Ayruvedic medicine is an ancient medical science that has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Originating in India, Aryuvedic means the “science of life,” and brings an integrated approach to healing that embraces physical, mental, and spiritual balance in order to create optimum health.
An Integrative Methodology
Through the practice of yoga, breathing, meditation, and specific foods, Aryuvedic medicine helps to balance the physical and emotional systems. A deeply integrative form of treating the body, these dynamic and vital processes are implemented in order to correct the imbalances that cause disease.
Treating the Individual as a Whole
Based on the deep relationship between the body, mind, spirit, and environment, Aryuvedic medicine observes specific guidelines based on diet, behavior, and body type. Taking into consideration that all substances impact our systems, the emphasis is on treating unbalanced energy as the primary cause of discomfort. Using carefully proscribed foods and herbs, along with massage, aromatherapy, breathing techniques (pranayama), and other healing modalities, the Aryuvedic doctor treats the individual as a whole.
Treating the Body in Parts
The Western world has yet to embrace Aryuvedic medicine, as our path to health still relies on an allopathic approach. Conventional western medicine is based on hypothesis, with a primary emphasis on suppressing symptoms. Treating the physical body while rarely taking into consideration other factors such as the mental or spiritual condition, allopathic medicine generally turns to pharmaceutical substances and invasive treatments like surgery to address the problem. This implies a passive approach by the patient, instead of the interactive interplay that is found in holistic practices such as Ayurveda. With the idea that the body can be fixed like a machine, allopathic medicine tends to treat patients less like individuals and more like case studies. Here the focus is on the specific part of the body that is in pain, rather than approaching the person as a unified energy force where all aspects affect each other.
Naturopathic and TCM
Naturopathic medicine is another natural alternative for healing. Here the life force within the individual guides the practitioner, creating an approach that embraces diet, lifestyle changes, and exercise. Like the Aryuvedic doctor, a naturopath sees disease as an expression of the body trying to eliminate toxins and treats it accordingly. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) functions in the same manner, utilizing herbs and other natural modalities to help recalibrate imbalance.
Focusing on the Patient Rather Than the Disease
Here, healing substances may be selected on the basis of their efficacy with particular problems in general, also taking into consideration the specific impact they may have on an individual’s anima. Similarly to Aryuvedic medicine, these practices embrace the exploration of complimentary and healing methods that focus on the patient rather than the disease. Here, proper maintenance of energy is recognized as the foundation of health, with the deep belief that when energy is out of harmony, disease occurs.
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