Ayurveda is indeed the only medical system which describes an elaborate strategy for assessing both the patient (rogi) and the disease (roga). In contrast, allopathic medicine focuses intently on only the disease. In Ayurveda, attention is paid to the nature and directly observable attributes of the disease process itself and to the pattern of doshic disturbance in the individual. Understanding the disturbance, or “vitiation” of the individual’s normal doshic is the essence of Ayurvedic diagnosis and forms the basis for the therapeutic approach.
There is an inherent tendency in Nature to move from vikriti to prakriti and systems of Ayurvedic Medicine are merely strategies to assist this gentle, yet inexorable, self-healing progression.
Is organic food better for you?
There is mounting evidence at this time to suggest that organically produced foods may be more nutritious. Furthermore, organic foods and fiber are spared the application of toxic and persistent insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. In the long run, organic farming techniques provide a safer, more sustainable environment for everyone.
Why does organic food sometimes cost more?
Prices for organic foods reflect many of the same costs as conventional items in terms of growing, harvesting, transportation and storage. Organically produced foods must meet stricter regulations governing all of these steps, so the process is often more labor- and management-intensive, and farming tends to be on a smaller scale. There is also mounting evidence that if all the indirect costs of conventional food production—cleanup of polluted water, replacement of eroded soils, costs of health care for farmers and their workers—were factored into the price of food, organic foods would cost the same or, more likely, be cheaper.