Today, we see almost all people of the world are suffering because of some disease. It is either physical or psychological. At the same time, every day an innovative technology is introduced for diagnosing or treating the disease by modern medicine system. Research scientists especially bio-chemists, bio-technologists and pharmacologists strive to find out newer medicines that could combat with deadly diseases. Their intention, that is to save the people, can’t be blamed and should be appreciated. It is only the greedy business world that makes huge amount of money through the newly invented medicines/technologies.
In developing countries like India, a considerable amount of money is spent for medical expenses. But what about the salary and salary hike? I am talking about the labours all around the world who work for more than 12 hours a day in agriculture, building construction and production of clothes. Highly salaried employees contribute only 2-3 % of the total employees. Specifically, allopathic medicine system sucks the money of people and still it is unaffordable by the common men.
As of now, there are,notably, six medicine systems being practiced in the world. They are:
1. English medicine or Allopathy
3. Ayurveda / Siddha medicine system
4. Unani medicine system
Among these, allopathy system is strongly condemned and criticized for the reasons :
* It is costlier
* Information about the disease is not properly passed to the patients.
* It suppresses the symptoms of disease not cures the disease.
* Frightening environment of the hospital ( to patients)
* It is only suitable for emergency.
The above reasons may be, to an extent, somewhat true. But based on my 10 years experience and knowledge acquired when my parents were ill and myself, I can definitely say that no medical system is superior to other in the world. Each system has its own merits and de-merits.
For example, English medicine is very effective in treating the ineffective diseases such as UTI, chronic wounds, baby birth and accidents. Homeopathy medicine excellently works in the psychological disorders and effective in almost diseases except emergency cases. Since homeopathy medicines are the diluted form (potentiating) of original items, it works in the vital force (bio-magnetic energy) of the body. Hence, it completely eradicates the disease without any trouble to patients and side effects. It is cheap and best medicine system. Siddha /Ayurveda /Unanai medicines are more or less similar in concept and working principle. Their base medicines are herbs only. Moreover, siddha text is in tamil whereas Ayurveda and Unani system are in Sanskrit and Urdu respectively. Among these, Siddha medicine is the oldest system in the world and developed by South Indian saints. Many chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, ulcer, venereal disease and psychic disorders can be cured by these systems. Even some siddha scholars say that AIDS can be dramatically controlled by siddha medicines. Still, there are few significant differences among these three systems. If I make an attempt to elaborate them, the article will expand much more. Let me stop with this small idea. Finally, Naturopathy – As matter of fact, it is not a medical system rather it is complete method of living in tune with nature. Satvik foods, proper living style, moderation in food, sleep and sex are to be followed. There are some effective naturopathy treatments like enema (for constipation), massage of head and body, stream both, mud both. I personally feel that fatal diseases like cancer, aids, heart ailments and VD can be definitely cured by naturopathy system provided the sufferer must be patient and be faith.
The final objective of any medical system is to cure the sufferer. So, I put forward a proposal for the review and consideration of scholars, intellectuals, doctors and research scientists. All the medical degrees like MBBS, BHMS, BSMS/BAMS, BUMS should be combined together and offered as a single medical degree. It may be named as Bachelor of Holistic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS). In that degree, students will study about anatomy, physiology, bio-chemistry, pathology in the first two years. In the another four years, students will study about allopathy system, homeopathy, siddha/ayurveda, naturopathy respectively along with the hands-on training in surgery.
This will be complete medical system which eases the work of the doctors since any kind of complicated disease could be tackled very easily. Also, it will give much relief from the burden of expenses and relief from the suffering from disease on patients part. Consequently, the economy of individual family as well as the country will definitely improve. This proposal is subject to some modifications by academicians and experienced doctors without collapsing the fundamental idea according to the practical difficulties. This noble idea will go very well in action until it is contaminated by the greedy industrialists and business men.
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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.