Ayurveda is an ancient science of treating health concerns or rather a way of living for a holistic and healthy life. This approach to health, along with Unani and Siddha systems of treatment was woven in the very fibre of the Indian way of living. As recently as in the beginning of the 21st century, the Vaidyas and Hakims were witnessed offering consultations and Aushadhis in the villages and small towns. Unfortunately these practices are increasingly to be found either in a limited number of well-aided teaching and research centres or in some upmarket institutions, out of bound for the common man.
It is difficult to spell out all the reasons why the rural population is willing to consult any other ‘pathy’ for their health concerns and even end up with ‘quack medical practitioners’, but not look in the direction of Vaidyas and other authentic traditional practitioners for treatment. In spite of Ayush Ministry’s proposal to give these ancient sciences their due recognition, there are hardly any authentic Vaidyas in rural India; at least there seem to be none in Chowdepalle Mandal. Maybe with this in his mind, and of course because of his deep faith in Ayurveda, at the very inception of ArogyaM: Centre for Yoga and Ayurveda a year ago, Sri M had emphasised that Ayurveda will have to be taken to the rural areas, beyond the confines of The Sacred Grove.
A free Ayurvedic medical camp
On Sri M’s birthday, 6th November 2022, a free medical camp was spontaneously held at ArogyaM, Chowdepalle. Forty six consultations happened on that day, with no campaign other than that of word of mouth with the support of our staff. Ever since, there has been a constant flow of villagers seeking care. As we complete a year of ArogyaM, it is extremely heartening to record that we have done over 400 consultations for villagersin a span of 9 months, making us set up a separate OPD with minimal consultation charges to make Ayurvedic healthcare affordable to the villagers around.
It goes without saying that for those who are unable to pay, yet will benefit from Ayurveda, we extend services with the support of a few generous donors. Today, care seekers not only from our neighbouring villages of Pedda Kondamari, Pallyampalli, Kottur and Chowdepalle, but as far as Palamaner, Sadum, Punganur, Pileru and Madanapalle, come seeking Ayurvedic care. The practice is growing in an organic way through their experience of Ayurveda at ArogyaM.
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Our gratification is to introduce a traditional life science, and allow the villagers to realise its potential by their experience of its benefits. Our gratitude to Sri M for giving us the opportunity and infrastructure to make this possible, and his abundant Grace and blessings that support this endeavour.
We take this opportunity to request friends to support ArogyaM Outreach to help us serve and give relief to more care seekers through Ayurveda, and also initiate workshops and medical camps to spread the understanding of this life science in the villages around Chowdepalle where ArogyaM is located.