Ayurveda, an ancient old technique for managing the way of life, it is not only contain, the ways and means to treat illness, it actually teaches one, the way of Healthy life. Most of us are under tremendous impact of environment around us, which causes huge stress, anxiety and impacts our biological systems, leading to grave illness, fatigue, ill temper and disturbed life.
Ayurveda is a “ Philosophy “ for life which means balancing all the aspects which will lead one for healthy, Happy and Contentment in life.
Primarily Ayurveda, have 3 Pillars:
- Aushadhi ( Medicine )
- Yoga ( Technique for Exercise )
- Sadhna ( Meditation )
Ayurveda, comes from the firm belief that man is made from the 5 Elements, which are
Any imbalance in same, will lead to the illness in body and grave diseases. Prevention is better than cure, is the wise verse from Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of life (ayur) knowledge (veda) arising in India thousands of years ago. Ayurveda theory evolved from a deep understanding of creation. The great rishis or seers of ancient India observed the fundamentals of life, organized them into an elaborate system, and compiled India’s philosophical and spiritual texts, called Veda of knowledge.
Ayurveda was first recorded in the Veda, the world’s oldest existing literature. The three most important Veda texts containing the original and complete knowledge of Ayurveda, believed to be over 1200 years old, is still in use today.
Ayurveda greatly influenced health care practices in the east and the west. By 400 AD Ayurvedic works were translated into Chinese; by 700 AD Chinese scholars were studying medicine in India at Nalanda University. Chinese medicine, herbology and Buddhist philosophy were also impacted by Ayurvedic knowledge. Having passed the test of experience it remains essentially the same now as at its inception, although numerous commentators over the centuries have added insight with their analyses.
The philosophy of Ayurveda teaches a series of conceptual systems characterized by balance and disorder, health and disease. Disease/health results from the interconnectedness between the self, personality, and everything that occurs in the mental, emotional, and spiritual being. To be healthy, harmony must exist between the purpose for healing, thoughts, feelings and physical action.
Ayurveda is a careful integration of six important Indian philosophical systems, many physical/behavioral sciences, and the medical arts.
One verse from an ancient authority says Ayurveda deals with what is good life and bad life, happiness and misery, that which supports or destroys, and the measurement of life. It works to heal the sick, to maintain health in the healthy, and to prevent disease in order to promote quality of life and long life. Health is defined as an experience of bliss/happiness in the soul, mind, and senses and balance of the body’s three governing principles, seven tissues, three wastes, digestion, and other processes such as immune functioning. Health is not the absence of symptoms. Ayurveda has objective ways to assess each of these, pulse assessment being the primary means.
Its central tenet is that life is a combination of body, mind, senses, and spirit (more than a mind-body system). Nothing exists but for the pre-existence of and working of a Supreme Intelligence/Consciousness – an elemental, all-powerful, all-pervading spirit-energy that expresses Itself through and in the creation. Ayurveda seeks to know this aspect of life, the subjective (internal) as well as the objective (outer).
It is central to Ayurveda that the functioning of all creation, the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, can be understood as the interactions of three fundamental energy complexes (erroneously called doshas).
The three energies are
Signifying the dynamic or mobile, energetic, nonmaterial aspect of nature; the transformative, intelligence aspect; and the structural, physical aspect respectively.
vata governs respiration, circulation, elimination, locomotion, movement, speech, creativity, enthusiasm, and the entire nervous system.
Pitta governs transformations such as digestion and metabolism, vision, complexion, body temperature, courage, cheerfulness, intellection and discrimination.
Kapha governs growth (anabolic processes), lubrication, fluid secretions, binding, potency, patience, heaviness, fluid balance, compassion, and understanding in the organism. All have physical expressions in the body.
In the human physiology these three energies tend to interact in a harmonious and compensatory way to govern and sustain life. Their relative expression in an individual implies a unique ratio of functioning of these governing principles according to each person’s unique DNA (vta-pitta-kapha ratio) determined at conception. This is body or constitutional typing, called prakruti. There are seven types – vata type, pitta type, kapha type and combinations thereof.
Prakruti ( nature ) yields two important understandings.
A person has a permanent or stable nature for the entire life and efforts to maintain or change physiology must keep this balance point in mind. In addition each type will suggest an area tending to go out of balance, a disease tendency, requiring lifelong attention to maintain balance.
A vata type naturally tends to constipation, arthritis, anxiety;
A pitta type tends towards inflammations, infections, ulcers;
A kapha types tend to overweight, diabetes, congestive disorders, etc.
The implication of pakruti is that it helps explain why people react differently to the same things.
The medical implication for this is that certain people will have a natural predisposition or sensitivity to certain medicines and this can be predicted.
Why does imbalance occur? It occurs because one or more of the energies or elements described above gets increased quantitatively or altered qualitatively. There is no human experience, whether a thought, an emotion, the climate, food, lifestyle, etc. that does not have at least one of the twenty qualities which, by its action, yields an effect in the physiology.
Classically, the nature of the causative factors are the result of mistakes of intellection (failure to perceive things as they are), inappropriate use of the sense organs, and mistakes of time (doing even proper things at the wrong time). While DNA gives the body one set of instructions, the life experiences at every moment are giving the governing principles perhaps another message. Since these three governing principles are nothing but energy themselves, they can be influenced –increased or decreased – by like or opposite energies. Heat increases pitta, dryness increases vata, and liquid increases kapha, etc. Thus imbalance is the continued experience of some stimulus – mental, emotional, or physical, real or imagined – that overwhelms the body’s ability to maintain its identity, its prakruti or vata-pitta-kahpa ratio. When a stimulus and a system have the same energy the stimulus promotes more of its value in the system. Like increases like which can lead to imbalance even though they are not necessarily unhealthy influences in themselves – properly cooked organic food when taken in excess or at the wrong time promotes imbalance. With time and chronicity and some defective space in the organism (from genes, prior disease, trauma, congenital defect, etc.), disease can develop and manifest in the weak organ or tissue. When disease begins to manifest the governing principles are called doshas, meaning impurities, which can pollute or contaminate the physiology.
Ayurveda is a great Cure for:
- STONES in BODY
- BRAIN Problem
- DIGESTIVE SYSTEM disorder
- WEIGHT LOSS
- WEIGHT GAIN
- SPEECH THERAPY
- IMMUNITY Building
- ERECTILE DISFUNCTION
- RENAL FUNCTION Disorders
FEW MOST POWERFUL and WORLD FAMOUS AYURVEDIC MEDICINES:
Ashwagandha: Ayurvedic Herb to Treat Insomnia
A recent study suggests the ancient Indian herb, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), can promote sound sleep. The study is especially important in the times when so many people across the globe are battling insomnia and other sleeping disorders such as restless leg syndrome which are common cause of concern among the middle-aged population.
Insomnia has also been linked with other diseases like obesity, cardiovascular diseases, depression, anxiety, mania deficits, etc.
The team of researchers found that the active component that an active component of Ashwagandha leaves — triethylene glycol (TEG) – works wonders to induce sleep, and could be seen transforming the realm of natural plant-based therapies for insomnia and sleep related disorders.
Punarnava : Ayurvedic Herb to treat Renal Function Disorders
According to a latest research, ayurvedic drug prepared of punarnava plant (Boerhavia diffusa) and other established kidney protective herbs in ayurvedic formulations have shown promising results in preventing and reducing the increased levels of kidney function parameters – serum creatinine. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2015 ranked chronic kidney disease 17th among the causes of deaths globally.
According to research paper published in The Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, the Neeri KFT, which is a blend of punarnava plant, leaves of lotus, patharchur and other key herbs, has proved to be a life saving drug for all those kidney patients who are under the regular dialysis. The drug has also helped in maintaining histological parameter of kidneys apart from reducing increased levels of uric acid and electrolytes.
Rasayana : Ayurvedic herb to Rejuvenat
The herbs called ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda, possess rejuvenating properties and are targeted towards different organs to tone up the system and ensure function smoothly.
Ayurvedic drugs have literally stood the test of time. It has been the main stay health care system in India before the advent of modern drugs in early 19th century. Generations have benefited, got cured and passed on the remedies to the next generation with confidence and pride. Ayurvedic Herbs ideal for Cosmetic Care
Ayurveda has found a prominent place in modern cosmetic care. Treatments that were lost in the midst of time have been revived and viewed in the light of modern scientific techniques. Today the holistic system of Ayurveda has become popular worldwide. Herbal and natural extracts have been formulated into different products for skin, hair and body care, using the latest scientific techniques.
An important advantage is the lack of harmful side-effects. Synthetic preparations and chemical ingredients, on the other hand, can cause allergic and irritation. They can also cause a build-up of toxins in the system, over a period of time.
Herbs have been used in Ayurvedic treatments to cleanse the skin of toxins and wastes. The safety factor makes herbs ideal for cosmetic care. Herbs have powerful healing properties and many benefits for skin and hair care. They have definite protective, preventive and corrective actions. Herbs help improve the normal functions of the skin and scalp, including that of cell renewal. Thus, they have the power to revitalize and rejuvenate.
Ingredients like sandalwood, basil (tulsi), mint (pudina), neem (margosa) can be used to treat eruptive conditions of the skin, like acne.
Turmeric: Ayurvedic herb for Anti Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer Treatment
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research applied various Combinations of Herbs with Turmeric and have seen the substantial improvement in the Condition of Cancer Patient
Ccancer treatment using an ayurvedic medicine called ‘Rohitak’. He said, “The medicine has been tested on mice for treating prostate cancer with good results; we plan to perform similar method for pancreatic cancer treatment.”
“Any tumour cell requires blood supply, without which it will die. Initially, we took out malignant tissue and allowed the tumour to grow. Then, using an ayurvedic medicine named ‘Rohitak’ on a tissue, we observed that the medicine does not kill the tumour but it is shrinking the blood vessels that pass through it. With no blood supply, the tumour dies.”
Turmeric-laced ‘Golden milk’ –
A detoxifying drink used in traditional Indian medicine, golden milk owes its name to the bright yellow color of turmeric. Mixed with warming spices like cinnamon, pepper and ginger, this sugar-free and antioxidant drink is a pleasant alternative to coffee, or Christmas season staples mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, turmeric activates the happiness hormone, serotonin. The ochre-coloured root is also a standard ingredient in Indian cuisines.
In combination with pepper and ginger, turmeric is the key ingredient in golden milk, an Ayurvedic-inspired medicinal drink that promotes good digestion and detoxifies the body. It is made by forming a paste of water, turmeric and pepper, which is then combined with coconut, soy or almond milk, along with a dash of coconut oil or cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. Honey or cinnamon are added for extra flavor and sweetness.
Indian government aspirational Project “ AYUSH “ is made to ensure, People gets benefit of the ancient old age knowledge of Ayurveda.
Government under leadership of Mr. Modi is setting up AYURVEDA Treatment center, at part with International Level Hospitals and also covered the treatment under same through “ Medical / Health Insurance “, which is a very positive aspect for any common person.
A standard cost comparative between the Allopathic and Ayurvedic Treatment for cancer is around 4: 1, means Ayurvedic treatment cost around 25% of total expenses, against Allopathic Treatment and have no side effect on the health of patient, which a Chemotherapy does to greater extent.