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Adravyabhuta Chikitsa Non-pharmacological Remedies In Ayurveda


By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Adravyabhuta Chikitsa contains all these remedies whereby no drug or pharmacological strategy is concerned. A = no, Dravyabhuta = drug / pharmacological dependent, Chikitsa = therapy. So, adravyabhuta chikitsa means ‘non-drug or non-pharmacological remedies / remedy’. These remedies could also be in numerous varieties –

  • Bodily actions
  • Psychological / psychological actions
  • Non secular actions
  • Non secular actions and so forth

Adravyabhuta Chikitsa is complementing remedy in some ailments however will also be a mainstay strategy or part of it in some circumstances. Instance – Other than medicines and dietetic regimens, historical treatises have advocated and likewise emphasised fixed indulgence in bodily actions and workout routines, as in santarpanottha rogas i.e. ailments prompted on account of over-nutrition like in prameha (diabetes), sthaulya (weight problems) and so forth.
Learn – Chikitsa: Therapy Varieties, Ayurvedic classification

Can we deal with the ailments with out medicines?

Completely sure. It’s stated that something – a fabric or non-material is skillfully chosen, can be utilized to deal with the ailments and something which might accomplish that would fall below the purview of an efficient remedy / therapy.

It isn’t that every one that’s ‘non pharmacological’ can deal with ‘all ailments’. It’s selective and contains talent and expertise to implement the identical in remedy. Some ‘non-drugs’ can treatment some ailments for which they’re designed and so they is probably not appropriate to deal with the opposite ailments or to deal with the identical illness in another individual. So, adravyabhuta chikitsa can also be a ‘personalised medication’, like ‘what fits you doesn’t go well with me!’.

How does it work?

How does one thing which is a non-drug can be thought-about as a remedy?

As per the definition of medication, something which brings concerning the steadiness (samyavastha) of the dhatus ought to be thought-about as chikitsa i.e. therapy or remedy. If one thing which isn’t a medication can obtain this goal, we will undoubtedly name it a medication.

Elements of complete therapy – In each illness, when the therapy procedures are defined, Ayurveda has all the time comprehensively targeted on proper sort of aushadha i.e. medicines, ahara (food plan) and viharas (way of life/conduct). Viharas are non-pharmacological interventions. Amongst synonyms of medication – Pathya (that which is healthful for the channels of transportation within the physique), Prayaschitta (atonement) and Hita (useful) are the synonyms of bheshaja (medication). All these are non-drug varieties which outline therapy. These synonyms spotlight the significance of non-pharmacological remedy. Pathya additionally contains food plan laws that are within the type of substance, however these that are formless and serve the aim of pathya shall be included on this dialogue.
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The physicians ought to discover this technique of therapy since it’s also cost-effective and really vital many instances. Adravyabhoota and Dravyabhuta Chikitsa shall be skillfully mixed in order to obtain most advantages in healing and preventive facets of the therapy. It may be used alone or together in therapy of each bodily and psychological problems and thus would cowl a broad spectrum. Meditation, Yoga and Marma therapies additionally fall below the umbrella of adravyabhuta chikitsa.
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Likewise the energies derived from Solar, Water and Air and different parts of nature have been used for therapeutic functions within the historical days. The forces of nature have been additionally thought-about as Gods and have been worshipped. Rituals like hearth sacrifices, oblations and so forth have been additionally finished for creating therapeutic affect. They’re adopted even in the present day. They will also be included in daivavyapashraya chikitsa i.e. divine therapies however being non-medicinal are included in adravyabhuta chikitsa. Adravyabhuta Chikitsa in Nija Rogas (somatic ailments) – As already stated, these therapies are additionally included within the therapy of somatic problems, as in psychological problems. These therapies are talked about in each yuktivyapashraya chikitsa (rational remedy) and likewise daivavyapashraya chikitsa (divine therapies)
Learn – Daiva Vyapashraya Chikitsa – Divine Therapies of Ayurveda

For psychological problems

Adravyabhuta Chikitsa in Manasika Rogas (psychological problems) – Grasp Charaka has suggested the under talked about to be adopted within the therapy of psychological remedy –

  1. Gyana – religious information
  2. Vijyana – scriptural information
  3. Dhairya – nurturing endurance
  4. Smriti – evoking reminiscence
  5. Samadhi – meditation

All these fall within the territory of adravyabhuta chikitsa. It’s administered utilizing measures (upaya) that are formless (amurta) which incorporates the under talked about strategies –

  • creating terror or worry (bhaya darshana)
  • stunning / surprising (vismapana)
  • making one to neglect (vismarana)
  • inflicting agitation (kshobhana) or exhilaration (harshana)
  • threatening to kill (vadha)
  • tying up an individual (bandhana)
  • inducing sleep (swapna)
  • light therapeutic massage / touching (samvahana) and so forth

These measures are defined within the context of chapter coping with therapy of unmada (psychoses) and apasmara (reminiscence problems).

Adravyabhuta Chikitsa and Trividha Chikitsa

Trividha chikitsa i.e. threefold remedies are standard methods utilized in Ayurveda to comprehensively deal with many bodily, psychological or psychosomatic problems. They’re –

  1. Daivavyapashraya Chikitsa – religious therapies
  2. Yuktivyapashraya Chikitsa – rational therapies (together with remedies, medicines, dietetic regime)
  3. Sattvavajaya Chikitsa – psychotherapy

Amongst these three codecs of therapy, divine therapies and psychotherapy are formless remedies and don’t use any substance for the aim of therapy. Due to this fact most measures included in daivavyapashraya and sattvavajaya chikitsa fall below adravyabhuta chikitsa.
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Adravyabhuta Chikitsa and Chaturvidha Chikitsa

Grasp Sushruta has talked about 4 sorts of remedies, adopted to comprehensively deal with the ailments. They’re samshodhana – cleaning therapies, samshamana – palliative remedies, ahara –food plan and achara – conduct and way of life modifications. Amongst these, achara shall be included in adravyabhuta chikitsa. Alternatively we will inform that many measures of adravyabhuta chikitsa fall below the umbrella of achara.
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Adravyabhuta Chikitsa and a few types of Shamana

Shamana means palliative remedies remedies. The under talked about shamana measures shall be thought-about as adravyabhoota chikitsa since no substance is utilized in these types of therapy –

  • Kshudha (nigraha) – controlling or pacifying the starvation (fasting)
  • Trshna (nigraha) – controlling or pacifying thirst
  • Vyayama – getting indulged in train
  • Atapa – publicity to warmth of the solar
  • Maruta – publicity to the wind
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Adravyabhuta Chikitsa and Upashaya

Upashaya is like shamana. It’s administered with a hope of pacifying a illness, if it does, it’s continued and the identical upashaya turns into chikitsa i.e. therapy for that illness. If it doesn’t, the doctor would search for an alternate strategy. If it aggravates the illness, it’s thought-about as anupashaya and the measure is discontinued. Upashaya is considered when a illness is just not correctly identified or when there are numerous ailments and it’s tough to make an correct prognosis. In a approach upashaya works on the logics of ‘trial and error technique’. It’s one among the many 5 diagnostic instruments nidana panchaka.

18 forms of upashaya have been defined in Ayurveda treatises. Three forms of strategies are used within the context of upashaya i.e. aushadha – medication, ahara – meals and vihara – actions. They might be both just like or antagonistic to the reason for the illness, illness or each. The permutations and combos make up for 18 forms of upashaya.

Amongst these viharaja upashayas associated to actions shall be thought-about below adravyabhuta chikitsa. They’re –

  • Hetu viparita vihara – actions antagonistic to the causative components
  • Vyadhi viparita vihara – actions antagonistic to the illness
  • Hetu-Vyadhi viparita vihara – actions antagonistic to each trigger and the illness
  • Hetu viparitarthakari vihara – actions just like the causative components
  • Vyadhi viparitarthakaria vihara – actions just like the illness
  • Hetu-Vyadhi viparitarthakari vihara – actions just like each trigger and the illness

Learn – Upashaya Anupashaya – Pacifying And Non-Pacifying Elements Of Illness

Gist of Non-pharmacological Therapies extracted from Ayurveda classics

Adharaniya Vegas – Ayurveda enlists 13 physique reflexes which shouldn’t be forcibly withheld when the physique is attempting to specific them. If they’re suppressed they may result in many ailments. If they aren’t suppressed they’d contribute in the direction of complete well being. Beneath talked about are these urges which shouldn’t be suppressed forcibly –

  • Vata – fart and belch
  • Vit – feces
  • Mutra – urine
  • Kshavathu – sneeze
  • Trt – thirst
  • Kshudha – starvation
  • Nidra – sleep
  • Kasa – cough
  • Shrama shvasa – exertion dyspnea
  • Jrmbha – yawning
  • Ashru – tears
  • Chardi – vomiting
  • Retas – ejaculation

Right here no medication or substance is used for upkeep of well being. However it’s suggested to not withhold these naturally manifesting urges.
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Dharaniya Vegas

Equally there are some urges which ought to be managed and withheld. They’re primarily the psychological expressions / feelings. They’re –

Dinacharya / Rtucharyokta Vihara

Bodily actions suggested to be practiced on day by day foundation within the context of dinacharya i.e. day by day routine like strolling, train, waking up early within the morning and so forth shall be thought-about as non-pharmacological therapies. Likewise the actions suggested to be finished or practiced throughout each season within the context of rtucharya i.e. seasonal routine additionally must be thought-about.

Different inclusions

Nidana Parivarjana – retaining away from the etiological components (causative components of a illness) Sadvrtta – observance of excellent conducts and noble deeds
Achara Rasayana – all these acts and deeds which might bestow the advantages of rasayana (rejuvenators, immune modulators, anti-ageing medicines)
Langhana – all forms of lightening therapies besides shodhana – cleaning therapies,  deepana – digestive hearth kindling medicines and therapies, and pachana – ama digesting medicines / therapies
Niragni sweda – all 10 sorts of sudation therapies whereby the contact of fireplace or warmth generated from the fireplace will not be used
Vyyama – train – helps in making the physique agency, secure and robust, will increase endurance – aside from many different advantages
Nidra – sleep – is claimed to be one of many upastambha i.e. supporting pillar for upkeep of well being in a complete approach, is therapeutic in emaciation sufferers
Brahmacharya – celibacy – is yet one more upastambha i.e. supporting pillar for upkeep of well being in a complete approach, helps in having steadiness of wholesome semen and sperms in males, it bestows longevity and can also be thought-about as an vital pathway for salvation
Sankalpa – dedication or resolution to get indulged in intercourse is claimed to be one of the best aphrodisiac Vajikarana Viharas – some actions, regimens and conducts are talked about to have aphrodisiac impact within the chapter of Vajikarana
Vidya – information / knowledge is claimed to be one of the best among the many brmhana – bulk promoter / promotes bodily and psychological nourishment
Vata, Pitta, Kapha hara Viharas – regimens / actions to steadiness / pacify vata, pitta and kapha Harsha – exhilaration is the foundation of cheer or delight
Prashama – tranquility is claimed to be one of the best among the many pathyas i.e. healthful regimes – these useful and conducive for the channels of the physique
Tattva Avabodha – understanding the fundamentals, reality and actuality is claimed to be one of the best among the many Harshana – these which promote happiness / bliss
Indriyajaya – management over one’s senses / self management is one of the best amongst these which promote delightfulness
Nivrutti – means freedom (from liabilities), that is thought-about to be one of the best amongst these which induce / bestow nourishment of the physique
Vayu – recent air is claimed to be one of the best amongst these which give important energy – prana
Dhee, Dhairya, Atmadi Vijnanam – These are the threefold remedies most popular and extremely advocated as the primary line of strategy in the direction of dealing with psychological problems. That is the premise of psychotherapy in Ayurveda. Dhee means selling the mind of the individual, dhairya means putting in braveness within the minds of the affected person and atmadi vijnana contains making the individual to grasp the idea of self-worth and offering counseling. These measures are used within the trendy psychiatry additionally.
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Examples of Adravyabhuta Chikitsa

Sl No Illness Adravyabhuta Chikitsa That means
1 Jwara / fever Langhana, Vishnu Sahasra Nama   Bandha, aveshana, pujana and so forth in bhutabhishangaja jwara Fasting, Chanting varied (1000) names of Lord Vishnu or chanting the title of Lord Vishnu 1000 instances Tying up the affected person / arresting, driving out / scaring out, worship and so forth in fevers prompted on account of evil spirits
2 Raktapitta / bleeding problems Shita upachara Chilly comforts
3 Urustambha – stiffness / spasticity of thighs Tarana, Vyayama Swimming in opposition to the present of the river, bodily train, strolling on gravel and so forth to alleviate kapha
4 Atikrisha / emaciation Nidra, harsha, sukha shayya, sukha and so forth Sleep, being joyous, comfy bedding, being in a state of delight and so forth
5 Atisthula / weight problems Vyayama, jagarana, vyavaya and so forth Indulgence in bodily and psychological workout routines, vigil (wakening throughout evening time), indulging in sexual act and so forth
6 Prameha / Diabetes Vyayama Train, naked foot strolling, strolling
7 Rajayakshma / Tuberculosis Yagjya Hearth sacrifices
8 Unmada / Madness, Psychoses Ashwasana, Bhaya, Trasana, Pratidwandwa Chikitsa, Rudra Puja – in therapy of Nija Unmada  
Mantra ucchara and so forth – in therapy of agantuja unmada
 Counseling and assurance, creating worry / terror within the thoughts of the affected person, creating sudden terror, therapy by mutually contradictory psychic components and worshiping Lord Shiva / Rudra – in treating madness / psychoses attributable to endogenous causes (doshas) Chanting sacred / non secular hymns and different non secular actions – in treating madness / psychoses attributable to exogenous causes
9 Shanka Visha / suspicious poisoning Mantra ucchara, Aswasana Chanting holy / non secular / sacred hymns, counseling the sufferers and so forth
10 Atisara / diarrhea Harshana – in bhayaja atisara
Ashwasana – in shokaja atisara
Exhilarating – within the therapy of diarrhea attributable to worry Counseling – within the therapy of grief induced diarrhea (each these diarrheas may be in contrast with psychological diarrhea)
11 Madatyaya / Alcoholism Gandharva, Sahayascha praharshanah, harshani kriya Indulgence in music, pleasing and pleasant corporations, psychotherapy
12 Atattvabhinivesha / Psychic perversion Vijgnana, dhairya, smrti, samadhi Mates of the affected person ought to instill understanding, endurance, reminiscence and energy of focus


The under talked about measures (non-pharmocological) are thought-about to be upayantras i.e. accent devices and therefore helpful within the therapy of ailments –

  • Harsha – exhilaration
  • Pravahana – straining for evacuation
  • Kala – time issue
  • Bhaya – worry

The under talked about non-drug therapies shall even be included in adravyabhuta chikitsa –


Adravyabhuta Chikitsa don’t comprise of any herbs, medicines, meals or substances to deal with the ailments. Being non-pharmacological therapies they do have an effect (constructive affect) on the physique components and their capabilities. A few of them have their therapeutic affect on the physique and thoughts. A few of these non-drug therapies assist in stopping ailments, some in upkeep and steadiness of well being and plenty of others in curing the ailments – at bodily, psychological or each ranges.

At bodily stage they assist in upkeep of bodily well being and likewise to keep up dhatu samya i.e. steadiness of physique tissues. They assist in balancing the physique doshas and thus maintain all of the capabilities in a state of steadiness. Instance – train, sleep, and fasting, not withholding physique’s pure urges and so forth. These non-drug therapies that are primarily applied for upkeep of psychological well being helps in enhancing the sattva attribute of the thoughts and steadiness imbalanced rajas and tamas attributes on the identical time. This helps in prevention and treatment of assorted psychological issues and ailments. Instance – psychotherapy, counseling, exhilaration, encouragement, meditation, pleasant corporations and so forth.

The imbalance of bodily doshas and psychological doshas could affect one another sooner or later of time. Due to this fact the non-pharmacological measures used at bodily stage would assist in psychological steadiness and treating psychological problems and vice versa. The non-pharmacological therapies together with non secular actions and divine therapies primarily act on the premise of prabhava – particular impact which can’t be defined logically. These actions additionally improve and promote sattva attribute of the individual. It is usually believed that these therapies have an effect on the cosmic rays of various planets (graha) and thus is believed to please the exogenous forces.

From illness and their therapy perspective – Even based on the trendy analysis, train helps in controlling the blood glucose ranges and likewise improves insulin sensitivity. It helps in stopping the related issues equivalent to cardiovascular injury. Ayurveda too has given significance to the inclusion of train in lots of metabolic ailments together with prameha / madhumeha vis-à-vis diabetes mellitus. In a examine it was discovered that varied forms of workout routines viz cardio, resistance, Yoga, endurance sort and so forth confirmed useful impact in T2DM (Srijit Das et al).

By all these we will see that adravyabhuta chikitsa are vital a part of the Ayurveda therapy protocol, be it in case of psychological problems or bodily problems or psychosomatic problems. Most of those measures are additionally adopted within the trendy period, some owing to the practices which have descended via the timeline of evolution and a few after having been proved via scientific assessments and analysis works (although many of those haven’t gone below the hammer of scientific assessments and have been discarded as absurd and ineffective). In most of them the religion or belief is the working issue and plenty of are stated to work on the premise of particular impact for which no scientific precept or foundation has been explored. However what’s vital is that any therapy with or with out type ought to present treatment or assist in stopping the ailments or in upkeep of well being. A great and skillful mixture of dravyabhuta (remedies whereby supplies like medicines, food plan and so forth are used) and adravyabhuta (non-drug) chikitsa is the easiest way in the direction of comprehensively coping with many ailments in scientific observe. When finished so, the principle goal of therapy i.e. dhatusamya may be undoubtedly achieved to an ideal extent.
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