Ayurveda, the science of life had its origin in India about 5000 years ago. It is a healing system and a way of life that advocates the strict use of medicinal herbs and plants for healing. It treats the root causes of disease, rather than focusing on the symptoms. It also teaches a lifestyle based on the goodness of nature.
There are two main types of Ayurveda: Traditional and Maharishi. Maharishi is a variation of traditional Ayurveda derived from translations of the classical texts by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Both prescribe herbs, to treat a patient based on the belief that disease is a result of the imbalance in the three doshas within the human body; which are termed Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Maharishi Ayurveda, also emphasizes the role of supreme consciousness in maintaining the overall health.That is why it promotes transcendental meditation(TM) as a way to experience a deeperawareness of the universe.
Vata is the energy that controls bodily functions associated with movement, including blood circulation, breathing, and heartbeat. When Vata energy is balanced, there is liveliness and vitality. When Vata becomes out of balance, it produces a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety.
Pitta is the energy that controls the body’s metabolism including digestion, absorption of nutrition and temperature. A balanced Pitta leads to contentment and aptitude. Out of balance Pitta can cause ulcers and initiate anger.
Kapha is the energy that sustainsdevelopment in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and sustains a healthy immune system. A balanced Kapha is expressed as love, forgiveness and emotional stability. Out of balance Kapha leads to diffidence, envy and resentment.
TYPES OF TREATMENT
Curative: Treatment comprises of internal purification usingPanchakarma, combined with administeringExternal medicine.
Panchakarma Therapy encompasses five cleansing methods of treatment.Itincreases the body’s metabolic process with the help of herbal blends of medicines and special diet. The therapy helps to remove the toxins from the body and balances the doshas. This therapy comprisesVamana (use of emetics), Virechana (use of laxatives), Vasti (medicated enema), Nasya (nasal administration), and Rakta Moksha (blood purification). All the five may not be used together to treat people. One therapy or a combination of two to three therapies is generally used for the treatment of diseases.
UsingVamana, Kapha toxins present in the body and respiratory tract are eliminated to cure diseases like bronchial asthma, allergies, hyperacidity, nasal congestion, obesity, skin disorders etc.
Virechana therapy is used to eliminate Pitha toxins from liver and gall bladder and helps cure diabetes, asthma, skin disorders, constipation, psoriasis and gynecological disorders.
Vasti cleanses Vatha, Pitha and Kabha toxins from colon with the help of medicated oil and herbal decoction. It helps in curing paraplegia, cervical spondylosis, constipation, digestive disorders, backache, obesity and infertility.
Nasya therapy is used to remove kapha toxins from head and neck region. In this therapy; medicated oil is administered through the nose. It helps in improving memory, eye sight, curing insomnia, headaches, migraine, nasal allergies and sinusitis.
Medicated oils from natural plants, herbs etc. are applied externally. Along with this, powders, syrups and tablets are administeredas internal medicines. Since the medicines are made from natural products and not synthetically manufactured, there are no side effects. Application of plant and root based paste and other physiotherapeutic measures could also be recommended for some patients.
BENEFITS OF AYURVEDA
- Ayurvedic treatments use syrups, medicated oils or powder made from natural herbs, plants, roots etc. As a result, there are no side-effects.
- Ayurveda has treatment for all diseases including diabetes, asthma, heart ailments and even cancer.
- Ayurvedic treatments like panchakarma prepares the body to be more responsive to medicines and treatment by balancing the doshas and quickening the healing process. Yoga exercises strengthen bones, muscles and important organs like heart, liver etc. It also improves blood circulation and keeps a check on sugar levels.
A combination of Ayurvedic massages, panchakarma, yoga exercises and meditation helps in calming down the nerves and relieving you of all stress and frustrations. It also helps to remove harmful toxins from the body, making you feel energetic; but relaxed.