The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). World Health Day, celebrated to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. So, this year let us talk about the benefits of Alternative medicine.
What is Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medicine is any health treatment which is not a Western medical practice or a conventional treatment. The field is diverse and includes several forms of therapy such as Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Naturopathy and so on. This form of treatment promotes a healthy living and instead of attacking just a single illness, it helps the body to heal and correct itself with the right attitude, intention and care. Reasons, why you should choose alternative medicine are many, a few of these are listed below:
- Healthy body, healthy mind: Alternative medicine sees patients as people, not illnesses. The approach of these methods emphasize wellness as a whole for your body, mind, and spirit. This reduces stress and makes the road to recovery much more smooth for patients. Because doctors practising integrative medicine follow different policies than traditional, there are more chances for patients to get the attention they deserve and feel their value, as opposed to traditional healthcare facilities.
- Variety of treatments available: Western medicine offers a one size fits all approach – if you are diagnosed with a particular condition you will be prescribed a particular type of drug. But you may fall outside the norm and therefore the treatment doesn’t work as well for you or you have tolerability problems. In the case of Alternative medicine, every patient has a unique treatment that fits his or her needs. There is a diverse array of options for therapy and treatment.
- Pain Relief: Western medicine and pharmaceutical drugs such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen can only help to manage chronic pain. But with alternative medicine, there is a treatment for the same.
- Finding the root cause: Western Medicine focuses on dealing with the symptoms of the disease in many cases and treatment suppresses these, rather than curing the problem. This can lead to a lifetime need for drug therapy. Alternative medicines fight the root cause of the illness and not just the symptoms of the disease.
- Little or no side effects: Pharmaceutical drugs have side effects – some patients find themselves in a cycle of taking drugs to deal with the unwanted effects of the drugs they were originally prescribed. Side effects are rare with alternative treatments and treatments are often gentler on the patient and work in harmony with the body.
Few of the alternative treatments available are discussed below:
- Ayurveda: Ayurveda is a 5,000-year- old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behaviour and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.
- Siddha: The Siddha system is based on a combination of ancient medicinal practices and spiritual disciplines. In this medical system, use of metals, minerals and chemical products is predominant. When the normal equilibrium of three humours (vata, pitta and kapha) is disturbed, disease is caused. The factors, which affect this equilibrium are the environment, climatic conditions, diet, physical activities, and stress. According to the Siddha medicine system, diet and life style play a major role not only in health but also in curing diseases. This concept of the Siddha medicine is termed as pathya and apathya, which is essentially a list of do’s and don’t’s.
- Unani: The Unani system of medicine is based on Greek philosophy. The theoretical framework of Unani medicine is based on the work of Hippocrates. By his method of careful study and comparison of symptoms, he laid down the foundation for clinical medicine based on diet and rest. He advocated that the chief function of a physician is to aid the natural forces of the body in combating a disease.
- Yoga: Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.
- Naturopathy: Naturopathy is a system of working towards the cure of diseases without using medicines. The main principles of Naturopathy are astounding. First, the reasons and remedies for all diseases are the same; ailments develop due to the presence of intoxicants. Second, the intoxicants cause diseases, not bacteria and viruses which simply feed off them. Third, nature itself is the best ‘doctor’. All levels of the body are treated simultaneously and holistically. Finally, no medicines are used because Naturopathy is a superb medicine in itself.
Herbz & Healz AYUSH Hospital is a first of its kind, wholesome wellness clinic that follows the authentic principles of the ancient science of medicine. It deals in a completely natural and holistic treatment using these and other forms of alternative medicine. For a complete consultation, book your appointment at 9043336444.