Healing the Body, Mind and Spirit

According to Indian spiritual texts, the human being is made up of panchamaya kosha or five sheaths, with the physical body (annamayakosha or food sheath), as the most immediate and grossest sheath. The others in a scale of ascending subtlety include the pranamayakosha (the life force sheath), the manomayakosha (the mind sheath), the vijnanamayokosha (wisdom sheath), and finally the anandamayokosha (bliss sheath).

integratedmedicineBefore an ailment or disorder affects our physical body, it first affects the more subtle bodies. For complete wellness, we need to heal all these sheaths beginning with the most subtle one. In other words, we need to heal the body, mind and spirit. Operating from this awareness is what distinguishes the integrated healing model. A healing process includes the physical, social, and psychological dimensions over time, while the ultimate healing seems to come from an opening up to the spiritual dimension, a resource beyond that of our own will, a self-transcendent source,” she had said. While modern medicine has countered several diseases that were once fatal, through the essentially violent method of destroying the viruses and bacteria causing the ailments, it has ignored the cause of the ailment, often to be found in the mental or spiritual sheaths. More and more research is now proving that as much as 80 per cent of disorders are psychosomatic in nature. In its focus on curing, modern medicine also ignores the far more important aspect of prevention. It is unsurprising that over time, allopathic ‘cures’ eventually end up as chronic conditions unresponsive to allopathic treatment. There is no cure for conditions like BP, heart problems, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, or for that matter, cancer. Its other disadvantages such as intolerable side-effects and skyrocketing costs are causing an ever increasing  exodus.

Modern medicine has its strength in the diagnostics and emergency medicine. It is lifesaving in conditions like cancer, ischaemia and renal failure to name a few. But the medications and techniques used cause a lot of trauma to the body and mind. Holistic treatments help detoxification of the system at various levels, and aids rejuvenation. The process of recovery is hastened. The general health and well-being is regained to a large extent.

A lot of modern medicine is not truly curative and that is why the human gene-set is deteriorating with every passing generation. In Africa and Asia, 80 per cent of the population still uses traditional medicines for primary health care. In India, we have the best natural systems of healing which should be the core of every household. However, when a condition is acute, then modern medicine plays a complementary part. Both can be used side by side to heal the acute conditions. When the patient gains back her natural immunity and the condition shows improvement in medical reports as well, then modern medicine may not be required; though the switch should be done after discussing with your doctors.

That the movement is gathering force is undeniable. Society is increasingly turning to holistic methodologies. Gradually as this system takes firmer root, and practitioners become more skilled in combining the therapies, we will see the day when patients will be treated with loving care to a customised protocol that heals them at the highest level. As patients also decide to join hands with their healers in taking responsibility for their health, the focus will shift to prevention rather than intervention.

Perhaps in time, we will actually see the end of medicine and all therapies as health becomes the norm, and not the exception.