you've got a splitting headache, what would you do? Take an asperin. If you've got a cold,
what would you do? You'd probably take a Coldarin. The options are endless. The point
we're trying to drive home is that in today's world, we want instant cures. The only hitch
being that these instant remedies curb or cure the symptoms, but not the cause. That is
what ayurveda is all about. Ayurveda, the word itself explains the meaning. It means the
science of life. Developed by the ancient gurus while seated in the wilderness of
their abodes, today it has been honed by people like the father and son healers.
may be considered an orthodox medicine, since it doesn't prescribe any wonder drugs, or
instant cures, but every aspect of a person's physical, mental and spiritual health is
dealt with in this all embracing traditional, Indian system of medicine. It stresses on a
disciplined pattern of life. How a person should sleep, what a person should eat,
what time he should wake up, his habits and not just what capsules he should swallow.
Ayurveda believes in finding the cause of the malady, rather than the symptoms. In fact,
many doctors agree that Ayurvedic medicine, with its emphasis on health as much as illness,
is probably the most complete healing system. Its underlying principles such as prevention
of the disease, are more important than its actual remedies.
revolves around a preventive measure more than a curative one. It is the correct pattern
of life. There are diseases which are incurable in all fields of medicine. Ayurveda does
not claim a cure to cancer or diabetes. All it can do in such cases is to prepare the
person for death and to make it as comfortable as possible. So it is not one to claim
miracles. There are many doctors in the Allopathic branch of medicine, who after a certain
point, tell their patients that they have stretched their limits, and that they should opt
reason why Allopathy has become an alternative to Ayurveda, is because of a handful of
Quacks, who without a complete knowledge of the subject try to advise people on what they
should do, and instead end up harming them. These people have given Ayurveda a bad name.
Naturally, people are skeptical of its power. Though, mainly the reason why most people
are reluctant to opt for Ayurveda is because of the time factor, since it is a slow
process of healing . When a patient first consults a doctor he only tells him what he
feels. It is upto the 'Vaidya' to fathom, the cause behind the anomaly.
believes that maladies in a person are caused due to what it calls the Tridosha. These
comprise of Vaata ( Vayu), Pitta and Kapha. It is said that they control all mental
and physical processes and are compared to the workings of the wind, the sun and the moon.
When these three elements are in harmony, nothing can harm the body. But, even if one out
of these is disturbed combination which leads to the disease."After all what is
disease? Disease is the 'dis' 'ease' of the body," informs Dr. Dattatreya ,
simplifying the concept to layman level, adding,"These are the base of all diseases.
We cannot classify diseases according to the Tridosha. Though we amay put it thus,
the main culprit among all these is VaataIt is the only mobile thing in the body.
We can also call it Praan. When it goes, the body is proclaimed dead. With the
guidance of Vaata the other two factors Pitta and Kapha operate within the body. Pitta and Kapha become the power- both controlled by Vaata.. When one fails, the
other two are bound to fail."
three factors can be related to common ailments, like sneezing and a running nose and even
to serious diseases like diabets, arthritis, chronic bronchitis, gynec problems, et
all!The Tridosha affects each person in different ways. So, these doctors believe in
prescribing medicine according to the characteristics of the indiviual and the pattern of
life followed by him. Food regime for the patient is prepared in accordance with the
season, weather, time of the day and most importantly, the needs of the individual
patient.The medicines given should suit the needs of the patient, so they can take even
months to prepare. The first time a patient comes to us, we ask him about his birth, his
daily routine etc. His stars also have an influence on his weaknesses." Dr. Atul
adds, " I myself have worked with astrologers to try to define a relation between
Ayurveda and jyotish vidya. The stars under which a person is born, affect the
various traits of his body." He defines the various body tissues affected by Tridosha.
There are seven of them-Rasa, Rakta, Mansa, Meda,,ASthi, Majja, Shukra in the case of
males and Aartav in the case of females.
questioned about the side-effects of ayurvedic medicine, the Bholes emphatically
say," No. There are no side-effects of Ayurvedic medicine. The reason for that is
that if any individual follows the pattern prescribed for him by the vaidya, then it has
no side-effects, but if it is done only in half-measures, then it is bound to have an
adverse effect. That is the case with all forms of medicine. But, if followed properly, the
routine prescribed by Ayurved will never, involve a kick-back. It complements the normal
functioning of the body, rather than suppressing any function."
that mantra of healing, perfected by this father and son, we took leave of this large but
natural world of medicine. Even falling sick didn't seem so bad, now that we realised that
there was always the correct pattern of life, to fall back on!