Ayurvedic Medicine: An Overview

June 5, 2018

 

 

 

Ayurveda is the ancient holistic medical system from India which has been practiced for more than 5000 years.

 

Ayurveda is a complete way of life.  It is prevention-oriented, free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. 

 

Ayurveda views illness as caused by an imbalance in a person’s physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring a person’s body back into healthy balance.  Ayurveda is not just for people who are ill but also for healthy individuals wishing to maintain good health, vitality and longevity.

 

Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including human beings, as composed of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water and earth.  These five elements in turn combine with each other to give rise to three genetic constitutions or Doshas – Vata (air & space), Pitta (fire & water) and Kapha (water & earth).  Every individual has all three Doshas within them, but it is the dominance of any one or two or all three that makes up a person’s individual genetic constitution.

 

Ayurveda says that we are all born with a basic body type called Prakriti which is our DNA blueprint, our identity. It will always remain within us. But what we are today is called Vikriti and it is the result of all the influences around us, be it weather, foods, work, family or stress. The best way of comparing these two body types is that Prakriti is like a hard wooden surface; it is solid and stable and doesn’t move or change. But today’s constitution or Vikriti is like a layer of dust on the surface which is constantly changing. Ayurveda says it is our aim to get rid of the layer of dust and get back to our original constitution which is the foundation of optimal health and wellbeing.

 

To do so, Ayurveda utilises five approaches: Diet, herbs, therapeutic massage, yoga and daily routines. The foods chosen or massages given are classically based on each individual’s unique body type. The benefits of Ayurveda are innumerable but the key ones include:

 

Anti-aging: Ayurveda gives immense importance to anti-aging. It’s not only about looking younger but also feeling younger and healthier from within. Clinically speaking, the best way to promote anti-aging is regular oil massages which use potent medicated oils to enhance immune function, clear toxins from the body and slow down the aging process.

 

No side effects: A key advantage of Ayurveda is that the only side effects experienced are positive ones. As we use only natural approaches and remedies directly and easily available in nature, it goes with the natural systems of our bodies.

 

Chronic disease management: Ayurveda is perhaps best known for its ability to treat and manage chronic illnesses. It has been shown to help people suffering from conditions like asthma, eczema, psoriasis, thyroid conditions, skin ailments, digestive ailments, diabetes etc.

 

Stress relieving: Over 80% of the health conditions we experience are rooted in stress. Ayurveda has numerous approaches for reducing stress, the key one being the use of medicated oil massage treatments like Shirodhara and Pinda Sveda.

 

Weight Loss: Ayurveda offers one of the most effective, sustainable and natural approaches for weight loss. Using a specific 24-day detoxification plan, natural herbs and medicated oil massages that mobilise fat cells, our patients typically lose over 1-stone in weight over a 30 day period. Most importantly of all, they keep it off.

 

Along with the above Ayurveda is also very helpful in treating women’s health issues, menstrual conditions, digestive ailments, immune conditions, skin ailments and is very safe for children too.

 

Please contact us if you feel that you would benefit from an Ayurvedic Consultation, we'd  be happy to help you.

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