Ayurveda is an ancient science of maintaining the mind-body harmony & restoring its imbalance. It is magnificently designed in Indian Himalayas 5000 years ago by ancient Indian sages. It is an outstanding approbation that Ayurveda is remained as admissible as ever and is widely influencing everyone to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. The biggest beauty of Ayurveda is that it cares before it cures. It has been focusing on preventive measures more before than talking about the curative measure. Ayurveda holds the title of being unique on the basis of its holistic approach towards the life and spirituality. This ancient science takes the individual as a whole, unlike other medical systems.
Intention of Ayurveda
It is very well said in Charak Samhita –
“प्रयोजनं चास्य स्वास्थय रक्षणं आतुरस्य विकार प्रशमनं |”
“Prayojanam chasya swaasthsya rakshanam aaturasaya vikaar prashmanam.”
It means that this traditional science has only two main goals:-
- To maintain the health of a healthy person
- To cure a disease of the diseased
Health as per Ayurveda
Ayurveda has given utmost importance to the healthy state of the mind and body. This natural healing science teaches us to harmonize our mind & body to its truest self. None of us can obtain disease-free and healthy life without working towards it. Ayurveda has explained various day-to-day regimens (dinacharya), night regimens (ratricharya), seasonal regimens (ritucharya), various herbs and herbal preparations.
According to Ayurveda, health is titled as “Swasthaya.” It is defined as below said in Sushruta Samhita (ancient text on medicine & surgery) – “ समदोष: समग्निश्च सम: मलधातुक्रिया: |
प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियमन: स्वस्थ इत्यभिधीयते | |” This shloka defines that a healthy person is the one whose doshas (biological humor or energies) are in balance, agni (digestive power) works properly, body wastes get excreted accordingly, and all the five senses are in the joyous state. This perfectly defines that Ayurveda encourages the physical as well as mental health.
Embrace the Balance
As stated in Ayurveda, balancing your mind-body is the key to maintaining health. Now the biggest question mark is how to get this balance. A very simple answer to this is that you can balance your body and mind with simple day-to-day diet and lifestyle changes. There is no secret to health or maintaining the balance. It can only be attained with the self-awareness and care.
Ayurveda suggests daily regimens (dinacharya), night regimens (ratricharya), and seasonal regimens (ritucharya)s to stay healthy.
- Dinacharya among them is the regimen to follow during the daytime for the favorable health. It is a simple method with stronger impact than any medicine or remedy. It includes rituals like waking up early, drinking water, oral health rituals, exercise, bathing, massage and eating timings.
- Ratricharya is the regimen to be followed after sunset. It includes activities like dinner time, sleeping time, foot massage, meditation, and sleep time.
- Ritucharya is the regimen to be followed on the basis of seasonal changes. When the season changes diverse transformation is seen in the environment. This seasonal change has a great impact on our body. In case, our body is incapable to take up this change then it may go down to dosha imbalance. This imbalance will lead to various seasonal changing ailments.
Following these rituals are helpful to attain prime health in a way that it tunes the body with its natural rhythm and strengthens the immunity.
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Outride the imbalance
Imbalances in the body are the reflection of bad dietary and lifestyle habits. These imbalances cannot be completely avoided. But we can work towards the path of balancing the body in order to stay away from ailments. When any kind of imbalances arises inside the body it leads to some symptoms which should never be avoided. This is the best time to correct the imbalance. When these signals given from the body are avoided then such ignorance can lead to some kind of disorder. There are specific symptoms or disorders which arise in an individual on the basis of their unique mind-body type.
Once we know the do’s and don’ts of diet and lifestyle according to our mind-body type then we can avoid many imbalances. Even if some imbalance is present in the body then on knowing about the mind-body type you can follow a proper diet and lifestyle regimen to correct it.
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Soothe your system with Ayurveda
Ayurveda is traditional medical science which enlightens the world about the self-therapy with healthy diet and lifestyle practices. But when one falls into the complete trap of disease then they need to visit their health care provider in order to get proper treatment. Ayurvedic practitioners initiate the treatment with the complete analysis of various factors like mind-body type, season, and digestive power.
Ayurveda holds the exquisite ways of treatment. There are two basic types of treatment in Ayurveda – “Shamana” & “Shodhana.”
Shamana therapy basically is pacifying treatment. It is a milder form of treatment than Shodhana therapy. Basically, it is the therapy is to subside the imbalance with few techniques like fasting, methods of digesting toxins, administering medicated ghee, taking herbs and herbal decoctions. Shamana therapy is specifically given on the basis of the type of illness or imbalance.
Shodhana therapy is purifying therapy. This therapy is to eliminate toxins & nourish the tissues at the deep level of the body. Due to the bad diet and lifestyle habits, toxins (ama) get accumulated inside our body. The aim of this therapy is to eradicate the disease from its root cause by eliminating the toxins (ama) out from the body. The shodhana therapy is achieved by performing Panchakarma procedures.
Panchakarma comprises five procedures named as vamana, virechana, asthapana basti, anuvasana basti and nasya.
- Vamana is the procedure of emesis that is basically performed in the case of kapha dosha vitiation. Few examples of kapha dosha vitiation are sinusitis, asthma, recurrent respiratory tract infections, and allergic bronchitis.
- Virechana is the procedure of therapeutic purgation. This therapy is prescribed in Pitta conditions like gastritis, jaundice, and skin diseases
- Asthapana Basti is the medicated decoction enema procedure & is considered as best for all the vata imbalances inside the body. Few examples of vata dosha vitiation are a backache, lumbago, knee pain, and stiffness.
- Anuvasana Basti is another oil enema procedure best for various vata dosha disorders like anemia, diabetes, piles, and weak digestion.
- Nasya is the procedure of administration of medication through the nasal route. It is the most beneficial procedure for all the diseases above the neck region. It is beneficial in stiffness of the neck, headache, and eye pain.
This way panchakarma known for its main five procedures is a set of whole treatment including with these upkramas. Depending upon the various factors like individual’s body constitution, age, disease, digestive strength, and season only Panchakarma can be given.
There are other upakramas also which are considered as the part of Panchakarma like massage, shirodhara,pinda sweda, bashpa sweda, and kati basti.