Medicine owes its origin to nature. Nature was associated with cure. The body’s nature and mechanism is to recover naturally. Even today creatures other than humans are heavily dependent on nature to get cured if they contract any illness.
Illness is the opposite of wellness. The first sign of illness is physical uneasiness marked by one or more symptoms. The first response of the body to an illness is a lack of appetite. Thus illness is suspected in an animal or a baby if there is a sudden resistance to the intake of food. This results in restlessness. In the not too distant past a person who fell ill suddenly was advised to go easy on food. The old Sanskrit saying is “langanam parama oushadham”, meaning that skipping food is the best medicine. Even today this is the first step in home cure when medical help is not available or affordable. This resulted in detoxification of the digestive system. Obviously this was not a ‘cure all’ prescription.
The next step was the intake of well identified indigenous herbs, plant, flowers, vegetables, fruits and seeds. There were practitioners who were trained for generations to examine patients through physical examination of their eyes, nails, pulse rate and its feebleness and by which they offered treatment with plant extracts and concentrated solutions for an extended period of 1 month or more.
Today 99% allopathic medicines are chemical compounds made in labs based on complex chemicals and floated in the market after intense check for adverse side effects. Does it mean they are safe and without side effects? Unfortunately seldom! The so called minor side effects are accepted as a necessary evil. The immediate advantage is that unlike other systems of medicine they deliver instant relief.
Antibiotics are particularly magical. But their curative value is a question mark in many cases. Many of them are only suppressors of ailment. The main problem is that they destroy good bacteria along with the bad ones they are required to fight. Further doctors prescribe antacids simultaneously to protect intestinal linings. Repeated administration of drugs make them ineffective, leading to increased dosages and side effects.Apart from the side effects and decreasing efficacy strong allopathic drugs have to be administered after rigorous investigations. These are very expensive and time consuming in some cases.
Various regulations on professional malpractice make doctors defensive. They are compelled to take a large insurance cover. Protected by Patents laws, drug manufacturers are not answerable even to god for the usurious pricing of drugs once they hit the jackpot of official clearance of their drug discovery. The cumulative price is paid by the patient. Further medical insurers and corporate hospitals run their businesses to maximise profits for their shareholders They are in a grand alliance with doctors, medical investigation labs and drug marketers! An ailment is the grand opportunity they are looking for. The patient has to battle out this grand alliance and is expected to bankroll them and successfully combat the ailment single handedly. If he has the means, all luck to him. If not, the elimination of his ailment would be the beginning of a personal economic disaster. In the alternative the ailment may consume him. Either way he is the loser.
This is my take on this week’s Friday blogs post suggested by my wife Padmini. The other bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Padmum, Ramana, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad.
To see what many others have to say about this matter that affects all of us, do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say.