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THE PHARMA REVIEW (AUGUST 2008)

Naturo-Allopathy: The New Dawn in Medical Sciences

Ajay G. Pise, D. Sreedhar, Virendra Ligade, Manthan J., N. Udupa

Abstracts: Today, with the emergence of advances in the faculties of science, the concept of alternative medicines also growing popular. Alternative medicine assimilates ancient traditions and experience with modern science. The practice of alternative medicine mainly focuses on natural healing power of the body and works on the concept of “preventative maintenance”.1 Alternative medicine is the practice of medicine using nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, supplements and other forms of natural health care for betterment of health. Principles of alternative medicines are based on the state of mind, body and its positive and negative interaction. Roots of these medicine traced thousands year back to Indian and Chinese civilization (Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines). Naturopathy is one of the popular and widely accepted systems of alternative medicine. Naturopathy system is a distinct system of healthcare. It is a considered as science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness including some chronic diseases.

Allopathy as a modern science believes in the use of drugs for the treatment of disease (mainly symptoms of disease). Faculties of science support allopathy because treatment in allopathy is bases on detail and elaborative study of anatomy, physiology of the human body and pathophysiology of the disease. Mechanism of action of drug can be explained and supported with several experiments. No drug can be used in human body before studying its efficacy in the animals. Allopathy is always a better choice for patients who want fast relief from the disease.
 
Principles of Naturopathy and Allopathy
Naturopathy believes on the morbid matter theory and concept of vital force. References for naturopathic medicine are already available in old texts which indicate that these methods were widely practiced in ancient India and China. Accumulation of morbid matter, abnormal composition of blood and lymph, and lowered vitality are three basic principles of Naturopathy. Principles of naturopathy states that, all disease, their cause and their treatment are one, the basic cause of disease is not bacteria and pathogens but accumulation of morbid matter in body. Acute diseases are considered beneficial for our body because it clears the morbid matter from body. In Naturopathy, chronic diseases are seen as the outcome of wrong treatment and suppression of the acute diseases. Naturopathy believes in the treatment of patient and not the disease, body has the capacity to prevent itself from diseases and regain health if unhealthy. Naturopathy treats physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects at the same time.

 

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