Merging or integrating Ayurveda in global medical universities is becoming essential as well as common these days. Here, Dr. Jeevan tells us how Ayurveda can be a successful complementary medicine.
Of late, more and more medical universities in Europe are looking at integrating Ayurveda in their medical curriculums. Graz Medical University in Austria is one among them. They have recently included Ayurvedic studies in one semester in their medical curriculum.
This kind of merger is bound to be successful due to the fact that the medical system in the west is not able to give any appropriate solutions to most of the chronic diseases. Also, this medical system does not have any solution in treating lifestyle diseases, teaching lifestyle management or prescribing preventive medicine. Hence, the trend toward including Ayurveda in the modern medical curriculum seems to be the only solution to these problems.
Western medical doctors believe that Ayurveda can be a successful complementary medicine by integrating some of the prominent Ayurvedic principles in the clinics and hospitals. Below are some of the additions they suggest:-
- Nutrition for each disease
In Ayurveda, the vaidyas are more interested in studying about the different foods and their preparation as explained in Ayurveda. Here, the heating and cooling properties of food items are used to regulate the accumulation of fat and other inflammatory diseases respectively. Managing rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Parkinson’s diseases by simply avoiding some food items like red meat and certain junk foods are already successful in the West.
- Herbs & Spices
Disorders such as lactose intolerance, gluten allergy, pollen allergy are prevalent in western countries. Many westerners avoid herbs and spices and just use only pepper and salt in their preparation of food. Although, now there is a growing awareness about the beneficial properties of using ginger and cardamom in their food. But by and large the anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic or antimicrobial medicinal properties of the likes of curcuma, nutmeg, cinnamon etc. are mostly unknown to them.This is another area of growing interest in many medical universities. Many are reacting by integrating Ayurveda pharmacology into their curriculum.
There is nothing equivalent in any medical system to the complete step-by-step internal cleansing of the gastro-intestinal system and the tissues as in Ayurveda’s Panchakarma. This detox-therapy is becoming popular among modern medical doctors too. They are also aware that adopting these detoxification methods from Ayurveda can help reduce the use of many chemical medicines.
Various yoga postures act as an element in managing different diseases and these are gainng acceptance medically. Group yoga with several people gives a general feeling of well-being in healthy individuals. But if the person is suffering from any disorders he/she is better off going for an individual based yoga therapy. Yoga-Asana is one-of-a-kind body exercises, which preserves energy. Most of the other exercises are energy depleting. The medical fraternity is accepting yoga therapy, as also are health insurance companies.
- Yoga-Pranayama / Dhyana
Along with a good posture, properly dealing with the Prana along with Dhyana to calm the mind is the best prescription for complete health in Ayurveda. Diseases like asthma, cardiac insufficiency, migraine, burn out, blood pressure & mental anguish, frustration, insecurity etc. are treated by proper Pranayama & Dhyana. Awareness of the above five factors is increasing and becoming more popular among the public and the medical fraternities in Europe, and especially in Germany and Austria.
During the past 22 years I have seen tremendous progress towards the acceptance of Ayurveda atleast as a complementary medicine.This has come about due to thecontinuous efforts of a group of Ayurvedic doctors. As a faculty member of the Graz University, I greatly appreciate the young medical students for their genuine interest in learning Ayurveda and their willingness to integrate Ayurveda with modern medicine for the well-being of their patients. Our journey will proceed with new approaches that will certainly help mankind in due course.
May that journey end in formulating one integrated medicine, incorporating the positive aspects of all medical systems. Let healing the world be its only target.
*Ano bhadra kratavo yanthu viswatha:*”
Let noble thoughts come to all from all sides”. Rig Veda 1-89-i
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