The Chernobyl aftermath - Is Ayurveda the only rescue? | Veda Naturals

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power station. Three decades on, the damage still lingers.

In 1986, the terrible Chernobyl catastrophe ended up ravaging the atmosphere with lethal radiation —  several times more radioactive than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In the following months, around half a million workers (liquidators) risked their lives as they carried out a mammoth clean-up of the hazard, while radiation slowly wrecked damage to their bodies.

The emergence of Ayurveda 

Over the next few years, these victims who had long been treated with pharmaceutical drugs kept experiencing chronic pains, consequently leading Russian doctors to look for an alternative treatment. They eventually turned to the Ayurvedic rehabilitation methods of medicine.

Known to induce the body’s self-healing abilities, Ayurveda’s system of therapies and herbs has been proven to support the body tissues for natural recovery. 
In the mid-90s, the first Ayurvedic medical center in Moscow began, where those affected by the disaster were given specialized treatment by teams of Russian and Ayurvedic doctors under the leadership of Noushad Ali, the founder of Atreya – a part of Veda Collective.

The most common radiation symptoms amongst the patients were consistent headaches, chronic joint and spine pains, sleep disorders, irritability and fatigue. Several others displayed symptoms of gastritis, enterocolitis, peptic ulcers, high blood pressure and significant immune deficiency.
In cases of diseases requiring constant medication (yapya), the clinic’s goal was to control the course of the disease and alleviate the patient's condition with the help of medication, cleansing, diet and regimen. Yoga as therapy was also integrated to improve their neuropsychic state and reduce stress.

According to the Ayurvedic principle, two of the three categories of diseases were classified as treatable but with difficulty (Krishra Sadhya), and incurable (anupakrama).

Clinical case study of a Liquidator 

Let’s take the clinical example of one patient - a disabled person of the latter category, who considered himself ill since 1987. Characterized by chronic pain in both his hip joints and the lumbar spine radiating to his feet, he was fatigued by consistent headaches, irritability and weakness. There was a requirement of long-term therapy in his case to normalize the bone degenerative changes and reduce his increased vata.

Incidentally, the patient was treated with Vicharana (medicated ghee and herbs cleansing), gugulutiktag kmiyam (herb decoction), kshirabala (sesame oil, herbs and milk) along with ayurvedic medicines specifically aimed at improving the bone structure. A special type of massage (pizhichil) with medicinal oil (Dhanvantaram and Gandha Tailam) was prescribed, the healing effects of which causes Vata to normalize within 14 days, as Ayurveda states. In progression, outpatient treatment with severe cleansing for 14 days was carried out.

2 months post his Ayurvedic treatment when the patient was examined, the left hip joint was found without pathology and the process of degeneration in the head of the right hip joint had stopped. He was able to walk without cane support, eliminated his headaches and felt much calmer.

Likewise, majority of the patients showed a significant improvement in their well-being, better tissue regeneration, while all of them demonstrated a significant increase of immunity and reduction in the number of respiratory infections.

As Chernobyl has come to exemplify a haunting catacomb of bodies and energy, one looks at Ayurveda almost symbolically to inspire prana - vital life-force energy which restores our mind and body in absolute harmony.

At Veda, we continue to be inspired by this treasured knowledge to advocate holistic health for everyone.