Posted 2008-03-12 6:10 AM (#104786) Subject: Diseases, Diagnosis and Treatm
According to Ayurveda, diseases occur when there is an imbalance in the physical system of the person. The body naturally has the power to neutralize any imbalance. Ayurveda has eight branches, which deals with diseases affecting different parts of body and the mind.
According to Ayurveda, the disease is not a separate entity. It has more to do with the whole person than any specific part of his body. The imbalance can be because of change in season, change in location or because of a general weakness. Almost all diseases are listed in different treatises of Ayurveda and the comprehensive treatment methods are described in detail in samhitas or treatises.
Diagnosis in Ayurveda is not the easiest thing. The lifestyle, physical capacity, mental bearing, body type, age, strength etc are analyzed by ways of observation, palpation, interrogation and strength tests. Sometimes a panel of doctors will be involved in the diagnosis. All the possible reasons of the disease are analyzed. An Ayurveda physician or a panel of physicians diagnoses not only the disease, but also the person. Next step is treatment, which is finalized only after completely analyzing the person, the stage of the disease, lifestyle he or she is in and his or her societal conditions.
Treatment of the disease can be by way of medication, massage and application of oil, enigma or body purification methods. The medicines are derived from herbs. One un-compromising quality of medicines is that they must not create further imbalance in other system of the body. The medicine must be balanced to create the balanced state in the body and there can be no imbalance occurred due to the intake of medicine for another imbalance. In simpler words, Ayurveda Kerala gurus told about 2,000 – 3,000 years ago that the medicines must be of no side effects.
Medicines, thousands of them restore the balance of the body and help the body regain its balanced healthy state. There are also medicines for specific functions – aphrodisiacs and medicines for pregnant women are examples.
Posted 2008-03-12 6:28 AM (#104787 - in reply to #104786) Subject: RE: Diseases, Diagnosis and Treatm
Thank you very much for this introduction. I wish to add the following:
Ayurveda has two parts if one looks at it that way:
Part A) Suggests healthy life style. Such as proper diet, rest, etc. This part is more valuable than the Part B.
Part B) Medicinal part. Diagnosis in Ayurvedic Medicine may or may not be exhaustive based upon the nature of treatment and the situation with the actual doctor. (For example, if the doctor treats 100 patients in a day, there is no way to do an exhaustive diagnosis.). The same fact exists with the Modern Medicine. However, modern medicine sustains in the times of financial domination. Therefore the extent of diagnosis is less and is mostly done with machines, etc.
Medicines in Ayurveda and modern medicines are mostly done from Natural Sources. In modern medicine, the medicines are potent extracts of plants OR they can be chemically copied as a composition of those natural extracts.
Medicines whether Ayurvedic or Modern medicines have what are called side effects. Actually they are not side effects, but real effects. The name side effect means an effect that was not Wished, but does take place.
The Ayurvedic medicines are less harmful in their effect because they are less potent than modern medicines. But, their effect is also slower than modern medicines. That is why the later is more prevalent or popular. In fact, an Ayurvedic Doctor himself shall use Modern Medicine in many cases.
Additional Part C) The theory of imbalance is valid only as far as the balance is restored using Life Style method given in Part A. It is invalid or incorrect using the method given in Part B and is almost identical to Modern Medicine.