Drugless Therapy and Healing :
Philosophy and origins
What does a doctor do when he feels that a patient under his
treatment should be sent to another for better treatment and
quicker recovery? If he is sincere and has sympathy for his
patient, he will decidedly refer him to another doctor whom
he considers more suitable. If he is more worldly and thinks
only in terms of his own personal loss and gain he will
hesitate a hundred times in doing so. He will think that
such a course of action may affect him adversely, may help
to ruin his reputation and thereby reduce the number of
patients that come to him. Sending the patient beyond his
own orbit of influence may mean that he loses him forever.
Referring a case may even cost the doctor his professional
prestige. The doctor to whom the case is referred may
utilise the occasion to add to his own glory by alleging
that the other doctor is unfit and incompetent. Hence,
instead of referring the case to another, the first doctor
may impose a firmer grip on his patient so that he doesn’t
lose him. So, an individual case may end in tragedy. A case is usually referred to another
doctor only when there is external pressure to do so,
pressure from the doctor’s own inner compulsions, if the
patient makes absolutely no improvement and sadly
deteriorates, or when the doctor is fed-up with frequent
visits by the patient.
better and optimized treatment means :
effective and less painful methods of treatment
absence of adverse drug reactions.
scientific system of healing is called allopathy. Opponents
of this ‘pathy’ allege that the system is neither modern nor
scientific. But such an observation is not correct or
meaningful. Allopathy is based on continued, systematic and
scientific investigation and study. The results of these
investigations and controlled studies are verified by
scientific neutrality without prejudice.
Unfortunately, science itself is incomplete. Hence knowledge
derived through science is also incomplete and no final word
can be said about the true state of things. We can say that
knowledge obtained through science is only ‘half truth’.
This is so because it is based on data received through our
senses and no matter how unbiased we are, we nevertheless
explain things according to our suppositions and
preconceived notions. Hence, we can’t say without
reservation that a specific law or theory explains the real
state of things and that there is no possible variation or
science of the human body, the uncertainty is even deeper.
The picture of an organ presented by a magnifying glass is
vastly different to that presented by an electron
microscope, and more uncertainties and difficulties arise
when treating a patient. The most important fact is that the
patient is not the body alone, hence it does not suffice to
think only about the structure and constitution of the body.
He has a mind which is composed of a vast network of
interrelated thoughts. The mind is influenced by pleasant
and unpleasant experiences, environment and personality.
Also there are innumerable problems of life which influence
the patient. Financial condition, fears, loss of faith,
responsibilities and so forth, all have an influence on his
health. The patient’s own concept about his disease, his
thoughts about the doctor who treats him and about the
people who look after him, and the thoughts of well-wishers
all react on his condition. When these factors are
considered, one will come to realise that the science of
healing is both difficult and mysterious.
which express themselves in the human body have different
characteristics. If two persons suffer from the same
disease, the characteristics of the disease will not be the
same. No two people have ever suffered the same disease in
an identical manner. In the same way, the same drug produces
different effects in different persons. A drug which proves
beneficial for one patient can work as a poison in another
suffering from the same disease. It is now well known that
whilst penicillin cures one, it can kill another. Only one
injection of penicillin is enough to cause death. It is true
that such cases are rare, yet who knows in whose case it
will happen and who will take the risk having known this
allopathic medicine are given in the British Encyclopaedia
of Medicine and other related, authorised publications while
homeopathy, ayurveda, unani and other ‘pathies’ are lightly
disregarded as instruments of unskilled quacks and
tricksters. The same attitude holds true for healing systems
such as mesmerism, astrology, yoga, acupuncture,
chiropractic and so forth. These systems seem to utilise
strange techniques, often beyond the understanding of most
people. Yet it is worthwhile mentioning that allopathic
medicine also makes use of many strange things (including
plastic surgery, electrical impulses and so many others)
during treatments. The use of such things is known as
‘minute’ medicine. Perhaps each healing system, including
allopathy, is equally strange.
basis of the experience of many doctors during the last one
hundred years of medical practice, the research on medical
therapies have brought the following conclusions:
of a disease is better than treatment.
necessity of life is health. Education is secondary.
and death, health and disease are also the two facets of
It is the
duty of the individual and society to protect the health of
its members. Health does not mean merely freedom from
disease, because this will prove to be only a temporary
phase in the majority of cases. By good health we mean
keeping the body and mind in the best possible condition for
the longest period.
structure is the only means to maintain our existence in the
world. We have to harmonise ourselves with the entire world
structure can be divided into the following main aspects:
physical body- construction and functions
mind- structure and functions
own efforts we can improve the health of our body and mind,
harmonise the life force and purify our consciousness.
individual is an independent unit which is astonishingly
separate from others.
existence of every object including the human being has
known or expressed
hidden but in the process of being expressed
three aspects can be recognised separately and consideration
of these aspects of human life is necessary for a complete
comprehension of human problems. Only then can we arrive at
a correct solution to human problems, that is, the treatment
exercise, sleep, work, death and environment arc necessary
for human existence.
There is no
‘pathy’ which has knowledge of all the mysteries of health
So often, it has been my experience and that
of my patients that every healing system or ‘pathy’ has its
own limitations. There is no ‘pathy’ which is
self-sufficient and able to treat all kinds of disease. If
the treatment of a disease is not possible in one ‘pathy’,
it may be possible with another ‘pathy’. While taking
medical care of a patient we have to keep in view his
temperament, likes and dislikes, responsibilities and the
best course of treatment for him.
Based on the statements discussed above and in the light of the
need of experimenting more than one drugless therapy on the
patients, there is an urgent need for a new unified system
of treatment to be known as “Drugless Therapy” or
“Integrated Therapy” or “Polypathy”.
The fundamental requirements of
“Drugless Therapy” or “Integrated
Therapy” or “Polypathy” are:
Polypathic Encyclopaedia (meateria indica) should be
prepared containing details of all the medicines and methods
used in different ‘pathies’ for the treatment of all types
Centres should be opened in each population unit. At these
centres disease should be studied with an integrated and
‘wholistic’/‘holistic’ conception of polypathy, and then
of the different ‘pathies’ should reside at each polypathic
Library should be established to collect the literature of
all the different ‘pathies’.
dispensaries should be opened where medicines of all the
‘pathies’ are made available.
should first be thoroughly examined and then sent to
A course of
treatment should be chalked out for each patient; and whilst
doing so it must be kept in mind that the line of treatment
treatment the least number of medicines in minimum doses
should be used. The life force of the patient should be
allowed to counter the disease force. Each case should be
studied separately. Except in special circumstances nothing
should be done to vitiate the already disturbed condition of
the patient. Ideally, the patient should be encouraged to
recover through the normal processes of nature.
To make the
possibilities of polypathy a little clearer, the following
examples are given:
be treated by regulating the diet and rheumatism can be
treated by yogasanas.
dysentery can be treated by saline purgatives instead of
diseases can be treated by removing tension through bhakti
yoga, prayer and an atmosphere of sympathy.
may be adopted as a method of inducing anaesthesia.
simple ayurvedic and unani (herbal) medicines can be used in
place of the bitter allopathic medicines.
mixtures may be used instead of complicated ones (which
should have red mark warnings).
practicable, external application should be given preference
over the administration of internal medicines. Thus, for
example, warm and cold bandages can be used to induce
urination as an alternative to using a catheter; oral
medicines can be used instead of injections; gentle enemas
can be used in place of harsh purgatives.
of chronic diseases should be made collectively through a
board of doctors.
cases should be treated only by experienced doctors.
should start as soon as the symptoms of a disease appear. In
every dispensary, prime importance should be given to the
symptoms which appear first.
this way can an effective treatment be prescribed, health
restored in the shortest time and the use of costly and
poisonous medicines be avoided. Ultimately, we have arrived
at these conclusions:
doctor can discriminate and diagnose a disease entirely from
symptoms of a disease should be checked again and again and
compared with previous diagnoses.
Consideration and recognition should be given to both
standard textbook knowledge of a disease and the actual
should, above all, have sympathy and affection for the
patient. Polypathy is a synthesis of all currently known ‘pathies’.
It should be made easily available, easily applicable,
effective and specifically for the well-being of humanity.
All will be benefited by polypathy, both individuals and
society as a whole.
We would appreciate suggestions and comments by readers of
this article. In spite of our limited resources, we have
already started our journey into this unknown sphere. In
order to make polypathy a reality and a world-wide healing
system, we welcome co-operation in any manner from doctors,
experienced persons, friends and well-wishers.