May 30, 2024

Synergizing Ayurveda and Modern Medicine: A Path to Comprehensive Healthcare

Introduction 

Recently, I’ve noticed that whenever the government builds or inaugurates things like temples or statues, there are always some individuals who question the allocation of funds for such projects. They often argue, “Why spend money on temples or statues when it could be used to build hospitals or schools?” At first glance, this argument seems logical. However, upon deeper reflection, a question arises.

If there is a growing need for more hospitals and people are visiting them more frequently, doesn’t that imply that there are more patients and people suffering from illnesses? This perspective may seem illogical because the ideal goal should be to reduce the frequency of hospital visits and promote overall health. Ideally, people should only need to visit hospitals for severe cases, not for every minor ailment.

While searching online for answers to this question and exploring ways to keep people healthy and minimize the need for frequent hospital visits, I came across a concept known as “Symbiohealth.” Upon understanding what it entails, I believe that if implemented, it has the potential to disrupt the current medical field.

So, what exactly is Symbiohealth? Let’s delve into it.

Symbiohealth

Symbiohealth is a sustainable healthcare system that integrates a defensive strategy centered on prevention with an offensive strategy focused on disease management. This system aims to deliver effective, less toxic, and affordable personalized care to each individual.

Upon closer examination of the definition, two significant keywords stand out: “Defence Strategy” and “Offense Strategy.” Here, the term “Defense” corresponds to “Ayurveda,” while “Offense” corresponds to “Allopathy.” In essence, Symbiohealth combines both Ayurvedic and Allopathic practices in the treatment process.

Now, let’s explore why the current modern approach to treatment falls short and why there is a need to incorporate traditional medicine, such as Ayurveda, into the treatment process. We will also delve into how this integration creates a holistic approach to healthcare. This understanding underscores the significance of Symbiohealth as a crucial advancement in the field of medicine.

Current Medical System – Allopathy

There’s no denying that Allopathy medicine is highly effective in treating and saving people’s lives. It has evolved significantly, thanks to state-of-the-art technologies that aid in diagnosing various ailments, performing sophisticated surgical procedures, conducting transplants, and developing vaccines, among other advancements. The combination of these factors makes Allopathy an exceptional disease management system.

However, it’s essential to examine whether this system is complete and holistic, and whether it has any shortcomings that may impact patients. Let’s delve deeper.

The fundamental principle of Allopathy is that treatment commences only after the disease has been identified. In essence, it operates on a “Cause and Effect” model, where the focus is on identifying the disease or its cause and then eliminating it. This approach has proven effective and will likely continue to do so in the future. However, it places minimal emphasis on disease prevention.

Drawbacks of Allopathy  

Not only Allopathy lacks the system to prevent diseases but also there are other aspects that can prove that allopathy alone should not be recommended in treating patients. They are:

  • Expensive : It is a known fact that the healthcare system is very expensive. Consultations, medicines, second visits etc cost on an average of 200 – 300 Indian rupees even for less severe diseases like Infections, flu etc. And one can expect the cost of more severe disease and surgeries. 
  • Medical errors : Medical errors are exceptionally dangerous, with the potential to escalate into fatal outcomes. It is the third leading cause of death after Cancer and heart disease.
  • Side effects and after effects: The medicine which is prescribed has side effects. 9% of drugs have between 10 and 100 different side effects; 22% of drugs have more than 100 side-effects; only 9% of drugs have less than 10 side-effects. And after many medical procedures it is observed that patients immunity, strength etc are compromised. 
  • Not personalised: Medicines or procedures that may have been effective for one person may not produce the same results for another. This indicates that Allopathy sometimes falls short in tailoring treatments to individual conditions or responses to therapies.

It’s evident that while Allopathy is highly effective in treating numerous diseases, infections, and surgical procedures, it has limitations in terms of disease prevention and holistic treatment. This is where Ayurveda comes into play. 

Need of Ayurveda and its knowledge

Ayurveda, a system of medicine with a history spanning over five thousand years, primarily operates by strengthening the body or host, thereby preventing and treating diseases. These practices have proven effective over many millennia, offering cost-effective treatment with minimal to no side effects.

Ayurveda encompasses extensive knowledge of the human body, including physical and psychological treatments, drug preparation using natural herbs, and lifestyle habits. One of the core philosophies of Ayurveda is that treatments are administered not only to alleviate symptoms but also to address the root causes of illnesses, promoting overall well-being.

The fundamental principle of Ayurveda centers around a profound recognition of the diversity in body types, which can be readily observed through simple observations:

1. Diet Preferences: Some individuals thoroughly enjoy spicy food, while others find it challenging to tolerate.

2. Weather Sensitivity: Certain people feel at ease in cold weather with light clothing, whereas others experience discomfort and shivering even with warm attire.

3. Social Preferences: People exhibit varying tendencies when it comes to social interactions—some relish large gatherings, while others prefer solitude.

4. Medicine Reactions: Notably, certain individuals may experience toxic effects from medicines, whereas others do not.

Ayurveda acknowledges and respects these unique individual characteristics, tailoring treatments accordingly for a holistic approach to healthcare. This makes Ayurveda a personalised system of healthcare approach.

These observations highlight the significant differences in our body types, encompassing variations in structure, function, and mental disposition. They underscore the fact that individuals may react diversely to various environments, foods, and medicines. With a thorough understanding of a patient’s body type, an Ayurvedic physician can formulate the most effective defense strategy. Regrettably, allopathic physicians do not have this knowledge, and this is where the modern system of medicine falls short.

Stages of disease as per Ayurveda

The Ayurvedic concept of the six stages of disease is a crucial aspect that sets Ayurveda apart from Allopathy. These six stages are as follows: Accumulation, aggravation, dissemination, localization, manifestation, and disruption of the Doshas. In the initial four stages, disease symptoms may be subtle or entirely absent, typically becoming apparent during the final two stages of manifestation and disruption. 

The ayurveda practitioner can identify the disease even in the first four stages mentioned by checking the patient’s pulse, balance of doshas. This is called “Nadi Pariksha”. 

These Ayurvedic principles are not mere unfounded ideologies. Modern science has provided evidence supporting the validity of these principles. Biostatistical studies conducted on large populations have verified, with a 90 percent level of certainty, the existence of the three body types, in alignment with the Tridosha concept of Ayurveda. 

Furthermore, genome research has revealed that individuals with specific genetic profiles are more predisposed to certain diseases, likely to respond differently to particular treatments, and more susceptible to side effects from specific drugs—aligning with Ayurveda’s ability to predict the susceptibility of individuals to particular diseases.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, just as in warfare, where both offensive and defensive strategies play vital roles in achieving success, the realms of Allopathy and Ayurveda offer unique approaches to healthcare. Through our exploration of these two systems, we’ve come to understand that they complement each other. When brought together in collaboration, they hold the potential to yield successful results in patient care.

The Symbiohealth system, as discussed, presents a revolutionary and disruptive idea. It serves as a stepping stone toward a future where the strengths of both Allopathy and Ayurveda can be harnessed to enhance the overall well-being of patients. While there’s still a need for definitive research on how to seamlessly integrate these systems into treatments and determine their most effective applications, the very concept of such integration opens up new horizons in healthcare—a future where prevention, holistic treatment, and personalized care are the cornerstones of a healthier world.

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