AYURVEDA-Myths & Facts
AYURVEDA- Myths & Facts
Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine that is native to India. Dr Saji D ‘Souza of KSAC Hospital explains the richness of this medicine system and decodes the myths associated with it.
What is Ayurveda?
“Ayurveda actually means Knowledge of Life and is the Mother of all healing systems,” says Dr Saji D’Souza. Not many know that Ayurveda is the Upaveda of Atharvaveda. According to Dr Saji, all other fields of medicine including Chinese medicine, Yunani, Homeopathy and even Allopathy stem from Ayurveda which is the science of health and life. “If we understand history, we will glean that the Father of Surgery was Sushruta and the Father of Plastic Surgery and Anesthesia was again none other than the same sage, an Ayurvedic Surgeon who lived in 1000 to 600 B.C.Charaka another great Ayurvedic Scholar who is regarded as Father of Ayurvedic medicine from whom lots of principles were doctored into the development of modern medicine. So, I would describe Ayurveda as the history of Modern Medicine,” says Dr Saji.
But in spite of so much knowledge and history, today, Ayurveda seems to be just a synonymous to massage, rues the doctor. “I can decode all the prevailing myths with examples,” he says.
Myth 1 Ayurveda is just massage
Dr Saji says that Ayurveda is next to “mother’s care”. “Treatment is carried over both internally and externally and pain is not treated with pain,” he says, adding, “the patient is treated with love, passion and a holistic perspective with the goal of uprooting the malady instead of mere symptomatic treatment.” In this context, massage is done to improve blood circulation rectify nervo-muscular problems and is the only way to manipulate dislocated bones other than surgical intervention. Plus, the use of herbal oil is significant as oil is the best media to carry medicine into the body. So, as the doctor informs, massage has a scientific and medicinal aspect to it.
Myth 2 One has dietary and habitual restrictions if taking Ayurvedic medicines
“If a person has kidney stones, the patient is asked not to eat calcium rich food like tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower, milk and egg whites. This is irrespective of which treatment is pursued,” Dr Saji points out. So dietary restrictions or habitual restrictions is done according to the ailment and not the treatment.
Myth 3 Ayurveda is not a scientific system
Dr Saji is emphatic about this, “At my hospital, all the medicines are approved by the Drugs Control of India. The medicines have passed all standard accreditation systems and also toxicology and pharmacology tests. The doctors have passed out of board examinations that follow every parameter of law of the land. When such systems are in place where is the question of Ayurveda being unscientific?” At his hospital, all the diagnostic parameters are taken before and after the treatment to prove that the patient has been effectively treated.
Myth 4 Ayurveda treatment is slow
Dr Saji talks of the conventional surgical intervention for lumbar and cervical spondylosis which takes about three months recovery time. “With Ayurvedic treatment, the process is about 14 -28 days,” he says, pointing out that “the length of the treatment will depend on the age of the patient and the age of the disease. The treatment time depends on the severity and chronic nature of the disease.”
Myth 5 Ayurvedic medicine contains metallic preparations
There are two types of medical preparations viz, herbal, and mineral and metallic formulations. “In Bashma and Kshara preparations, metallic components are there which are purified to render the preparation safe. Only if the purification is faulty, it becomes unsafe. In our hospital, in 99.9% cases only herbal medicines are used.
Myth 6 Ayurvedic medicine is heat producing
Ayurvedic medicine treats degenerative disorders like arthritis, aggravated by cold, by increasing the basal body temperature. This will help increase the digestive and assimilation power of the medicine.Digestive heat increases only when metallic preparations are administered.
Dr.Saji D’Souza’s KSAC hospital established in 1998 with a 180 bed strength put together in Hyderabad,Shamshabad,IAS Officer’s association and Bangalore branches specializes in osteoarthritis, sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, piles, fistula, fissures, sexual problems, infertility, gynecological problems, skin diseases, paralysis and mental illnesses. It is a super specialty hospital with doctors specializing in specific areas and very much focuses on proof based treatment. They look into all the major spheres of Ayurveda ie Therapeutic,Relaxation,Rejuvenation,Beauty and Fitness aspects.
Dr Saji D ‘Souza (BAMS, MD in Alternative medicine and MS in Ayurvedic medicines) specializes in Cervical and Lumbar Spondylosis, Dr Ansy D ‘Souza (ano-rectal problems in females,sinusitis,gynaec problems,Spondylitis etc), Dr P. Gopalakrishnan (ano-rectal problems in males, cancer, thyroid), Dr.K. Laksmiprasad (sexual problems, infertility and mental retardation), Dr Nidhi Navani (resident medical officer of Bangalore unit specializing in Chronic Fatigue syndrome).Chronic fatique syndrome is nothing but the gift of present day stressed and time pressed life style and is more affected the urban life in all the metros.
Ultimately Dr.Saji D’souza’s KSAC hospital is a one stop solution for all the chronic diseases without undergoing the turmoil of surgeon’s knife.