Ayurveda, TCM and Homeopathy

By Dilek Koksal Student SDCOA

Comparison of Ayurveda to any Holistic Health Modality such as TCM, Homeopathy, Naturopathy

The process of treatment of these alternative medicine includes ancient types of procedure, have there unique features, unique ways of treatment of different diseases, unique principles & laws which they follow & also unique medicine, those totally different from allopathic medicine.

IN INDIA• There are some pathies of alternative medicine which are widely used for treatment now a days• include

1. Ayurveda
2. Homoeopathy
3. Unani
4. Yoga
5. Siddha
6. Naturopathy

I started my comparison with TCM since it is a more full life concept than Homeopathy or Naturopathy.

These Eastern philosophies can be summed up with a brief comparison of the two from Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, by Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade. Both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine are ancient living systems of medicine, in fact, they are the oldest continually practiced and recorded in the world. Both Indian and Chinese cultures recognize that living in harmony with nature and human society is a prerequisite for health.

Both traditions agree that human beings have inherently unique physical and psychological characteristics, which arise from predisposed heredity and karmic factors, developing according to the conditioning received from one's social milieu.

In Ayurveda, people are differentiated by the Three Doshas, while in Chinese medicine the theories of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements provide the basis for understanding a person's constitution and susceptibility to illness. One common feature of both systems is the belief in the essential life force, called Prana by the Indians and Qi by the Chinese.

Both have similar ideas on the nature, transportation, origin and importance of this vital energy. Both systems use the natural sensory skills of the physician to interpret the patient's symptoms, with striking similarities in diagnostic techniques, such as palpation of the pulse, tongue diagnosis, visual inspection, listening and questioning.

Awareness is at the center of Ayurveda and TCM. It is central in choosing to balance and critical in choosing health no matter where one is in the process of health or disease. Ayurveda’s foundation in spiritual awareness puts humans in harmony with the creation, and puts the creation within humans; TCM does the same through Chinese philosophy. Also, both systems see the world (and the self) through a macrocosmic – microcosmic relationship. In the subtlest sense, both of these traditions can define the whole self as the whole world. Ayurveda and TCM both have five element theories central to their practice.

Yet, the role these theories play and the way they are described are very different. The primary difference is Ayurveda’s five elements (ether, air, fire, water, and earth) are very static compared to interrelatedness of TCM’s five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). Constitutions in both systems have a genetic component. Thus differences in gene pools could explain variation between the constitutional types. Ayurveda identifies six tastes and TCM identifies five, however cold, and hot (Yin, and Yang) are the most important.

The two systems are in agreement of the effects of the tastes, with the exception of salt. Ayurveda gives it a heating quality, while TCM identifies it as cooling. The reason for the divergence can be attributed to salts ability to increase digestive fire, but also increase water retention, and can purge the intestines in larger amounts In both systems, diet either stimulates or pacifies a dosha or element to create balance within the body. Unique to TCM is the idea that certain tastes strengthen particular meridians and organs. This occurs because every organ has an element in resonance.

HOMEOPATHY SYSTEM OF MEDICINE is a system of medicine that treats diseased individuals on the basis of using medicinal substances capable of producing similar changes in the health of a person as that of the diseased person. What's common between homeopathy, ayurveda and Chinese medicine is the law of similars. Homeopathy is relatively a recent system of medicine.

The word “Homeopathy” is derived from two Greek words, Homois meaning similar and pathos meaning suffering. Homeopathy simply means treating diseases with remedies, prescribed in minute doses, which are capable of producing symptoms similar to the disease when they taken by the healthy people. It is based on the natural law of healing. “Similia Similibus Curantur” which means “Likes are cured by likes”