Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.
As per Swami Satyanand Saraswati “Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.”
As per Swami Sivanand Saraswati “integration and harmony between thought, feeling and deed or integration between head, heart and hand.”
In the modern era, people are coming back to the basics because most of the people adopted a way of life wherein the body has been given comforts which in turn converted into a house of diseases. These diseases have no cure but only temporary relief whereas Yoga is giving permanent removal of disease from the body.
The term “yoga” has been applied to a variety of practices and methods that includes:
Gyan Yoga’ or philosophy
‘Bhakti Yoga’ or path of devotional bliss
‘Karma Yoga’ or path of blissful action
There are several branches of Yoga : Karma Yoga – Yoga of Service, Bhakti Yoga, Yoga of Devotion, Jnana Yoga – Yoga of Mind, Raja Yoga – Yoga of Self-Control, Tantra Yoga – Yoga of Rituals and Hatha Yoga
Yogasanas help exercise external as well as internal body parts. This helps with proper body functioning, thereby ensuring good physical health, as well as mental peace and calm.The various postures help correct our physiological and physical imbalances and help us tone our musculo-skeletal system. If practiced properly and regularly, yoga has an extremely rejuvenative and therapeutic effect on our body.
Yoga has a complete message for humanity. It has a message for the human body. It has a message for the human mind and it also has a message for the human soul.
In recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in the ancient wisdom of Unani science.
This system of medicine is a comprehensive medical system, providing promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare. Its fundamentals, diagnosis and treatment modalities are based on scientific principles and a holistic approach, considering each individual in relation to his/her environment and emphasizes on the health of body, mind and soul.
The Unani system of medicine, sometimes referred to as the “Greco-Arab” medicine or “Unani Tibb”; is based on Greek philosophy, originated in Greece and the term Unani is derived from ‘Unan’, Arabic and Urdu for ‘Greece’.
The theoretical framework of Unani medicine is based on the work of Hippocrates (460-377 BC). By his method of careful study and comparison of symptoms, he laid down the foundation for clinical medicine based on diet and rest. He advocated that the chief function of a physician is to aid the natural forces of the body in combating a disease.
According to Unani system, diseases are natural processes and the symptoms are body’s reaction to them. Human body has self-preservation power (Quwwat-e-Mudabbira) that maintains the balance of these humours. Unani treatment facilitates body to regain or strengthen this balance. It follows the humoural theory that postulates presence of four humors in the body namely: Blood (Dum), Phlegm (balgham), Yellow bile (safra) and Sauda (black bile).
For diagnosing the disease, unani physicians (commonly known as hakims) feel the rhythmic expansion of arteries (nubz) of the patient. Mainly there are four types of unani treatments available: Ilaj bil tadbeer (regimental therapy), Ilaj bil Ghiza (dietotherapy), Ilaj bil dawa (Pharmacotherapy) and Jarahat (Surgery)
Ayurveda can be defined as a system that uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.
Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas–the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions that can help humans overcome various ailments. This forms the basis of Ayurveda practice, passed down to the present day based on herbs.
Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one the most effective healing modality in Ayurvedic Medicine. It promotes Detoxification and Rejuvenation. Panchkarma is based on five elements :Vaman, Basti, Nasy, Virechan and Rakta Moksha.
Naturopathy a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as Mud Therapy, Hydro Therapy, Massage Therapy, Chromo Therapy and Magneto Therapy.
In many aspects, naturopathy is “common sense applied to health”. The basic principle is to have tremendous innate healing abilities, and our systems will always attempt to overcome an Illness and restore balance. In naturopathy, these attempts are encouraged by utilizing such natural factors such as diet, exercise and relaxation, fresh air and the use of water (hydrotherapy). The general driving force of treatment is to bring back the healthy conditions of a patient as far as possible, and equally to advocate prevention rather than cure. Increasingly nowadays, ill health is considered to be boosyed by the environmental factors such as pollution, so an individual can only do so much to keep him healthy, and wider measures may well need to be campaigned for.
These therapies are associated with Nature such as air, mud, water, sun and sky. Our body is made of all these natural things. The disease is treated through removal of toxins in the body which make it healthy.
Homeopathy is a system of complementary medicine in which ailments are treated by minute doses of natural substances that in larger amounts would produce symptoms of the ailment.
Homeopathy has also proven itself invaluable in preventing illness.
The extremely diluted nature of homeopathic remedies removes risk of ultimately negative side effects, suggests the University of Maryland Medical Center. One common remedy, arnica, can cause serious side effects if taken internally in large doses.
In the first stages of preparing a homeopathic remedy, before it becomes a pill, some substances are initially diluted with vegetable alcohol (ethanol). This includes most plant remedies and easily soluble substances. Preparation of less soluble substances, such as minerals, begins with trituration.
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician in the early 1800s. He discovered that the same substance that could cause a reaction in a healthy person could also be a remedy for someone suffering from similar symptoms.