The last few months have really reminded us of what interesting times we live in. The economic woes and political campaigning have brought to the forefront some very major concerns about our future. Along with these social issues, many of us have faced some serious personal challenges in our lives recently. All of these situations combined have brought us to a time of real reflection, allowing for a great shift in consciousness. We are on the verge of a new era, and a new way of approaching problems.
Human beings are feeling collective global stress with the financial insecurity, rising cost of health care, international war, fears of bio-terrorism, food borne illnesses, food shortages, inequalities between the first and third worlds, various addictions, and general moral decline. Surprisingly, the ancient wisdom of the Vedas can provide some long lasting solutions to these modern problems.
Ayurveda is the world’s oldest and most complete medical system, dating well over 5,000 years ago. There is much experiential knowledge and proof that this mind-body-spirit medicine is so effective in helping to improve our lives. There is a real resurgence of Ayurveda around the world today, after being banned in India during the 150 years of British imperialism. Ayurveda translates as the “knowledge of life”. It is a science that is dedicated to longevity and the prevention of illness.
It would be so cost effective to our current health care system if people were educated in Ayurvedic lifestyle and nutrition. Following simple Ayurvedic guidelines would prevent so many of the chronic, degenerative, and auto-immune diseases we suffer from as a culture. People would actually be taking responsibility for their health, and correct minor conditions before they become exacerbated to serious diseases, which require billions of dollars in expensive medical procedures and pharmaceutical intervention. Imagine if insurance companies paid and encouraged people to receive two Pancha Karmas annually. Seasonal Pancha Karma detox cleans deep seeded Ama or disease producing toxins. PK could remove these toxic pathogens before they sprouted into full blown health conditions.
Classic Ayurvedic herbs like turmeric, neem, gudduchi, guggulu, ashwagandha, shatavari, triphala, tulsi, brahmi and many more, are highly acclaimed in scientific studies by researchers around the world. Again these are all more cost effective and safer than most pharmaceuticals that are pushed on us. Ayurveda is gaining respect and recognition by all major health groups, such as the World Health Organization, National Institiute of Health in the US, and similar groups in Europe, Asia, and Russia. Famous allopathic MD’s such as Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joseph Mercola, are all promoting the herbs and practices of Ayurveda in the mass media, because they are strong believers in the positive results patients have enjoyed through Ayurveda.
The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), recently held their annual conference in Chicago. The theme was an integration of three sister Vedic sciences – Ayurveda, Jyotish Astrology, and Yoga. This is the future of true alternative healthcare. Approaching a health condition Ayurvedically but also incorporating Yoga asanas, pranayama breathing techniques and meditation. Using our personal Jyotish chart to see which parts of the body, which organ systems, and which time periods of our life, are most vulnerable. By understanding this karmic piece we can work through it much more easily, and apply that astrological information to prevent and alleviate serious health crisis.
There is a low level of anxiety, depression, fears, and emotion disturbance that we all experience in today’s turbulent world. We can look to the Vedas to remind us of what it means to live a Sattvic lifestyle. Ayurveda and Yoga understand that living a sattvic or pure lifestyle is key to our own emotional balance. This is true for us personally as well as socially. We can begin practicing Sattva in our own local communities by co-operative gardening that provide safe and sustainable food sources. One by one, we can elect leaders who have a sattvic vision of the world, who want to create eco-friendly, peace-promoting, socially responsible policies that benefit the entire global population.
The future of healthcare is very bright. Together we can make a shift in our global consciousness from doom to health and wellness.
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