Foreign patients can take advantage and benefit from the use of different medical therapies available in India. These alternative therapies are called traditional Indian medical systems which include Ayurveda, Unani, Naturopathy, Shudha, Homeopathy, Tibetan medicine and Yoga. These systems of medicine have been developed as an independent and complete system centuries ago much before the birth of modern allopathic medicine. Alternative medical therapies cure and manage many diseases. Alternative medical system in India is a well established and well defined system with its own rules and regulations, independent councils, separate multi level educational system, exclusive pharmaceutical industry with dedicated hospitals or independent departments at large hospitals. There are 3600 hospitals and 26000 dispensaries offering alternative medicines in India. including Ayurveda, Unani Medicine, Naturopathy, Shudha, Homeopathy, Tibetan Medicine,Yoga and meditiation.
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Ayurveda has been practiced in India for more than 5000 years in the form of a natural system of medicine. Ayurveda comes up as a significant system of medicine in South Asia. It involves various surgical procedures and medicinal preparations for curing diseases.
In Ayurveda, the symptoms of the problem are divided as mental and physical. The goal of Ayurveda is the removal of the main cause of mental problems. It looks after doing preventions by making the right changes in the diet, meditation, exercising and development of right attitude. This treatment involves various complex therapeutic techniques and natural medicines so that balance and harmony can be brought back into the body. It uses various kinds of herbs, oils, spices and plants which include around 250 plant drugs (used in pharmacies as well) and 600 herbal formulas. Ayurvedic therapies have a lot of benefits in the prevention and treatment of various problems like cancers, diabetes and many more.
Naturopathy is an age old medical therapy which believes in the healing power of nature. Nature provides all kinds of elements, natural range of food, which is required as a source of medicine as well as nutrients. Naturopathy focused on the natural remedies and the ability of the body to heal and maintain itself.
The philosophy of naturopathy has a complete holistic approach and does not use any kind of drug or surgery.
Ailments it Treats: Asthma, depression, prostate problems, constipation, arteries, weight loss, allergy, eczema, artery problems, cold and flu, sinusitis etc.
Unani alternative Medical system was developed in Greece in the ancient times and further developed by Arabs. It came to India through Arab and Iranian Doctors. Unani medicine focuses on the four aspects of human body (blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm) it believes that the inequality of these four aspects is the cause of diseases.
Chronical conditions which are treated by Unani System of Medicine-
- Respiratory conditions
- Liver disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Skin disorders
- Disorders of the nervous system
Many severe and chronic diseases have been cured by Unani medicine where the other medical systems have failed to give similar results.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga originated in ancient India more than 3000 years ago. And the term is used for physical, mental and spiritual disciplines.
Yoga and Meditation as Alternative Treatment
Yoga and meditation are one of the most common alternative treatments. The meaning of yoga is unison or to attach to the higher being. It mainly concerns with holistic cleansing of mind, body and soul. The philosophy of yoga is based on three things; meditation, exercising and breathing. According to the fundamentals of yoga, the human body is a kind of an instrument and the Prana (breath) is the life. It is through meditation that both of these unite. It can offer cure for regular pains or any chronic illness along with improving the immune system. Yoga and meditation also make an improvement in blood circulation while removing any signs of tiredness.
While working in Yoga breathing pattern, breathe can be controlled, thus controlling mind and increasing concentration. This further leads to energizing of the body.
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician in the early 1800s. He discovered that the same substance that could cause a reaction in a healthy person could also be a remedy for someone suffering from similar symptoms.
Asthma, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, emphysema, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis etc
Tibetan Medicine is one of the world’s oldest healing traditions and has been practiced for more than four thousand years; it is called “Sowa Rigpa” which means the knowledge and science of healing. Tibetan medicine originated in Tibet but practised all over the world now.
Tibetan medicine equally considers diet, nutrition, behaviour and life-style as essential elements of successful treatment. Apart from these methods, Tibetan medicine also applies many accessory therapies to promote positive treatment results. These therapies may include Golden needle technique, blood-letting, Me-Tzar (Tibetan moxabustion), heat or cold external therapies, natural hot springs or medicinal baths, enemas, vomiting, purgatives, and Ku Nye (Tibetan massage.
It offers treatments for the following diseases:
1) Mental and emotional disturbances such as anxiety, agitation, frustration, stress, and insomnia.
2) Indigestion and digestive-related disorders such as jaundice, diabetes, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, food stagnation or food poisoning.
3) Acute or chronic skin problems.
4) Heart disorders, angina, stoke, poor circulation.
5) Neurological related problems such as nerve compression, spinal stenosis, sciatica.
6) Nervous system, multiple sclerosis, motor and sense impairment of the body or limbs.
7) Respiratory disorders such as the common cold, asthma, cough, pneumonia, and bronchitis
8) Sinus problems such as congestion and sinus headaches
9) Gynaecological disorders such as premenstrual syndromes, menstrual related problems, menopausal discomforts, prenatal and postnatal care.
Siddha system of medicine is one of the oldest systems of medicine in India. it’s been practiced in south especially Tamilnadu.
The aim of Siddha medicine is to make the body perfect, imperishable and to promote longevity.
It treats the following dieses:
Renal diseases & Hypertension, infertility, Cosmetology, Geriatrics, Diabetes, Obesity, Rejuvenation therapy, Cardiac diseases and Bronchial Asthma