Universally known as the Science of Life, ayurveda is considered as a traditional medical system that tends for the maintenance of health, originally developed in India. Being one of the oldest healing and therapeutic systems, its origins are located in the Vedic era, possibly more than 5,000 years ago. For this reason it is not surprising that she is also called Mother of All Cures.
Although by definition Ayurveda treats body, mind and spirit in an associated manner, its different applications in the veterinary medical field are very useful considering its contributions in the field of clinical nutrition, which are perfectly assimilable to different species to the human, especially when it comes to mammals.
Given its deep vision of life, which gives this medical system original elements both philosophical and therapeutic, these particularities have allowed many modern medical systems have been fed and in turn derived from these ancient contributions and knowledge.
The therapeutic reference of Ayurvedic medicine that is currently practiced is the basis of the medical variant that is currently applied in Tibet, as well as in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Burma, Thailand and other countries such as Iran.
Since it is one of the systems of alternative medicine that due to its philosophical foundation and possibility of understanding by Western culture have facilitated its diffusion and introduction in the West, its popularity and prestige are growing rapidly.
In the same way owners of pets and supply animals have adopted related practices to incorporate the sense of prevention and lifestyle compatible with Ayurveda towards animals.
On the other hand, veterinary biological therapists and veterinary doctors with training in complementary medicines have been training and applying these concepts to clinical medical practice, as well as to the non-pharmacological treatment protocols of animals.
To cite an example, the knowledge of the genetic predisposition, among other aspects, has proven to be useful for the management of the different pathologies or complexes that western medicine classifies as syndromes.
It is considered that in India there are around 300,000 practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, and Ayurvedic doctors take university instruction that is institutionalized and recognized by the state within the educational system for medical training, although simultaneously there is clear support for allopathic medicine Western conventional and also for homeopathic.
Thanks to this public policy of the Indian state, it is common for Ayurvedic doctors to work integrative medicine in association with those who have conventional western classical training.
Ayurveda proposes, among many of its possibilities, and scientifically based on its own medical system and therapeutic tools, that by making the appropriate modifications and feeding the patient according to the doshas, the deviations in the states of balance and natural self-regulation are correct, which optimizes the interactions the energy flow and the different organs.
Modalities of Ayurvedic Healing in Veterinary Medicine
Being part of an integrated medical system, the most recognized Ayurvedic treatment modalities that can be used in animals are:
- Herbal Medicine or Phytotherapy
- Use of Marma points, which are assimilated to the acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Panchakarma or Therapeutic Massage
Nutritional Approach of Ayurveda:
Both in the animal and human organism, food plays an essential role in the balance of the Doshas (the basic energies or humors: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.). Since a significant therapeutic power is arrogated to the digestion (agni), where the “organic light” converts food into components and energy that is used endogenously.
From this point of view, the food must be properly balanced and match the type of constitution of the patient.
From the Ayurvedic point of view, the term equilibrium implies that the flavors (sweet, sour, spicy, salty, bitter, pungent, or astringent) should be included in the daily diet.
For this purpose, the veterinarian therapist must develop as part of the cure, a diet with food and preparations specially adapted to the type of body constitution of the patient
Clinical Uses of Ayurvedic Nutrition in Veterinary Medicine:
- Exhaustion (Due to Heat)
- Fainting or syncope
- Bad Breath or Halitosis
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Middle ear dysfunction and balance problems
- Growth delays
- Digestive disorders
- Convulsive syndrome
- Nutritional imbalance