Traditional Indian Medicine Finding its Foothold in The West
India has been using Ayurveda as a medical science and a cure for various illness since 5000 years. The word Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, means science of life. The popular medical science of this Eastern country also has its own popularity in the Western countries and it is steadily growing for the past 2 decades in the United States of America. At the outset the reasons seem to be set up of the holistic health centers across the country and the policy of this medical system, Ayurveda to consider every individual to be unique. There are other reasons too, which are discussed here.
Reasons of gaining popularity in the western countries :
Ayurveda has its roots in the Vedic texts of India. These texts are of the age of more than 5000 years. Ayurveda concentrate on the three main areas, which are curing of the ailment, averting diseases, and also increasing the longevity of life by rejuvenation. Ayurveda drives home the fact that one can lead a healthy life as long as he or she lives in harmony with nature. As for this medical system is concerned, our health has a lot to do with the 9 planets of the solar system. As they are interconnected with our physique, it is necessary to lead a balanced life with nature.
Allopathy Vs Ayurveda :
Allopathy is the most dominating medical treatment in the US. It operates by curing the ailment that currently exists in the human body and the treatment is based on the symptoms and the diagnosis. The treatment is most commonly used medications that are available in the pharmacies. On the other hand, the westerners are beginning to take a try with Ayurveda, as this system is also focusing on preventing the diseases at complete level, apart from healing the existing diseases. Ayurveda also believes that the mind and body is a single unit. Any disturbance caused in either of them will bring forth a disease. Ayurveda also tells that any disturbance in the single entity of the ecosystem, is bound to affect it as a whole and as a result every living being is affected. When there is an imbalance of the mind and body, the symptoms spring out because the system is not ease, in fact at dis-ease. Keeping this mind, Ayurveda has its own techniques to balance the mind and body. The prescribed medications include the lifestyle changes and the natural therapies to prevent the diseases. Not only yoga and meditation are the medications. There are also herbal infusions that are available for thousands of years in Ayurveda, against the pharmaceutical medications of Allopathy.
Benefits of Ayurveda :
Since Ayurveda has been for thousands of years, the clinical studies are conducted on using plants for medications. The studies prove that botanical therapies are effective for certain cancers, infections, and help in maintaining good health. Also, the results of these medications on various other diseases help to control and cure them. The effect of Yoga and other natural therapies on hypertension and stress prove to be efficacious. Another reason why the west looks at east for Ayurveda is that, this medical science insists on harmony of physical and mental health, making the entire lifestyle harmonious.