Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Dr. Shripathi Adiga H

 Assistant Professor, Department of Ayurveda, KMC, Manipal University,

Traditional Indian medicine and its contemporary relevance

The thinking capacity of man has not only secerned him from other animals, but also engendered him conversant with annoyances. His numerous attempts to ward off and combat them, in a systemic form, has thus resulted in traditional medicinal heritage. India is the abode of various traditional, folklore systems of medicine, owing to incredible pedagogy, along with Ayurveda, the authenticated, codified knowledge system. In Indian society, folk medicine has always enjoyed symbiotic relationship with Ayurveda and the duo are interconnected.

Ayurveda is the ultimate art of holistic medicine, where in treatments are person specific, inculcating knowledge of the physical, biological and spiritual fields in Nature. The concepts of prakriti, agni, aama, panchakarma, rasayana ...etc., are the potentials of Ayurveda, besides its fourfold approach of pratyaksha, anumana, apthopadesha and yukti.

And also, there has been a tremendous increase in chronic, lifestyle related disorders where in the conventional system of medicine fails to perform to the full. Ayurveda surmounts in these arenas. Researches on antimicrobial activities, microstructure of metallic drugs; detoxification procedures...etc., glorify Ayurvedic wisdoms.

The contemporary relevance of Ayurveda can be shewed by considering the 5 social aspects of medicine; patient centered, narration based, value based, evidence based, humanistic medicine. Ayurveda gratifies the methodological, epistemological, sociological criteria and thus testifies its scientism.

The Alma Ata declaration of the WHO, recognising the potential and scope of traditional medicines in achieving health for all; its report proposing that about 80% of the world’s inhabitants’ problems should be treated by medicinal herbal drug for their primary health care; all convey the aura of the traditional medical system in general and India’s medicinal heritage in particular.

The emergence of a new model of integrative health-care delivery, with Complementary and Alternative Medicine opens up new horizons in the strategy for universalisation of health care.