Ayurveda and the West

It may be an ancient science, rooted deeply in the Indian culture and way of life. However, for the west, the Ayurveda Way of Life is quickly growing to be one of the most exciting methods of attaining and maintaining a healthy body, mind and soul.

The 4,000 year old culture, in essence, is a comprehensive system that lays emphasis on natural healing, nutrition, physical activity, inner peace through meditation and synergy with natural cycles. It is a strong, illness - prevention focused wire frame.

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association highlights 30 different Ayurvedic training programs carried out in the United States, with the number of current practitioners amounting to a few thousands. The figure is growing stronger and stronger with each and every day that passes by.

To help you understand the major difference between Ayurvedic and Allopathic treatments, imagine a tree bearing bad fruit.

Allopathy would instruct the bad fruit to be cut away, providing a quick relief to our humble tree's bad fruit situation.

Ayurveda on the other hand, would encourage the tree to heal from within, in order to ensure it would never bear another bad fruit.

Sounds exciting doesn't it?

Interestingly enough, between April and June 2013, a funded study was carried out by the University Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, in association with the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and Unilever, to link Ayurveda and Western Medicine through integrative analysis.

An excerpt from the study:

"Using computational (‘in silico’) approach, we predict potential targets for Ayurvedic anti-cancer compounds, obtained from the Indian Plant Anticancer Database given its chemical structure. In our analysis, we observed that: (i) the targets predicted can be connected to cancer pathogenesis i.e. steroid-5-alpha reductase 1 and 2 and estrogen receptor-β, and (ii) predominantly hormone-dependent cancer targets were predicted for the anti-cancer compounds. Through the use of our in silico target prediction, we conclude that understanding how traditional medicine such as Ayurveda work through linking with the ‘western’ understanding of chemistry and protein targets can be a fruitful avenue in addition to bridging the gap between the two different schools of thinking. Given that compounds used in Ayurveda have been tested and used for thousands of years (although not in the same approach as Western medicine), they can potentially be developed into potential new drugs. Hence, to further advance the case of Ayurvedic medicine, we put forward some suggestions namely: (a) employing and integrating novel analytical methods given the advancements of ‘omics’ and (b) sharing experimental data and clinical results on studies done on Ayurvedic compounds in an easy and accessible way."

In layman terms, the study has concluded that there is a potential of bridging the two methods of healing and curing by accepting the fact that Ayurvedic compounds have been studied and investigated for thousands of years and can be potentially developed into new effective drugs.

As time goes by, the western world continues to absorb this science of history and embrace its effectiveness, even on modern day health complications and issues.

Have you made Ayurveda a part of your life? What are some of the Ayurvedic principles you follow? We would love to hear!

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