About the western system of medicine
Once I heard Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan Dr. B M Hegde (Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine, and author) saying that “In Allopath there is no pill for every ill but there is an ill following each Pill”.
The allopathic system of medicine is good when it is an emergency, there is no question about that. but when you have time there are other systems of medicine way better.
And Ayurveda will surely grab one of the topmost positions in that. Here I’ll try to bring some fundamentals into light which ll help you to understand why is this so.
Now let’s begin with Ayurveda.
The Five Great Elements or The Five Great States of Material Existence
Ayurveda believes that every individual is a unique phenomenon and that the individual is indivisible from the Cosmos whatever is there in the macrocosm, the same thing exists in the microcosm. Every individual is a manifestation of cosmic consciousness.
The vibration of pure Universal consciousness produces the soundless sound, Om. From this sound, the five basic elements are produced Ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Furthermore, these five basic elements are manifested into the three biological organizations known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
In every organism, these three govern all physiological pathological changes. At the time of fertilization, by permutation and combination, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha determine the constitution of an individual, and Ayurveda gives us a direct approach to studying this unique individual constitution.
The Healing Science of Ayurveda
It is based upon knowledge of the individual constitutions. If every individual knows his constitution then one can understand for instance what is a good diet and style of life for oneself. One man’s food is another man’s poison therefore to make one’s life healthy, happy, and balanced, the knowledge of the Constitution is necessary.
Ayurveda allows physicians to see patients the way nature sees them
Disease is nature’s way of forcing you to slow down and rest. This is why she is called mother nature she loves you so much that she cannot bear to see you ruining yourself.
Some complain that Ayurveda works slowly but slowness is often part of the remedy, especially today when many of us suffer from the disease of haste (urgency of movement/action).
The Art of Medicine
Ayurveda says that therapy becomes healing only when there is a healer involved. Ayurveda literally means the science of life, the knowledge of Living or the art of longevity encompasses far more than mere therapeutic art.
Ayurveda addresses everything that makes life worth living, like cookery.
A well-tempered Ayurvedic physician must be a good cook to prepare good medicine.
Homemade Ayurvedic remedies usually outclass machine-made medicine in the same way, that the touch of a master Chef’s hand can convert an ordinary soufflé into something extraordinary.
As a master chef is an artist of cuisine, an Ayurvedic physician must become an artist of prescription. A good Ayurvedic physician has the same feelings for her therapies as an expert cook has for his recipes.
This feeling, which develops as a physician attunes to nature, is what transmutes a clinician’s technical proficiency into intuitive healing. Ayurveda is not unscientific; it has progressed beyond mechanistic science.
If Ayurveda were a religion, nature would be its goddess. And overindulgence would be the sole sin she would punish.
Ayurveda is meant to allow you to enjoy the pleasures of life to the point that such enjoyment interferes with your health. Unlimited indulgence makes us less free because we become less self-sufficient. Each of our addictions- to caffeine, sugar, salt, Sports, spectaculars, TV games, shows, alcohol, drugs, gambling, palaces, or other Indulgences is another nail in the coffin of our freedom, another restraint to our freedom.
Most of us don’t even know how to indulge properly, and we sicken and die from the side effects of our indulgences. True enjoyment is possible only when there is true health.
Prevention over cure
Despite its continual attention to cure when cure is what is needed, Ayurveda always emphasizes prevention over cure.
Ayurveda balances and rejuvenates living organisms reducing their susceptibility and empowering their immunity to prevent the new disease from developing.
Ayurvedic is more a way of life, a way of learning how to cooperate with nature and live in harmony and there is no limit to the degree of balance that a sincere harmony seeker can achieve.