It is said that the greatest medicines of all time can be found right in your backyard! This is not a proverb, but a proven reality since thousands of years. Ascended Master Dhanvantari is the emancipator of The Ancient Medicine to the current human race on the planet earth and he imparted this wisdom to his disciple Sushrutha. He documented all of that in his Sushrutha Samhitha. And the first translation of this Sanskrit book was done in 1891.
Ayurveda which means the Knowledge of Life is called as Mother of all medicine. It deals with 8 sectors of treatment which include Salya (To weed away foreign particles), Salakya (ENT) Kaya (General), graham (Psychological, Visha (Antidotes) Rasayana (Preparing rejuvating medicines) bala (Treating Infants) and Vajikarana (Human Reproduction). Apart from Sushrutha, Jevaka is one of the great Doctors of Ancient medicine!
However, as the invaders took over this nation, even today, their influence still resides in the people’s minds that they turn against the very ancient medicine for the medicines brought by the colonials. The greatest thing about ayurveda that they come with no side effects, unlike the modern medicine which comes with atleast one side effect. No matter even they might say the side effects are mild, they come with bigger costs. But in Ayurveda, its a way of life.
The big difference with Ayurveda and the English medicine is that, Ayurveda considers every individual is unique and has a particular energy pattern. Ayurveda acknowledges the divinity in human while Modern Medicine considers man as a social animal and uses the medicines that were tested on animals!
Ayurveda encourages boosting up the immune system through natural therapies while modern medicine relies on artificial fluids which may result in notable side effects, be they mild or strong. Even in the great book of The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien refers to a plant named Athelas from elvish medicine which can be translated into a plant belongs to Basil (Tulasi) family where the researchers in the west are still trying to figure out which Basil it is.
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari