Increasingly popular in today’s world, Alternative medical practices are culture or country specific. And every country of culture today, has its own system of health based on traditional practices. India too, has its own system of alternative medicine.
More often than not, alternative medication is taken in conjunction with ‘mainstream’/allopathic/conventional medication in order to reduce the side effects of the functional treatment. For example, a person undergoing chemotherapy can opt for complementary medicine to be taken alongside to help soothe the harsh side effects of chemotherapy and instead, have a rejuvenating effect on you.
Alternative medicine in India focus on patients’ feelings, beliefs and faith. Alternative medicine aims to restore the power of nature and ailments are treated at the ‘core’ to ensure that illnesses are removed from the root and recurrence of the illness takes a long time, if at all.
If opting for a complementary therapy like Ayurveda or Yoga or Naturopathy Therapies like Ayurvedic, ensure that you have the approval of your surgeon or doctor to ensure that it’s the right option for you.
The following are popular alternative treatments in India:
With a history of over 5000 years, Ayurveda is the most popular branch of alternative medicine in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda is based on the principles of balancing energies in the human body. Simple diagnostic methods such as observing one’s tongue or reading one’s pulse can help practitioners detect the nature of the problem. Ayurveda makes use of the simple, noninvasive treatment methods like meditation, massage, nutrition counseling, administration of natural/herbal medications and the likes.
Naturopathy is a kind of alternative medicine that theorises that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of conventional drugs, and instead, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, and massage. Naturopathy is a mix of a various kinds of natural therapies and healing methods that have been passed down through generations and are based on the knowledge of the ancient and modern science. Naturopaths believe that all healing comes from within the body and that the reason for ailments and diseases is the imbalance of laws of nature, which Naturopathy aims to restore.
While other branches of alternative medicines explore energies and synergies among them, Homeopathy takes a different approach and focuses on stimulating that immune systems. Homeopathic medicines are all natural and relies on extremely small doses to invigorate the immunity of patients.
Hence, common conditions such as infections, allergies and chronic illnesses like arthritis can be treated with Homeopathy. Given it’s natural roots, Homeopathy is also safe for infants and children.
Yunani or Unani medicine is a Perso-Arabic traditional medicine practiced in Mughal India but is still relevant in modern times. This Perso-Arabic system of medicine based on the teachings of the Greek physicians Hippocrates and Galen and uses plants and herbs to treat illnesses like elephantiasis, sinusitis, rheumatism, leucoderma and jaundice.
Yoga and Meditation Therapy
Yoga and meditation therapy combines philosophies of physical and mental well being to achieve enlightenment and better health. Term term ‘yoga’ stems from ‘Yuj’, which in Sanskrit means ‘to unite’ – hence, unite mind, body and soul. In India, Yoga Medicine teachers are rigorously trained in a fusion of anatomy, physiology & biomechanics with the traditional practice of yoga. And is used to cure various complicated medical conditions. Yoga and meditation therapy can also be used as an adjunct to your primary medical care to significantly improve your quality of life. This is a safe way of treating numerous ailments like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, hyperventilation, heart conditions and more.