Ayurveda – Oldest Healing Science Is Making A Comeback?By
Ayurveda uses a proactive approach to prevent illness or disease using a combination of food, exercise, cleansing, and de-stressing.
According to ayurveda, we are made of five different elements – air, space, water, fire and earth – that make us healthy when balanced and cause disease when not in balance. The purpose of an ayurvedic diet or ayurvedic healing is to restore the balance of the five elements and nurse us back to good health.
The 5 elements of ayurveda combine to for three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha. Every individual has a unique combination of the three doshas and this influences their physical, mental and emotional behaviour. Determining which dosha is dominant in you will help you make the right lifestyle choices and follow the right ayurvedic diet to bring your life back in balance.
Ayurveda – a Proven Science as a Preventive Health Care System
Where did ayurveda come from? It certainly did not come from some divine source. Ayurveda is a science based on the learning, wisdom and observations of sages who lived several hundred years ago in India. Their knowledge was passed along from one generation to another of healers and practitioners, who developed the life-transforming system further.
Over time, ayurveda evolved into a complete and comprehensive preventive health care system. Indeed, the ancient science of ayurveda has never stopped evolving – what makes ayurvedic healing so great is that it is not based on a rigid set of principles.
Ayurveda accepts all new developments in medicine and even makes use of modern western medicine in order to provide a more effective and holistic treatment to patients. Ayurvedic healing has a simple goal – to help you get better and healthier and can go to any length to achieve this purpose.
What do scientists and researchers say about Ayurveda?
- A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Contemporary Medicine in 2013 used ayurvedic principles to find that those with vata as their dominant dosha were more prone than others to Parkinson’s disease.
- The University of Maryland Medical Centre studied ayurvedex medicine in great detail and found that ayurvedic healing methods such as yoga, ayurvedic massage, breathing exercises such as pranayama had tremendous benefits for health.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) did a study in the 1970s, where it found that ayurvedic treatments for rheumatoid arthritis such as ayurvedic massage had a particular benefit for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Unfortunately ayurveda is still to be examined extensively by western scientists and researchers. There have been only a few such studies as the ones listed above. Much about the science of ayurveda as yet remains unexplored. But there is a growing awareness of this ancient science in the West and things are certainly moving in the right direction.
Ayurveda is a powerful healing tool.Ayurvedic healing is a holistic treatment. Exercise, yoga, and meditation are a part of the overall process. Ayurvedic treatment is based on identifying your unique prakriti and primary dosha and achieving a balance between the three doshas.
Ayurvedic medicine aims to cleanse the body of any undigested food called as ama which clogs the body and makes you sick. This process of cleansing is called as panchakarma. It re-establishes harmony and balance in your life.
An ayurvedic cleansing consists of blood purification, followed by an ayurvedic massage, use of medicinal oil and methods that make you vomit. This is then followed by the use if laxatives, enemas and purgatives to thoroughly cleanse the intestine, make your immune system stronger and to restore the balance.
Ayurvedic healing includes treatments such as aromatherapy, following an Ayurvedic diet, breathing exercise, administration of herbs, metals, vitamins and minerals in healthy doses, adding plant based oils and spices to food, yoga, meditation and healthy lifestyle changes.
Ayurvedic diet is the fastest way to get back to the best health of your life and lose weight. A basic Ayurvedic diet involves eating seasonal foods, having your largest meal for lunch, a smaller breakfast and a much smaller dinner and the addition of foods such as ghee, almond, honey and dates to the diet, which are called as Ayurvedic superfoods.
The basic complaint that many have with skincare treatments based on western medicine is that they make the skin rough, dry and irritated. That’s because western treatments for skincare consist of chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Ayurvedic skincare is different.
The great thing about ayurvedic skincare is that is it completely natural and non-toxic. It makes your skin clearer, softer and more radiant. It does not use any toxic chemicals and is based on the principles of ayurveda discussed earlier in the article.
According to the ancient science, the accumulation of vata leads to dry skin, cracking of the joints, thinning of the hair, brittle nails and so on as we get older. Vata can show up much earlier if you live a stressful life and are prone to getting worried too easily. So, keeping Vata under check keeps you young for much longer.
Ayurvedic massage heals the body, mind and spirit and is an important part of the detoxification process. It not only relieves pain, but improves the blood circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, rejuvenates the life force and cleanses the body, revitalizing it completely.
There are many different types of essential oils used in an ayurvedic massage, which assist the detox process, nourish the skin and slow down the process of aging. Ayurvedic massage is one of the best treatments for stress, anxiety and depression. It creates positive emotions in you which makes you feel better, both physically and psychologically.