Monday, April 12, 2010
Update on Health Definiton
Thanks for various reply from few people. One of the friend from Ayurveda, Dr. Mukesh Chandra; has replied nicely with their explanation. He said that According to Ayurveda the definition of Health is,
sama dosha samagnisca sama dhatu mala kriyaha
Prassenatmendriya Mana Swasthiyabhidhiyate.
The person who always eats wholesome food, enjoys a regular lifestyle, remains unattached to the objects of the senses, gives and forgives, loves truth, and serves others, is without disease.
The total of body, mind and spirit, It includes physical health, mental health, emotional health, and social health.
It is really great. I think we should see health from Ayurveda point of view. The Ayueveda itself means the Science of Life. This is the real preventive health. The Ayurveda principle teaches us the how to live life.
Our WHO definition is more ideal than realistic. We need to come at realistic definition. As per my concept above definition of Ayurveda is realistic. The concept of health is subjective. Its very difficult to make objective. Person himself/herself should feel healthy not that somebody come and tell that you are now healthy or you are diseased.
It is very difficult to achieve the health of individual as per WHO definition. For this reason the people have made operational definition of health. WHO study group in 1957 have given operational definition of Health. In broader sense it is a condition or quality of the human organism expressing the adequate functioning of the organism in given conditions, genetic or environment. Thus person has no evidence of disease and must work normally with optimum level as per his/her age, sex, community and geographic area. His/her body organs should function normally and optimally. He/she should able to maintain equilibrium within and outside with environment.
So my input is that we can accept the definition of Ayurveda in our medical science with respection our pathy.
Dr. Niraj Pandit