December 2014

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Ayurveda Key Differentiators- The Four Pillars of Chikitsa

How to Avoid Getting Sick This Fall- Winter

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Ayurveda Key Differentiators- The Four Pillars of Chikitsa Towards Good Health
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The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head- Sir William Osler

Charak Samhita- ClassicalTextbookofAyurveda Medicine includes a sermon on medicine as an art. Its focus is the patient�defined as a fellow human seeking comfort because of a problem relating to his or her health. From this emerges that for medicine as an art, its chief and characteristic instrument must be human faculty i.e. doctor, care giver and patient himself. The significant tool with the doctor and care giver is the Aushadh or medicine. The combination of doctor, patient, care giver and medicine makes a fourfold dimension of Ayurveda Chikitsa � Chikitsa Chatushpada.

What aspects of the faculty matter?


1. Vaidya Lakshnam - QUALITIES OF A PHYSICIAN

A physician must be competent, having learnt the science of healing in all its meanings from a preceptor, must have actually witnessed the therapies, gained practical experience by doing them himself for many times, and also pure, clean (in body, mind and speech). He should be an expert and skilled in performing the acts necessary for the treatment and also possess all the necessary equipment and medicine. He should also be fearless in performing the necessary medical acts and should be of sharp intellect, wise, industrious, fair in speech, truthful and a true follower of medical ethics. Such a physician is regarded the best.Medicine, patient, caregivers all these are three elements of the treatment along with a fourth one of a good quality physician cause cure of even the severe disease in a short time. Without a good physician even if the other three limbs are of good quality the treatment becomes unsuccessful. Only a learned physician having good qualities always saves many patients from the ocean of diseases.

AyurVAID is proud to be home to some of the most respected and experienced Ayurveda physicians in India who are not only experts in disease root cause diagnosis but also in carrying out the entire range of classical Ayurveda therapies- Chikitsa.

2. Rogi Lakshanam -QUALITIES OF A PATIENT

A patient should have a long life � time, truthful, religious, curable, wealthy, having good friends, obedient to the physician and believer of God. Such is a good patient.

Mr GS is suffering from Avascular Necrosis and is undergoing some intense Ayurveda cleansing therapies for 3 weeks. Mr GS is a very obedient patient, says Dr Radhika Varma, Senior Physician AyurVAID Hospitals who is treating him. Not a single day he has turned his face off the bitter kashayams and he follows a strict diet and lifestyle pattern as suggested. Also that he is ably supported by his family members. That is visible in his clinical condition. He has improved significantly.

�Almost a decade back, I had developed Avascular Necrosis condition. As a consequence, it became difficult for me to walk properly on two legs. I consulted medical practitioners of various streams and majority of them suggested a hip replacement surgery. But Ayurveda made the surgery obviate. In AyurVAID, I got what exactly I was searching for. Now I am able to stand on two legs and my walking has also been improved,� said a patient at AyurVAID, Domlur

3. Aushadh Lakshanam - QUALITIES OF A MEDICINE

The medicine which is grown in good region, obtained on an auspicious day, effective in less dose, potent, having all its flavour, colour and taste, able to destroy doshas, pleasant, free from side effects and given after due consideration at suitable time is a good medicine. Some detailed qualities about medicine are described in Ayurveda classics, quotes Dr Harshita Kumari, a PhD scholar at AyurVAID in the field of DravyaGuna- Department of Pharmacology.

Bahuta- which means Dravya should be available in large quantities; This is important because if the medicine-herb, mineral or metal used for treating a patient is not available in sufficient quantity, course of treatment cannot be completed and also cannot prepare a formulation out of that. Chikitsa can become incomplete and patient will not get the desired benefit.

Yogya- i.e., it should be effective; Effectiveness to treat a condition comes when the medicine is selected appropriately.

Anekavidhakalpana- one should be able to make different kinds of formulations with it; formulations can change as per the disease stage or condition of the patient

Sampat- intact with its qualities; qualities include Rasa (taste); Guna (quality), Veerya(potency), Vipaka (taste after digestion). To have good qualities, the drug should not be affected by worms, water or any other environmental pollutions. This also includes appropriate Deshai.e, place of collection, Kala i.e,Season of collection, How the useful part was collected, storage precautions.

4. Upasthata Lakshanam -QUALITIES OF A CARE GIVER

The caregiver should be attached -affectionate, faithful to the patient having no hate for a patient, healthy, well versed in nursing/care giving and having faith in the orders of the physician.

�Since you spend a lot of time with the patients, it is quite natural that you develop a sort of attachment with the patients, though your profession does not demand that. The satisfaction and fulfillment you feel once you see the patient's improvement is inexplicable. This is the highest reward we receive from the work,� says Mr. Sreeraj, Head Care Giver at AyurVAID. �AyurVAID Hospitals in particular gives too much of importance to caregiving as much as it is given to doctors. This encourages us to better in work on a daily basis,� Mr. Sreeraj who has completed seven years of service at AyurVAID.

Mrs. Saradamma, Head Staff Nurse at AyurVAID remembers a complicated delivery case she handled several years ago. �The case was complicated and the patient's relatives preferred Ayurveda to allopathy. Allopaths had firmly said that it would have been a wonder if the infant was savoured. I could successfully conduct the case even without a single doubt of failure,� she said.

AyurVAID�s core purpose is empowerment beyond Chikitsa Chatuspada quotes Mr Rajiv Vasudevan, Founder & CEO, AyurVAID Hospitals.

Mr Rajiv is strongly of the opinion that Ayurveda Chikitsa Paddhati not only deals with the present disease condition but also gives a complete health insight to the patient and its family about the health and he believes that this is the secret of having a sustained wellbeing.

" We believe in care that enables whole person health and sustained wellbeing, by empowering our community of patients and their families, doctors, and caregivers, and through relationships that uphold trust "


How to Avoid Getting Sick This Fall- Winter

November and December form a season called Hemanta ritu as described in Ayurveda. Marghashira falls during the month of November and Pushya falls almost during Decemeber. To stay away from diseases in Hemanta ritus one has to observe a number of pathyas (dos) and apathyas (don�ts).

Pathya:

1) You should give your body an Abhyangam(medicated oil therapy every day)
2) Apply hair oil to your head regularly.
3) Do sun bathing
4) Stay in warm and cosy places.
5) Wear warm woollen clothes to protect yourselves from cold winds
6) Apply lepa or paste of agaru or Eaglewood to the body. It keeps the body warm.

Apathya:

1) Avoid consuming vata vardhaka - which means foods that increase vata doshas i.e difficult to digest and food which causes abdominal bloating like pulses.
2) Avoid exposure to strong breeze, cold wind.

Foods to be consumed in winter:

1) Foods which are madhura (sweet), amla (sour) and lavana (salty) in taste should be consumed.
2) Those foods, which are, snighda (unctuous) in nature should be consumed.
3) Products of sugarcane like sugar Jaggery are good for use.
4) Flesh of aquatic animals and flesh of those animals habitant in areas receiving heavy rainfall should be consumed. Flesh of those animals living in burrows can be consumed.
5) Madhura (Sweet) is the most important and powerful rasa that can be taken in winter.

Accomplishments

AyurVAID At 3rd conference on Gerontology, Geriatrics Medicine, and Rehabilitation titled "INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTHY AGEING IN THE CHANGING WORLD 2014."

Dr Zankhana Buch presented a talk on the topic “Psychogeriatrics and Ayurveda with special reference to depression”. She spoke on the assessment, diagnosis, prevention, management of depression in the elderly by integrating Ayurveda with modern bio-medicine. “Ayurveda has clearly stated numerous plants and formulations for prevention and management of ageing and depression. A multidisciplinary team approach is needed in the management of depression in elderly,” she said.