Holistic Health Practices/Part 7
By: Dr. John Weldon
|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©2007|
|Ayurvedic medicine is based on a Hindu approach to both the body and life in general. Its reliance upon Hinduism, an occultic religion, is what makes it attractive to many New Age therapists.|
What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
Ayurvedic medicine is based on a Hindu approach to both the body and life in general. Its reliance upon Hinduism, an occultic religion, is what makes it attractive to many New Age therapists. Ayurvedic medicine allegedly originated through revelations from the Hindu gods. Its concern is not merely physical health, but also maintaining mental and spiritual health as defined by Hinduism. Thus, Ayurvedic medicine is a spiritual method (the development of spiritual life according to Hindu beliefs) which incorporates physical concerns.
Ayurvedic medicine is not based upon traditional anatomy, but rather the spiritual (occult) anatomy of Hinduism (e.g., chakras). Because the ancient Indian physicians were also metaphysicians and because Hinduism teaches that the body is created out of consciousness, the medicine of Hinduism is a “medicine” of consciousness. Thus, looking at the “anatomical” charts of Ayurvedic medicine, one does not see the typical organs pictured in Gray’s Anatomy, but rather a diagram of where the mind’s consciousness is flowing as it “creates” the body. It is this alleged “psychic flow” that Ayurvedic medicine attempts to treat. This is why the Ayurvedic doctor does not merely treat the body, but also the more important mind/spirit.
Because each physical symptom is allegedly under the regulation of consciousness and/or the psychic energy flow known as prana, the goal is to modify the consciousness to cure the disease. In essence then, Ayurvedic medicine is the application of the occultic philosophy and practice of Hinduism (e.g., Brahman realization through yoga meditation) to medical practice.
Dr. Deepak Chopra is the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. His Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, along with Chandrashekhar G. Thakkur’s Ayurveda: The Indian Art and Science of Medicine, and Baba Haridas and Dharma Sara Satsang’s Ayurveda: The Yoga of Health clearly demonstrate the metaphysical and occultic nature of Ayruvedic medicine.
Thus, whatever else he practices, the Ayurvedic doctor practices an occultic religion which requires that his patients make an inner journey into the depths of Hinduism.