You tossed and turned all night. The alarm didn’t go off. You’re late for work and the train has been delayed. There’s a deadline to meet, but your computer is acting up. Three cups of coffee later, your head still throbs. Your back hurts. Your eyes sting each time you blink.
Sound familiar? The answer to our hectic lifestyle in the modern world is not simply to pop an aspirin in order to block the pain temporarily, but to seek a viable long-term solution. It would not be realistic to suggest that we all give up our stressful careers in order to live better and longer. But it is justified to say that with a little thought and attention, we can manage our health much better within our existing lifestyles. This can be achieved by taking measures as small and quick as consistently taking herbal supplements as well as following recommended dietary intakes to complement our personal doshic constitution. We only need to make a small investment in ourselves in order to make a big difference.
We are undergoing a fundamental shift in the way healthcare is provided. What we are experiencing today represents a move towards holism. The old medical establishment viewed the human being as a machine, with separate systems, organs, and tissues; it separates the mind and body into two distinct categories.
Modern thinking acknowledges the mutual interdependence of the physical body, mind, emotions, and the environment in creating health and disease. It has removed the absolute authority from the doctor and has re-fashioned a model of shared responsibility; primarily by the patient, but also by the physician to a lesser extent, in order to maintain good health.
At the centre of this shift is Ayurveda as it is a healing system that promotes health using natural, non-toxic substances and recognises the important role of the mind and emotions.