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Ailment, Allopathy and Alternative Natural Medication

The word ‘disease’ implies that our body is not at ‘ease’. The diseased condition, ‘I’m not feeling healthy enough’, is an indicator that some ailment has struck our body.

“Health is the natural state of the body. Disease is a condition we must mitigate.”

Ailments can occur due to weakening/malfunctioning of a bodily system/organ, as a result of internal reasons like general health conditions of an individual, nutritional deficiency, low immunity against diseases, lifestyle habits we build and live with, personal hygiene, etc. or due to the entry of an ‘alien element’ like infectious bacteria/virus or other harmful pollutants entering our body through channels like food, air and water, basically from sources external to us like sanitation of the living environment, pollution levels in the surrounding, seasonal changes, other infected humans/beings, etc.

Most times we will be able to sense if we are unwell, as the body keeps signalling symptoms to alert us. But, unfortunately we cast our attention only when the symptoms become painful or alarming. Ignoring them or delaying any medical attention at this stage only worsens the health. Being healthy is the natural state of the body. Disease is a condition we must mitigate.

Now, how can we mitigate a disease condition? Most of us have this question – what medication we should opt for – Allopathy or Alternative Natural Medication? We are sharing with you here some fundamental differences, which may help you make your choice.

When the disease condition does not require a surgery, Allopathy first attempts to stop aggravation of the symptoms, then targets disease causing bacteria/virus and tries to supply what the body lacks (fluids, enzymes, hormones, etc.). Basically it works on the symptoms and disease condition.

Natural systems of medicine on the other hand take a ‘broader approach’. They try to revive the normal functioning of the ‘system/organ concerned’ to curb the disease condition. They too address disease conditions, but their focus is largely on strengthening the internal system of the body to fight out the disease, trigger or tame production/secretion of vital fluids/hormones – the loss or excess secretion of which might have resulted in the disease condition.

There are many debatable differences between the two systems of medicine, but one major difference between them is, ‘Allopathy takes cure in its own hands’, while ‘Natural Medicinal Systems prepare the body to seek its own cure’. That makes a gamut of difference.

Allopathy comes handy in times of emergency. But it also makes one increasingly dependent on medicines. Their prolonged consumption may result in a host of side effects. Whereas, natural medicines strengthen organs, systems and immunity to provide sustained wellness. And although they take a natural course of time to provide cure their prolonged consumption may cause less or no harm to the body depending upon their strength, dosage and compatibility with the patient to whom they are administered.

Now, when we have to seek cure we have to make our own discretion to what medication we must opt for, when and how much. Before we seek medication or at least after we begin, we should educate ourselves about the ailment, different types of cure available and their pros and cons. One general rule that helps is: “If the symptoms are acute, opt for allopathy for immediate relief, but follow it up with Alternative Natural Medication for sustained cure and prolonged remedy.”

 
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Inactive lifestyle KILLS you nicely

Our society has people with varying levels of physical labor.

On one end we have people endlessly tiring themselves to physical exhaustion working more than sane hours of hard labor. Their back-breaking work, poor working conditions combined with low remuneration constantly exposes them to extraneous bodily strain and undernourishment.

On the other end we have people with desk jobs that restricts their bodily movement for prolonged hours, as their field of labor is mostly within and around cabins and cubicles. Even in the industrial sector, as one climbs up the institutional ladder, physical labor declines, as the field of labor shifts from shop floor to desk top. In addition, access to better physical and domestic comforts, reduces the physical strain in their everyday chores.

Both these ends represent the vast disparity in the level of physical labor. While excess physical labor evidently takes toll on the health, static desk jobs subtly kills the health.

Now, improving labor conditions and remuneration of people of the first category, which is key to their health, involves a number of social and industrial changes and a strong political will to enact powerful laws and implement them. Whereas, those in the second category can exercise their freewill to improve their work culture and lifestyle, which are key to the lifestyle diseases they confront. This is something they must do for their own good health, and for the other segment of society that is toiling with hard labor in harsh conditions, they can render their voice and support.

“An active life is key to good health and a sedentary life is a source of disease, as much as spine breaking labor is for the bottom end of the economic segment.”

Going back a few pages in history might help. If we compare people of older generations with ours, they had a better health than us today. One main reason is physical manual labor was part of their every day routine. Today we are forced to do the same in the name of ‘workouts’ and ‘exercises’. Earlier warming up our bodies, stretching our limbs and getting our muscles and joints worked, were ingrained in everyday chores. Today it is not so. Even the mechanical devices of bygone years, what we may look at as out-dated, kept us healthy. Think of the modest bicycle. Now it’s pedaling its way back. We are cycling and walking again, may not be to reach a destination, but at least as part of an exercise routine.

There must be a total overhaul in our working culture. But until it becomes reality, physical exercise must be part of our everyday routine. While that’s one way to stay healthy, we must keep looking for imbibing physical manual labor into our everyday routine or put to use some mechanical devices, which will help us move our limbs a bit more than what we do today.

 
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Medicines can be Harmful

Indian Health Ministry banned 344 Fixed Dose Combination Drugs recently. The popular brands that have suffered the ban include Phensedyl, Corex, Benadryl and Vicks Action 500.

Now, what if some of the drugs, which have escaped the axe of ban today are declared ‘unsafe’ after 5 to 10 years later?

If we look at the history of drug ban, this isn’t the first time some allopathy medicines are facing a ban and a ban need not necessarily mean they have met a dead-end. Drugs banned in countries like the US and European countries still find their way to markets in developing nations and other third world countries, where they are allowed to sell as imported medicines or formulations permitted for manufacture and distribution under respective regulative bodies in these countries.

Let us keep aside legal tangles, political reasons, corporate lobbying, etc., and look primarily from the angle of ‘medicines and their influence on the human body’. Host of these banned medicines are not only ‘irrational’, but are harmful as well. ‘Dangerous’ would be an appropriate word. Some of these drugs contain ‘Codeine’, which can cause lethal damage to the brain. And the worst part is, they have been sold as OTC (Over The Counter) drugs, which many of us could have been using for years.

The manufacturers of these drugs may get a legal reprieve from the courts by getting an interim stay or eventually succeed in revocation of the ban. Whatever may be the outcome, it’s time we study the effects of OTC drugs before we buy them and ask our Doctors or Chemists whether medicines prescribed by them are safe or not.

Documentation corresponding to a drug and its composition, speak in length on the effectiveness of a drug and its possible side effects. But this information may not reach up to a retail buyer buying them from a drug store. At the market level, when a person picks up a strip of a tablet or capsule or a bottle of syrup, one may just find a word of caution in terminology that is not commonly understood.

A lay man to chemical terms, which most of us are, may not be able to relate with drug compositions, their percentage and how they could affect our health. Some prescription drugs do carry a complete list of possible side effects in a small booklet when we buy them in box. But unfortunately we never care to read what’s in it or tend to brush aside the warnings, thinking ‘our doctor knows it better’. It’s either negligence or blind faith or both.

The drug ban will certainly affect the pharmaceutical companies. According to a survey as quoted by DNAINDIA40% of Doctors seem to disagree with the ban. The Pharma Market altogether is expected to suffer an immediate loss of 800-1000 crores. None of these can serve as a justification to trade human health and eventually life itself for the industry to gain.

We could be one of those gullible consumers, consuming the banned drugs for years. We may have no means to test the damage the drugs must have inflicted upon our system. But one life saving lesson we can and must hold in our memory is, “our bad health can also be due to the medicines we have been consuming.” And its no conspiracy theory.