For all their economic power, First World countries aren’t exactly known for cheap healthcare. Many get particularly bad marks in dental coverage. But what’s bad news for the middle class is a boon to dentists in Eastern Europe, where dental tourism is just taking off.
In Hungary, for example, the industry generates a cool 227 million euros every year. That’s 40% of the European market. And it doesn’t end there: the country has announced it will expand its dental tourism programs over the next three years, with the goal of doubling its revenue.
In a statement last May, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said dental tourism was the country’s most valuable tool for getting back on its feet. He promised to invest heavily in the field, striving to provide higher standards of care and offering up incentives to keep its top dentists at home.
Turkey is also an emerging destination for cheap dental care. In the next three years, the country’s medical and dental tourism markets are expected to grow 26% with the help of increased spending in both the public and private sectors. The government aims in particular to attract a North American market, banking on its hospitals’ ties with prestigious American institutions such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins.
Medical tourism, on the other, remains concentrated on the other side of the Atlantic. Costa Rica has risen in the last few years from providing little more than cosmetic surgery to offering spinal cord surgery, cancer treatment, cardiology, and orthopedic. For a fraction of the American rate, patients get highly professional care, often from doctors who have trained in the U.S.
The trend is spreading throughout Central and South America, particularly in Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, and El Salvador. Between these countries are 14 large health facilities accredited by the same commissions as those that monitor American hospitals. Not surprisingly, their biggest market is the U.S., although a Canadian following is likely as Canadians head to the south during winter months.
A number of experts have observed that medical and dental tourism have become more local than global in recent years. This means that facilities in each region are bound to serve their closest neighbors–North Americans will seek care within their continent or in Latin America, while Europeans will opt for treatment in Europe. This saves them the cost of long-haul flights and accommodations, which can quickly offset the price difference in treatments.Read More
After the type and dominance and imbalance of doshas are fixed, the doctor will adopt the procedures of observation and touch and then will plan therapies. Further the doctors would check the patient’s urine, stool, tongue, bodily sounds, eyes, skin, and overall appearance. He will also consider the person’s digestion, diet, personal habits, and the ability to recover quickly from illness or setbacks. As part of the effort to find out what is wrong, the doctor may prescribe some type of treatment. The treatment is generally intended to restore the balance of one particular dosha. If the patient seems to improve as a result, the doctor will provide additional treatments intended to help balance that dosha.
Examination of the pulse (nadi pariksha)
This provides deep insights into the history of the patient. The ideal time for pulse examination is early morning in empty stomach. But in case of emergency, it can be examined at any time of the day or night. An experienced ayurvedic physician can assess your body’s nature (prakriti), pathological state (vikruti), imbalances of body type, very subtle observations & even prognosis of disease through the pulse.
Examination of general appearance (akriti pariksha)
The doshic influences that reflect on the face of the patient enable physicians to gauge the basic constitution and the nature of the disease.
Examination of the tongue (jivha pariksha)
Assessed through its doshic state, a vata aggravated tongue is dry, rough & cracked, pitta suffered tongue is red with a burning sensation and kapha influenced it is wet, slimy and coated. Suggesting the state of the digestive system.
Examination of urine (mutra pariksha)
Both examination of urine sample and questioning of patient are important for assessing doshic influence. A modification of this is the oil (taila) drop (bindu) test (pariksha) in which the effect of an oil drop on urine sample suggests the curability of disease.
Examination of the voice (sabda pariksha)
Healthy and natural when the doshas are in balance, the voice will become heavy when aggravated by kapha, cracked under pitta effect and hoarse & rough when afflicted by vata.
Examination of stool (mala pariksha)
If digestion & absorption of food are poor, the stool carries a foul odour and sinks in water. Vata aggravated, the stool is hard, dry and grey / ash in colour. Excess pitta makes it green / yellow in colour and liquid in form. And high kapha lines it with mucus. Ayurveda teaches a very systematic and scientific way of life . Fundamental principles, health rules, knowledge of individual contitution of our body, use of various herbs, minerals and specially Panchakarma therapy can be very safely followed.
Examination of skin (sparsha pariksha)
Also used for assessing the state of organs and tissue, palpation is an important clinical method for examination of skin. Noted for doshic influences, a vata aggravated skin is course & rough with below normal temperature, a pitta influenced one has quite high temperature and kapha affected becomes cold & wet.
Examination of eyes (drik pariksha)
Vata domination makes the eyes sunken, dry and reddish brown in colour. On aggravation of pitta, they turn red or yellow and the patient suffers from photophobia and burning sensations. High kapha makes them wet & watery with heaviness in the eyelids.
Examination of nails (nagha pariksha)
Ayurveda considers nails as the waste product of the bones. If the nails are dry, crooked, rough and break easily, it indicated a predominance of the vata constitution. Soft, pink, tender nails that are easily bent are indication of a Pitta constitution. When the nails are thick, strong, soft and very shiny, then Kapha predominates.
Longitudinal lines on the nails indicate mal-absorption in the digestive system. Transverse grooves on the nails may indicate the presence of long-standing illness or malnutrition.
Yellow nails indicate a delicate liver or jaundice. Blue nails are manifestation of a weak heart. Undue redness shows an excess of red blood cells.
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