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A Comprehensive Guide to Ayurveda Principles and Practice

, A Comprehensive Guide to Ayurveda  Principles and Practice

Ayurveda which has been evolved around 600 BC, apart from treating ailments concentrated more in its prevention. This was followed by the Aryans & Dravidians who were inhabiting India and has been practiced ever since. In the 21st century, Ayurveda has become an indispensable branch of medicine due to its naturalistic approach, which depends on the diagnosis of ones physical base ie Vata, pitta and kabha, and to maintain a right balance.

One of the important principles of Ayurveda treatment is that treatment is given not only to the ailments or the affected part but to the person as a whole. This creates an environment for purifying your body naturally, which eliminates all toxic imbalances from your body, enabling you to regain natural resistance from diseases and attain good health.

, A Comprehensive Guide to Ayurveda  Principles and Practice

Kerala’s equable climate, natural abundance of forests, which caters to the demand for herbs and medicinal plants, and the cool monsoon season (June-November) are best suited for Ayurveda’s curative and restorative packages. In fact, today, Kerala is the only State in India which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication.

Every object-plant, animal, or human – according to the Panchabhootha Philosophy (5 elements of philosophy), is constituted of Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

The concentration of these elements vary in each individual and therefore the time, place, duration and kind of treatment required to restore the balance also needs to change. This is why Ayurveda has a separate system of diagnosis and treatment for each patient. And a season for undergoing Ayurvedic programs – the monsoon. The atmosphere remains dust-free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.

Rejuvenative Programs

The following are the major rejuvenational therapies practacied in Ayurveda.

Rasayana chikitsa

Tones up the skin and rejuvenates and strengthens all the tissues to achieve ideal health and longevity. Increases Ojas (primary vitality) and improves Sattva (mental clarity) and thereby increases the resistance of the body. Includes head and face creams, body massage with herbal oil or powder by hand and foot intake of rejuvenative medicines and medicated steam bath. Herbal baths are also used.

Kayakalpa Chikitsa

Prime treatment for retarding the aging process, arresting the degeneration of body cells, and immunization of the system. Includes intake of Rasayana (special Ayurvedic medicines and diet) and comprehensive body care programs. Most effective for either sex if undertaken before the age of 50.

Sweda Karma

Medicine steam baths eliminate impurities from the body, improve the tone and complexion of the skin, reduce fat and are recommended for certain rheumatic diseases, particularly for pain. Precious herbs and herbal leaves are boiled and the steam is passed over the entire body for 10 to 20 minutes daily.

Hand massage with herbal oils or herbal powder improves blood circulation and tones up the muscles.

Meditation and Yoga

Mental and physical exercises meant to isolate the ego from the body and mind-designed to home your concentration, improve health, and help attain peace of mind through 8 stages of training.

Disciplined behaviour yama Self purification niyama Bodily postures such as the lotus position asana.

Control of breathing Pranayama Control of the senses Pratyahara, fixing of the mind on a chosen object dharsana. Meditation dhyana and Samadhi – a state of being where you experience absolute tranquility and well-being.

Beauty care

Herbal face pack, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea, etc. improves complexion and beautifulness of the body.

Body Slimming

Medicated herbal powder and medicated herbal oil massages, and Ayurvedic diet of herbal juices, etc. are part of the program.

Overall Fitness

Panchakarma Treatment

A fivefold treatment for mental and physical well-being tunes the body, organs, mind, breath, nerves and purifies the blood.

Therapeutic Programs

Treatment for chronic head-aches, insomnia, mental tension, and cases of hysteria, hallucination, and insanity.

Variations include Oorhwanga Dhara (good for diseases of the eyes, ears, and skin). Takra Dhara (for those suffering from memory loss, severe headache, or insanity) and Sarvanga Dhara (for both head and body).

Treatment to alleviate osteoarthritis, leukemia, etc.

Treatment for spondilosis, rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, nervous weakness, and nervous disorders.

Treatment for diseases like hemiplegia, paralysis, obesity, and certain rheumatic ailments.

Treatment for musculoskeletal ailments due to trauma or accidents.

Treatment for nasal ailments:

Treatment for ear ailments

Preventing cataract and strengthening vision:

, A Comprehensive Guide to Ayurveda  Principles and Practice

Treatment for wasting of muscles, all types of rheumatism, sports injuries, pain in the joints, emaciation of the body or parts of the body, and certain kinds of skin diseases.

Treatment for dryness of nostrils, mouth, and throat, severe headaches, facial paralysis, and burning sensation in the head.

, A Comprehensive Guide to Ayurveda  Principles and Practice

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