Global Warming in the 21st Century: Propositions from Traditional Health Care Systems
Authors: Sanjeev Rastogi, Ram Harsh Singh, Manisha Harish Ramchandani, Francesco Chiappelli, PG Dept of Kaya Chikitsa, State Ayurvedic College, Tulsi Das Marg, Lucknow, India, and others
Abstract: Natural organization of life and its support system has largely been affected with increasing human interference to various components integral to its effective functioning. Increasing human population and its impact is one of the most obvious reasons of this threat to nature‘s sustainability. Deforestation subsequent to emerging demands of providing an equitable living to human beings ,added with the various acts of making life technically advanced, have acted crucially to dismantle natural fabric of ecobalance. Loss of biodiversity and global climatic changes are among the two most appreciable yet unfortunate outcomes of human advancement over nature. Traditional medicine, being dependent solely upon natural resources, is one among the worst sufferers to this phenomenon. Paradoxically, while using natural resources as their sole modalities, traditional medicine convincingly perceives about their sustainable availability and hence thinks of conservation as one of its plan of action. A reawakening about traditional medicine usage in the paradigm, which is proposed by Traditional health care philosophy, can pay dividends in the form of increasing awareness about efficient use of natural resources, reducing its wastage thus promoting its conservation. It is proposed that together, it can help in dealing with the increasing burden of global climatic changes, which is rationally realized as a threat to the net survival of earth.