Ayurveda as a Complementary System of Healing:
Opportunities for Integrating Ayurvedic Approaches and Solutions in a Modern Medical Practice.
Advances in contemporary and modern medical practices, information-communication and other technologies provide an ideal base and a compelling opportunity for considering integrating time-tested practices of Ayurveda into present-day clinic practice. Using specific examples from neurology, oncology, cardiology, rheumatology, metabolic diseases, complex-chronic disorders and genetics,-genomic & Ayurvedic prakurti analysis, my presentation will offer insights into approaches for integrating evidence-based Ayurvedic practice with modern medicine without diluting the ethos of your clinic or its core values. Examples of where Ayurveda can work alongside modern medical approaches and achieve better results and clinical outcomes with safety, time, cost and therapeutic benefits include:
Neurology: Integrating Ayurvedic medicines, Panchakarma, Yoga and Nutrition to the management protocols of Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, M. Alzheimer and Psychosomatic diseases can offer a comprehensive holistic approach towards disease management.
Oncology: Highly specific and targeted chemo and radiation therapy in oncology can open the doors to integrative approaches in specific tissue / organ targeted cyto-protection using Ayurvedic drugs and procedures.
Cardiology: Cardiac insufficiency and Pulmonary Hypertension are two areas in Cardiology, which your specialty can actively address through an integrative approach with Ayurveda.
Rheumatology: Synergistic approach in the management of all kinds of Rheumatism (Fibromyalgia, Chronic pain, Poly Arthritis) will be another area of active integration.
Metabolic Diseases: In Diabetes the integrative approach focuses on early prediction, prevention of the disease and management of diabetes-associated complications.
Complex conditions, Chronic Diseases & Syndromes: Modern medicine is effective but expensive. Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine can be a perfect partner to provide integrated, cost-effective and sustainable solutions particularly for the growing epidemic of chronic and long term diseases. Treatment for functional corrections and management of slow developing, long-lasting and often uncurable conditions like Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Chronic Stress and Burnout-Syndrome, Insomnia; Skin diseases like Chronic Eczema, Psoriasis; Gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, Colitis ulcerosa; Psychosomatic and psychiatric diseases like Depression, fear and panic attacks are other areas where it is possible to integrative Ayurvedic insigts with contemporary, modern approaches. Ayurvedic dietetic and herbals interventions alongside modern therapies, for instance, can offer cost-effective alternatives with added benefits of be benefited with less dosages, high efficacy, and build up immune system and less expensive. A few examples include:
Poly Arthritis: Rasna decoctions –Pinda thailam massage and Vata reducing diet
Multiple sclerosis: Sahacharadi decoctions- Mahamasha Siro vasthi- vata reducing diet
Parkinson’s – Kapikachu churnam- Kaheerabala Nasyam- vata reducing diet.
Psoriasis- Nimba decoctions- Takra dhara- Pitta reducing diet
Back pain- Gandharva decoctions- Murivenna Kati vasthi- vata reducing diet.
Genetics, Genomic & Prakurti: Prakruti / Constitution analysis of Ayurveda and co-relating the information to the genetic makeup of a person, Health Check-up can predict proclivity to diseases and point to preventive interventions and life-style modifications.
Cost reduction and sustainable integrated and fusiuon solutions for the future: In the above and other instances Ayurveda is not to be seen as a substitute for Western medicine. However, such examples, help see how the traditional systems of medicine including Ayurveda and other AYUSH modalities can work together in an integrated framework that is more effective and less traumatic to the body and sustainable and inexpensive. Such interactions may also help evolve new forms of fusion medicine and therapies for the modern times and the future.