Ayurveda and Modern Medicine: 8 Key Areas of Integration
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“I want to shed some light onto the growing evidence of research that verifies the ancient Ayurveda concepts, allowing us to consider Ayurveda as cutting-edge modern medicine.”
Modern medicine is really and truly about to rediscover Ayurvedic concepts. Using Ayurvedic strategies could be a much-needed contribution in combatting Covid-19 disease. Consciousness-based medicine should be integrated in any holistic healthcare system.
Here are 8 areas where Ayurveda makes an important contribution:
AyuGenomics is a fascinating new area. This new molecular research discipline establishes the genetic basis for the constitutional body types such as Prakriti and Prakriti-based therapy, which is consistent with cutting-edge personalised medicine. Ayurveda is truly an epigenetic medicine because all the Ayurvedic lifestyle modifications, herbal remedies and approaches for the mind including Transcendental Meditation® operate on the epigenetic pathways to suppress or express genes that lead to better health.
- Apana Vata – The Gut Microbiome
In the last few years western science has begun to explore the gut microbiome, and has discovered that imbalances of the gut microbiome lead to a wide range of diseases, including immune disorders. This matches the Ayurvedic concept of Apana Vata as the source of most diseases.
- Dinacharya and Ritucharya – Circadian Rhythm
Chronobiology has always been perfectly understood in Ayurveda in the techniques of Dinacharya and Ritucharya. Modern medicine strongly supports this understanding: in 2017, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded for the discovery of the effect of circadian rhythms.
- Ahara – Nutrition and Diet
Proper diet – Ahara – is a cornerstone of Ayurveda. It is interesting to note here that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that unhealthy diet contributes to as much as 50% of all cardiac deaths, the leading type of death globally. This is a strong call for the western medical community to understand nutrition better. And there is nothing better in the world of nutrition than an Ayurvedic diet tailored to a person’s situation and need.
- Pranayama – Nitric Oxide
Another potent molecule involved in fighting infections is nitric oxide. Nitric oxide plays an important role in a wide range of processes in the physiology and especially in fighting infection. The main site for nitric oxide production is in the paranasal sinuses. Yogic routines such as Pranayama and the Ayurvedic recommendation to breathe through the nose during exercise have both been proven to produce more nitric oxide. Also the simple Ayurvedic technique of tongue scraping produces more nitric oxide in the mouth because the microbiome changes with repeated cleaning. Transcendental Meditation and other Yogic meditation techniques that reduce the breath rate also increase the formation of nitric oxide.
- Nidra – Sleep
Ayurveda is at the cutting edge of modern medicine with its emphasis on the healing role of Nidra, sleep. The lymphatic system purifies the brain only during the night; when you experience lack of sleep, fewer protective molecules and cytokines for fighting infections are produced. Ayurveda offers a wide range of guidelines for treating sleep disorders and Transcendental Meditation and other techniques have been proven effective in resolving insomnia.
- Ama Pachana & Panchakarma – Autophagy
Western science is studying Autophagy which means “selfdevouring”; this is the natural cell cleaning process used by the body. This self purifying process can also destroy viruses, which is relevant during this Covid-19 time. Recent research acknowledges the need for cell waste to be removed in order to stay healthy. This goes in line with Ayurveda, which offers some of the most profound systems of eliminating waste materials such as Ama Pachana or Panchakarma. The simple guideline of Ayurveda to “eat only when you are hungry” activates Autophagy.
- Atma – Unified Field
Ayurveda is cutting-edge medicine because it is Unified Field based medicine. Modern physics postulates that the laws of nature are unified in one single field that has the same qualities as Atma or Pure Consciousness, which is aware of itself alone and self-interacting. Enlivening Atma is the basis of consciousness-based medicine. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said that Ayurveda would become a living reality when we not only follow the daily Ayurvedic routine, but when we follow the cosmic routine of diving within ourselves and experiencing oneness with that level of cosmic intelligence which upholds the whole universe.
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