23 Mar, 2021
The importance of Ayurveda in a post-pandemic world

‘Ayur’ (life), and ‘Veda’ (knowledge) in the language of Sanskrit, come together to create a field that is both art and science known as ‘Ayurveda’, or the Knowledge of Life. It is based on the idea that by maintaining a balance between our consciousness and the outside realm, we can be healthy in mind, body and spirit. 

As there seems to be a mounting dependence on allopathy to alleviate all ailments, the question is being raised in the mind of many as to whether it is right to be reliant on synthetic chemicals for treatment. 

Ayurveda poses itself to be the solution, as many of its remedies are naturally occurring. It enables our bodies to reach a point of being sufficient and self-regulating, as there is a detailed knowledge about the effects of each and every substance or item we consume. It also takes into account the requirements and specific conditions of each person, so that the most suitable treatment can be administered based on the needs of the patient.

Ayurveda goes beyond healing. It is meant to be adopted as a lifestyle, so that our bodies can function in their optimal state. By following prescribed diets, and practising yoga as well as meditation, we can keep ourselves free from numerous diseases and complications. As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.”

Many modern treatments require patients to take medicines for prolonged periods of time. In many cases, these treatments are not without additional side effects. By living a healthy lifestyle following basic principles of Ayurveda, we can boost the capacity of our bodies to defend themselves against many diseases. 

In this time of a global pandemic, the level of fear and stress in society is constantly on the rise. This psychological imbalance leads to many individuals being susceptible to infection, as our immunity is compromised when we are in an imbalanced state. Ayurveda gives weightage towards building strength of the mind and the body to cope with various stressors that can cause harm. These traditional practices may be useful in improving psychological quality of life, and reducing the risk of infection. Ayurveda has ample potential to be employed both for prevention and as a supplementary treatment option for COVID-19.

To get the best of both worlds, Ayurveda must be given a higher level of recognition, and must be carried out alongside conventional healthcare so that people all over the world can receive the best possible solution to any and all of their health concerns. By raising awareness about Ayurveda and its benefits, we can shape a new way of healing that takes the positive effects of all forms of healthcare into consideration.