View of Disease Process in the Physical Body
View on Disease Process: Introduction
Natural versus Mechanistic
In the course of practicing natural healing, and healing myself of various diseases, I came to understand one of the main differences between natural methods and those of the allopathic, the mechanics school of medicine. This will be obvious to professionals, but since this book is directed toward the average person, it is worth mentioning.
Natural methods will seldom change your immediate situation in cases of chronic disease. Ayurveda or other natural methods can heal your body and mind with patience and time. However, it is unrealistic to think that after a lifetime of abuse or bad habits, your body will magically be painlessly healed in a few days by taking a couple of herbs. Immediate relief does often occur with Ayurvedic therapies; however, it would be misleading not to state at the beginning of this chapter that it is not the norm. If you want to get a quick fix, you will most probably be disappointed. That doesnt mean that quick fixes are not available in Ayurveda. It means that if your basic attitude toward your health and body is oriented at superficial changes, then you will never really be healthy because the basic cause of illness is not going to be addressed.
The basic question here is of self-love. With my clientele, and in my own healing process this question reoccurred as the key to health. Instead of giving up my responsibility to an outside force - doctor or synthetic medicine - I generated internal power, prana, by deciding to accept and love myself; this leads to healing. Without this fundamental step natural methods are often powerless to help our bodies heal. Additionally, understanding your natural constitution helps in self-acceptance.
In order to heal yourself, it may require a firm decision to change some of the poor habits that are the root cause of illness. Without self-love, the energy will not be there to implement those changes. These days most of us look to someone or something else to give us the energy to change our destructive habits. Or we take a pill that alleviates the need to either take responsibility or get outside help. The allopathic approach to healing dis-empowers us as individuals.
This need to wanting our doctors to put us back together again, so we can go and party some more, or smoke some more, or overeat again is very frustrating for much of the allopathic community. I have had several long conversations with doctors and their frustration over the prevailing attitudes of patient. This typifies how, as a culture, we have given away our natural power to care for ourselves, and along with that - self-love. The present situation is unsatisfying for both doctors and patients alike, and leads to a loveless society. The key to break this cycle lies with ourselves; health starts with self-love.
Ayurveda offers an alternative to this destructive social pattern. The Ayurvedic practitioner helps each individual to take responsibility again for his or her health through both lifestyle and dietary changes, along with a strong emphasis on each persons ultimate need - love. This quality of love can be generated toward ones self by prayer, meditation, chanting or many other techniques that help to harmonize first the prana, and then the mind. Without mental harmony it is very difficult to love ones self. In fact, the disturbed mind is the root of self-denial, destruction, and ultimately bad health.
A few basic changes in our habits will help us reclaim our own personal power so we can generate self-love and get healthy. First we must understand the disease process in the physical body according to Ayurveda.