Kayachikitsa (General Medicine)
Kayachikitsa is the foremost of the eight disciplines in Ayurveda (Ashtanga-Ayurveda). It caters to diseases encompassing both body and mind. It is interesting to note that the word ‘Kaya’ implies the entire metabolism that takes place in the human body, and as Ayurveda considers most diseases as an offshoot of errant metabolism, Kayachikitsa literally aims at correcting this aberration. It is essential to note that the basic tenet of Ayurveda focuses not only on curing/managing a disease but also gives equal emphasis to maintenance of health and prevention of diseases. Therapeutics in Ayurveda is a judicious combination of interventions like Panchakarma, medications like churna (powder), vati (tablet), kashaya (decoctive), asava-arishta (fermented preparation), avalehya (concoction) etc., diet in consonance with the individual’s constitution (Prakriti) and lifestyle modifications. These are tailored to suit the individual and thus Ayurveda is a more personalised system of medicine. It is also very important in Ayurveda medicine to focus on enhancing the host factors for defence rather than merely targeting the disease mechanisms.
The Kayachikitsa department at MSR-ICAIM offers service in the following areas amongst others:
- Respiratory allergies and infections
- Gastro-intestinal problems like acidity, irritable bowels, hepatitis
- Bone and joint problems like arthritis, spondylitis, disc prolapse
- Neurological illnesses like migraine, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, ataxias
- Ano-rectal conditions like piles, fistula, fissure