Unani & Ayurveda
Unani system of Medicine
UNANI –The system with deep root with a 5000 year old history. An ancient system of medicine which originated in Greece. The fundamentals of Unani system is based on the Humoural Theory propagated by the great Physician Hippocrates, its founder. The Hellenistic origin of Unani medicine is still visible in its being based on the classical four humors: Phlegm (Balgham), Blood (Dam), Yellow bile(Ṣafrā’) and Black bile (Saudā’), but it has also been influenced by Indian and Chinese traditional systems.
The system is not only limited to the treatment of some symptoms of diseases but has a comprehensive approach for curing the diseases and preservation of health too. Unani’ – the name is derived from the word ‘Ionian’ which originated in Greece. ‘Tibb’ means the knowledge of the states of the human body in health and decline.
‘Tibb-E-Unani’, is hence an age old, time-tested system of cure dated back to 5000 BC.
It is the creation of a healthy society which is aimed for in Unani system of medicine. Similar to any other form of medical science, Unani medicine strives to find the best possible ways by which a person can lead a healthy life avoiding sickness. Drugs, diet, drinks and other regiments including codes of conduct which are conducive to the maintenance and promotion of positive health, as well as the prevention and cure of disease are prescribed. Unani and its allied branches like Internal medicine ( Moalijat ), Gynecology including Obstetrics and Pediatrics, Diseases of the head and neck, Toxicology, Psychiatry, Rejuvenation Therapy including Geriatrics, Sexology, Regimental Therapy, Dietotherapy, Hydrotherapy are-based on rational and scientific basic principles when compared to other traditional systems of medicine prevalent in various countries of the world. As the drugs used are natural compounds which belong to the human body, Unani physicians prescribe only natural remedies.
Ayurveda system of medicine
Ayurveda is the traditional healing modality of the Verdict culture from India. It is said to be 2000 to 5000 years old, meaning it has stood the test of time. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translates as “the wisdom of life” or “the knowledge of longevity”. In accordance with this definition, Ayurvedic medicine views health as much more than the absence of disease. The wise seers and sages of the time, intuitively understanding the physiology and workings of the mind-body-spirit long before the advents of modern medicine, explained the basic principles of Ayurveda.Ayurvedic system of medicine has its historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.
Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of complementary or alternative medicine
From its ancient origins in India, Ayurveda has now spread all over the world. Its teaching uses a blend of herbal medicine, massage, nutrition, spiritual insight, practical experience, scientific analysis, and artistic creativity to guide us to a balanced fulfilled life style. A fundamental Ayurvedic philosophy is that “food is medicine and medicine is food”. An Ayurvedic proverb is “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need. Basically in Ayurveda there are three essential humors.
Vayu, Pitta and Kapha.Blood is added as fourth humor
Vayu- It controls the creation, growth, and disintegration of all living organisms.
Pitta- It is responsible for the creation of heat and all forms of radiant energy in the body. It is also responsible for the pumping action of heart, the skin’s temperature, and the vitality of blood.
Kapha- Kapha supplies the placid and cooling principles to the body . Which cause disease if they become imbalanced.
Unani / Ayurvedic medicine systems goal : Unani and Ayurveda offers a n number of ways to balance dos-has and find your well-being. . The key is to find balance with a w holistic approach addressing mind, body, and spirit. This balance is believed to lead to happiness and health, and to help prevent illness.
Unani and Ayurvedic remedies draw on a number of modalities –
- Diet modifications
- Lifestyle and Activity adjustments
- Herbal Supplements
- Yoga, Pranayama (Breath Techniques), and Meditation
- Marma (Energetic Pressure Points)
- Cleansing Processes, such as Panchakarma and much more!
- The main goal of Unani and Ayurvedais prevention as well as promotion of the body’s own capacity for maintenance and balance.
- Unani and Ayurvedic medicine also treats specific physical and mental health problems.
Today, Unani and Ayurveda are increasingly popular because it speaks of those elementary concepts of
- contact with nature
- We are what we eat
Traditional system of medicine forms an integral part of the daily regimen of hundreds of millions of people worldwide knowingly and unknowingly.