AYURVEDA: A TIME-HONORED PATH TO SUSTAINABLE WELL-BEING AND GLOBAL HEALTH

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Dr Mythri H S
Dr Nithin Krishna R
Dr Raja Ram Mahto

Keywords

Ayurveda, Sustainable health, Health and Wellness, Preventive health, Traditional medicine

Abstract

The manuscript explores Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old traditional Indian medicinal system that addresses holistic well-being. Rooted in the Atharva Veda, Ayurveda emphasizes longevity, material well-being, and spiritual fulfillment, offering remedies and guidance for disease prevention. Key concepts like 'Agni,' 'Dosha,' 'Dhatu,' and 'Prakriti' guide both treatment and prevention strategies. Ayurveda links intellectual transgressions ('Prajnaparadha') to diseases, highlighting the connection between mental and physical health. Ayurveda recommends various practices to promote preventive, personalized, and participatory medicine. Ayurveda defines health as a harmonious state with balanced digestion, proper elimination, and emotional well-being. It offers recommendations for daily foods, seasonal practices, body purification, and seasonal vulnerability to maintain well-being. The manuscript also aligns Ayurveda with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing the role of Ayurveda in promoting healthy eating, hygiene, and well-being, as well as reducing the carbon footprint and promoting equality, peace, and justice. It discusses the progress made by the Indian government, recognizing Ayurveda's relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initiatives like a National Clinical Management Protocol and guidelines for long COVID demonstrate Ayurveda's potential in modern healthcare. Future directions include research, standardization, regulation, public awareness, education, international collaboration, and integration into healthcare systems. In conclusion, Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to health, aligning with the principles of sustainable growth. Integrating Ayurveda into healthcare systems can yield numerous benefits for societies seeking sustainable development.

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