India is responsible for giving the world a large number of alternative Medicine therapies in india.
India is responsible for giving the world a large number of alternative therapies. Apart from the well known Yoga and Ayurveda, There are a number of lesser known therapies that ancient India has gifted the world. Here is an article by Luis S. R. Vas from Life Positive on alternative therapies of India origin.
The term Alternative Medicine therapy means any form of medicine that is outside the mainstream of western medicine therapy or conventional medicine as practiced a majority of doctors today. This term is loosely used to over all forms of medicine except allopathy. In 1973, the Medical Faculty of the University of Rome convened the first World Congress of Alternative Medicines therapy and the provisional program contained no less than 135 therapies. Alternative medicine exists in all cultures to some degree and terms such as traditional medicine, indigenous medicine or folk medicine etc. are used to describe such practices. These medicines therapy date back hundred or even thousands of years depending on the country and culture concerned.
Alternative Medical Therapies of India
In the case of Unani treatments there is the use of plants and herbs. Such kinds of offer cures for a number of diseases like elephantiasis, sinusitus, rheumatism, leucoderma and jaundice.
Ayurveda is a herbal medicine therapy system and it cures many incurable diseases. These herbal products are used in the form of powder, decoction, tonic, etc. These could be a single herb or a mixture of many herbal products, depending on the diseases and the treatment required.The use of herbal products for treatment in India dates back to prehistoric times. In the Indus Valley Civilization tree worship was a very remarkable feature, which shows the importance of plants and plant products in human life. In Vedic times, Rgveda mentions a few plants like Semal, Pithvam, Palash, Pipal, etc. These references increased in the later works, like Atharvaveda. The Kalpasutra of Atharvaveda refers to an exhaustive list of 579 plants and mentions their botanical characteristics and medical properties.
Ancient Egyptian writings state that pain can be relieved by stimulating certain points on the ear. In the 1800’s, several publications indicated that there were several techniques of cauterization and manipulation of the ears to aid certain disorders. Many benefits can be achieved by massaging and palpating specific points on the ear.
Mud therapy is regarded as 1000 years old traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine therapy in which different layers of mud paste are applied on the body against diseases. Basically Indian rural and tribal people believe that mud has many medical properties for all kinds of diseases. They smear mud on the inner and outer layer in their houses to keep it cool during summer and warm during winter, and most importantly, to keep diseases and germs outside the houses.
Ayurveda has been practiced in the country for even more than 5,000 years. This kind of a treatment believes that that illness is a condition of imbalance in the system of the human’s body. This problem can easily get detected through simple diagnostic processes such as observing one’s tongue or reading one’s pulse. Ayurveda makes use of the simplest kinds of treatment procedures like mediation, massage, nutrition counseling, natural medications and similar such kinds of methods.
The word magnetic therapy comes from the magnet. In this process, the different positive forces of a magnet are taken into account to cure any kind of diseases. In the Atharvaveda words like ‘sikata’ and ‘ashman’ were used which mean ‘sand’ and ‘stone’ respectively. These two elements were effectively used to counter ravages, wrought by bleeding and for countering infertility among women. Ceramic magnetic devices owe their origin to the above two elements, in conjunction with iron.