Faculty Interviewed by Acupuncture Today
Thought leader notes synergy between Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine
SCU faculty member Sivarama “Prasad” Vinjamury was interviewed by Acupunture Today as an Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) leader in public health. Vinjamury has over 20 yeares of clinical experience holds a diplomate in acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
In the interview, Vinjamury talks about the relationship between ayurveda and TCM, precautions that should be taken when using either method, as well as how public health fits into his clinical practice.
"Ayurveda and TCM are ancient systems of health that can trace their origins to around the same time in history. Both these systems adopt a holistic approach in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. I also note that perhaps, the philosophy of prevention originated in these systems for the first time. Practice of tai-chi, regulating qi, seasonal practices to avoid diseases are similar to daily routine (dina charya), seasonal routine (ritu charya), yoga in ayurveda. Both these systems emphasize diet and lifestyle as important factors in the causation and management of diseases. ayurveda uses: herbs, diet, lifestyle, detoxification therapies and marma therapy as tools; TCM uses: herbs, diet, lifestyle, acupuncture, tai-chi, tui-na as tools to manage diseases. Although each of these systems can be used independently because they are whole systems, I noticed that combining the two systems in managing conditions is really helpful and work synergistically. Particularly, combining ayurvedic herbs and Chinese herbs has been very useful for me in my practice."