DR.D.HARSHAD, AYURVEDA DOCTOR AT THE ABAD HARMONIA AYURVEDA BEACH RESORT, IN HIS SECOND TALK WITH ZUZANA ZWIEBEL, EXPLAINS HISTORY AND REVIVAL OF AYURVEDA

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According to the Department of Kerala Tourism, statistics available in 2018 revealed that growth rate of tourists flocking for ayurveda is increasing every year at a rate of around 20-25 percent. It is to be comprehend that both ayurveda and tourism have mutually contributed each other in their revival and propagation. The popularity of ayurveda attracted tourists from all parts of the world and the increased tourism helped in spreading the science of ayurveda around the globe.

DR.D.HARSHAD
Ayurveda Doctor of Abad Harmonia
HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE PRACTICE OF AYURVEDA IN THE PAST AND NOW?

Ayurveda is a phenomenal science where medicines practised 100 years before are still being used when compared with modern system of medicine where medicines get banned in a short period. Though the scarcity of medicinal plants have forced to stop the making of certain formulations, ayurveda has mentioned more than one drug for a disease which makes the practitioners easy to pick the choice of drug upon the availability. Though the method of practice has not changed widely, new forms of medicine were made available to suit the patient’ palatability which includes capsules, tablets, syrups etc. 

In ancient period, the availability of ayurveda medicines was limited to certain people and wasn’t affordable to everyone. Now, this system of medicine has reached all parts of the world gaining its accessibility and has also become affordable.

Ancient scholars tried to understand the root cause of a disease via Pulse Diagnosis or Nadee Pareekshha and thus prescribed the medicines. But as science got advanced, the present-day ayurveda physicians has to convince the patient about his/her ailments through modern investigations or pathology tests. 

During the practice, ancient scholars very much relied on instantaneously prepared herbal medicines which the patient should follow at home too. But as time passed, bottled medicines replaced the early dispensing system and gave flexibility in the administration as well as the portability for those who travel.

To end with, the principles followed by the ancient and present-day physicians regarding the understanding of dosha in a disease and choosing the desired management remained the same as the medicines and treatments mentioned in the classical texts kept unchallenged.

HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE TRADITIONAL VAIDYAS AND MODERN DOCTORS? 

Traditional vaidyas are those who practised ayurveda in the early times when ayurveda was not regarded as a certified course to doctoral degree in the university. They learned this science from an eminent scholar who will have only very limited disciples. The role of traditional vaidyas had played a significant role in sustaining ayurveda among the public in Kerala and thereby preserving its credibility. But the knowledge about this science and its practice got limited within their family or community. Thus, a lot number of formulations and medicines got lost by the passing away of such practitioners. 

However, the intrusion of quacks in ayurveda demoralised the integrity of the genuine practitioners and thus arouse the need for certified practitioners. The acceptance of ayurveda into the university curriculum helped in spreading this science to a wider community and this science start getting recognised around the globe as a medicinal subject. 

Modern ayurveda doctors had least practice in single drug remedies that were popular among the traditional scholars as it lacked proper documentation. They prescribed medicines that were told in the texts and those being documented. They were also able to integrate modern investigation with disease diagnosing in ayurveda. Research and development process under the leadership and guidance of modern doctors helped to improve the quality of the medicines and develop new formulations. 

WAS THE REVIVAL OF AYURVEDA CAUSED BY TOURISM?

Referring to India’s Tenth five year plan, Former President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam had taken a great effort to include ayurveda in the promotion of tourism and to expand the potentiality of the science in various fields. Indian diplomats took keen initiative to showcase ayurveda as a promising healthcare system in the various tourism fairs held globally. Yoga also played a vital role in intensifying the need for ayurveda in the global market and thus increasing the tourism potential of the country. 

According to the Department of Kerala Tourism, statistics available in 2018 revealed that growth rate of tourists flocking for ayurveda is increasing every year at a rate of around 20-25 percent. It is to be comprehend that both ayurveda and tourism have mutually contributed each other in their revival and propagation. The popularity of ayurveda attracted tourists from all parts of the world and the increased tourism helped in spreading the science of ayurveda around the globe.

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