5 Popular Healing Practices in India that Help in Healing the World
Popular Healing Practices in India that Help in Healing the World
Indian traditional medicines and healing practices are helping to heal the world. People all over the world recognize the contribution made by India in preserving traditional healing practices.
Popular traditional healing practices are imparted from our ancestors and sages, they are cost-effective, have negligible side effects, and focus not only on curing the disease but preserving overall health.
The Government of India is making special efforts to preserve and propagate the knowledge of alternative medicine/healing practices and has created a special ministry for the same cause – Ministry of AYUSH where AYUSH stands for A – Ayurveda, Y – Yoga, U – Unani, S – Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa, and Homeopathy.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditional healing techniques which originated in India. Ayurveda does not confine itself only to the aspect of curing an ailment but focuses on overall health and healing. Ayurveda states that the human body is composed of five basic elements or Panchamahabhutas, which consist of earth, water, fire, ether(vaccum), and air, it is the balance of these elements that aid the functions in our body.
Apart from panchmahabutas, the principle which regulates the metabolism of our body are Doshas which are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The function of these Doshas is to carry the digested food to all the body parts(to be assimilated). Any malfunction in these dosha becomes the cause of an ailment.
As mentioned above, Ayurveda does not confine itself to treating a malfunctioning body part, but overall health so the diagnosis involves examining the patient as a whole. The treatment of the disease might involve any (or combination) of the therapies like –
Shodhana therapy (purification treatment)
Shamana therapy (Palliative treatment)
Pathya Vyavastha (prescription of diet)
Nidana Parivarjan (abstinence/avoidance of disease-causing factors)
Rasayana therapy (use of immunomodulators and rejuvenation medicines)
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Yoga is so much more than the poses(aasanas) or physical postures. Yet people today focus only on the Aasana part. Yoga contributes to traditional medicines and healing practices.
The book – Yoga sutra by sage Patanjali, enumerates eight limbs of Yoga, which are as follows –
Rules and observances (yama and niyama)
Breathing technique (pranayama)
Withdrawal of senses (pratyahara)
Concentration/focus (dharana) and
Oneness with the supreme (samadhi)
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Unani was introduced in India around the eleventh century by Arabs. Today India is the leading propagator of this practice and has research, education centers across the country. Unani churned the best healing practices from across the middle east and brought them into its fold.
The theory of Unani is based on the humor theory given by Hippocrates. This theory states that our body consists of four humors viz. Blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. And the body is union of seven components which include-
Arkan (elements), Mizaj(temperament), Akhlat(humours), Aaza(organs), Arwah(spirits), Quwa(faculties), Afaal(functions).
Unani’s main focus is not on the cure, it’s on the prevention of disease and disease-causing factors.
Siddha is also among the oldest healing practices which flourished in India. The meaning of the term ‘Siddha’ is ‘Achievement’; Siddhars were people who practiced and contributed towards the development of this branch.
India is said to be the central pillar of all civilizations. The science of healing and medicine is of prime importance, without it the civilization might end as soon as calamity strikes.
While Ayurveda flourished in the north, Siddha flourished in southern India.
Siddha states that everything in the universe, including the human body, is made up of five basic elements namely fire, water, air, sky, and earth. The food we eat is considered as the source of energy, it also provides the building blocks for the tissues and homours any imbalance in this system and its working causes disease.
Siddha has quite a fascinating healing regime, it uses extracts from metals and minerals in its drug preparation. The practitioners of Siddha claim that they can cure all types of diseases other than medical emergencies.
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Homeopathy originated in Europe. It was introduced in India in the early 19th century and has now become a household name. Homeopathy is trusted by so many Indians as it has negligible side effects and it focuses on curing symptoms. Homeopathy has been recognized as one of the National System of Medicine. It has been included in the program of the Ministry of AYUSH and efforts are taken for the propagation and development of this field of medicine.
Homeopathy uses plant-based, mineral-based, and some synthetic substances in its drug preparation.
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