As Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, India, celebrates 100 years of its founding, it boasts branches and outlets all over the country. And if people from all over the world throng to the Indian State of Kerala now for availing the benefits of ayurveda, the credit undoubtedly goes to Arya Vaidya Sala, a name synonymous with the purest, authentic form of ayurveda
"IF COMMERCIALISATION IS DONE PROPERLY AND FAITHFULLY, THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR"Excerpts from an interview with Aryvaidyan P.K. Warrier, Managing Trustee and Chief Physician of Arya Vaidya Sala, who has been elected the next President of All India Ayurvedic Congress.
What is the guiding vision of the Arya Vaidya Sala?
Preservation and promotion of ayurveda by providing genuine ayurvedic medicines, treatment, education and research facilities for the benefit of the whole world and maintaining the ayurvedic system of health care resorting to timely adaptations.
What are the major treatments available at the Arya Vaidya Sala?
We provide patients with genuine ayurvedic medicines, classic ayurvedic treatment such as panchakarma, rasayana therapy as well as Kerala special treatments. A few treatments designed by us out of clinical experience are also included.
Is there a Kerala School of Ayurveda? If yes, how is it different from the Ayurveda practiced in North India?
Ayurveda is taught in our Ayurvedic College following the CCIM syllabus. But in practice, Kerala has a rich and salient tradition in ayurveda, which could be called 'Kerala School of thought' in ayurvedic system.
Do you think research in ayurveda must be modernized?
The Research Protocol should contain the materials and methods of both modern medicine and ayurveda. But the primary objective should be the exploration and revalidation of the potentials of ayurveda for the benefit of humanity.
What are the advantages of ayurveda compared to other systems of medicine?
Ayurveda is not simply a system dealing with pathogenesis or therapeutics. It holds out an integral vision of health care and adopts holistic techniques to achieve its goals-namely healthful longevity and pure and effective treatment for the ailments.
Why is ayurveda called a holistic system?
Ayurveda is primarily a philosophy of life. It incorporates ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions to health and undertakes the task of making human beings capable of attaining the ultimate goals of life through integrated activities.
What are the features of the ayurvedic treatment for mental illness?
This is a unique ayurvedic tradition. A standard health care system normally holds out a clinician's approach to health and disease. Ayurveda speaks on the nature of a happy and good life, code of conduct for healthy living, virtues of social and personal hygiene, measured diet, importance of exercise and ethical conduct. Treatment for mental illness depends upon the condition of the patient. Snehapanam, dhara to head, thalam on the vertex, internal medicines and appropriate panchakarmas are certain unique methods.
Do you think commercialization of ayurveda is diluting the purity of the system?
If commercialization is done properly, faithfully, there is nothing to fear.
What are your future plans?
Research and development, augment of medicinal plant cultivation and continuation of the work on health care. To uplift ayurveda to the status of cardinal health care system all over the world is the motto and our efforts would be directed to achieve this goal.
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