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Health problems these days are becoming more difficult to tackle due to their multidimensional causes, onset, progression and treatment options. The world, hence, is looking for more holistic and ‘wholistic’ approach to healthcare. In addition, people are concentrating towards more of preventive healthcare and promotional ways to positive health. This is evident by the increasing number of Health & Wellness centers, websites, information pages and professionals in various such fields. We can see increasing number of fitness centers, fitness programs, popularity of Yoga and such other modalities as well.
Ayurveda is one among such health and wellness sciences recommended these days worldwide. Its history dates back to more than 5000 years. It was originated in the Himalayas of Northern India and was the only medical science available during those days. It was not only a medical science to be practiced in hospitals or clinics but an art of living healthy and fit in the most natural way. Somewhere in the period in between, it was out of practice for various reasons and hence, lost various valuable information and links of practical knowledge. Now, again the signs of ‘reincarnation’ of Ayurveda are being observed not only in India but worldwide.
Ayurveda is being practiced in different forms in different set ups for different purposes. Basically they can be classified as Ayurvedic Spas & Beauty Centers, Ayurveda Clinics & Hospitals, Ayurveda Villages & Resorts and Ayurveda Education & Training Institutes, keeping research centers & institutes in a different list. These can exist all together in a same center or some combinations of them in a center or alone as a unit.
Among the people looking for Ayurveda, there are two basic differences. One group will be looking for a pleasant and luxurious experience and the other for more authentic, therapeutic and classical remedies. Even though there is no harm in making the experience luxurious and pleasant, this alone should not play a major role so that the genuine concept, methods and products are compromised. In such situations, it is better to have something effective, natural and beneficial even though it is a little unpleasant and uncomfortable. It is like taking a bitter medicine to control the elevated blood sugar. Sugar may be pleasant but not healthy or good in such condition.
Ayurveda is like ‘mother’. It cares for the health and happiness of living beings. Do we change our mother if she is not beautiful or pleasing? (Of course, mothers always look beautiful to their kids). Similarly, we don’t have to change the concept, methods or products which are proven to be effective and good, just for the reason that it is not pleasing to the mind or sense organs. Major reasons for our health problems are our efforts to please our mind, body and sense organs by unhealthy eating habits and life style including increasing comforts. Do we still need something comfortable and pleasing if it is of no use or adverse in effects?
My suggestion before ending is, look for a center or professional of Ayurveda where commercialization is not compromising the authenticity of concepts, methods or products in preventive or curative measures of Ayurveda, in the name of making it comfortable or pleasant. It hurts more, when such compromises are done by so called ‘Ayurveda propagators’ and ‘qualified’ Ayurveda professionals as well. It does not mean that all centers with comfortable facilities have compromised but it depends on the extent of such modifications made and the reasoning behind them.
That’s all for now…
“Wish you a healthy & peaceful life”
Dr. Prasanna Kakunje, MD. Ayurvedic General Medicine
Editor in chief - The Wellness Today, Online Magazine