Traditional Medicine – as the name implies, refers to methods and ways of restoring and treating ailments using indigenous ways developed by traditions passed on over through generations. India’s own traditional medicine called Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of organized medicine systems in the world, beloved to be more than 5000 years old. Ayurveda literally means Life Science (“Ayur” meaning life and “veda” meaning science). One of the cardinal beliefs of Ayurveda is that Mind and Body are one entity and to beautify mind is to beautify mind and vide versa. Ayurveda medicine believes that all ailments are caused by imbalances(or “doshas”) in the body which can be cured naturally and holistically by re-establishing the balance of mind, body and spirit.
Ayurveda lays heavy emphasis on use of plant based medicines instead of chemical based medicine as in case of western medicine.Accordingly to a recent study about 80% of the population living in developing countries still use and prefer traditional medicine. Unlike allopathic medicine most traditional medicine focus on preventing and eradicating the root cause of the ailment rather than treating the illness. Slowly but surely Ayurveda has been gaining popularity in western countries as well owning to its holistic and natural approach towards treatment of illness. Ayurveda is a way of life and promotes a lifestyle which is in-tune with mother nature.
Ever wanted to learn more about Alternative medicine? Learn and experience how traditional medicine in the eastern countries is used to heal ailments naturally without use of any chemicals? Yes? You have come to the right place. We at Ehsaas have designed our volunteer project to help you experience traditional medicine inside out, not only learn the science but see it being practiced in real world under the guidance of experts. Our project takes a three-pronged approach: theory, practical and volunteering. As a volunteer with our program you undertake theory and practical lessons under local Ayurvedic and holistic experts on various aspects of traditional medicine ranging form recognizing medicinal plants to medicine preparation to oil massages or dynamic stretching etc. The project also includes Yoga lessons as it is the complimentary way of life to Ayurvedic Science.
These lessons equip you with the in-depth knowledge of various medicines, treatments which facilitates your volunteering phase at the traditional medicine clinic. You would be placed at a clinic run by an Ayurvedic medicine expert serving the local community which prefer his medicine over western medicine. While volunteering at the clinic you not only get a chance to serve the local community but practice your new gained knowledge. Your days would be spent helping the Vadhiyar with preparing medicines & massage oils, giving treatments to patients, bandaging etc.