Integration of Ayurveda in Medical Universities:
Updated: May 19, 2019
Some of the medical universities in Europe are coming forward for an integration of Ayurveda medicine in their medical curriculum. For example, Graz medical university in Austria has recently included one semester for Ayurvedic studies in their medical curriculum.
This trend is because of the growing concern that the medical system in the west is not able to give an appropriate solution to most of the chronic diseases and life-style diseases. Moreover life-style management or preventive medicine is absent in the western system.
Western medical doctors believe that, Ayurveda can be a complementary medicine by adding some of the prominent principles and integrating them in the clinics and hospitals.
1. Nutrition for each disease. The doctors are interested to study more about the different food and its preparation as explained in Ayurveda. The heating and cooling properties of food items can be used in fat accumulating or inflammatory diseases respectively. Just by avoiding some of the food items like red meat and many junk food, managing rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Parkinson’s diseases have met with great success in the west.
2. Herbs & Spices.many diseases like lactose intolerance, gluten allergy, Pollen Allergy are prevalent in western courtiers. A westerner uses only pepper and salt in their preparation of food. May be some also know about Ginger and Cardamom properties. But the anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic or antimicrobial medicinal properties are rather unknown for them from the curcuma, nutmeg, cinnamon etc. This is another area of growing interest in many medical universities and has led to integrate Ayurveda pharmacology in their curriculum.
3. Panchakarma.There is nothing equivalent in any medical system to the complete step-by-step internal cleansing of the gastro-intestinal system and the tissues as in Ayurveda. This Panchakarma or Detox-therapy is getting famous among the modern medical doctors, and they are aware that adopting these detoxification methods from Ayurveda can reduce most of the chemical medicines.
4. Yoga-Asana. Different yoga postures as a sequence in for managing different diseases are also getting accepted medically. Group yoga with several people gives only a general wellbeing for the healthy individuals. But if the person is diseased it is better to go for an individual based yoga therapy. Yoga Asana is one of the postures, which preserves the energy. Most of the other exercises are energy depleting. The medical faculty is accepting yoga therapy and health insurance coverage is available for yoga therapy.
5. Yoga-Pranayama / Dhyana. Along with a good posture, properly dealing the prana along with dhyana to calm the mind is best prescription for the complete health in Ayurveda. The diseases like Asthma, cardiac insufficiency, Migraine, burn out, blood pressure & mental agonies like frustration, insecurity etc. are treated by proper Pranayama & Dhyana.
The awareness of the above five procedures are getting more and more popular among the public and the medical faculty in Europe especially in Germany & Austria.
During the past 22 years, I could see the tremendous progress towards the acceptance of Ayurveda at least as a complementary medicine through the continuous efforts of Ayurvedic doctors like me. As a faculty member of the Graz University, I greatly appreciate the young medical students for their genuine interest to learn Ayurveda and their acceptance towards Ayurveda for integration with modern medicine for the wellbeing of their patients. Let us hope this journey with new approaches will certainly help the mankind in due course. And let that journey end in formulating one integrated medicine incorporating the positive aspects of all medical systems and let healing only be its target.
*Ano bhadra kratavo yanthu viswatha:*"
Let noble thoughts come to all from all sides". Rig Veda 1-89-i
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