By Terry Robson
Delivering a valid advent to the diversity of remedies and philosophies in the box of complementary and replacement drugs, this publication deals a scientific rationalization of the philosophies and practices that underpin those clinical practices. the increase in acclaim for complementary drugs is tested besides demanding situations of constructing a extra built-in process of healthcare. Such questions as what's complementary medication? What facts is there to help its use? and What can orthodox drugs research from holistic perform? are spoke back. between themes mentioned are natural drugs, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, yoga, and ayurveda.
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The end result of this process is the manifestation of disease in the affected organ. The cause of disease Ayurveda recognises that the cause of disease lies in our daily diet, lifestyle and behaviour. The immediate cause of disease is imbalance of the three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and this may or may not be accompanied by the presence of ama or toxins resulting from impairment of the agni, or digestive fire. Imbalances of the doshas can be triggered by external factors such as the weather or by internal factors such as suppressed emotions.
The medical anthropologist Gilbert Lewis carried out research among the Gnau in Papua New Guinea and documented the numerous types of sorcery that people of the West Sepik region understand as the causes of disease and death (Lewis Intro to Comp Medicine pag egyp 38 • • 10/12/03 4:30 PM Page 38 AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE 2000). Gnau people identify numerous varieties of sorcery, some of which operate without human agency and others that use substances to cause harm. Elaborate divination rituals invoking spirits that will reveal and expel the sorcery are enacted as the means of comprehending causes of illness and healing the afflicted person.
Ayurvedic massage makes use of oils medicated with herbs according to time-honoured traditions and can involve the manual stimulation of vital energy points in the body called marma points. Intro to Comp Medicine pag egyp 10/12/03 4:30 PM Page 27 AYURVEDA 27 Ayurveda incorporates specific strategies to rejuvenate the ‘bodymind’, using special herbs and behavioural regimens to prevent ageing, strengthen immunity and improve mental functioning. These approaches are known as Rasayana, or the science of rejuvenation.