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Ayurveda and ayurvedic thinking versus 'western thinking'


Ayurvedic thinking

AYURVEDA IS/ARE NOT AYURVEDA IS/ARE
PHILOSOPHY treatment for ailments a way of life
BEHAVIOR incidental remedial action beneficial daily habits
FOOD diet geared to an illnesseating and drinking habits geared to the unique constitution of an individual
MEDICINEone fits all; medicines applied to an illness applied to the person as an integral part of lifestyle to harmonize imbalances that are at the root of the illness
TREATMENT "remove an illness from the body"permanently balance the energies in body, mind, spirit and soul



Ayurvedic healing versus 'western medicine'

WESTERN MODERN MEDICINE AYURVEDA,
AYURVEDIC HEALTH CARE
VIEWPOINT Analytic / mechanistic / understanding the whole from the parts
Synthetic / holistic / understanding the parts from the whole
DIAGNOSE Diagnoses an illness of a part and/or subsystem
To harmonize imbalances of the being
TREATMENT Cures an illness (abstracted from individual)
(Re)balances an individual constitution
INTERVENTION After problems become manifest (incidental cure)
Before problems become manifest (continuous prevention)
FOCUS Illness as an a abstraction / generalization
Constitution of a concrete, unique individual





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