HEALTH IS WEALTH Dr SANOOP.K.K, B.H.M.S, M.s.c, ND,DNHE

“Health” as defined by the world health organization (1946) is the ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Here let me explain different components of health in detail.

·        Physical Health-to do with the body as whole. physical health include all aspects of our body. All the systems of our body such as respiratory system, brain and nervous system ,heart and circulatory system, digestive system, skeletal system, muscular system, function harmoniously.

·        Mental Health-to do with your state of mind and ability to be able to perceive and think clearly. Mental health is defined as the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that heighten one’s ability to enjoy life and deal with challenges. Good mental health is associated with positive self-esteem, happiness, interest in life, work satisfaction, mastery and sense of coherence. Mental health can be divided into (a) emotional health   (b) Spiritual Health

·(a) Emotional Health-deals with your coping mechanism when faced with emotional issues such as anger, grief, joy and sorrow

·(b) Spiritual Health-being at peace with yourself

( Social Health- being able to maintain healthy relationships with other people. These may include family, friends, society, office etc

g concepts of health is different in different nations, cultures, society etc. In war torn countries like Afghanistan, Iraq no one can fit into definition of health.  where there are internal problems like terrorism no one can fit into definition of health. So absence of disease is not alone  mean health. One have to live harmoniously within himself and with in the environment in which  he lives.

    Staying healthy:

   From the beginning of the mankind, man was fighting against numerous disease and trying to stay healthy. He searched for remedial measures in the nature. In olden times, mainstream medicine focused on restoring the balance in the humors ((i.e., blood, phlegm, and black and yellow bile) that corresponded to four elements (earth, air, fire, and water). Physicians following the Hippocratic customs attempted to balance the humors by treating symptoms with "opposites" either by attempting to remove an excess (by such methods as bloodletting and purging, laxatives, enemas and nauseous substances that made patients vomit) or by suppressing symptoms, such as by lowering the body temperature of patients who were feverish, or fever (hot) was believed due to excess blood because patients were flush; therefore, balance was sought by blood-letting in order to "cool" the patient etc  This was harsh method of treating diseases. Some of the method even killed persons, in the name of so called treatment. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann did not approve many of the harsh treatment done by the main stream medical health system of which he was educated and at the beginning a practitioner. He later stopped medical practice because treatment given to patient was  harsh. It was later, he discovered Homoeopathy. By contrast, Hahnemann promoted an immaterial, vitalistic view of disease: which holds that treatment can be done with serial dilution and homogenous shaking (succussion)  of the drugs  which are really safe. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann found that main stream medicines practiced based on purely experience and did not have any science, he named the system as allopathy, The term "allopathy" comes from the Greek roots meaning "opposite" and "disease". Term  "allopathy" has always referred to a principle of curing disease by administering substances that produce the different effect of the disease when given to a healthy human. Hahnemann used this term to differentiate medicine as practiced in his time from his use of infinitesimally small doses of substances to by a method called Homoeopathy. In Homoeopathy, the effect of medicine in a healthy condition of man was used  as an aid to treat disease condition if symptoms in disease condition and those produced by the drug in healthy condition are same.

   which system is superior in bringing back  a sick person to health?

   Definition of health is " as defined by the world health organization (1946) is the ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease." When  a person is sick he is both physically and mentally affected. The sick person must be treated both physically and mentally to regain back to health. However  allopathic physician discard mental aspect of a patient. But Homoeopathy holds that when one is diseased, he is affected both physically and mentally, treatment also involves both physical as well as mental aspect of a patient and there fore fit the definition of "health" more than allopathy, Now you got to decide which is the best system of healing.