Body and soul
Ayurveda is actually not a purely medical system, but a philosophy about life in all its aspects. The attention is not fixed on the respective illness, but has the whole in view, the physical constitution, the behavior pattern, the attitude to life. Diet, medication and supportive treatments are tailored to this.
Factors inherited from father and mother also play a role, as does spiritual worldview, social attitude, and food choices; regional and seasonal factors also have an influence. Research is carried out into the causes of the disease, with a view to time, sensory perception, language and psychosomatic reactions.
Conventional medicine and Ayurveda agree that health is not only about being free from illnesses, but also defines the state of physical, mental and social well-being.
Principles of Indian medicine
- Psychosomatic concept of drug and disease.
- Medicine comes from nature and is purely herbal.
- It has existed for thousands of years and originated in India.
- Diagnosis and therapy are carried out according to the individual’s body and the state of the disease
- Stimulates and strengthens the body’s defense mechanisms.
- The treatments are always combined with specific diet and exercise requirements.
- Ninety percent of Ayurveda treatments are performed with herbal preparations for internal administration. More than 3,000 plants are available for the production of the preparations.
- Creates a deep self-awareness – a harmony between imagination and reality.
Ayurveda and conventional medicine – a comparison
In Germany we have excellent medical care in acute and rescue medicine. She saves many lives. But in the field of prevention and chronic diseases, Indian medicine has an advantage because it treats each patient individually and not the symptoms, but the causes.
In principle, both medical systems complement each other to the benefit of people: our Western medicine does an excellent job in accidents, operations and in acute medicine, whereas Ayurveda is more successful and more sustainable in its effects in chronic diseases due to its individual approach.
The treatment in Ayurveda, the science of long life in health, is holistic. It looks at people in their mentality, psychological condition, lifestyle and body shape and sees an illness as a disturbance in the overall system. Accordingly, the treatment approach in Ayurveda is very differentiated, depending on which type of constitution is affected by which disease or condition. Ayurveda therapy always includes physical treatments such as massages with medicated oil, herbal affusions or treatment with hot herbal stamps, steam baths, etc., a change in diet and the avoidance of certain unfavorable foods. Only natural products / dietary supplements are used as remedies, often with ingredients from spices such as turmeric, black pepper, etc.
Conventional medicine often only treats the symptoms of a possibly deeper-lying disease, while Ayurveda wants to find out the root causes and starts the treatment here. Ayurveda does not want to come up with quick results, such as those guaranteed by antibiotics; this is done slowly and carefully. Instead of synthetically manufactured medicines – which certainly save lives, e.g. in the case of major epidemics – Ayurveda uses herbs, oils, animal products and minerals. As a result of the holistic concept, there are no standard pills for all patients for the individual diseases, so there are no side effects. Instead of physics, chemistry and biology, as in the medical preparatory semesters, the Ayurveda student delves into Sanskrit, learns language and grammar and acquires “Tarka”, which are specific discussion techniques. All this helps him to understand the concept of Ayurveda and in particular the deep causes of diseases.
While conventional medicine focuses on the health of the body and mind, Ayurveda is concerned with health in the areas of body, soul, spirit, social relationships and the environment.
Completely different from the “apparatus medicine”, with well-equipped laboratories, with MRT and sonography for a targeted diagnosis, the Ayurveda specialist relies mainly on the five senses, which are refined in their perception in order to be sensitive to tiny irritations be. Nevertheless, an Ayurveda specialist will of course recommend an X-ray if a broken leg is suspected.
Many chronic diseases can be treated very well with Ayurveda medicine. In particular,
- Diabetes mellitus
- Rheumatism, Fibromyalgia and Arthritis
- Pain Syndromes
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Aftermath of Apoplex (Stroke)
- Exhaustion Depression
- Sleep Disturbances and Nervousness
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- High Blood Pressure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Psoriasis and Neurodermatitis