“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Preventing disorders also needs a more paced approach than promoting health.
The biomedical community is committed to find out which symptoms, signs and biomarkers are associated with diseases in the future. Once known, these are used as early signals to implement preventative strategies - mostly in form of diet, lifestyle, vaccines, and mineral supplements. To this pursuit, AIM Swasthya brings additional dimensions to identify pre-disease conditions and to recommend a range of general and customized strategies.
Four 'opportunities to treat' before disease develops
Ayurveda recognizes four stages of ill health before disease and complications (stages five and six) develop.
This system is called 'Shatkriyakala' identifies 'six opportunities to treat', the earlier being the better, as the solutions to stall/reverse the pathogenesis are simpler. For example, in case of chronic conditions like diabetes mellitus, we find fatty liver, central obesity, sympathetic-parasympathetic imbalance to progressively precede it (Fig 1). In faster progressing conditions, the timelines and presentations are different.
At AIM Swasthya, we identify the pre stages by using signs and symptoms from Ayurveda and conventional medicine, biomarkers (in conjunction with a primary care physician) and the knowledge of dosha imbalances. We teach you how to identify and manage Stages one and two with personal and family level solutions, primarily through principles entailed under ‘promote health’. Stages three and four need more concerted efforts from you and/or an integrative physician with preventative strategies. Stages five and six, are diseases and their complications addressed under ‘manage diseases’ through complementary & integrative health solutions.
AIM Swasthya's role
AIM Swasthya identifies three types of vulnerable states when a ‘well planned preventative pace’ is advisable.
1.Sub-optimal health: when you are neither diseased nor healthy.
Fatigue, recent weight changes, sleep disturbances, constipation, heart burn, erratic appetite, poor digestion, unexplained aches and pains, reduced bone density, reduced muscle mass and strength, increased adiposity (fatty tissue), bloating, feeling of heaviness, poor recovery after infections, declining cognitive function, frequent mood disturbances
2. High risk / Pre disease states: Metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, pre hypertension, pre stages of osteo arthritis, familial risk of Parkinson's disease and cancers.
3. Life transitions: Menopause, Andropause, Aging, pregnancy, lactation, post disease convalescence