Everyday I watch a Nobel Prize deserving discovery in history of healthcare that seem to have gone unnoticed. On a telemarketing channel, I see a young “doctor” claiming that her AYUSH-aadhin research organisation has found cure of diabetes.
AYUSH that she is claiming to be “under” is a blessing unique to India. It is a central government ministry dedicated to Ayurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy that provides statutory authenticity to these branches, so their practitioners can safely claim to have discovered cures for malaises (that allopathy has “failed” to cure) with no legal questions asked.
The beauty of these alternative medicine “doctors” is that they are not happy with stating that they have cured the incurable, they just love to use extremely technical terminology of allopathy to prove that their cure is also far superior to “harmful” drugs of allopathy.
As a man of science, I am ready to concede that it is entirely possible that we may find Vata-Pitta-Kapha of Ayurveda or cause-can-be-cure of homeopathy are more efficient models to describe pathology of illnesses and cure people one day. But, till that happens, I have two most humble requests to make to AYUSH.
When we know how useless and body-damaging allopathy is, why are we allowing such a gross insult of great ayurvedacharyas, vaidyas, hakims or homeopaths by addressing them with the pathetic title of “doctor” that comes from allopathy, an inferior ranch of medicine?
AYUSH must ensure that anyone insulting a vaidya, hakim or a homeopath by addressing him/her as a doctor is punished hard.In addition to that, for a reason unknown to me, great ayurvedacharyas and homeopaths are forced to explain how their cures of diabetes to swine flu work using words like insulin or virus that we all know are just figments of sick allopathic imagination. AYUSH must warn general public that they must not seek such explanations from the great masters of alternative medicine who are trained especially to not look a human body using such limited concepts!
If I take off my sarcastic hat and don a serious one, I have a sincere request to all the great vaidyas and homeopaths.
There is no doubt that your holistic approach to cure human body is completely different to allopathy’s piecemeal way. When you are as different as chalk and cheese, why do you want to get addressed as a doctor or try and talk like one!
Vaidya or homeopath are well recognised and respected titles so there is no need to usurp a title from another profession that is actually radically different than yours. It is not that there is no word to describe what you do. In fact, Ayurvedic title of vaidya is even more ancient than doctor.
So, if you don’t have ill intention of misleading masses and masquerade as an allopathic doctor, you should be proud enough to reject this title and use your own traditional one.
Even more important is that you stick to explaining illnesses as per your own understanding of human body, as the allopathic one is actually not at all aligned with what your professions claim to be based on. If you are honest, you would surely admit that there was nothing about insulin or virus in your scriptures or textbooks, so why would you want to talk about them!
Your desperate attempts to claim doctor-hood by hiding your academic qualifications using small script and mumbo jumbo explanations using allopathic terminology are undermining your own credibility and title.
Be proud of your knowledge and title and flaunt it. Why try to be a doctor when you claim to be far better!