An integrated system would combine
together and bring under one roof the unique
features of each of the systems. Their
uniqueness will complement each other
giving us a total which is rich in all aspects.
The special characteristic of the ancient
system of Ayurveda is that, it is based upon
philosophical principles which hold true
eternally and universally. It provides a
unique insight into the nature of human
being, of illness, of etiology and of
treatment. It lays down guidelines for the
cure of ill health and promotion of health.
The details about actual management of a
given case have to be worked out by
deduction form these general principles
taking into consideration all the factors laid
down in them viz. prakrti (nature) desa
(Place) rtu (season) etc.
On the other hand, the modern system of
Allopathy is based upon empirical
observations. It has exhaustively explored
all the observable phenomena and succeeded
in discovering corrective methods for
various ailments by trial and error
experimentation. It has thereby provided
means for relieving human suffering.
An integrated system would have the benefit
of both, the wisdom of ancient in sights as
well as the practicality of modern
discoveries. The ancient system of
Ayurveda based upon fundamental
principles will provide an insight which will
provide the facts in the right perspective.
The modern science of Allopathy with its
wealth of detailed observations will make
the medical data practically usable. The
empirical discovery of Homeopathy which
emphasizes individualization of treatment
will help in selection of treatment techniques
most suited to individual constitution.
Each without the other is incomplete and its
isolated development may lead to erroneous
A faulty interpretation of the principles
enunciated in the texts of ancient medicine
is bound to result into wrong deductions and
misapplication. Such misinterpretation is
due to the misdirected efforts of a prejudiced
investigator who tries to find in the
principles support for his own
predetermined views. His faulty deductions
do not find any practical application and
remain as theoretical conjectures. If the investigator holds on unprejudised objective
view and verifies the deductions made from
the principles in practice, such faulty
interpretations and impractical deductions
can be prevented.
The modern scientist considers only the
observable phenomena as valid and refuses
to acknowledge the existence of any
metaphysical principles. He formulates a
theoretical explanation for their occurrence
by inductive logic. Such explanations are
deemed to be valid if they are found to be
practically workable. However, without the
guidance of any general principles such
logical inductions are likely to be erroneous.
This is because a variety of causes may
contribute either concurrently or separately
to the production of a single phenomenon.
It is well nigh impossible to identify all the
causative factors by induction alone. The
modern scientist weaves a theoretical
explanation around a particular causative
factor that appeals to him the most.
Likewise, other scientists also put forward
their pet theories built around any one of the
several causative factors they consider to be
of importance. Each of them is able to
demonstrate the workability of their theories
as proof of their validity. For each of these
theories will be found to be applicable in at
least a new cases in which the specific
causative factor under consideration is
operative to be workable to a limited extent
But it is impossible to formulate a theory
with universal application by induction
alone. The modern scientists with their
undue emphasis on the observable
phenomena and undue reliance on induction
succeed in generating a variety of
conflicting opinions each with a limited
application. These speculation are merely
projections by the investigators of their own
view points which do not find universal
Thus, both have to keep a check on each
other, Modern discoveries have to be
understood in the light of ancient insight
while the interpretation of ancient tests have
to be guided and verified by observed facts.
Failure to do so will result into grandiose
theoretical constructions which find no
practical application or at best have limited
Apart from this another important benefit of
integration will be that treatment methods,
hitherto available to a particular system of
medicine will find wider applications. The
integrated system of medicine will receive.
A. From Ayurveda- treatment with
dietary regimen daily routine
(DINACARYA) seasonal routine
(RTUCARA) Panca Karma etc.
B. From Allopathy- surgical techniques,
parenteral mode of administration of
drugs, psychotheraphy etc.
C. From Homeopathy- the technique of
individualization of treatment, the
constitutional remedy which corrects
the underlying susceptibility etc.
Of course, it goes without saying that the
drugs belonging to the various systems
will form a common pool to be shared
by all. With greater understanding, we
may even be able to judiciously use the
drugs belonging to the different systems
in combination, either simultaneously or
sequentially so as to obtain the best
possible therapeutic results.