Thursday, January 05, 2006 - Article: The Mother of Natural Healing - Article: The Mother of Natural Healing: "The culture and philosophy of India has had a profound impact on the West over the last several decades. Almost weekly we read reports in popular magazines how Yoga has entered the mainstream of American culture. Now with the advent of Ayurveda, we have yet another contribution from India, a complete ancient system of natural health care.
Like yoga, Ayurveda embodies concepts of body-mind care which includes spiritual philosophies that transcend religious orthodoxy. Ayurveda, which translated means 'The Science of Life', is similar to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in that it represents a practical application of universal philosophical concepts based on universal life energy which, in is called 'qi', and in Ayurveda, 'prana'. Both systems go back over 5000 years with Ayurveda, according to records in ancient Vedic texts, being practiced before 4000 B. C as the oldest.
Both TCM and Ayurveda are based upon a universal concept expressed in nature in bi-polar terms called Yin-Yang in TCM and Shiva-Shakti in Ayurveda. As a result, all diseases, medicines (mostly herbs) and therapies are similarly classified bi-polarly as 'heating or cooling', 'strong or weak', and so forth. Both systems further subdivide diseases into a concept of 'five elements' and 'three humours', the latter of which in Ayurveda assumes a more pivotal position than in TCM. Ayurveda has influenced another important ancient system of Middle Eastern natural healing called Unani, whose medical philosophy eventually became the root philosophy of early Hippocratic Grecian and Roman healing and the teachings of the Roman, Galen, which formed the basis of Traditional European Medicine (TEM) for at least 1500 years. Finally, there is substantial historical evidence that "

No comments: