“….Let your food be your medicine & let your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates
Dr. G. Jaysee John1, Dr. Megha Gour1, Dr. Neelima Singh1, Dr. Priyanka Naraniya1
1PG Scholar, Dr.MPK Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre ( under Homoeopathy University), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
ABSTRACT: This study provides a comprehensive, multidimensional and dynamic approach to evaluating health services by using medical records or administrative data base. Also the importance of common and uncommon auxiliary measure in different health care systems which are gradually influenced by empirical and developed modern era. Every healthy living organism knows that importance of additional support to prevent sickness and enhancing the quality of life. Although neglected but these are the important aspect of the problem. They are required to ensure a comfortable and nurturing environment for all thereby contributing their part for the effective care and treatment of persons. This article aims at keeping both the individual and the society healthy and happy by preservation and promotion of physical and mental health and prevention of diseases and cure through regimental and diet therapy.
KEY WORDS: Auxiliary measure, quality of life, prevention and promotion of health, homoeopathy.
INTRODUCTION: – “The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other” word origin and history for auxiliary Expand adj.c.1600,(17th century) from Latin auxiliaries “helpful ,” from auxilium “ aid, help , support,” related to auctus, past participle of augere “to increase”. The word meaning of “auxiliary” is providing supplementary or additional help and support to the mainstream care and measurement means the action of measuring somethings.1 A comprehensive approach to evaluates of health services by utilization and associates measurer’s using mode of living is called auxiliary measure. Health has three vertical aspects namely physical, mental, spiritual health. Health is prevented and promoted by auxiliary measure.2 Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve health. It is not directed against any particular disease but is intended to strengthen the host through a variety of approaches or interventions. The well-known interventions in this area are health education, environmental modification, life style and behavioral changes .3 Auxiliary measures include diet chart, exercise, therapy, cleanliness, hygiene, health care etc.1 if one out of these is lacking causes life style disorders. Lifestyle disorder is an umbrella term given to all the diseases which arise because of unhealthy lifestyle. The incidence of lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and overweight/obesity associated with cardiovascular diseases is on the rise. Rapid economic development and increasing urbanization of lifestyle in the past few decades, prevalence of these diseases has reached alarming proportions among Indians in the recent years.4
COMMON FEATURES OF DIFFERENT PATHIES RELATED TO THE AUXILIARY MEASURES
- “To preserve health, medicine acts in two ways.
- To maintain the temperament give a similar diet.
- To alter nature of the body, gives its contrary”Avicenna3
- Healthy nutrition diet.
- Good and clean air is most necessary for health.
- The food that we eat should be fresh, free from putrefaction and disease producing matters.
- The drinking water should also be pure.
- To maintain perfect health and good trim, the body requires exercise as well as rest.
Figure: common auxiliary measure for a healthy life.
- Normal slumber and wakefulness are essential for health.
- Sleep is an ideal form of rest, physical as well as mental.
- Proper and normal functioning of the excretory processes must be ensured in order to maintain perfect health.
- Proper sanitation.
- Healthy accommodation.
- Exercise and maintenance of a healthy weight.
- A healthy low sodium diet rich in natural sources of potassium, calcium and fiber.
- Anger, grief should be avoided and mental calmness should be present.
- Avoids too much exposure to heat and cold and maintain body temperature.
- Do not suppressed sexual feeling and aware about sexual education.
- Unnecessary drugging should be avoided. It produced ill-health.
- Strong smelling perfumes, cosmetic products should not be used.3
HOW AUXILIARY MEASURES ARE APPLICABLE IN OTHER PATHIES BY THE DIIFERENT WAYS
“Remedy is must for cure but if diet and regimen are not corrected they will maintain the disease” Dr. Samuel Hahnemann5
|AYUERVEDA||Ayurveda provides effective solutions in the forms of dietary regulation, lifestyle advisory, detoxification and bio-purification procedures like Panchakarma, since it targets preventive, palliative rejuvenative interventions and medicaments. It use the gift of nature (herbs, oils, minerals, fruits, spices etc.) to create a natural balance in the body.
The holistic approach of Ayurveda, treating the patient as a whole, meaning intervention targeted towards complete physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being makes this science a wonderful option in lifestyle disorders.
Health and diseases is dependent on three factors. Ahara (Diet), Vihara (life style practices) & Oushadha (Drug& therapies). Ayurveda emphasizes the characteristics of food in terms of quality, quantity and time which vary with age, constitution, habitate, digestive power, season, disease and also liking of the patient.
One has to consume the diet, which is suitable to him in all aspects, and deviation from these may cause diseases.6
|YOGA||Yoga Therapy or “Yoga Chikitsa” is the dynamic state of physical and mental ease, coupled with spiritual well-being. Yoga helps one to develop a positive state of health by not only treating illness, but also helping one to understand the underlying causes of disease. Yoga are important and effective for strengthening the body, practice of yoga also incorporates appropriate breathing techniques, mindfulness, and meditation in order to achieve the maximum benefits and decrease negative feelings of aggressiveness, depression and anxiety. Yoga therapy ideally is an individualized, personalized and holistic approach that takes into account not only the patient’s mind, body and spirit, but also their family, support network, work situation, and culture, as part of the patient’s individualized treatment plan.7|
|UNANI||Unani therapy is organ therapy, a mode of treatment that involves healing a diseased organ with the use of extracts from the same organ of healthy animal. Unani emphasizes on the role of key elements air, earth, fire, and water in constituting health in the human body. In the unani system of medicine there are six basic factors which are considered essential for the maintenance of good health and prevention of disease. Air, Drinks and Food, Sleep and Wakefulness, Excretion and Retention, Physical activity, Mental activity and Rest. This system of medicines uses regimental therapy which includes processes that are believed to estimate toxic agents and cause cleaning of the system through the Sweating, Turkish Bath, Massage, Purging, Vomiting, Exercise, Leeching etc. Unani medicine also give great importance to special diets by regulating the quality and quantity of food.3|
|SIDDHA||Siddha is one of the ancients medical system in India considered as the mother medicine of ancient Tamils/Dravidians in South India.
The word Siddha means established truth. The siddhi in its pure form means “the attainment of flawless Identity with Reality; Perfection of spirit.”
Siddha medicine utilizes plant extracts and metal oxides with chanting of mantra are done during the preparation of medicines.
The physiological function in the body is mediated by three substances (dravayas), which are made up of the five elements and are involved in all functions of the body, physical, emotional and mental. They are Vatham, Pitham and Karpam. In each and every cell of the body these three doshas co-exist and function harmoniously.
When the normal equilibrium of three humors (vatha, pitha and kapha) is disturbed, disease is caused. The factors which affect this equilibrium are environment, climatic conditions, diet, physical activities and stress.
The Siddha medicine system diet and life style play a major role not only in health but also in curing diseases. This concept of the Siddha medicine is termed as pathya and apathya, which is essentially a list of do’s and dont’s.8
|ALLOPATHY||Allopathy is a method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects different from those caused by the disease itself.
“The term ‘Allopathy’ was invented by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. He defines it as “it employs remedies that immediately suppress and hide the morbid symptoms by opposition (contraria contrariis) for a short time (palliative)”. It is based on the axiom ‘contraria contrariis curantur’ which means opposite cures opposite.
The allopathic treatment often used in emergencies and when vital force is sudden overpowered by the diseases.( § 22, 23, 56 to 62 and 69)5
|NATUROPATHY||Naturopathy is an art and science of healthy living and a drugless system of healing based on well founded philosophy. It has its own concept of health and disease and also principle of treatment. The Morbid Matter Theory, Concept of Vital Force and other concepts upon which Naturopathy is based.
Naturopathy is a system of man building in harmony with the constructive principles of Nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of living.
According to Naturopathy, “Food is only the Medicine”, no external medications are used.
Exp.- Acupuncture, Acupressure, Physiotherapy Treatments – Exercise Therapy, Electro Therapy9
HOMOEOPATHIC VIEW ON AUXILIARY MEASURES
“All these things must be as *far as possible avoided or removed*, in order that the cure may not be obstructed or rendered impossible. Some of my disciples seem needlessly to increase the difficulties of the patients dietary by forbidding the use of many more, tolerably indifferent things, which is not to be commended” Dr. Samuel hahnemann5
Homoeopathic treatments, we can easily understand that during the treatment everything must be remove from the diet and regimen which can have any medical action. In order that the small dose may not be overwhelmed and extinguish by any foreign medicinal irritant further enhance the careful investigation into such obstacles is so much the more necessary in the case of patient affected by chronic disease, as they are disease causing errors in the diet and regiment, which often passed unnoticed .5
APHORISM RELATED TO DIET AND REGIMEN ACCORDING TO THE 6TH EDITION § 259-263
The Diet which contains medicinal properties can alter the dose of homoeopathic…. By controlling these we can avoid the maintaining cause of disease and disease can be controlled easily.
IN ACUTE DISEASES – Patients craving and desire should be monitor. If craving substance is non medical then it can be taken but if it’s medicinal then it should be avoided. The physicians should guide the attainder or friends that patient must be kept free from any mental pressure, tension, emotional problem. etc.5
IN CHRONIC DISEASES –“But should we find, during the employment of the other medicines in chronic (psoric)diseases, that the best selected homeopathic (antipsoric) medicine in the suitable(minutest) dose does not affect an improvement, this is a sure sign that THE CAUSE THAT KEEP US THE DISEASE STILL PERSIST, and that there is some circumstance in the mode of life of the patient or in the situation in which he is placed, that must be removed in order that a permanent cure may ensue” § 256
“Coffee, fine Chinese and other herb teas” Coffee can be a great obstacle to the cure. Hahnemann wrote that coffee was one of the greatest aggravators of the psora and the chronic miasms. Also it is known for its action as universal antidote.
“Odorous waters and perfumes of many kinds, strong-scented flowers in the apartment, tooth powders and essences and perfumed sachets compounded of drugs”.
“Crude medicinal vegetables for soups, dishes of herbs, roots and stalks of plants possessing medicinal qualities, asparagus with long green tips, hops, and all vegetables possessing medicinal properties, celery, onions, old cheese, and meats that are in a state of decomposition, or that possess medicinal properties (as the flesh and fat of port, ducks and geese, or veal that is too young and sour viands), ought just as certainly to be kept from patients”. Raw onions and garlic are more of a problem than those that are cooked in food. Heavy meats and fats are very hard on psorics and sycotics. Such things should be kept at a minimum.
Sexual energy either brings one health or destroys one’s life. The venereal miasms pervert the sexual instinct and try to produce states that maintain themselves and spread themselves. Moderation in all things is the best advice when it comes to sexual matters. Dr Hahnemann emphasized on stimulation or suppression of sexual energy is not healthy. Too much masturbation is also not good.
“Subjects of anger, grief or vexation, a passion for play, over-exertion of mind or body, especially after meals. Emotional stress is the greatest aggravator of the chronic miasms and degenerative diseases. If a person’s emotional life is in turmoil it is hard for even the best remedies to act. For the best results the client should be working on their own emotional and spiritual well being as the treatment goes on.5
§ 288 SIXTH EDITION – ANIMAL MAGNETISM AND MESMERISM
I find it yet necessary to allude here to animal magnetism, as it is termed, or rather Mesmerism (as it should be called in deference to Mesmer, its first founder) It acts in part by replacing in the sick whose vital force within the organism is deficient here and there, in part also in other parts where the vital force has accumulated too much and keeps up irritating nervous disorders it turns it aside, diminishes and distributes it equally and in general extinguishes the morbid condition of the life principle of the patient and substitutes in its place the normal of the mesmerist acting powerfully upon him, for instance, old ulcers, amaurosis, paralysis of single organs and so forth.5
§ 290 SIXTH EDITION-MASSAGE – The massage of vigorous good-natured person given to a chronic invalid, who, though cured, still suffers from loss of flesh, weakness of digestion and lack of sleep due to slow convalescence. The mesmeric influence of this procedure is the chief feature and it must not be used to excess in patients still hypersensitive.5
§ 291 SIXTH EDITION – BATH
Baths of pure water prove themselves “partly palliative, partly as homoeopathic serviceable aids in restoring health in acute diseases as well as in convalescence of cured chronic patients with proper consideration of the conditions of the convalescent and the temperature of the bath, its duration and repetition.5
§ 292 -“RUBBING IN” Rubbing favors the action of the medicines only in this way, that the friction makes the skin more sensitive, and the living fibers thereby more capable of feeling, as it were, the medicinal power and of communicating to the whole organism this health-affecting sensation.5
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