July 1 is celebrated as National Doctor’s Day. Courtesy the pandemic, we are recognising some of these important days !! Doctors, nurses and all the healthcare workers in India have truly done an amazing job during the pandemic. We never heard of doctors going on strike like in some of the more developed countries. We lost many of our doctors including Dr. K K Aggarwal to the Wuhan virus :(.
Do take a minute out everyday and thank our wonderful doctor’s, who put themselves in harm’s way while treating us. They are truly the ones through whom God works his/her/its miracles ! I didn’t comment on the Ayurveda Vs Allopathy debate because all the Allopathy doctors I know are fully respectful of Ayurveda and vice versa. I have never had any allopathy doctor in India say that I should not eat healthy or not do yoga or drink “kadha/kashayam” ! Yes, we have had some doctors trying to prescribe too many tests and medicines, but then, you have the option of changing your doctor.
Ayurveda, Allopathy, Homeopathy – Doctor’s Day
Dr. Taneja, our family physician is simply outstanding. He follows the principle of minimum medicines, maximum lifestyle change 😂. Similarly, Dr. Sanjay Dhawan, a dear friend and an outstanding Ophthalmologist put my mother so much at ease, that she never knew when he completed removing her cataract ! Mind you, my mother is totally scared of injections, doctors, hospitals.. we were more worried for Sanjay than her :). Do read Amma’s transformation … in the blink of an eye.
Another dear friend whose family for generations have been Ayurvedic Vaidyas, Dr. Jammi Venkataramana, has helped with Krishnan’s pre-diabetes by giving him a specially formulated Ayurvedic Churna(powder). Dr. Jammi is also an MBBS, MD in the allopathy system. More recently, Dr. Kanwal Nain a Homeopath, has been a huge help with Psoriasis, where both Ayurveda and Allopathy didn’t work.
All good doctors are healers… and all good doctors wish their patients don’t keep coming back to them ! A great doctor’s healing touch makes all the difference. Yes we have 5 star and 7 star hospitals, and yes there are huge issues of malpractice, wrong diagnosis and hospitals charging an arm and a leg (the good ones), but we can’t do without them. We need to work through legislation and through the community to fix these issues.
For starters ensure that medical college admission is based on actual interest and aptitude of the student, not how much money they can pay as capitation fees etc. NEET is a good step in that direction. And no wonder, TamilNadu is opposing it because the politicians were making a NEAT fortune (pun intended) through the management quota ! I also feel in India, with the wisdom that Ayurveda provides, we should bring all these systems of healing together. When someone becomes a doctor, they should learn about Ayurveda, Allopathy and Homeopathy. I am only aware of these systems of medicine, maybe there are many more.
The Dream of Holistic Medicine
Ayurveda focuses on the uniqueness of the individual and treats the underlying cause of the disease. Allopathy provides quick relief for the patient and the new tools of diagnosis are very useful. Am sure Sushruta, the father of surgery would have loved these diagnostic tools. Likewise, Charaka would have loved to have lab reports even though he probably saw the patient and knew his/her illness !! Homeopathy focuses on energy blocks, again very important to resolve for healing.
Am sure we can make the dream of holistic medicine come true. It has to happen in India. The west is too focussed on making money from medicines (Pharma mafia) so they wouldn’t want this solution.
All the healers must unite and work towards a better, healthier world.
Till then, a Happy National Doctor’s Day to all the Doctors. Thank you for your service and thank you for healing us. May you all be blessed with good health, lots of happiness and a long life.