Journal of Indian System of Medicine

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 219--220

The need for an interdisciplinary strategy for a better quality of living


Vaishali Vasant Kuchewar 
 Department of Kayachikitsa, MGACH&RC, DMIMS(DU), Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Vaishali Vasant Kuchewar
Department of Kayachikitsa, MGACH&RC, DMIMS(DU), C/O Arun Mutyalwar, Ward no. 4, Alodi, Karla Road, Wardha, Maharashtra
India




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Non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, chronic respiratory conditions, diabetes mellitus, cancer, heart disease, and depression, impact millions of people worldwide and account for 73% of all fatalities.[1] Additionally, it has been demonstrated in the COVID-19 pandemic that co-morbidities and chronic illnesses amplify the effects of communicable diseases.[2] Because of alterations in lifestyle, chronic diseases are becoming more common. It also creates a significant financial burden.[3] Therefore, it is vital to alter the way chronic disease treatment is provided. It is essential to create a vision for the fusion of several disciplines with the adoption and wiser application of contemporary technologies.

Why integrate?

Disease prevention is a major concern of Ayurveda. The term “health” refers to a condition of ideal physical, psychological, and spiritual functioning rather than only the absence of disease. The secondary goal is to treat the sickness by balancing the internal environment with the aid of shamans and shodhan.

Ayurveda views the onset of disease from a distinct angle. In particular, Agni is emphasised since Ayurveda places a higher priority on healthy soil than seed.

Agni and Ama - The digestive system’s controlling force, known as “Agni.”It is responsible for digestion, metabolism, and nutritional assimilation. Ama, a poisonous, inflammatory waste product, is formed when the agni’s function is impaired. It can activate harmful immunological responses and block the body’s macro- and micro-channels. Different reactions, ranging from slight nausea to atherosclerosis, can be brought on by it.[4]

In addition to causing disturbed emotions, psychological discomfort can also result in a type of ama.[5] Ama is also regarded as the “root cause of all diseases” and its elimination is one essential component of treatment.

Panchakarma is a special type of Ayurvedic treatment for body purification. The accumulation of toxic material (Ama) in the body, which affects the immune system, is the underlying cause of all communicable and non-communicable diseases. In light of this, panchakarma is a major therapy option for the majority of chronic diseases. Numerous studies have raised awareness of the importance of the gastrointestinal system in preserving both physical and mental health.[6] Numerous chronic conditions, including IBD, obesity, and diabetes, are linked to GI tract dysbiosis.[7] Panchakarma is the unique modality to maintain healthy microbiota.

Rasayan chikitsa - Rasayana includes some medications or procedures that function at the level of optimal dietary intake, suitable metabolism, and efficient macro- and micro-channel function. It attempts to prevent ageing, boost body strength and intelligence, and strengthen the body’s resistance to disease (vyadhi-kshamatva).[8]

Numerous illnesses are known to be influenced by oxidative stress. Antioxidants like Ashwagandha and Guduchi are found in several Rasayan medicines. Many chronic illnesses benefit greatly from such medications.

The body, specifically the homeostasis of agni, is significantly affected by negative psychological moods in both directions.[9] Ayurveda stresses that physical illness has an impact on mental health, and vice versa. Thus, incorporating Ashtanga yoga and Achar rasayan, which is a fundamental component of Rasayan therapy, may help in the management of physical, mental, and psychosomatic problems.{Figure 1}

In China, techniques from both conventional and modern medicine have been successfully blended. Both traditional and western medicine courses are necessary for Chinese medical students, who actively implement what they learn at clinics. Because they are familiar with the benefits and limitations of both medical systems, Chinese medical practitioners may select the appropriate therapies to maximize the good outcomes.

To sum up, modern medicine focuses primarily on attacking strategies, whereas Ayurveda emphasizes a defensive approach. We are combating illness with nothing more than a “sword,” which is perilous and risky. To protect ourselves, we must employ both a sword and a shield in order to serve humanity and ultimately save money on medical expenses.

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