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Alternative systems gaining around

More and more people are taking to alternative systems of medicine seem to work better, have less side effects and keep them in better health.

Cardiac Surgeon and National Research Professor at Manipal University Dr. M S Valiathan, who has done extensive scientific study of the Ayurvedic system of medicine says that Ayurveda is slowly gaining popularity.

“Given the increase in Ayurvedic doctors every year which is over 20,000, Ayurvedic hospitals and dispensaries all over India, along with the production of Aruvedic drugs over 6,000 rs crore per year, one can assume that more people are opting for Ayurveda.” He says.

He adds that modern Medicine excels in the diagnosis and treatment of infections diseases, cancers, surgical conditions and so on while Ayurveda has much to offer in the treatment of chronic conditions related to allergy and auto-immune disorders, degenerative diseases of the nervous and locomotor systems. However, he maintains that there is no evidence to indicate whether Ayurveda or modern Medicine is better suited for treating particular diseases.

Another view doctors have is that while acute cases like accident, heart attack, and brain tumour can be treated through Allopathy, secondary treatment or post – operative treatment can be done better through Ayurveda or Homeopathy.

Executive Member of Central Homeopathy Council Dr. B. T. Rudresh says that patients with diseases like hernia, appendicitis and tonsils can be treated with Homeopathy while those with the skin diseases, piles fistula, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis can get better results through Ayurveda.

Dr. Rudresh says that each day the concept of Ayurveda is gaining momentum, especially in urban pockets as the level of stress has increased.

But, contraty to the belief, Ayurvedic treatment is no longer cheaper than the conventional way.

“Except when offered by traditional Vaidyas Who do not use commercially produced drugs, and who do not copy the expensive habits of modern Medicine, it does quite a lot to get Ayurvedic treatment,” Dr. Valiathan says.

The basic principal behind treatment in Homeopathy is that Homeopathy doctors considered human body has one single unit where as in Allopathy the treatment on individual is ever changing and never similar, Prof. S. Ahalaya Sharma of Government Ayurvedic Medical College says.

“In Ayurveda, a human body is seen as a bio prdouct of nature and substains available in nature or used to treat a person. The root cause of any diseases being treated is taken into consideration then the manifestation, “Dr. Ahalaya says.

It is not possible to say which system is cheaper, but both forms are cost – effective. Dr. Ruydresh says,“ Homeopathy drugs are viable to Indian Social Economical and Cultural backgrounds and do not cause any untoward incident. Plus, these are all tested on healthy human. Whereas in Allopathy and can go wrong. “

Dr. Ahalya says, “At primary health care level, Ayurveda medicines are very cost – effective and in chronic diseases”, it may cost little more, but certainly it is not of patients reach.

Clinical Trails to Find Which system is better...

Dr. Valiathan also says clinical clear answers to decide which system is better for patients.

“Even trails of Ayurvedic treatment based on the liberalised criteria of the World Health Organisation (WHO), would give valuable evidence of efficacy and safety of Ayurvedic treatment. This could then be compared with the known results of treatment by modern medicine. Until evidence is forthcoming, we cannot say which system is better at curing diseases,” he says.


Dr. Mukesh Batra, says, “Homeopathy was founded by a German doctor Samuel Hahnemann and came to India through a French homeopath and from the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Ayurveda, raw herbs are used whereas in Homeopathy they are potentate and diluted for greater efficacy.

“Allopathy is a dominate system of medicine and largely based on Pharmacopoeia, which deals with chemical based drugs and dues superficial treatment and has side effects”.

He has “Homeopathy is based on their principal of similbus curenture” or ‘like cure likes’, which is similar to vaccination. For example A person who chops an onion can develop watery eyes, a running nose, sneezing, coughing and throat irritation from exposure to the onion’s active substance. The homeopathic remedy Allium cepa, made of potentised red onion, can help the body overcome a cold or allergy attack in which the person has similar symptoms (watery eyes, a running nose, sneezing, coughing and throat irritation).

The actual symptoms of the illness were not caused by posture to an onion, but the remedy made from the onion can help the body overcome them, because the symptoms are similar,” he explains.

-Source : The Hindu Daily.

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