Recently I met one Ayurvedic Vaidhya in his 70s. He spoke Charak’s language and believed in it firmly. In fact, he claimed that he can cure anyone with any medicine.
When I asked him, any medicine for any disease? That actually kills entire pharma industry.
He said, well, our body has different tendencies Kapha, Vayu and Pitta. Our mind has Sattva, Rajas and Tamas tendencies. Each one of us is unique in our physical and mental constitution. So one medicine cannot work for all. At the same time, one medicine can work for all diseases for different persons.
I could not understand so I asked him to explain further.
He explained that like us, all plants, trees, animals, gems carry different tendencies. Their swabhava ( different level of Kapha, Vayu and Pitta and different level of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) is reflected in their color, shape, taste. Sensitive vaidhya does not need to identify them by name and text book reference. He or she mere tastes them, observe shape and color and determine svabhava. He or she act as a bridge and use anything as medicine to reclaim our diseased body back to balanced state. We identify plants, trees and animals based medicine to save time otherwise, there is actually no need if you are sensitive enough to decipher patient’s nature and his/her environmental boons ( mother nature puts our cure hints in plants, trees and animals in our natural environment).
Well, who needs MRI and CT Scan? The ignorants of course.