Nature is made up of five elements – air, space, water, fire and earth. The deviation from the nature leads to natural disasters and balancing the nature is what is called naturopathy.
These five elements also make human body in the form of three characteristics – movement, metabolism and structure. In Ayurveda, they are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three Doshas make seven tissues and they are Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Medha, Majja, Asthi and Shukra. These seven tissues in Ayurveda are called Dhatus.
Ayurveda is the science which deals with the balancing of above three Doshas and seven Dhatus and the resultant toxic material called Mala.
These seven Dhatus make organs. Here comes the allopathic principle which works at the level of receptor present in every organ.
Drugs also, accordingly, can be at the level of matter or non-matter. Any drug when used in the form of molecule, sub-molecule or nano molecule can be from Allopathy, homeopathic tinctures or Ayurveda.
While homeopathy drugs are made from alcohol extracts of herbs, Ayurveda drugs are made from the whole of the herb and Allopathy takes out the individual ingredients and uses them as a medicine.
When the matter is converted into non-matter in the form of energy, it is used either as potentised homeopathic drug or a bhasma in Ayurveda. And when the energy is converted into waves the science is called yoga and meditation.
One can understand from the above that none of the pathies are competing with each other. Ayurveda has its own full science and should be practiced respectfully. No Ayurveda doctor should indulge in allopathic practice. In that situation, he can never be a good allopathic doctor or Ayurveda doctor.
There is a dire shortage of Ayurveda doctors in the country, therefore, Ayurveda doctors should practice pure Ayurveda and understand the economics of Ayurveda practice which can be in the following heads:
Diagnostic Ayurveda, Panchkarma, Preventive Ayurveda and other procedures.
Therapeutic Ayurveda in terms of Ayurveda medicine and Ayurveda surgery includes Ayurvedic drugs and preventive Ayurveda that deals with ayurvedic lifestyle, diet, prevention by way of using Rasayans.
The need today is to set up a Ayurveda clinic with standard operating procedures where a patient is provided with all the above facilities. Most of the doctors feel that their job is only charging for consultation but that is not correct.
As per Dr Mukhtiar Chand Vs the State ofPunjab RD-SC 491 (8 October 1998) Supreme Court ofIndiajudgment Ayurveda doctors can practice basic allopathic investigative procedures. There is no bar for an ayurvedic doctor to use the current diagnostic techniques for diagnosis.
“In our view, all that the definition of ‘Indian Medicine’ and the clarifications issued by the Central Council enable such practitioners of Indian medicine is to make use of the modern advances in various sciences such as Radiology Report, (X-Ray), complete blood picture report, lipids report, E.C.G., etc. for purposes of practicing in their own system”