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The Healing Benefits of the Traditional Indian Medicine, Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda is considered to be one of the world’s oldest healing practices that originated and developed in India’s Vedic culture. Ayurveda means “the science of life.” It is based on the belief that the balance between the mind, body, and spirit is the main foundation of health and wellness. Its main objective is not necessarily to fight diseases but to promote good health and wellness.
History and early practice in India
The science of Ayurveda was first written in Sanskrit and on the sacred text of India, called Vedas. The text mentioned that all medical knowledge came from God and transferred to sages and then to physicians. In other writings, it was said that the Hindu god of Ayurveda, Dhanvantari, reincarnated himself as the king or ruler of Varanasi and taught physicians the medical knowledge.
As years goes by, Ayurveda has evolved in India and influenced other forms of medicines in its neighboring countries such as the Chinese medicine, the humeral medicine practiced in Greece, and Unani medicine. This is why Ayurveda is called “the mother of healing.”
But even before the writings of Ayurveda emerged, somehow there was already knowledge of the medical healing in the subcontinent. Early practitioners practice healing in close relation with the environment this includes treating with home remedies using medicinal herbs and proper nutrition to the treatment of other conditions such as mental illness and snake bites. Early practitioners try to understand the unique qualities of the patient’s condition by using different senses together with medicinal herbs, aromatherapy oils, color and sound therapies before treating the patient.
The treatment is designed uniquely for the patient and no cures are exactly the same. It also emphasizes the significance of keeping the body pure and clean. The most important goal is to help people achieve a healthy and balanced life in order to live long, without the use of any synthetic drugs or medical surgeries.
The traditional medical system is India is renowned for being indigenous, sophisticated, and extensive. Everything put together, the knowledge was systematized in one text, which was the Ayurveda. It evolved over the years and is still being practiced today. It is now modernized and integrated to contemporary medicine for general health and wellness.
The connection between your life force and Ayurveda
People that support contemporary and alternative medicine believe that everything in the universe is connected. It also means that if your mind, body, and spirit are balanced and in harmony with everything in the universe, you are in good health. And when something upsets the balance, you get sick.
Also, they believe that every person is composed of air, space, earth, water, and fire. These are the five basic elements that can be found in the universe that are combined in the body and form three different energies or life forces called doshas. Doshas control the way the human body works they are:
• Vata dosha (air and space) – Practitioners believe that this among the three doshas, Vata dosha is the most powerful one. This is because it is responsible for controlling all the very basic functions of the body including how you breathe, your circulatory system, your heart functions, your mind, and your body’s waste disposal.
If Vata dosha is your main or stronger life force and it gets disrupted, there is a higher chance that you will develop certain conditions like asthma, heart diseases, skin problems, anxiety, and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Pitta dosha (fire and water) – This life energy controls the body’s metabolism and digestion. If this is your main life force, it is highly likely that you will develop high blood pressure, Crohn’s disease, and other infections if something upsets its balance.
• Kapha dosha (water and earth) – this life force is responsible for controlling the body’s strength, muscle growth, weight, and the immune system. If this is your main life energy, you are prone to developing respiratory disorders, cancer, diabetes, asthma, and obesity.
Every person is said to have a distinct mix of the three doshas. Usually, one is stronger than others. But all three are linked to your body and if you get sick, something disrupts the balance of your doshas.
As of today, Ayurvedic medicine or treatments are becoming more and more popular as an alternative practice or a treatment that is complementary to your medical treatment.
Every treatment plan in Ayurvedic medicine is unique and specially designed for every individual. A practitioner will assess your condition by checking the balance of your main life energy, your physical body, and your emotional makeup.
The main goal of the treatment is to detoxify your body through blood purification, massage, and use of medical herbs, oils, and laxatives. This will cleanse the undigested food left in your body that causes your illness. This procedure is called Panchakarma. The effect will be reduced symptoms and eventually restores your body’s balance.
Health benefits of Ayurvedic medicine
It is believed that Ayurvedic medicine can help treat these conditions:
• Digestive problems
• Inflammatory issues
• Hormonal imbalances
• Anxiety, stress, and depression
• Alzheimer’s disease
• High blood pressure
• Parkinson’s disease
• Premenstrual syndrome and painful menstrual cramps
• Chronic fatigue
• Reduce risk of obesity
Other benefits include:
• Ayurveda supports weight loss and weight maintenance
• Promotes a healthy diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants
Does it really work?
There are a wide array of research and studies about Ayurvedic Medicine around the world, and although it is gaining more and more popularity.
There are Ayurvedic schools that were approved by the U.S. but there are no legit programs that provide a national standard training and certification from those who are practicing and want to practice this alternative traditional medicine.
It is not bad to try this oldest traditional medicine that has been around for centuries. But to be on the safer side, always consult with your physicians first before you try this alternative medicine.
Most procedures are safe like detoxifying the body by massaging and using oils together with healthy meals. It can be a complementary treatment for your condition and can even promote a healthy and balanced body through healthy diet.