Forgotten or Ignored Indian Heritage: a recall by a Kuwaiti

Thursday, February 20, 2020

As a physician, and radiology specialist, many of my colleagues in the hospital find it strange that my medical interests are towards natural therapies, rather than pharmacology, although I am very-good in pharmacology and biochemistry. I try to convince them from time to time that what they have learnt in the medical school is not an absolute truth, but a form of indoctrination, a dogmatic preaching, a brainwash, in layman technical terms. In my opinion, speaking historical and scientific facts doesn’t mean attacking the so-called “Medical establishment”; but alas, many see it as attacking modern medicine, as if modern medicine is a form of “Religion” that needs to be defended when criticized!

Every story has a beginning, and my story with natural medicine began in German, Munich, in 2010. I suffered from hay fever since childhood, with severe allergy that attacks me multiple times per year, especially in spring season. During my specialization in radiology in Germany, I used to suffer from many attacks of allergy through the year due to climate changes. Some attacks were severe enough to make me miss my daily work in the hospital. I, as a physician, didn’t have any clue how to treat myself other than using anti-histamine medications, the “State of the art” pharmacological therapy for allergies, which give me sedation for almost 12 hours every time I took one!

One day in 2010 during my suffering in the hospital in Germany, a colleague found me in a miserable state while I was writing a radiology report. He asked about my problem, and I replied about my long history of allergy. He advised me –at that time – to use fish oil (Omega 3) daily. Personally, I took it sarcastically; if anti-histamines are barely working against my allergy, would omega 3 do anything? Moreover, if it is a real remedy, why we didn’t knew about it in the medical school? He looked at me in a way and replied: you didn’t even try it yet, why are you attacking something you didn’t try or know?

It hits my mind like a lightning strike; yes, why I am criticizing? Let me try first. I went that day to a pharmacy and bought a whole bottle of fish oil. I started to take it daily. For a whole week, I didn’t feel any changes in my body; therefore, I said to myself: “It didn’t work and I wasted my money with it”! However, I continued to take the pills, telling myself it is food anyway; I will complete the bottle until it finishes; no harm in taking it.

Almost within 2 months later, we entered the winter season, and I was preparing myself for the annual Flu sickness that I get. However, here where the strange thing started to manifest, I didn’t get sick! I found people are coughing, sneezing, getting weak around me in the hospital, while I don’t feel any sickness; in the contrary, I feel healthy and vigor! Then I remembered the fish oil bottle, which still has few pills left; it must be it, since I didn’t change anything from my daily behavior during the past months!

Since then, it has been 10 years of a long journey in researching natural remedies and healing methods. I was astonished that Germany, although it is a pharmaceutical empire, it is also a natural healing methods empire, where homeopathy was created in 1810; the elite form of natural healing methods. Moreover, I found many German books speak so highly of Auyrveda, the traditional Indian healing system, the equivalent to Traditional Chinese Medicine healing system.

Interested to learn more, I travelled in 2016 and 2019 to Kerala, the stronghold of Ayurveda in India, or so I was told. I took my mother last year for 9 days Ayurvedic rehabilitation for some musculoskeletal complains, which of course, conventional medicine fail to heal, as always! Within the first 3 days, marked improvement in her health was noticed, and within 9 days, almost 70% of her health is regained!

I find it strange that even Indian colleagues in the hospital, being physicians, nurses or radiographers, and many are from Kerala, are ignorant about their traditional health system! They get amazed when they see me talking about it or telling them to take this herb or that herb for special condition. For them they were “Graduated” from medical school, they don’t need these silly herbal remedies! However, when I start to describe these “Silly” herbs in biochemical terms, the hard-core language of medicine and pharmacology, they stop their mockery and it becomes a surprise, how powerful these “Silly” herbs are!

Many people – including the medical staff - do not realize that pharmacological drugs are nothing more than “Herbal” biochemical compounds that have been isolated, re-created chemically in a lab, and concentrated as a pill. Aspirin, the wonder drug of Bayer pharmaceutical for almost 100 year, is nothing more that “Salicin”, a compound that was isolated from the bark of the Willow Tree, and was re-combined as “Salicylic acid”, marked as Aspirin. I can list almost 70% of all the pharmacology material medica and show you its herbal roots. If a doctor is firmly-believing in his pharmaceutical drugs, then he/she should be also a believer in their sources!



Just last week, I was speaking to 3 of my Indian colleagues’ medical staff, two radiographers and 1 nurse; we were just finishing performing a computed tomography (CT) examination for a patient. I was complaining about the radiation dosage the patient received for a useless, non-necessary CT examination, which will eventually affect the patient’s health, since with any CT radiation exposure, a definite injury to the DNA occurs. They said there is nothing to do about radiation exposure; it is a necessary evil, and no way to avoid it. To their surprise, I told them there is a way to avoid radiation exposure, and a very-cheap one in fact!

I continued: If I were the head of the department, I would serve Tulsi tea for each person after CT examination, the Ayurvedic herb known as “Holy Basil” in English. They were very-surprised by me mentioning this herb specifically, and asked why? I replied: many medical articles I read about this herb praising its ability to neutralize radiation injury in the body. Many articles on Tulsi mention that is it a powerful “Radio-protective” herb. Now this herb is very cheap, like the standard black tea, and can be served as a normal beverage in any hospital. However, no one is reading these literatures just because they are indoctrinated; brain-washed; thinking that such practice is non-scientific!

It is sad to see that Indians in my hospital – at least - with all their long history of natural medicine, seems ignoring their heritage, a heritage that is celebrated in Germany, USA, and many countries worldwide. I have a large Ayurvedic library at home, which I collected from Kerala and from many online bookstores. It amazes me how many natural healing arts are coming from India, and many of my Indian colleagues here in Kuwait are ignorant about them; such healing methods like: Siddha medicine, Unani-Arabic medicine, and Homeopathy, in which the Mumbai school of homeopathy is regarded as pioneer school worldwide and well-respected even in Germany, the land of homeopathy origins.






Dr. Jarrah Al-Tubaikh, Radiology Specialist, German-board of radiology (Munich), Amiri Hospital



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Manish
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Great note by Dr. Jarrah.
Ayurveda is a great treasure of medicines for many ailments. Anyone having problems of eyes, Please visit Dr. Sidhartha Sankar in Kerala. My Iritis problems was diagnosed by this Dr. and I''m now cured.

Taj
Monday, March 2, 2020
Thank you Dr Jarrah for sharing your experience. I hope this article will help the new generation to look back into the ancient methods and instill the belief in NATUROPATHY. Dr we would like to see you taking initiative in Kuwait to recognize Alternative medicine.

Shaikh
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Dr. Jarrah, after reading your article, I am feeling very blessed to be an Indian and yes we Indians have become ignorant of our own heritage.

Very fantastic article from you and please keep posting these types of articles.

Thank you so much for your great efforts.

Thyagarajan
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Great Dr Jarrah. Please continue. I know lots of Ayurveda is practiced in Germany where they have Ayurveda scripts in Sanskrit languages taken in @7th century from India N they do preserve it. If you want further traditional Ayurveda can introduce you to my friend Dr Sethuraman who practices for the last 50 years. Thyagarajan

J Cherian
Monday, February 24, 2020
I personally know Dr Jarrah and admire his passion about learning and applying natural remedies. I used to enjoy the long conversation we used to make about the various natural remedies he tries on himself and on his family members .
As he said, many of us have forgotten the natural remedies and depends heavily upon allopathic medicine. Unfortunately, in india in spite having a rich culture of Ayurveda and other herbal medicines, majority are ignorant in this field.

Hope this article will inspire many to look more seriously into those remedies which our forefathers used.

Wishing you all the best Dr Jarrah

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