One big challenge we are facing today, is the modernization of these studies. All these books are written in Sanskrit, and has a poetic style of writing in the form of shlokas. This is very difficult to understand for modern day students, practitioners, etc. People cannot learn Sanskrit first, and then work on understanding the writings.
One solution to this problem is to translate the writings to other languages that people understand. This should be translated in way that common people can understand and implement it in their day to day life. This should be made part of the academic curriculum, so that teachers and students can work on these translations and reach out to the public.
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India, having being under the British for many years, still have that negative slave mindset. Our people still doesn’t value materials published in local and national media. For our people to believe something, it should be through some international media. Not only the people, most of the Ayurvedic doctors also have the same mindset. So the importance of publishing articles in international media is important to achieve local traction as well.
Even about a decade ago, we could notice that Ayurvedic medicines were available in the form of raw materials, and patients had to follow very complicated instructions for consuming the final form of medicine. Different forms of oils and powders prescribed were also difficult to carry.
Now a major advancement is happening in the packaging of medicines, improve the usability. There has been considerable researches happening, and now readymade capsules are available for Ayurvedic medicine, very similar to modern medicine. It is also beneficial for the doctors to prescribe medicines, as the medicines are in ready-to-consume form, and packaged to carry around easily.
To improve the packaging of the medicines, without making any compromises on the quality, it is important that Ayurvedic doctors, researchers and medicine manufacturers work collaboratively. There should be constant interactions taking place for making this collaboration successful in attaining the common goal of promoting Ayurveda.