Date(s) - 15/07/2023 - 17/07/2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ayurveda: The Holistic Science of well being for the world
Well-Being is currently understood as general health and happiness, a state of physical, emotional, and social stability. It is broader than the idea of wellness and encompasses different dimensions of existence.
According to Ayurveda, holistic health means an approach to well-being that simultaneously addresses physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. In its application, the holistic idea of well-being is transdisciplinary. It relies on many components, such as religions, spiritual traditions, and cultures, to heal people and communities and also save the environment. Holistic health assumes importance in the context of Universal Health Coverage, SDG3, and the theme of One Earth and One Health
To quote our Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “As the pandemic focused the global attention on health, India went a step further and focused on wellness. That is why we have put forward a vision before the world – One Earth, One Health. This involves holistic health care for all creatures, humans, animals or plants.”
Access to diverse approaches to health care integrated within an evidence-based framework, a patient-centric approach rather than a system-centric approach to health care, and community empowerment and self-reliance are some of the relevant themes in the context of traditional medicine and holistic health. Overemphasis on curative medicine has also led to the neglect of approaches to nurturing positive states of health and wellness, which is emphasized in traditional systems of medicine. There is a need to nurture healthy lifestyles, diet habits, and home remedies to prevent diseases, which have been part and parcel of traditional healthcare approaches. Non- communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory ailments account for around 75% of global morbidity and mortality. Such chronic conditions require palliative care and an approach to improve quality of life. Treatment approaches that integrate traditional medical practices selectively can help us to address the burden of NCDs more effectively.
Despite phenomenal progress in medical science, there are gaps and unmet needs in the idea of well-being. In this backdrop, traditional methods of treatment have expanded globally and gained popularity in the last few decades. Specifically, these practices have continued to be used for primary healthcare of the poor in developing countries. They can also be used in all those countries where population still depends on traditional treatment or so-called alternative medicine as the preferred form of health care. In some parts of the world, most people continue to rely on their own traditional medicine to meet their basic healthcare needs. When adopted outside of its tradition orculture, traditional medicine is often called “complementary and alternative medicine.”