Earth and all the living beings that inhabit it are under the influence of solar power generated by the sun during day. It evaporates the waters of the earth which condense to form clouds that give us rains so as to balance the climate. It is the original source of all energy we see in Nature. All life therefore is controlled by the solar system. Microbes to man, every form of life, depend on the solar power it absorbs for healthy functioning and sustenance. Any scarcity of this solar energy in the body leads to ill-health and diseases. So it is imperative for human beings to soak up adequate amount of this energy to lead a healthy life. Consumption of natural wholesome foods that contain abundant reserves of solar energy and adequate exposure to sunlight are the guaranteed means of achieving this end. Addiction to junk food and scanty exposure to sunlight ruins a person’s health.
MOON: THE LUNAR IMPACT
While the solar power dominates during daytime, lunar force of the moon comes into play at night. The lunar influence on the body at rest during night complements the process of re-energizing it through absorption of glucose formed from food into blood. Thus the natural cycle of digestion of food during day and its easy absorption into blood as glucose during night is upset when a person forgoes sleep at night. A body so deprived of sleep will be deprived of adequate energy and render itself prone to ill-health. Hence sleeplessness is anathema to good health.
iii. COSMOS: THE SOLAR SYSTEM
The 9-planet solar system that constitutes our segment of the cosmos exerts an overriding influence on all forms of life and therefore unknown to us the planetary dispositions often affect human health. Each of the nine planets, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, has relevance in specific areas of human physiology. Some of them exercise an anabolic effect causing build-up of energy and better health while others have a catabolic effect triggering loss of energy and poorer health. For instance common cold, sinusitis and related allergies as well as asthma are attributed to the bad influence of the Sun, whereas Mars incites blood-related problems and Saturn has a negative impact on the bone structure. Awareness of this planetary influence can help a physician prescribe remedies conducive to early recovery from an ailment. Especially an understanding of Rahu and Ketu under the Hindu tradition can be highly beneficial in healthcare. Astronomically these are the north and south lunar nodes that denote the points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon as they move on the celestial sphere. Eclipses, which impact human health negatively, occur when both the Sun and the Moon are at one of these points. Similarly knowledge of the Zodiac System is often relevant in finding proper remedy for certain ailments. Zodiac is the celestial coordinate system, consisting of twelve 30-degree divisions (called ‘Signs’) of the celestial longitude along the path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. Although the zodiac signs are popularly associated with astrology, they have a definite astronomical orientation and a bearing on human health.
iv. DIVINITY: THE SUPREME POWER
No medicine or treatment offers man the peace of mind and feeling of wellbeing that prayers and meditation can. Finding solace in the worship of God rewards a person with an innate sense of bliss. In particular offering prayers to Lord Sri Dhanvanthiri, the God of Health, will be of immense benefit to lead a disease-free, happy life. The Lord in his sitting posture bears four different items in his four hands symbolizing his powers. Sudarshan chakra or the spiked wheel on his right forefinger is the weapon that signifies his power of destruction while Shangu or the conch-shell in the left one signals victory. Of the other two hands he carries a leech in the palm of the right one and a pot carrying Amrut, the elixir of life in the palm of the left one. The leech symbolizes the act of sucking out the contaminated blood of the patient before Amrut is fed from the pot for recovery and good health. While the blessing of Lord Dhanvanthiri can be invoked by reciting Sri Dhanvanthiri Stotra at home before a portrait of the Lord, worshipping at a temple consecrated to him would be far more fruitful.