YOGA & NATUROPATHY
Ayurveda, the Science of Life, is a 5000 years of wisdom distilled into a system of practice having
its historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of diseases,
but, is a complete way of life. This system of Health stresses on the prevention of body ailments in addition to curing them.
Curative Ayurveda has mainly eight branches: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychology & Psychiatry, E.N.T. & Ophthalmology, Surgery, Toxicology, Nutrition and Aphrodisiacs. Ayurvedic principles of Health & Disease revolve around the concept of 3 doshas – Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Ayurveda has made several contributions for Medicine; Susrutha, father of Surgery who lived in 700BC was an Ayurveda physician.
The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda is based on time tested theories proven by observation, trial & error and experimentation. Ayurveda has taken the help of modern research methodology to prove its efficacy.
Yoga today, is no longer restricted to hermits, saints, and sages;
it has entered into our everyday lives and has aroused a worldwide awakening and
acceptance in the last few decades. The science of Yoga and its techniques have now been reoriented to suit modern sociological needs and
Experts of various branches of medicine including modern medical sciences are realizing the role of these techniques in the prevention and mitigation of diseases and promotion of health. Naturopathy is an art and science of healthy living and a drugless system of healing based on well founded philosophy. Naturopathy is a system of treatment which recognizes the existence of the vital curative force within the body.
Naturopathy techniques involve: Diet Therapy, Fasting Therapy, Mud Therapy, Hydrotherapy, MassoTherapy, Acupressure, Acupuncture, Chromo Therapy, Air Therapy, Magnet Therapy etc.
The foundation of Unani system was laid by the father of medicine - Hippocrates.
Unani medicine, otherwise called Islamic Herbal Medicine is a Greko Arabic medicine which is based on the 4 fundamental principles – Dam (Blood), Belgum (Phlegm), Safra (Yellow Bile), Sauda (Black Bile). The balance of these principles provides health, while the imbalance of any or all results in diseases. The treatment approach of Unani is to balance the imbalanced principles through a 4 fold approach; Lifestyle modification, Diet therapy, Internal medicine and Regimental therapy.
Regimental therapy is very popular in Islamic culture which is otherwise called Hijama or Wet Cupping. Natural herbs are used as internal medications; commonly used herbs are; ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, aloe vera, amla etc.
Siddha system is one of the oldest systems of medicine in India.
This principles and doctrines of this system, both fundamental and applied,
have a close similarity to Ayurveda, with specialization in iatrochemistry.
Siddha system has enormous pharmacopoeia containing vegetable, animal and mineral products and treatment techniques. According to the Siddha medicine system, diet and lifestyle play a major role in health and in curing diseases. Varma therapy is traditional manipulative therapy of Siddha for the treatment of physical injuries and musculoskeletal problems.
This is based on the 108 vital points that are junctions of bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves called Varma points. Pranic energy is found concentrated in these points which, upon manipulation, produce curative effect.
The word ‘Homoeopathy’ is derived from two Greek words, Homois meaning similar and pathos meaning suffering.
Homeopathy, a system of medicine discovered by a German doctor, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, treats the patient with highly diluted substances, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.
Homeopathy is based on the principle - treat ‘like with like’, that is; a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts, to treat those same symptoms. The Government and the people of India accepted homeopathy widely and it is flourished and updated by research & clinical practice. The ultra-dilution of homeopathy medicine is widely accepted as nanomedicine and it is offered as the medicine of the new millennium. Indian Homeopathy stands as a strong arm of AYUSH India.
Sowa-Rigpa - commonly known as Amchi system of medicine is one of the oldest,
living and well documented medical tradition of the world.
It has been popularly practice in Tibet, Mongolia, Bhutan, some parts of China, Nepal, Himalayan regions of India and few parts of former Soviet Union etc. The majority of theory and practice of Sowa-Rigpa is similar to “Ayurveda”.
Gyud-Zi (four tantra) the fundamental text book of this medicine was first translated from India and enriched in Tibet with its own folklore and other medical tradition like Chinese and Persian etc. The impact of Sowa-Rigpa along with Buddhism and other Tibetan art and sciences were spread in neighboring Himalayan regions.