When you ask what the difference is between an Ayurvedic doctor and an Allopathic doctor, I would say it comes down to connection. An Ayurvedic doctor has a connection that is so deep that we can see what is going on with the patient, because we are trained like an instrument to use our senses – nose, mouth, ears and eyes, to detect a patient’s disorders. This connection between the doctor and patient is very important because it promotes open communication regarding a patient’s life and lifestyle including any changes, emotional situations or any other psychological issues the patient may be experiencing. An Ayurvedic doctor ensures that a patient has a safe space to talk and open up about their problems, the psychological benefits of this has a massive impact on the physiological body.
An Ayurvedic doctor is always empathetic and sympathetic about a patient’s disorder and what they are going through. We consider the patient as a whole and not only their symptoms. This requires good communication while on our part we have to pay attention and listen carefully. We do not use instruments like the scope or pressure meters or such because we do not need them. Sometimes, comforting the patient and making them feel cared for is enough to alleviate their disorder as we treat the root causes.
The situation is quite different when you go to an Allopathic doctor. Their busy schedules result in a lack of time and availability and they normally look for symptoms rather than the overall picture. That is where the training of the two types of doctors differ, an Ayurvedic doctor looks at the complete picture, whereas an Allopathic doctor spends more time consulting a computer regarding a patient’s history than actually speaking to the patient. As they spend more time with diagnostic tools and medicines and computer records, they have less time to actually engage with the patient and understand what is truly going on with the patient. It is almost as though they spend more time speaking to the computer than the patient.
The consultation with an Ayurvedic doctors is a completely different experience and treatment system. Called Chikitsta, the system’s name is derived from Chik which means the heart because an Ayurveda doctor is trained to connect to the patient’s heart. After connecting with a patient, the doctor can understand the reason for the suffering which gives them an important understanding of the whole picture of the situation before recommending treatment. I think another important factor is our genuine interesting in how we treat the suffering and how we alleviate the suffering of the patient.
Some people come with eczema psoriasis which can cause psychological problems worse than the physical suffering. When a person is worried about the effect on their appearance it causes emotional pain. It causes a vicious cycle for the patient, from the affect on appearance which influences how they think of themselves, sometimes to the point that they are too embarrassed or reluctant to leave the house. This in turn has an affect on their physical body as well because there is a connection between the disorder and the physical and emotional aspects of our body. If the focus is only on the physical side and measures are taken to treat just that, it does not help address the root cause the disease. It does not help alleviate or get rid of the disease and just provides a temporary treatment and solution.
As Ayurvedic doctors, we focus on the causative factors that are the reason for an illness, what kind of consumer factors need to be eliminated and what the patient has eaten, their lifestyle and emotional issues. At the same time we have to maintain the body power and we have to help the patient understand the situation, which is vital. It helps to empower them to heal themselves by avoiding causative factors. Otherwise, no one is responsible, even the doctor is not responsible for alleviating the patient’s disorder 100%, because Ayurveda says 50% of the effort is from the doctor and 50% of effort comes from the patient. It is important that the patient follows the dietary and lifestyle guidelines and guidance provided by the Ayurvedic doctor.
Sometimes we hand the tools of healing to our patients themselves. We explain thoroughly to the patient the practices they should avoid and how to assess the positive effects thereafter. This helps them to better see other issues as well and try to eliminate them.
Ayurvedic doctors have quite a different relationship with patients. I have 25 years of experience with complete focus on how to eliminate the suffering of the patient. The emotions of the doctor are heartfelt, sympathetic and empathetic. If you are a doctor, whether Ayurvedic or not, if you lack that feeing then I don’t think what you do if fulfilling. I am very grateful for my life as a healer because it is a great opportunity and a fulfilling job. I have the ability to connect with people. This is not just a job for me, this is my life, how I have chosen to live my life. I think after the whole pandemic situation we should look for alternate ways to cure ourselves, find our nature and nurture that nature. We need to understand that there is no single answer for health. We are each responsible to look after ourselves in the best possible way.