For centuries , in India, China, Japan and other countries, life has been considered as a bio-electrical phenomenon, that is,…
Chapter 1- Introduction
Ignorance and negligence regarding health that prevail among people today are really shocking. There are only a few persons who make sincere and active efforts to understand their body and health. As a matter of fact, we have entrusted the problems of our health to the care of medical science.
The limitations of the orthodox medical science are being gradually revealed. Drugs which were once considered effective on bacterial diseases are now proving to The ineffective. After the invention of Chloro-quine and Chemo-quine it was thought that malaria could be exterminated from the surface of the earth. But this hope has turned out to be illusionary as malaria is making a spirited comeback to many places of the world. Chloro-quine has now little or no effect on the germs causing malaria. Similarly many other drugs are now proving useless against several diseases.
This has made it necessary to conduct experiments with a view to inventing new, powerful drugs. Signs of getting out of this vicious circle are nowhere in sight. The more powerful the drugs, the more dangerous their side-effects are. The drugs which were once considered perfectly safe have nowadays proved to be harmful and even dangerous. Thalidomide used to be thought of as a harmless sleeping pill and Phenacetin a safe analgesic; but today it is recognized that Thalidomide, when taken during pregnancy, is responsible for a number of cases of congenital deformities in babies while Phenacetin in quite a few cases causes severe kidney trouble. There is the recent case of a laxative widely sold in Japan,whose manufacturer paid out Rs, 25 crores as compensation to those affected by untoward side-effects. There is a similar case over a slimming drug in America which drew public attention because of its harmful effects.
Another drawback of modern medical system is that it tends to prescribe separate drug for each ailment or symptom; e.g., sedatives or analgesics for pain, temperature reducing (anti-pyretic) drugs for fever, laxatives for constipation and so-on. This sort of management does not consider the patient or his ailment as one unit. In this sort of management which comprises separate treatment for each symptom of a disease, large doses of drugs have to be given. Besides, when the symptoms of the disease recur, more potent drugs have to be administered. It should be remembered that the more potent a drug is, the greater is the risk of its side-effects. Modern medical treatment relies on the assumption that the human body is composed of separate, independent pieces and not of an indivisible unit. This has led to the steady increase in the number of specialists in different diseases. An ophthalmologist would treat only the eyes and an orthopedist would treat only the bones. Similarly a cardiologist would deal with the diseases pertaining to the heart only. On the other hand, traditional therapists of the eastern countries regard the human body as one indivisible unit or entity (as a whole). In their opinion no individual part of the human body can remain healthy or unhealthy independent of the other parts. Their approach is to treat the patient and not the disease. They believed,at diseases can be prevented provided the resistance power of the body is strengthened with the help of proper food, proper lifestyle and proper physical exercise. On the other hand, if the patient’s body has lost its resistance power, no medicine or surgery will cure him. It was for this reason that some Japanese doctors filed a suit against Dr. Wada, a Japanese surgeon, who performed the operation of heart transplantation. In their opinion the act of transplanting the heart degraded and dehumanized the human body.They looked upon Dr. Wada as a representative of the western school of medicine.
According to them, the human body is not a machine like a motor-car, the parts of which can be exchanged for transplantation. Drugs can give a patient some relief from pain or can give sense of some comfort till the body’s power of resistance completely alleviates the disease. They are of no more use than that. It is a matter worth pondering over whether we should carrion our shoulder, the risk involved in the side-effects of these drugs, which, in turn give only insignificant, temporary benefits. Dr. Friend, the head of the Clinical Pharmacology Department at Britham Hospital, Boston and Professor of Medici-neat the Harvard University says that there is no such medicine as can be called safe. Illness in fact is not inevitable. It can be prevented or rapidly cured if the resistance power of the body is strong. By observing the rules of Nature one can easily preserve the resistance power of his body. There is one simple but effective therapy which is based on the rules of Nature. It is known as Acupressure. If specific points on the body-surface are methodically pressed, the internal organs of the body corresponding to these points are swiftly affected and the diseases or disorders of those organs are eliminated. Acupressure is a science as well as an art. A distinct and analytical explanation of this interesting subject has been presented in the ensuing ‘chapters.