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Set in the intriguing atmosphere of India in the early 20th century, full of mysticism, love, compassion, and political drama, The Ayurvedic Healer tells the story of Madhavan Namboodiri, a physician practicing an ancient medical science, and his enduring love for Rosilie. By healing the underprivileged, regardless of their civilian and religious status, touching the untouchables, he follows his beliefs and disobeys the rules of his society. His life story is set in the background of India’s struggle for freedom, the communist revolt in the Southern State of Kerala, social advancement, and the emergence of new societies. The Ayurvedic Healer sweeps the reader into an exotic place and time, rendering an intimate experience through sharing Madhavan Namboodiri’s life and love.
Joy J. Kaimaparamban is the author of The Ayurvedic Healer, a novel published by Copperhill Media. For further information log on to his blog at http://www.kaimaparamban.com.
Being a native of India, Ayurveda has the smell and taste of the country. In ancient days only a minority used to study and practice Sanskrit language. And they could only follow the path of Ayurveda. Because, all the text of Indian Theology and Ayurveda were written in Sanskrit.
So the Allopathic Treatment system could drive its roots into the majority easily, many people were attracted with this medical science and they wished to become their younger generation Allopathic doctors. They sent them to England for acquiring medical degrees. When Allopathic medical colleges were established widely in India, the boys and girls who belonged in major community too could enter the field. The common people who were following the Ayurvedic System turned towards allopathy. Allopathy was becoming a social status symbol. Even common people began to think that only by the treatment of allopathy, ailments could be cured completely. The persons who had been handling allopthy were known as doctors. At the same time the people who handled Ayurveda were ‘Vaidyans’. ‘Doctor’ is an English word and ‘Vaidyan’ is a word equal to the same English word, which is used in almost all Indian regional languages. The strong effort of English loving persons stood behind the declination of Ayurvedic Medical Science. Many of the common people began to get away from the system. They depended allopathy medicine for curing all their diseases. Despite all medicines of allopathy are made using chemicals they could cure every diseases quick. Nobody thought about the reactions of the allopathy medicines. And surgery was a great asset of the system. An efficient allopathy doctor was able to get enough fame and wealth. Brilliant boys and were going after allopathy. Ayurveda was totally ignored by learned and rich Indian people.
In urgent contexts the relatives of serious and chronic patients rarely thought about the expense of treatments. In fact allopathic treatment needs heavy expenditure. Due to the treatment of their relatives amny people have fallen into great miseries.
Long-standing treatments sometimes become fruitless. People turn their minds toward other systems. Ayurveda could have rescued many patients who had been declared incurable by allopathy doctors. And the Ayurvedic medicines are made out of herbal plants and minerals. They are harmless. Its main defect is that it takes long time to cure ailments. Seekers of sudden recovery of diseases go after Allopathy. In contrast Ayurvedic treatment is good for the body and mind. It makes no reactions.
After India got independence form the foreigners Ayurvedic Medical Science began to flourish. Common people have deep belief in the power of Ayurvedic medicines. It is the result of the deliberate work of Ayurvedic physicians.