Traditional remedies with modern medicine: The keyring to potential therapeutics

Saumya Surekha, Ashish Kumar Lamiyan, Panjab University, Chandigarh

2021-08-22 17:22:42



Despite the significant gains in healthcare settings due to advancement in technologies and implementation of instrumentation we face the challenge of reaching effective treatment options till date. The challenge is complicated when we encounter a problem that runs parallel with modern medical care. To overcome the problem the medicinal community asserts openness to alternative medicinal options on a large platform so that the problem related to modern medicine can be resolved.  Since there is a lack of intensive investigations giving proof of how traditional medicine can be beneficial when used together with modern medicine, therefore, all the approaches need to be identified using an umbrella mainstream.

Ill along with pill: Western medicine, which strives to create a professional healthcare system to eliminate illnesses, has experienced an explosion of knowledge, leading to diagnostic and therapeutic advances. However, the illness burden has not reduced, and the overall outcomes in terms of full treatment without side effects have left much to be desired. In western medicine, we have quick fixes. Suppose if we have a disease immediately we are given a quick fix and we think it cures the problem. No, it doesn’t. Actually, it creates another problem. The more medicines we take, the more problems we invite. In reality, audits now indicate that the top cause of mortality in the West is not cancer or heart disease, but rather adverse drug reactions. Any unwanted or unfavourable reaction that happens after the administration of a medicine or combination of drugs under regular conditions of use is referred to as adverse drug response. For every painkiller, the risk of a heart attack and damage to the kidney is edged. Nobody can kill a cancer cell without killing a normal cell. Modern medicine appears to be unable to handle the mushrooming of illnesses, despite specialised knowledge and the use of advanced technologies, highlighting the need for a rethink of alternative medical treatments. This inevitably brings into focus one of the world's oldest unbroken healing systems, Ayurveda, which is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.

System of traditional healing: Ayurveda, the mother of all medical wisdom in the world is probably one of the oldest practices along with various other systems in the East, like Chinese, Tibetan and Egyptian. All these systems started long ago when the reductionist science from the west was stranger to us. Ayurveda is based on a concept of wholeness and oneness that transcends a purely mechanical perspective. The entire organism is considered a functioning unit in Ayurveda. Structures, biological processes, and different activities such as electrical, mental, and even spiritual processes all contribute to function. Ayurveda considers life to be a complex web of interconnected functions and characteristics. These linkages are expressed in Ayurveda as a network of interdependent interactions, where the functioning of one impacts the functioning of many others. The uniqueness of Ayurveda in dealing with the human system in an integrated and holistic manner comes from its view of life as a dynamic interplay between Vata, pitta, and Kapha. The key to health is for these factors to ensure network stability despite external and internal disturbances. According to Vagbhata, the balance of these doshas is health, while their imbalance is disease. As a result, one may deduce the condition of dosha from the symptoms and take remedial action to restore balance. What's fascinating is how Ayurveda has meaningfully incorporated the notion of interconnectedness into diagnostic decision-making and therapeutic management. The ayurvedic industry is not only thriving in India but all around the world. Ayurveda and health are the two most intertwined areas, and the history of Ayurveda shows that it has made significant contributions to good health. By adhering to certain fundamental Ayurvedic principles, individuals all around the world are experiencing good mental and physical health.

Quantum-Ayurveda matching grounds: Quantum physics, states that everything in the cosmos is interconnected and that a change in one component of the system will be reflected in the other parts as well. This quantum worldview is completely compatible with the Vedic idea of "innate unity" and the mutual interdependence of everything in the cosmos. This notion of interconnectivity has been included in Ayurveda's view of health and disease, which has its roots in the Vedas. It regards the human body as an indivisible totality with a network of interconnected functions, mind, and consciousness, in which a disruption in one area has ramifications in other parts as well. Ayurveda is based on a quantum physics worldview that takes into consideration the whole world. This is very important to know one’s wellness, or it will not be approachable for effective treatment and management of the condition. Quantum physics states that matter is energy and energy is matter, which has been referenced in Ayurveda for thousands of years and is well known to practitioners. These energy levels when altered will result in diseased conditions. The main concept of Ayurveda is to maintain an individual's wellbeing in a way that is simple, inexpensive, and lucrative.

Promoting the coalescence: Western medicine culture, on the other hand, is built on the notion of "less time, greater effect," but as time passes, it creates a financial burden on patients, which is now a concern. The Father of Western medicine said ‘Do not make money in the sick room’. But nowadays, if you're sick and go to the hospital, you'll come out with or without an illness, but with a financial load. Because of this high expense of modern medicine's treatment settings, Ayurveda is becoming increasingly popular even in the Western world. According to Ayurveda, the human body is a closed system in which everything happens on its own and has an ingrained doctor called an immune system. This doctor cures you most of the time, if not all of the time. But in case it fails, then only symptom based external aid is helpful. If your immune system is in good working condition, you will be absolutely fine without any outside intervention. Although the Western system has flaws, it cannot be abandoned since it is useful in emergencies. There are so many other system beside Ayurveda viz. Homeopathy, Balneotherapy, Unani etc. There should be a judicious combination of all systems, with emergency quick fixes coming from modern medicine and everything else coming from various other systems. We should put together all the systems and call it future medicine or what's called meta-medicine. We will have to emphasize a combination because western medicine alone is very expensive and also can't be avoided. So the necessity of the new approach for maintaining the health of individuals should be in concern with present day practices to counteract the side effects of western medicine. Finally, instead of hating the disease, embrace it and say, "Let's be friends, and my immune system will heal you." If you strengthen your immune system, you will almost certainly be cured. This is the cornerstone of Ayurveda. It claims that if you treat everyone as though they are close to you, you will be healthy and the world will be healthy.