‘’You Don’t need Medicine when your Diet is Right and it is not Medicine you need if Your diet is Wrong’’
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a 5000 year old wholistic science that believes in the unity of Mind, Body and Soul.
It is the system of medicine from which Chinese as well as classical western medicine has arisen.
Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.
Ayurveda has two sides;
1.The preventive side guides us on how to avoid illness with the right diet and lifestyle, meditation and Yoga.
2.The curative side consists of eight branches of medicine-
Internal medicine; Surgery; Pediatrics; Psychiatry; Treatment of eyes,nose,ears,throat and head; Toxicology; and Rejuvenation.
HOW AYURVEDA WORKS.
As a very general example we know that continual stress (Mind) can cause an ulcer (Body) .If the ulcers persist and become debilitating ,this can affect you on a deeper level, causing despair or depression (Soul).
Ayurveda is a very effective system due to it’s primary principle of looking for the Root of the problem rather than the symptoms.
Treatment is customized based on the individual, because medicine is NOT “one-size fits all “.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS AYURVEDA?
Thousands of people around the globe have turned to Ayurveda and today Ayurveda is popular all over the world. Hospitals and clinics offer it, the media reports on it, researchers examine it, and people love it. Ayurveda has stood the test of time; people continue to practice it privately and openly, from little clinics in India to large clinics all over the world. The secret is out – ‘’It works’’
Since an Ayurvedic regimen is very individualized, its full effectiveness will depend on individual factors including the age, state of health of the individual and follow-up of treatments.
What do dry skin, cracking joints, anxiety and constipation have in common?
And what do acid, indigestion, competitiveness, anger, diarrhea and some eye conditions show?
Most of these symptoms aren’t considered particularly serious from a western medical view. You might mention them to your doctor, take some of the counter drugs, you might not even think to talk about them because nothing is wrong.Ayurveda recognizes all of these as sub-clinical expressions of imbalance that, left unchecked may become more serious Dis-ease.More and more people are turning to Ayurveda by diagnosing and acknowledging the Root causes of their health problems.
Ayurveda address specific health concerns and offers explanations as to why one person responds differently to the same situation than another.
Ayurveda Body Types
In Ayurveda, the five elements (Fire, Earth, Water, Air & Space) in their biological form combine to form three basic energies in the body called Tridoshas;Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Knowing your Doshaprovides you with an understanding of your basic physical and psychological nature, and helps you tailor a personal diet and lifestyle that maintains optimum health and peace of mind.
Ether & Air elements combine to form Vatadosha.
Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination.
Fire & Water elements combine to form the Pitta dosha.
The Pitta dosha is the process of transformation or metabolism.
The transformation of foods into nutrients that our bodies can assimilate is an example of a pitta function.
Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism.
Water & Earth elements combine to form the Kaphadosha.
Kaphais responsible for growth, adding structure unit by unit.
Another function of the Kaphadosha is to offer protection.
Cerebral-spinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in the body.
The mucosal lining of the stomach is another example of the Kaphadosha protecting the tissues.
We are all made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These ratios of the doshas vary in each individual; and because of this, Ayurveda sees each person as a special mixture that accounts for our diversity.
When any of the doshas( Vata, Pitta or Kapha ) become accumulated, Ayurveda will suggest specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to assist the individual in balancing the dosha that has become excessive. If toxins in the body are abundant, then a cleansing process known as Pancha Karma is recommended to eliminate the toxins.
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