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Secrets of Indian Medicine
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Introduction

History tells us about the supremacy of Indian culture and medicine in olden days. Evidently the consciousness of Indian of that time must have been more developed than that of other nations. What made those people great in their thoughts and actions? Persons who really discovered something for the good of humanity were the seers, thinkers and men of action. They had creative genius. Their intuitive faculty was highly developed. Their motive of life was the service of God through humanity. On such a sound basis they dared to achieve the highest truths in various aspects of life as well as of medicine.

Today the ancient medicine is in a deplorable condition because its followers have forgotten the spiritual idealism and intuitive faculty and are under the influence of materialistic ideas. The result is that spiritually they have become stagnant and have lost the creative genius. They have lost the true interpretation and application of Ayurvedic principles; hence there is downfall, and this profound, simple system of medicine has become very confusing to the modern mind.

The past knowledge is both a drag and a force for progress. It is the past that has created the present and a great part of it is creating the future. Modern medicine is the development of the ancient medicine. Both Allopathy and Ayurveda are working on the same lines. Ayurveda has given the general outlines of medicine while modern medicine has detailed each part of it with the help of highly developed intellect. We must take full account of the potent revelations of Allopathy and combine them with the luminous secrets of Ayurveda, which seem to be veiled. The modern doctor will still find something simple and efficacious in Ayurveda and will be surprised to discover rare secrets worth applying to patients.

Being an Allopath myself my studies of ayurvedic literature are limited and whatever I have learnt about Ayurveda is mostly a spontaneous growth which is mainly due to the divine grace. Opportunities came and the problems arose and I had to discover the solution. The first problem was put before me by a minister to write a paper on 'Synthetic Research in Ophthalmology'. The second problem arose after a lapse of two years when the editor of an Ayurvedic Journal wanted me to write some articles and I decided to elaborate the Tridosha theory. Again after a lapse of two years another problem arose and I was asked to write on the ancient methods of investigation to determine the qualities and actions of a drug.

If the Indian Medicine is to accomplish its real mission it must start a double movement of revival and reform. It must revive its Tridosha theory on which the whole ancient medicine is based, so that it may appeal to the modern minds, and on the basis of this theory modify and purify its forms of application. These forms of medicine and modes of application must be simple and scientific to reveal the spirit of ancient medicine.

Ayurveda affirms tha along with the gross material body there is a subtle body also which is quite plastic and mobile, not rigid like the material body. One feels the presence of this subtle body usually in the subconscient state, that is, during sleep in dreams when one finds oneself away from the body moving amongst different persons and at different places. To deal with the diseases of man efficiently the knowledge of both the gross material body and the subtle body is essential.

Ayurveda believes that like all other things man is also composed of five elements-earth, water, fire, air and ether. It is quite simple to understand; one eats food, drinks water, enjoys the sun, breathes the air and is alive due to the presence of ether or life-force. This life-force is the basis for man's mental and spiritual activities so that Nature may evolve him towards perfection. The function of each element is different. The earth gives shape to the body and releases its energy; bones, muscles and tissues represent it is the body without which no such shape of man would have been possible. Water makes the earth supple and helps in the transmission of energy; serum and lymph represent it, without which the body would have become a dry and rigid mass. Fire makes the form of the body steady and gives vigour and stimulation; digestion and circulation represent it. Air ignites the fire and works as a life carrier and is the support of all contact and exchange; respiration and the nervous system represent it. Ether is the creator of life itself in the body. A harmonious combination and function of these five elements produce a healthy and beautiful body.

In man both the lower and the higher Natures are present. The lower nature expresses itself through lethargy, depression, disease, jealousy, hatred, anger, desire, passions, selfishness, doubts, wrong thinking etc., while the higher Nature expresses itself through love, kindness, courage, reason, benevolence, aspiration etc. the health of man is frequently influenced by the activities of these two different Natures and the aim of life is to transform the lower Nature and elevate it to the higher so that man may enjoy perfect health and happiness.

It is important to mention here that the pioneers of Ayurveda display some peculiarity in their expression. Their formula of speech is brief and adequate. It conceals the idea contained in their formulae from an average intelligence. There is multi-significance of each term-Vata, Pitta, Kapha in order to pack as much meaning as possible into a single word. This makes it very difficult to understand it at first sight. For example, Pitta means gastric juice, bile, energy, heat, inflammation, anger, irritation, etc.

Another remarkable feature of the early history of Ayurveda is that at first it expresses a small stock of ideas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha as humors. Afterward there is a gradual increase in variety of idea and precision of idea. The progression is from the general to the particular, from the vague to the precise. The progression is worked out by processes of association of ideas. This is how Ayurveda describes disorders and treatment in a general and particular way in the symbolic terms like Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

CONTENTS

ChapterPage
Introduction1
IWhat is Man?7
Man's nature or gunas7
Action of gunas in man8
Physical body9
Two kinds of eyes in man10
Faculties of Man11
IITridosha philosophy of Ayurveda13
Tridhatu14
Tridosha15
Different types and forms of Vata Pitta and Kapha17
IIIHumors of the Body19
Compoisition and function of humors21
IVHumoral Disorders24
VEffect of Constitutional Disorders on Eye and Body31
How blood is vitiated according to Ayurveda33
Important hints38
Fatal prognosis39
VIFunctional Disorders41
Wrong use41
Non Use44
Over use44
Effect of solar eclipse upon the eye45
Eye education48
VIIAncient wisdom in ophthalmology50
Therapeutic agents51
Tarpana58
VIIIDietetics66
Prescription of diet according to season68
Light and heavy articles69
Dietetic rules69
Effect of measured and good diet70
Evils of inadequate diet70
Harmful diet70
Qualities of articles71
Diet in diseases73
Stomach-Intestine wash76
IXClassification of organic diseases of Eye78
Diseases of eye lids79
Diseases of sclera and conjunctiva80
Diseases of cornea80
Diseases of whole eyeball80
Diseases of pupil81
Line of treatment in organic diseases81
A few important hints82
Treatment of headache83
XSynthetic Exposition86
Medicines91
Ancient methods of investigation of drugs92
XIMedical Prescriptions95
Eyewash95
Eye drops96
Patent medicines of Dr. Agarwal's Eye Institute104
Homeopathic Remedies106
Massage108
Vapour bath109
Relaxation methods110
Central fixation110
Palming112
Shifting and swinging113
Mental pictures115
White line116
Snellen test type119
XIIRefraction and Diseases121
Normal eye121
Myopia122
Hypermetropia123
Astigmatism124
Presbyopia or old age sight124
Diseases of eyelids125
Diseases of conjunctiva126
Diseases of cornea127
Cataract127
Glaucoma128
Night blindness128
Questions and Answers129
Nursing of the Eye133
Eyewash-Eyedrop-Eye application135
Palming education136
Art of seeing138
Treatment of visual defects139
Bandage140
Enema141
Hip bath and cold pack142
Vitamins143
How to write a treatment chart143
XIIIFloating specks or Timir148
Stories from the clinic153
XIVInflammation of the Eye157
Inflamed eye157
Tension157
After treatment163
Stories from the clinic163
XVDiseases of the Optic Nerve175
Facts reconciled175
Optic atrophy183
complete optic atrophy 185
Shock and optic atrophy187
XVIEye Education191
See the natural way191
Variation in Eye Sight194
Concentration and Relaxation195
How to concentrate197
XVIIPrescription of Glasses199
How to know the kind of lens199
Some Important rules199
XVIIITreatment of Myopia203
Case report206
Nystagmus211
Treatment in the clinic212
Detachment of Retina217
Macular degeneration219
XIXHealth and Ill-Health221
Choice of Food224
XXPerfection of the Body232
Health and vitality232
Mental attitude234
Human complexities234
Sex Energy235
Superman236
Psychology237
Development of the divine Eye238

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Introduction

History tells us about the supremacy of Indian culture and medicine in olden days. Evidently the consciousness of Indian of that time must have been more developed than that of other nations. What made those people great in their thoughts and actions? Persons who really discovered something for the good of humanity were the seers, thinkers and men of action. They had creative genius. Their intuitive faculty was highly developed. Their motive of life was the service of God through humanity. On such a sound basis they dared to achieve the highest truths in various aspects of life as well as of medicine.

Today the ancient medicine is in a deplorable condition because its followers have forgotten the spiritual idealism and intuitive faculty and are under the influence of materialistic ideas. The result is that spiritually they have become stagnant and have lost the creative genius. They have lost the true interpretation and application of Ayurvedic principles; hence there is downfall, and this profound, simple system of medicine has become very confusing to the modern mind.

The past knowledge is both a drag and a force for progress. It is the past that has created the present and a great part of it is creating the future. Modern medicine is the development of the ancient medicine. Both Allopathy and Ayurveda are working on the same lines. Ayurveda has given the general outlines of medicine while modern medicine has detailed each part of it with the help of highly developed intellect. We must take full account of the potent revelations of Allopathy and combine them with the luminous secrets of Ayurveda, which seem to be veiled. The modern doctor will still find something simple and efficacious in Ayurveda and will be surprised to discover rare secrets worth applying to patients.

Being an Allopath myself my studies of ayurvedic literature are limited and whatever I have learnt about Ayurveda is mostly a spontaneous growth which is mainly due to the divine grace. Opportunities came and the problems arose and I had to discover the solution. The first problem was put before me by a minister to write a paper on 'Synthetic Research in Ophthalmology'. The second problem arose after a lapse of two years when the editor of an Ayurvedic Journal wanted me to write some articles and I decided to elaborate the Tridosha theory. Again after a lapse of two years another problem arose and I was asked to write on the ancient methods of investigation to determine the qualities and actions of a drug.

If the Indian Medicine is to accomplish its real mission it must start a double movement of revival and reform. It must revive its Tridosha theory on which the whole ancient medicine is based, so that it may appeal to the modern minds, and on the basis of this theory modify and purify its forms of application. These forms of medicine and modes of application must be simple and scientific to reveal the spirit of ancient medicine.

Ayurveda affirms tha along with the gross material body there is a subtle body also which is quite plastic and mobile, not rigid like the material body. One feels the presence of this subtle body usually in the subconscient state, that is, during sleep in dreams when one finds oneself away from the body moving amongst different persons and at different places. To deal with the diseases of man efficiently the knowledge of both the gross material body and the subtle body is essential.

Ayurveda believes that like all other things man is also composed of five elements-earth, water, fire, air and ether. It is quite simple to understand; one eats food, drinks water, enjoys the sun, breathes the air and is alive due to the presence of ether or life-force. This life-force is the basis for man's mental and spiritual activities so that Nature may evolve him towards perfection. The function of each element is different. The earth gives shape to the body and releases its energy; bones, muscles and tissues represent it is the body without which no such shape of man would have been possible. Water makes the earth supple and helps in the transmission of energy; serum and lymph represent it, without which the body would have become a dry and rigid mass. Fire makes the form of the body steady and gives vigour and stimulation; digestion and circulation represent it. Air ignites the fire and works as a life carrier and is the support of all contact and exchange; respiration and the nervous system represent it. Ether is the creator of life itself in the body. A harmonious combination and function of these five elements produce a healthy and beautiful body.

In man both the lower and the higher Natures are present. The lower nature expresses itself through lethargy, depression, disease, jealousy, hatred, anger, desire, passions, selfishness, doubts, wrong thinking etc., while the higher Nature expresses itself through love, kindness, courage, reason, benevolence, aspiration etc. the health of man is frequently influenced by the activities of these two different Natures and the aim of life is to transform the lower Nature and elevate it to the higher so that man may enjoy perfect health and happiness.

It is important to mention here that the pioneers of Ayurveda display some peculiarity in their expression. Their formula of speech is brief and adequate. It conceals the idea contained in their formulae from an average intelligence. There is multi-significance of each term-Vata, Pitta, Kapha in order to pack as much meaning as possible into a single word. This makes it very difficult to understand it at first sight. For example, Pitta means gastric juice, bile, energy, heat, inflammation, anger, irritation, etc.

Another remarkable feature of the early history of Ayurveda is that at first it expresses a small stock of ideas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha as humors. Afterward there is a gradual increase in variety of idea and precision of idea. The progression is from the general to the particular, from the vague to the precise. The progression is worked out by processes of association of ideas. This is how Ayurveda describes disorders and treatment in a general and particular way in the symbolic terms like Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

CONTENTS

ChapterPage
Introduction1
IWhat is Man?7
Man's nature or gunas7
Action of gunas in man8
Physical body9
Two kinds of eyes in man10
Faculties of Man11
IITridosha philosophy of Ayurveda13
Tridhatu14
Tridosha15
Different types and forms of Vata Pitta and Kapha17
IIIHumors of the Body19
Compoisition and function of humors21
IVHumoral Disorders24
VEffect of Constitutional Disorders on Eye and Body31
How blood is vitiated according to Ayurveda33
Important hints38
Fatal prognosis39
VIFunctional Disorders41
Wrong use41
Non Use44
Over use44
Effect of solar eclipse upon the eye45
Eye education48
VIIAncient wisdom in ophthalmology50
Therapeutic agents51
Tarpana58
VIIIDietetics66
Prescription of diet according to season68
Light and heavy articles69
Dietetic rules69
Effect of measured and good diet70
Evils of inadequate diet70
Harmful diet70
Qualities of articles71
Diet in diseases73
Stomach-Intestine wash76
IXClassification of organic diseases of Eye78
Diseases of eye lids79
Diseases of sclera and conjunctiva80
Diseases of cornea80
Diseases of whole eyeball80
Diseases of pupil81
Line of treatment in organic diseases81
A few important hints82
Treatment of headache83
XSynthetic Exposition86
Medicines91
Ancient methods of investigation of drugs92
XIMedical Prescriptions95
Eyewash95
Eye drops96
Patent medicines of Dr. Agarwal's Eye Institute104
Homeopathic Remedies106
Massage108
Vapour bath109
Relaxation methods110
Central fixation110
Palming112
Shifting and swinging113
Mental pictures115
White line116
Snellen test type119
XIIRefraction and Diseases121
Normal eye121
Myopia122
Hypermetropia123
Astigmatism124
Presbyopia or old age sight124
Diseases of eyelids125
Diseases of conjunctiva126
Diseases of cornea127
Cataract127
Glaucoma128
Night blindness128
Questions and Answers129
Nursing of the Eye133
Eyewash-Eyedrop-Eye application135
Palming education136
Art of seeing138
Treatment of visual defects139
Bandage140
Enema141
Hip bath and cold pack142
Vitamins143
How to write a treatment chart143
XIIIFloating specks or Timir148
Stories from the clinic153
XIVInflammation of the Eye157
Inflamed eye157
Tension157
After treatment163
Stories from the clinic163
XVDiseases of the Optic Nerve175
Facts reconciled175
Optic atrophy183
complete optic atrophy 185
Shock and optic atrophy187
XVIEye Education191
See the natural way191
Variation in Eye Sight194
Concentration and Relaxation195
How to concentrate197
XVIIPrescription of Glasses199
How to know the kind of lens199
Some Important rules199
XVIIITreatment of Myopia203
Case report206
Nystagmus211
Treatment in the clinic212
Detachment of Retina217
Macular degeneration219
XIXHealth and Ill-Health221
Choice of Food224
XXPerfection of the Body232
Health and vitality232
Mental attitude234
Human complexities234
Sex Energy235
Superman236
Psychology237
Development of the divine Eye238
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