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ENRICHMENT OF MODERN MEDICINE BY AYURVEDA
INTRODUCTION:
 
Modern medicine, despite its remarkable achievements, to deal with thepresent situation, it is necessary to drop prejudices and to recapitulate the historicaldevelopment of scientific medicine. Ayurvedic medicine greatly influenced and directlycontributed to the development of Greek medicine. Subsequently, Arabic medicineborrowed heavily from Greek medicine and eventually came to be recognized as Unanimedicine. Thus, it is evident that the 3 "Pathies" in India, i.e., Ayurveda, Siddha, andUnani medicine actually represent the ontogeny -- the past stages -- in the evolution of modern medicine. Needed is a coherent synthesis of the valid elements of the different"systems of medicine" into a modern scientific health science. This requires work,experiments, and experience. Medicinal plants and herbs have been studied by manyphytochemists and pharmacologists for the isolation and pharmacodynamic activity of their active ingredients. Many popular and widespread practices of herbal therapy havebeen validated by scientific experiment. It is necessary to educate the practicing doctorsand lay people about the scientific knowledge on the mechanisms of action of Ayurvedicdrugs commonly used by them. Such an educational program serves the followingobjectives: scientific world view can affect other activities beneficially; people may comeforward to share their experiences with scientists, which may lead to research and newdrugs; and a reinforcement of the existing therapeutic practices with scientific data maypopularize the use of such plants on a wide scale; and the scientific use of herbs andplants would tend to reduce the widespread quackery and witchcraft prevalent in India'srural and backward areas.
 
Ayurveda vis-a-vis Modern Medicine
:
 
Ayurveda and modern medicine differ in one basic sense:Modern Medicine is driven by Structure or the 'Part' and is thus substantially dependent onlaboratory tests and diagnostic investigations. But, Ayurveda gives importance to Function or theeffect of the µWhole¶. When every sub-system functions properly, it is health. When there is somedifference or difficulty in the function, ill-health is caused. It is said that modern medicine isdisease-centric, while Ayurveda is
 patient-centric
.There need not be any contradiction between Ayurveda and Modern Medicine. The two systemsmay truly and effectively complement each other, when structural knowledge is judiciouslyintegrated and interpreted .Contrary to common perception, through the ages, the seers of Ayurvedarecognized the need to ensure that Ayurveda was relevant to contemporary needs anddevelopments.
Vagbhata
, the latest of the acharyas, says in his text that he is trying to make thesystem up-to-date and suitable for the times (
 yuganuroopa).
 
MODERN MEDICINE IN COMBINATION WITH AYURVEDA:
 
IN AN ERA OF EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE, TRADITIONAL INDIAN PRACTICES, LIKEAYURVEDA AND UNANI, CANNOT SURVIVE IN ISOLATION, BUT NEED TO BE EFFECTIVELYCOMBINED WITH MODERN MEDICINE
 
Citing areas of common interest in both ayurveda and modern medicine, like the attention deficitdisorder among children. Better results can be drawn by combining the modern and traditionalmedicine practices.
 
WH
A
T
 
IS
AY
URVED
A?
 
Ayurveda is a holistic science of wellness based on creating harmony between two fundamentalcomplementary forces, movement, observed in respiration, circulation, digestion, elimination andin the nervous system, and stability which provides the structure to support movement. Behindthese two forces is the one energy which makes it all happen. Ayurveda works through keepingthese forces in balance, which creates harmony with this natural rhythm found in all life. Harmonyreflects itself in wellness just as all disease grows from an imbalance.
AY
URVEDIC
P
ERS
P
ECTIVES
 
ON
M
ODERN
 
DISE
A
SES
&
CONTRIBUTION
 
OF
AY
URVED
A
TO
M
ODERN
 M
EDICINE:
 
Ayurvedic Guidelines for
C
ancer Prevention
;
 
O
ur body cells are surrounded by fluids which should be slightly alkaline in order to sustain life. If these fluids, especially the blood, become more acidic our body will begin to deposit these excessacid forming substances in some area of the body such as breasts in women or the prostate in men.Cells which adapt to an acid environment are called malignant.Ayurveda recommends an on-balance alkaline forming diet to maintain healthy cells. High acidforming foods such as eggs, red meats, cheese and sugar should be replaced with moderate to lowacid forming foods such as whole grains and legumes. The majority of foods should be alkalineforming such as those found in seasonal fruits and vegetables and natural condiments such as soy.Herbs should be taken which help clean the blood of excess acidity and restore health.Traditionally, bitter herbs such as amalaki, manjista or guggul have been incorporated into balanced formulas such as triphala which can be taken over longer periods of time for healthmaintenance.
 
Maintaining
H
ealthy
B
lood Glucose Levels
:
Ayurveda looks at proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients as a the root of health or disease.In blood sugar problems it is important to create an orderly breakdown of carbohydrates in thesystem. The simplest forms are the monosaccharides, of which the most important for us is glucose.Being small molecules, monosaccharides reach the intestinal wall and are directly absorbed into the body. However, in the case of polysaccharides, the larger molecules have to pass through manylevels of digestion, slowing the rate of absorption into the bloodstream. Therefore, a diet includingmore whole grains is helpful in maintaing healthy blood sugar levels.
B
alancing
H
erbs
:
G
ymnema sylvestre (shardunika) has been used in Ayurvedic formulas for centuries to assist inmaintaining healthy blood glucose levels, stimulate the production of insulin and reduce the cravingfor sweets.It can be purchased as a single herb in tablet or capsule form or purchased in proprietaryformulations such as Sweet Ease or 
G
lucosim.
 
S
tress Management
:
 
According to Ayurveda, disease and delusion develop when this vital life force is blocked bycontinued holding tension in the body as a reaction to stressful situations. Stress is a mind-body

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