COMPATIBILITY WITH CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE
Ayurveda can be used in conjunction with more traditional healing modalities. Complementary or Integrative
Medicine Programs are now a blossoming part of health care in the United States.
Under a grant from the NIH (National Institutes of Health), research sites have been set up at major hospitals
to begin the vitally important work of investigating the ten most promising alternative approaches to some of society's most pressing and
depressing health problems.
At New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the NIH sites, Ayurveda is being studied as a health care system that
can be used safely in conjunction with conventional Western medical treatments, such as surgery and drugs prescribed for cancer, heart
disease and other conditions.
Health care consumers recognize that stress, diet and lifestyle are major factors in the cardiovascular
conditions that are the leading cause of death in our society. Ayurveda directly addresses these issues through the six instruments: herbs,
diet that supports your constitution, marma, panchakarma (a cleansing and rejuvenation program), lifestyle guidance (including meditation
instruction) and home remedies.
Alternative approaches such as Ayurveda are often more effective in treating many chronic conditions, having
been tried and tested for centuries in other cultures.