For every human activity, not even in Ayurveda treatment, there is something called orientation. Three main orientations are important. –
Place orientation – the native place of patient, where he is living now, etc.
Time orientation – Climatic conditions of the patient’s place, current weather conditions etc
Personal orientation – habits of the patient, his likes, dislikes etc.
This is totally called as Atmadi Vijnanam in Ayurveda.
धी धैर्य आत्मादि विज्ञानं मनो दोषौषधं परम् ।
dhī dhairya ātmādi vijñānaṃ mano doṣauṣadhaṃ param |
Atma – refers to personal orientation. Atmadi – Adi means etc – it refers to Kaala Vijnana (time orientation) and Sthana Vijnanam (place orientation). So, for any human activity, time, place and context is very important.
Ayurvedic treatment in Western countries Video
Suppose a person has met with an accident on the road and falls unconscious and is admitted to the hospital. Once he regains consciousness, the first question that he asks is, “where am I?” Because, his activities / thoughts / talks should be in tune with the place. That is why he asks where he is.
The next question he asks is “what is the time now?” So, he wants to get oriented in place and time. If he asks “who am I? then things are very problematic. So, these three orientations are always very important, be it science of any discipline.
So, when applying Ayurvedic principles, which are more or less mentioned for the people of tropical and temperate regions, if we are treating people from some other countries, say Finland, where sunrise and sunset times are very different, you cannot stipulate the patient to wake up before sunrise.
Or if some patient is from Japan or Trinidad, you cannot say that he should not eat fish. If he does not eat fish, he will die. Because, it is his main food type. Many of the principles in Ayurveda are explained for moderate conditions. Under extreme conditions, extreme changes are necessary in treatment. There is nothing wrong in that.
During winter, we wear coats. During summer, we wear loose cloths. The same simple principle also applies to treatment. Do not go by the lectures. Go by the spirit and common sense. When you are instructed to get up early in the morning, there is a purpose for that. See whether the purpose can be served in the patient from a different country.
So do not go by strict rules. Be flexible as per patients condition, place and time. Rules are for – as in economy, we say, “all other things being constant”. When other things are not constant, use Ayurveda principles and adopt them to suit the best interest of patient.