What is ayurveda treatment?
Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words – Ayu – which means “life” and Veda – which
means “knowledge”. So, Ayurveda means a science which explains about leading a healthy long
life. Objective of Ayurveda is to facilitate human beings with good health, to attain his goal
physically and spiritually. The complete health, is depended on the equilibrium, both internally
and externally. The internal balance is maintained by tridoshas vata, pitta, kapha, which
philosophically represents the functional principles within human body. The treatment, either with or without drugs and application of specific rules of diet, activity and mental status as
described, disease wise, brings back the state of equilibrium i.e. health. Basically Ayurveda
emphasis on prevention of disease.
What is the importance of food in Ayurveda?
If you follow best treatment without proper diet regimen, you will not get good result. But if you
follow best diet regimen according to disease condition, there will be no need of treatment.
According to Ayurveda correct diet is responsible for maintaining the equilibrium of health. A
maximally satisfying diet that leads to the balance can be designed in compliance with the
constitution of individual. Properly chosen food, through its own quality, has a curative influence
on particular condition.
How effective is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a very effective system of health that is being more and more recognized world
wide. It is one of the primary systems of health care in India, and has been used for thousands of
years for all sorts of ailments and disorders. Thousands of people around the globe have turned
to Ayurveda and today Ayurveda is popular all over the world. Ayurveda has stood the test of
time. Its full effectiveness will depend on various considerations, including the age and state of
health of the individual, how much effort they are willing to put into making the necessary
changes toward better health, and how compliant they are with taking their formulas and
following the recommended guidelines. Since an Ayurvedic regimen is very individualized, its
results will depend on individual factors as well, and on follow-up treatments, since adjustments
and close supervision are absolutely necessary to obtain optimal results.
Can Ayurveda help me lose weight?
Yes, and very successfully. Ayurveda considered obesity as hampered conversion of medo
dhaatu (fatty tissue) into other dhaatus. So what ever you consume end in medo level, causing weakness in remaining dhaatus. Ayurveda opts a comprehensible approach towards obesity
treatment. Ayurveda explain, panchakarma therapies along with few medications for metabolic
correction and few lifestyle adjustments to easily loose weight. Ayurveda never entertain
quick/rapid weight reduction technique, as they all end up in gaining back the weight. It help to
loose weight in a healthy way. The most commonly adopted therapies are Udwarthana,
dhaanyamla dhaara, herbal steam, sodhana etc.
Do I have to be a vegetarian to follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle?
No not at all. Ayurveda recommends foods that are ideal for your body and mind. While
Ayurveda supports a healthy seasonal vegetarian diet; it similarly prescribes animal protein.
Ayurveda works on the basis that what you eat will depend on which food serves your health and
energy needs best. And what you can digest.
What are the modes of ayurvedic treatment?
The chief principles of treatment in ayurveda can be summarized as:
1. Shodhan (purificatory),
2. Shaman (palliative and conservative),
3. Nidan parivarjana (avoidance of causative and precipitating factors of disease) and
4. Pathya Vyavastha (do’s and don’ts regarding diets lifestyle).
5. Shodhan therapy includes – Vamana (medically induced emesis),
6. Virechana (medically induced laxation),
7. Vasti (medicated enema),
8. shirovirechana (administration of medicines through nose) and
9. Raktmokshan (Blood letting).
These therapeutic procedures are collectively known as Panchakarma. Before executing Panch
karma treatment Snehan (olation) and Swedan (getting perspiration) are to employed first.
How safe is Ayurveda Medicines?
Most of the ayurveda medicines are pure herbal and are very safe. Though there are few rasa
medicines, they are purified by different methods. But still you need to check if the manufacturer
is licensed and the label of the container specifically describes date of manufacturing, expiry
date, batch number of the medicine, dose and indications along with ingredients of the medicine
and necessary precaution.
Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines?
If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, Ayurveda Medicines can generally be
taken along with allopathic medicines. Moreover, Ayurveda Medicines are used as adjuvant to
allopathic medicines in most of chronic and degenerative diseases. As such there is no harm to
consume simple herbal formulations of Ayurveda, but mineral based medicines must be used
after due consultation and advice of the doctors.
Why are most ayurvedic treatments time consuming?
According to Ayurveda the root cause of all disease is formation of Ama ( metabolic toxins).
These Toxins (amam) accumulates in the human body for long time to manifest some disease.
Removal of this ama at one go is practically impossible. besides, it would make body further
weaker and damage immune system. So different mode of therapy has been designed for the
elimination of disease causing factors from body like – purvakarma (preparatory steps) –
pradhanakarma(chief elimination process) – paschatkarma (post cleansing regimens). All these
depend on the strength of disease causing factors, strength of patient to withstand, climate etc.
These procedures gives a feeling that ayurveda treatments are time consuming.