Recently at a conference, Dr. Rama Jayasundar who works with the Department of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India) delivered a talk that answered this seeming contradiction and presented her views on the congruity of these two vast fields. Let me drive the readers through her principal arguments. Dr. Jayasundar, explained that quantum physics has revealed some concepts similar to those discussed in the Vedas and thereby in extension, those practices that are being carried out in Ayurveda as well. Ayurveda, she defines, understands the human body as interconnected within as well as in relation to what is outside.
But, as we have discussed in earlier posts by integrating the role of the mind and consciousness in the human body, Ayurveda is distinctly different from biomedicine’s Newtonian physics based perception of the organism as a structural entity made up of fundamental units of building blocks, that is, atoms and molecules. Even, while accepting the reality of the physical body, Ayurveda emphasizes the role of consciousness and mind in both healthy and diseased states. This is in contrast to biomedicine, which relates physiology to structures.
Essentially the Associate Professor from AIIMS, emphasizes the power of thinking that is the founding plinth of Medical practice in Ayurveda and draws a parallel to it in Quantum Physics wherein thoughts create the Physical Reality. Now that is some food for thought, isn’t it?