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Ayurveda in Sri LankaInformative story exploring world’s oldest holistic healing (whole body) system Ayurveda.


Comparisons with orthodox medical treatments & Maori medicine Rongoa.

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“While many natural cancer treatments hold promise against cancer,” continued Rosh, "they cannot get rid of the microbes in the organs, which cause most cancers."

"But then neither does western medicine, hence the regressions after treatment.”

“I don’t think we know what causes most cancers yet, Pa,” Hosh protested. “So, you can’t say microbes cause most cancers.”

“I am no cancer specialist,” Rosh agreed. “But aggravated by microbes or not, reportedly a contributing cause of cancer is a weak immune system. On the other hand, some cancer scientists claim that it is DNA damage which causes cancer, but again, others argue otherwise.”

“Regardless, most natural cancer treatments include immune builders and things that kill cancer cells. Some can also rid the body of microbes, which should consequently strengthen the immune system.”

“Like Vitamin C supplements cured Scurvy, there are possibly many (as yet undiscovered) natural molecules which could cure cancer by recharging the immune system, removing specific deficiencies or even killing microbes inside the cancer cells.”

“Problem is, orthodox medicine researchers and pharmaceutical manufacturers control almost all the research and funding. And to date, they've found little incentive to explore the natural medicine field. But as awareness and acceptance of nutrition as a preventative and cure grows, this will change.”

“Be aware, and spread awareness, that ingredients found in our food, herbs and natural habitat have been used successfully by our ancestors in medicine and surgery for over 3,000 years.”

“Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda (Sanskrit: Ayur = life, Ved = knowledge).”

“Ayurved is not only one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole body) healing system, it continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems.”

“Instead of focusing on just treating illness, Ayurveda works to promote good health. Health and wellness, it believes, depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.”

“Hindus believe that everything in the universe – dead or alive – is connected. If our mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, we have good health.”

“When something disrupts this balance, we get sick. This balance can be disturbed by things like genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate and seasonal change, age, and even our emotions.”

“And where did our ancestors go to get things to align, to rebalance? To mother nature! The bush has always been the pharmacy of mankind. There are so many healing properties within our plants.”

“Based on the World Health Assembly resolution on traditional medicine (WHA62.13), the WHO has established a traditional medicine strategy, which includes Ayurveda, among other complementary health systems. Even the World Trade Organization (WTO ) now mentions Ayurveda in its intellectual property strategy.”

“Even here in New Zealand, the Maori have used natural methods to support health for hundreds of years - from managing skin conditions to aiding infertility, with a combination of plants and awareness of the spiritual causes of sickness. Today, Rongoa (Maori Medicine) is seeing a resurgence of interest.”

“Kawakawa can aid skin conditions like eczema. Manuka has antiviral properties good for chicken pox and boils, while the anti-inflammatory Tupakihi leaves can assist in healing broken bones, arthritis and muscular tears.”

“Then you have the Maori psychological and physical techniques - Mirimiri and Romiromi. Plants and creams will deal with the symptoms, but the malady will keep flaring up if the root cause hasn't been dealt with.”

“So, should we go natural or conventional medicine? Well we have the power to be well through the choices we make.”

“We are only just beginning to rediscover that which was lost to science in the dark ages of our existence on earth. But I look forward to many of these discoveries happening in my lifetime. And I look forward to you contributing to make some of them happen.”

“Indeed,” Hosh wrote back. “I hope so too, papa.”

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