SOURCE: AUM Ayurveda

March 25, 2013 06:00 ET

Vaidya Priyanka Urges Adoption of Ayurveda as a Primary Healthcare Method

Vaidya Priyanka, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Urges Individuals to Consider the Benefits of This Traditional Medical Approach and Adopt It as Their Primary Healthcare Model

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 25, 2013) - Vaidya Priyanka, an Ayurvedic practitioner, has released an official statement regarding the results of the Green Wealth-A Strategy for Health, a two-day conference held in India, and its call to promote Ayurvedic medicine as a means of primary healthcare throughout the country. As reported by The Times of India, the event was spearheaded by the Department of Botany, Mount Carmel College and Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM). Vaidyaji agrees that looking at Ayurvedic medicine as a primary mode of healthcare can improve wellbeing and patient outcomes.

According to the article, G. S. Srikanthaiah, the director of the department of AYUSH, comments: "About 200 years ago we had [a] better system of primary healthcare (PHC) in rural areas, because every rural household were [sic] using medicinal plants available in their neighborhood to address the minor health issues. Sixty to 70 percent of their PHC problems were addressed at home."

Dr. G. Gangadhar, director of the integrative healthcare unit at I-AIM, expands upon this idea with the following statement: "Ayurveda is about universal relations between medicines and balancing between various plants with medicinal properties. Everything in [the] universe has medicinal values. It is important to know how to make use of it. The challenge is to apply Ayurvedic principles in this changing modern environment."

Vaidya Priyanka agrees that embracing a higher degree of Ayurvedic medicine can improve patient wellbeing and reduce the reliance on modern medical practices, which, she asserts, can be toxic.

"The modern medical industry has done a great deal of good in this world," explains Vaidyaji, "however, it is important that individuals understand that today's pharmaceuticals are not the only way to treat certain illnesses and imbalances -- and that these medicines can be quite harmful in some cases. By taking a natural, holistic approach to health, Ayurvedic medicine improves not only the health of patients, but their lifestyles."

The use of plants in the Ayurvedic medical tradition as a way to treat various illnesses is a practice that dates back centuries; however, this approach is also able to provide preventative care to individuals who are looking to not only treat health concerns but also keep them from developing. The root of health conditions in this particular approach is determined by a weakening of the mind/body connection. As such, Ayurvedic healers call upon meditation and yoga, as well as dietary changes and other important lifestyle alterations, to assist their patients in strengthening the mind/body connection and therefore preventing illnesses from arising.

Vaidya Priyanka encourages other Ayurvedic practitioners to help boost the visibility of their practice in order to enhance the number of individuals who see this approach as a primary healthcare resource.

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Vaidya Priyanka is an Ayurvedic practitioner who helps her patients improve their wellbeing by offering a holistic, natural approach to medical care.