Ayurveda believes that every person is a unique being who is born with a specific bodily constitution. However, changes in our lifestyle, diet, and environment cause imbalances within us, which lead to disease.
Falling under the category of holistic health, Ayurveda attempts to bring harmony into a person’s physical and mental states; hence the term “body-mind medicine” is applied to this system of healing. It looks to determine the causes of the imbalance and works towards recreating the equilibrium.
No. Ayurveda does not preach any religion or ask you to follow a particular sect. Ayurveda works towards four goals for a successful life-dharma- social duties, artha – to earn wealth through honest means, Kama – to enjoy life and moksha-self realisation.
According to the Vedas, absence of disease is not good health. Below is a literal translation from Sanskrit that defines health according to Ayurveda: He whose doshas are in balance, appetite is good, all tissues of the body and all natural urges are functioning properly, and whose mind, body and spirit (self) are cheerful or full of bliss, he is a healthy person. How is Ayurveda different from modern medicine? Modern medicine normally works by removing symptoms rather than treating the condition. Ayurveda, on the other hand, works by strengthening the body’s immune system to fight the ailment. Additionally, modern medicine stems from the view that all people are the same, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Ayurveda understands makes special contributions by addressing the uniqueness of each patient and by helping each body to heal itself.
Ayurveda may be used in conjunction with your current medical treatment. It adds a nice compliment in that it incorporates non-traditional measures such as yoga, meditation, and daily regimen that can bring balance into all aspects of your life.
Other system of medicines treat the disease, but Ayurveda, being a holistic approach, not only treats the disease but treats the patients mentally as well as physically. It is a natural therapy hence it has no side effects, whereas other system of medicine has many long-term side effects and can cause several complications.
One does not have to be unwell to be diagnosed. In fact, Ayurveda uses diagnostic methods that can spot an imbalance before it becomes a disease. The primary gauge of one’s health is pulse diagnosis. Pulse is used to determine each person’s optimal constitution and to evaluate the current state of imbalance from this optimal condition. Other methods used are facial analysis, tongue inspection, and nail examination. An assessment is also made by gathering information about the person’s overall lifestyle, including their job, eating and sleeping habits, and exercise routine.
Many therapies are employed, including modifications in diet, herbal supplements, exercise, pranayama or breathing exercises, acupressure, and cleansing programs. Other methods that may be utilized are meditation and yoga. Each type of treatment plan is specially developed to suit the specific individual.
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The first consultation starts with a verbal analysis – taking the health history of the patient. A visual analysis of examining the eyes, tongue, nails and skin is then carried out. This is followed by the critical pulse diagnosis. Then the patient’s food habits and lifestyle are evaluated and finally, the patient’s physiological state in relation to three doshas is determined.
No. While the time to heal any ailment depends on various factors, if the disease is in its early stages or if there is a problem with only one dosha, then Ayurveda can cure such a disease very quickly. Others factors determining the healing time are age of the patient, type of the disease, whether it is acute or chronic, how many doshas, tissues, organs and channels are involved in the disease.
Since each person is given a specialized regimen to meet their specific needs, each will see results in varying time frames. Because our body is used to many old patterns that have caused the imbalance, the amount of time it takes to restore the body depends on where your body is in the pathogenesis process. The elements in your external and internal environment will also affect your physiology. Ayurveda is not meant to be a “quick-fix”; rather, it attempts to address the underlying issues causing us physical and mental discomfort and eradicate them.
When Ayurveda is practiced on patients without adequate knowledge and training, it can lead to complications. For example, Ayurveda uses varieties of herbs, minerals and metals for the treatment of diseases but if these substances are not properly purified or not used in proper dosage side effects can occur. It is important for people to get treated in a professional and reputed Ayurvedic facility.
Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means “five therapies”. These 5 therapeutic treatments eliminate toxins from the body, they are: Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana. The series of these five therapies help remove deep-rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas.
Vamana is a medicated emesis therapy that removes Kapha toxins collected in the body Virechana is medicated purgation therapy that removes Pitta toxins from liver and gall bladder Basti (Enema) cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the colon.
Nasya involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha toxins from the head and neck region.
No. Ayurveda recommends foods that are ideal for you body and mind and not as per any ‘ism’. While Ayurveda sings praises of healthy seasonal vegetarian diet; it similarly prescribes meats of several animals, fishes and birds. What you eat should / will depend on which food serves you health and energy needs best? And, what can you digest? Your Ayurvedic practitioner will guide you with detail in this area.
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences and work harmoniously together to deliver sound body, pure mind and free spirit. In India, there is a long standing tradition of practicing both Yoga and Ayurveda together, for maximum enhanced and positive results.