Ayurveda-What to study?
Since the philosophy of India is very much connected with Ayurveda we should not ignore this. This will change the attitude of life in a different way and understands the health and disease also in a different way. What is missing in western countries is the attitude of Life, the aim of life and what we have to achieve in life. The materialistic thinking is the main etiology of diseases which results in stress and civilized diseases in western countries. Dharma, Artha, Sukha are the main achievement in our life according to Ayurveda. So this concept is well accepted in these countries for a better understanding of life. If we avoid these philosophies and only trying to concentrate on medical part of Ayurveda that will again will not fulfill the total concepts of Ayurveda. Galen, the great physician AD 129, was concerned to combine philosophical thought with medical practice, as in his brief workThat the Best Physician is also a Philosopher. He regarded medicine as an interdisciplinary field that was best practiced by utilizing theory, observation, and experimentation in conjunction.
Why India is accepted by the high society of western countries are this medical pluralism, spiritual pluralism but converging in oneness not diverging. The Vedas, Upanishads ; Yoga and Samkya like shaddarsanas. Indian art, Indian dances, even Bollywood dances, Indian cuisine and so on has a uniqueness that what make India as India in other countries. An Indian is proud of his country because of our traditions & culture. I am not telling that you should sell this culture but to educate and lead the others if it is having a good influence for promoting health and character of the people / patients.
Daily routines, Cleansing of the senses with theoretical and practical ways, seasonal routines depends on the countries, cooking the breakfast, lunch and dinner in Ayurvedic ways, important spices, medicinal plants explained in Ayurveda and local herbs in each country, home remedies, specific diseases and its approach in Ayurveda should be the step by step studies for a modern man who seeks while approaching Ayurveda. Education of a Patient, Education of a therapist, Education of a normal medical doctor, and Education of Ayurveda principles at the school level must be the highlight for an Ayurveda study. I can show you that the new generation has no idea of cleaning the senses in the early morning, even the qualities of a shower or bath like simple daily routines are ignorant among the most of the children. This is what Ayurveda emphasizes on preventive medicine. So teaching of Ayurveda should be in the grass root level for maintaining health.
Check List: 1. Teacher should have a minimum qualification of BAMS 2. Teaching of local herbs in the each country along with special herbs which are explained in Ayurveda that are not be substituted by the local plants. 3. A minimum 3 modules of Ayurveda education like Sutra for common man; Sutra & Chikitsa for Therapists; Sutra, Chikitsa and Bhishak for medical professionals. 4. And there should be an association or co-operation with Indian Universities / colleges or AYUSH for the quality control of education.
Dr. Jeevan. E.P Ayurveda consultant & Teacher