Ayurveda is an incredibly powerful system of medicine that has over 5000 years of history and evidence attesting to its clinical effectiveness.
Currently in the West, and particularly in the UK, Ayurveda is going through a period of exponential growth as its popularity soars.
Where Ayurvedic medicine comes into its own is in the management of chronic conditions that conventional medicine alone is often relatively ineffective at dealing with. For example, conditions such as arthritis, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome and any form of chronic pain based conditions to name a few. And it is true that Ayurveda does offer an incredibly effective form of treatment for such conditions and it is not uncommon to observe very significant improvements in symptoms when people with such conditions begin adopting Ayurvedic treatments.
One of the reasons for the effectiveness of Ayurvedic medicine is that the “whole” of the treatments used is far greater than the sum of its parts. So by combining medical herbs, physical treatments, nutritional medicine, yoga, meditation and lifestyle modifications, one can really begin to notice a collective benefit that would not be obtainable from using just one or two of these treatments in isolation.
However, there is often one great difference in the way Ayurveda is viewed in the West compared to the way it is viewed in its birthplace of India. And that difference is that here in the West, we view Ayurveda very much in the bio-medical model; that is, as a way of treating physical conditions. However, in the East, it is just as frequently used (if not more so) to manage emotional and psychological issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, fear etc. And for those of us living in the West where conditions such as stress and anxiety are endemic, this is a crucial difference.
Over 75% of the working population in the UK are believed to experience chronic stress in a way that negatively impacts upon their life. This is a worrying statistic as over 80% of chronic physical conditions are believed to have their origin in an elevated stress response.
Furthermore, it is very difficult to feel our best when we are constantly stressed. It makes us impatient, intolerant, short tempered, we sleep badly, we digest food poorly and we feel tired. This is often manifested as “rushing syndrome;” this is a situation in which you feel you constantly have to rush to get through the day; breakfast is rushed, the drive to work is rushed, the working day is rushed, the drive home is rushed, dinner is rushed. This leads to a viscous circle as rushing in this way leads to more stress which makes us more likely to rush and so the cycle continues.
Many of the patients we see in clinic are suffering physical symptoms which prompt them to seek help. They present with common issues such as insomnia or digestive concerns and in many cases these physiological symptoms are a symptom in themselves, of stress.
Luckily Ayurveda has a huge array of time tested therapeutic tools to manage stress. These range from powerful adaptogenic herbs which lower circulating stress hormones, physical treatments, dietary protocols and relaxation exercise.
If, upon reading this, any of the above stress symptoms resonate with you, I would strongly encourage you to look to the simple but highly effective approaches of Ayurveda to help you proactively manage stress and in doing so radically optimise your psychological, emotional, physiological and familiar health and wellbeing.
If you would like to discuss in person how Ayurveda can help you, please feel free to contact us on 01243 276 916.