WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DAY
by Harsh Shah on Sep 26, 2022
Ayurveda combines our modern way of life and health-conscious habits with the ancient wisdom of using natural substances, medicines, and herbs to help us live a healthy, happy, stress-free, and disease-free life. Ayurveda's central goal is to restore the individual's balance of mind, body, and spirit.
For most people, Ayurveda is simply another method of treating illnesses with herbal medicines. For me, Ayurveda is much more than that, and today, as a result of my life experience and my own belief, Ayurveda is Life. According to the WHO, the environment is responsible for 24% of global deaths, or approximately 13.7 million deaths per year.
What Exactly Is Environmental Health?
It is the science and practice of preventing human injury and illness and promoting well-being by locating and evaluating the sources of unsafe or hazardous agents in the environment. Limiting exposure to unsafe or hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents in air, water, soil, food, and other environmental settings may also have a negative impact on human health.
We cannot ignore the fact that if the environment is healthy, nearly one-quarter of the global disease burden could be avoided. The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder of the fragile relationship that exists between humans and our planet.
The International Federation of Environmental Health commemorated the day in 2011. The primary goal is the well-being of people all over the world.
The IFEH is entirely dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge on environmental health protection and subsequent improvement. A significant portion of their work is devoted to scientific and technological research, as well as the exchange of ideas in this regard.
In response to the theme, IFEH president Susana Paixao stated, "The world must recognize the interdependence of the environment, health, and the economy." As a result, it is critical to invest in healthy and green recovery close to all communities, with the help of the Environmental Health workforce and the International Federation of Environmental Health. This is why we chose this theme."
We must recognize the interdependence of the environment, health, and the economy. As a result, it is critical to invest in healthy, green recovery close to all communities. We are experiencing difficult times as a result of COVID-19, which the WHO has declared a Pandemic. It is becoming increasingly important for the human race to pay attention to the environment and strive for balance.
The World Health Organization issued the "Manifesto for a Healthy Recovery of COVID19," intending to capitalize on the global momentum. In order to achieve a rapid post-COVID recovery, an investment focused on promoting sustainable development in its three axes economy, environment, and society is required. The extensive use of natural resources threatens to exceed the Earth's carrying capacity. The circular concept promotes long-term growth, good health, and decent jobs while protecting the environment and its natural resources.
Organic and other forms of responsible farming, according to Ayurveda's sustainability goals, should be used to grow the herbs used in its remedies. It has been recommended that local herbs be used instead of exotic and rare herbs. Spices like cumin and turmeric, which are widely available, have profound healing properties and are potent additions to the arsenal of medicinal substances. Ayurveda uses small shrubs to large trees for a variety of purposes and adheres to strict collection and cultivation guidelines.
Ayurvedics also engage in forestation and cultivation to obtain herbal medicines. The use of medicinal plants is based on their ability to balance the patient's relationship with the basic influences of life, such as diet, work, and family life. With over 2700 plants at its disposal, Ayurveda is connected to nature and its powers. Both doctors and patients can easily see their connections to nature in this manner.
Ayurvedic hospital wastes are mostly biodegradable. Ayurvedic pharmaceutical wastes are also biodegradable, and some of them make excellent manure for cultivation. Because plastic and other artificial materials are not used in treatment, Ayurveda is an environmentally friendly system. Every aspect of the environment is valued in the Ayurvedic system, resulting in the most efficient use of natural resources, from daily use to drug development. For example, the twigs of the neem plant are used for tooth brushing and tongue cleaning, while the leaves are used to medicate bathing water. Seed oil is applied externally to the scalp to promote healthy hair, among other things.
Ayurveda provides specific guidelines for lifestyle and nutrition that all fit within a Dharma framework. Dharma advocates for something that bears responsibility for the entire society and humanity, including ethical and environmental concerns. According to Ayurveda, lifestyle should contribute to the preservation of a healthy environment and the support of nature in all possible ways. This leads to encouraging responsible behavior in order to keep our water, nature, forests, cities, air, and, indeed, our entire life as clean and pure as possible.
It also implies a natural concern for good and sustainable food sources, as well as agriculture that preserves not only life in the sense of pure and clean production but also responsible and safe nutritional methods. Active support for organic and biodynamic farming, support for natural agricultural systems such as permaculture, and active opposition to technical and non-safe-proof production methods such as GMO foods are all good examples. It also encourages the responsible and respectful use of animal products.
This approach to nature as a source of healing and personal care, with a focus on prevention, is a very welcome feature of Ayurveda, and it has the potential to permeate and facilitate our approaches to sustainability and the rich relationships between people (society), things (economy), and nature (ecology). Environmental sustainability is strongly linked to conscious mental and bodily good practice, and Ayurveda could be regarded as a very useful model not only in the countries where it is traditionally practiced but all over the world.
Every year on September 26, World Environmental Health Day is observed to raise awareness about the critical work done by environmental health workers and encourage people to contribute to the protection of our environment. AADAR has always looked to create and contribute such tasks that not only create medicines to treat people naturally but also the same time help the environment sustain and make a better place to live.