.....The Wellness Retreat
Ayurvedic medicine, despite being more than 3,000 years old, has never been fully understood in the Western world. Until quite recently, ayurvedic medicine from India was viewed only as an alternative medicine. That has changed, however, with more medical practitioners than ever before now embracing ayurvedic medicine (“ayurveda”) as a complementary medicine that might provide long-sought solutions to chronic illness and disease, including diabetes. There are three important reasons why searches for “ayurvedic treatment” are drastically increasing online.
Until recently, the primary focus of Western medicine was cure rather than prevention. But a wave of chronic illness over the past 50 years - including diabetes and heart disease - has challenged the status quo. To give you an idea of just how prevalent a problem like diabetes is - from 1958 to 2010, the number of people in the United States diagnosed with diabetes skyrocketed from 1.5 million to 18.8 million people. It is now the seventh leading cause of death in the world’s wealthiest country.
Perhaps not surprisingly, then, medical practitioners have been attracted to the holistic framework for health of ayurvedic medicine. They are learning what the ancients already knew - that health is a function of mind, body and spirit. Factors like diet and exercise are important to put the body back into balance. Failure to do so can lead to chronic illness like diabetes. So the overall mindset of medicine has shifted, away from cure and toward prevention.
For more than 50 years, doctors have struggled to find a cure for diabetes. They are now open to the idea of viewing diabetes as stemming from a variety of factors, including a potential imbalance in mind and body. What’s so remarkable, in fact, is that a diabetes treatment in ayurveda exists!
So what would an ayurvedic treatment for diabetes in Delhi (or any other Indian city) look like? For one, it would consist of a change in diet to restore the body’s balance. This would likely require drinking ginger tea, reducing intake of dairy items, increasing the intake of whole grains, and adding a generous amount of spices (e.g. cayenne, mustard seed) to daily meals. And, of course, it would require a change from a sedentary lifestyle to one that is more active. Sound familiar? This ancient ayurvedic treatment for diabetes sounds a lot like what “modern” Western doctors now prescribe for their patients.
Everywhere you look these days, it is possible to see how ayurvedic treatments are going mainstream. It is no longer uncommon to find new retail stores and supermarkets in major Western cities specializing in holistic medicine. In fact, one of the most important supermarket chains in America is Whole Foods, named for its approach to “whole” foods (i.e. organic, natural) and its embrace of vitamins and supplements for everyday life. If there were a supermarket that symbolized the mind-body holistic medicine approach of ayurveda, it would be Whole Foods. And guess which company recently announced the acquisition of Whole Foods? That’s right - Amazon - the most powerful Internet company in the world!
As a result, it’s perhaps not surprising that people are searching for “ayurvedic medicine” online and trying to learn more about the best ayurvedic treatment for diabetes.