The Utility of Pain &
Money In Allopathy
By Someswar Bhagwat
The reason why Allopathy has become the universally accepted medical system while all others have receded to the background is that it’s results are quick as it suppresses the symptoms. Symptom like pain or fever are often mistaken for the ailment itself while in reality they are just warnings that something is wrong and needs to be cured. Without the signal symptoms we may not have known the ailment tlll it has tàken its toll.
Ño one likes pain. Sanatan Dharma of the Hindu culture considers the ability to bear pain for tapasya a virtue but still considers pain a punishment for past sins or karma.
Only Jainism sees self-inflicted pain as the way of attaining moksha. A young woman becoming a Jain sadhvi is inflicted pain by plucking her hair and monks starve to death.
it is the seeing of human suffering which resulted in Buddhism. Jesus Christ wasing the wounds of the lepers has been the unknowing reason most nurses in the world are Christian girls.
So according to Allopathy pain is a warning system which indicates some part of the body has a problem that needed to be attended to. The only problem is that most Allopathy treatment concentrates on suppression of the pain in the shortest time possible. So the warning is wasted. Loss of pain is not an end in itself.
One of the deadliest and ugliest diseases in the world is leprosy which is nothing but not feeling pain even if rats were gnawing away ones fingers. Unfortunately research and new diagnostic techniques stopped in Ayurveda centuries ago.
It is not that Allopathy is not aware that the systemic wrong causing the pain should be removed rather than the suppression of symptoms. Treating the cause of pain’ is called prophylactic treatment or prophylaxis. Most Allopaths today do not know the difference between prophylactic, palliative and symptomatic treatment The hypocratic oath, mostly kept framed jn modern clinics and consul rooms only tells them to save lives at any cost.
And there is more money in symptomatic treatment than in palliative or prophylactic treatment. So they order CT scan, bypass surgery, or organ transplant for a 95-year-old not bothering about the quality of life that follows. In some hospitals even the dead are “treated”.
After all money does matter. It is a symptom of modernity far more visible than the mental satisfaction prophylaxis brings to the doctor.