Chikitsa Padah literally means “4 limbs of a treatment” and is one of the key points to understand the Ayurvedic approach.
Nowadays, it is unfortunately common to see people putting their health in the hands of a practitioner in the hope that he or she would save them from their troubles.
This is an infantile approach because the doctor (1. Bhishag) is only a part of the recovery from troubles, along with:
These four factors together are all essential for healing and make up the Ayurvedic concept of Chikitsa Padah.
Chikitsa Padah combinations go on like this, but the point here is to emphasize that the responsibility in a treatment is shared among four pillars.
Ayurveda does not believe in taking a pill and get rid of troubles. It ensures that the patient understands his disorders, and understands the treatment taking an active role so that he will be able to own his life with responsibility and knowledge.
The patient is not the victim of his disease, the doctor is not the savior.
There is no magical miracle formula either allopathic, naturopathic, or otherwise, that will change things. The herb, the pill, the medicine in itself will not be the miracle element that will always work in any condition.
Getting back to health is an holistic process, a conversion to life, a choice that needs to be applied in all fields by the patient, that includes lifestyle, state of mind, diet, etc. It is important that the patient learns how to handle himself with intelligence and nourishment for life.
Health is first and foremost a personal choice.
Such as there is not a single factor leading to disease, there is no single factor leading to recovery.
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