Should the NHS cure disease – or prevent it?

Should the NHS cure disease – or prevent it?

Even as a child, a friend of mine always wanted to be a doctor. She wanted to help people be healthy. But when she went to study medicine, she only heard the word ‘health’ mentioned three or four times in all her years of study. Lectures were all about disease.

In her thirties she heard about Maharishi Ayurveda, a prevention-oriented natural healthcare system. She was fascinated by this system of healthcare that returns responsibility for our health back to us. In this system, the doctor’s primary job is to provide advice and guidance, including individual diagnoses, to enable the patient to keep themselves healthy.

There are of course procedures and formulations to help cure diseases but the primary job is keeping people healthy. Ayurveda speaks of 6 stages of a disease. The first is an  imbalance that can easily be corrected by a minor change in behaviour or diet. I love the example of the serious mathematician who was advised by his Ayurvedic physician to read comics! This was to counterbalance his over-serious and focused approach which, over time, could lead to disease.

It is only at stages five and six that symptoms appear and the disease breaks out. The Ayurvedic doctor feels a failure if the patient gets to that stage and falls ill. But this is so different to the current approach. At present we seek medical help only when we get to stages 5 or 6. That’s far too late! Then we get pills or procedures to deal with the symptoms, but by then the physiology is already seriously out of balance.

Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis – Nadi Vigyan

My friend also learned about a wonderful diagnostic system in Ayurveda known as ‘Nadi Vigyan’. This involves feeling the pulse with three fingers. The information obtained by this diagnostic method can be surprisingly wide-ranging! I have seen practitioners diagnose even tooth infections using this method. Also, ‘Nadi Vigyan’ can pick up  stage one imbalances. The physician can diagnose early warning signs and provide the patient with advice on how to return to balance and good health.

Think how much such a system could save the NHS! Should the NHS cure disease – or prevent it? The answer is obvious and the means are available.

The first stage of disease in Ayurveda involves a blockage in the Nadis or energy channels in the body. This is where Maharishi Marma Therapy links in beautifully with Ayurveda. Marma therapy releases blocked energy and helps regain balance and good health. And it’s wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable, too.

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