Prevention and treatment of all related diseases were well-known to our sages in the Vedic era. Today modern medical science works mainly in these areas:
- Primary prevention
- Secondary prevention
- Acute management
If we go through a comparative analysis of the above-mentioned factors we come to the conclusion that ancient traditional medical systems (Ayurveda and natural medicine) have several advantages:
- Primary prevention: The main goal is to prevent diseases. For this purpose immunization is used in modern medicine. Starting from childhood until a certain age, vaccinations and similar precautions have been adopted but these are useful to a limited extent. There are specific vaccinations for diseases like polio, measles, hepatitis and so on, but in some cases polio and measles occur even after the vaccination. As has been mentioned earlier, Ayurveda, yoga and natural medicine are not only a medicine system but are the best and most scientifically examined system of living life in harmony with nature.
One who practices yoga regularly and takes Indian gooseberry (amvala), Tinospora (guducT), Holy basil (tulasT), Aloe vera and a group of vitality promoting herbs, Astavarga along with a natural lifestyle can stay free from disease almost entirely. This is a big achievement and eventually the whole universe will have to revert to this path. By following yoga, natural medicine and an Ayurvedic lifestyle, all the cells of the body and also the complete body remains balanced and controlled which promotes longevity; by means of meditation and self-control, one moves on the path of salvation as has been said by the great sages of India. By following yoga, Ayurveda and natural medicine we prevent the degeneration c” cells, tissues, internal organs and the complete body system and also provide strength, detoxification and equilibrium to the receptors of every cell from genes and chromosomes to life itself, in a natural way. In this way we protect the body from degenerative lifestyle diseases and also make the body youthful, energetic, healthy and productive. It is the science that keeps away disease, aging and death.
Ayurveda quotes: Prayojanam cmya svasthasya svasthyaraksanamatumsya vikaraprasamanam ca,
The primary aim of Ayurveda is to safeguard the health of a person, emphasizing the approach of healthy living by adapting a lifestyle and diet according to the seasons and following a disciplined daily regimen. When it comes to hereditary disorders we have successfully treated those who have suffered from birth from hypertension or bronchial asthma and have also protected people at risk of genetic abnormalities. In view of medical science, this is our great experience and achievement and it can be a great boon for the world. If there is any system that can achieve primary prevention of diseases close to hundred percent, it is only Ayurveda. Yoga and natural medicine are parts of Ayurvedic treatment system.
- Secondary prevention: The main aim of secondary prevention is that if a person had a history of myocardial infarction, hemorrhagic stroke or status asthmaticus and such conditions, medicines should be given which do not let the disease recur and also to complete this goal Ayurveda is more effective. As in the case of myocardial infarction, there are seven main causes including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, tobacco and use of narcotics, lack of physical activity and hereditary causes.To some extent these causes can be controlled by modern medicine but Ayurvedic treatment has long term success and is effective permanently.
- Control: In this context, modern medicine is more effective than Ayurveda under certain conditions such as bacterial, viral and other infections. However, high cholesterol level, hypertension, diabetes and other such disorders can be controlled in both ways.
- Cure: The number of diseases that can be completely cured by modern medicine are very few like chronic infections such as tuberculosis, injuries and those needing surgical intervention. Ayurveda can completely cure diseases from dengue, hepatitis, colitis, pancreatitis, chronic bronchitis, arthritis, psoriasis and migraine to cancer and many other diseases. In the complete cure of disease Ayurveda plays an important role.
- Acute management: In myocardial infarction, hemorrhagic strokes or in case of any accident, traumatic and surgical condition, modern treatment method is more effective. Ayurveda needs to focus more on research in this field.
6-7. Rehabilitation and Palliation: In rehabilitation and palliation, both of these treatment methods are very effective. Ayurvedic treatment is one thousand years old, easy, simple, authentic, safe and a scientific heritage of Indian saints. We can preserve our culture by making use of Ayurvedic treatment. By adopting Ayurveda in life one can achieve an easy, healthy, and natural life and also benefit from the ancient, rich cultural philosophy and ideology.
- Ayurvedic remedies: naturally and easily available
Procuring most Ayurvedic medicines is easy as numerous herbs are available in our kitchens and gardens. Another benefit of using Ayurvedic medicines is that since one is using natural products, we remain close to nature. This helps to develop interest and love for nature, fields, trees, shrubs and herbs. This prevents a person from being fully absorbed by modern technology and an artificial life. Ayurveda provides a way to conserve nature.
- Conserving foreign reserve
Keeping in view India’s status as a developing economy, it is beneficial to use Ayurvedic medicines because plants are grown here and readily available. Much of our foreign exchange is lost in importing expensive drugs from other countries. This unnecessary expenditure can be reduced if people start using these indigenous herbs. Besides, with the growing popularity of Ayurveda worldwide we can not only improve the economy of our country, we can also strengthen the economic status everywhere. In the field of healthcare, Ayurveda helps to build a self-sustaining nation. Moreover, cultivation of medicinal plants also helps to increase income for the farmers and will help to conserve nature and the environment .
- Ayurveda complementary to yoga and spirituality
As mentioned before, Ayurveda provides scientific knowledge to lead a happy and healthy life, and it also helps one gain spiritual progress with complete well-being of the body, mind and soul. It is not only intricately bound up with dharma (duty) but also with the soul. Ayurveda also recognizes all the main goals of human life: the attainment of dharma (duty or religious and ethical virtues), artha (wealth or material benefits and goals), kama (desire or lust) and moksa (liberation or salvation). The principles and procedures of Ayurveda are powerful aids in the correct practice of yoga.
These characteristics of the Ayurvedic healing system demonstrate that it is unique in itself and is in complete harmony with the natural rhythms of life. One cannot run away from it. It is our basic nature and proclivity.