Ayurvedic Treatment

What is Ayurveda?

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Ayurvedic treatment eliminates the root cause of disease. It is an ancient holistic, alternative medicine. What is Ayurveda? Ayurvedic medicine, with ayurvedic diet and procedures for different ayurvedic body types, is used to balance Ayurveda doshas (see below).

What is the meaning of the word Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word from the root words, Ayus - meaning life and Veda - meaning knowledge. Ayurveda is the Knowledge of Life.

Ayurveda - The Knowledge of Life

Ayurveda says that the origin of all disease is the colon or digestive tract.

After an Ayurvedic online consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor, important Ayurvedic medicine from medicinal herbs, with Ayurvedic diet and procedures are prescribed to balance the doshas (see chart below).

An Ayurvedic cleansing diet or Ayurvedic detox diet, in line with Ayurvedic nutrition is usually recommended to cleanse the body of  ama (body toxins), amavisha (toxic poisons) and garavisha (environmental toxins through air, water and food).

An Ayurveda detox or Ayurveda cleanse through enemas, and herbal preparations eliminate toxins.

There are also simple procedures that is gaining popularity called oil-pulling - another way to remove toxins or Ayurveda ama.

Ayurvedic stress relief procedures such as massage, breathing exercises called pranayama, yoga exercises, meditation and other rejuvenation therapies have gained popularity.

These are different procedures of an Ayurvedic treatment at an Ayurveda Center.

Ayurveda History and Ayurveda Lifestyle

Ayurveda is a holistic health system that is older than 5000 years. It is believed that it was gifted by the Creator Himself for the benefit of mankind.

If you are healthy, Ayurveda can be a lifestyle which tells you what foods to eat, what Ayurvedic herbs to take and what Ayurveda treatments to use, to maintain inner balance for your overall health.

If you have a health condition, then Ayurvedic procedure for your particular energy form (dosha) is prescribed.

Unique Ayurvedic Diagnosis

The basic principle of an Ayurvedic treatment differs from Western medicine.

Where Western medicine treats the symptoms, Ayurveda treats the source of the disease, and therefore cures the disease. It also maintains balance of the elements in the body, and thus prevents illness.

It creates harmony in body, mind and spirit through the Ayurveda detox or Ayurveda cleanse, and Ayurveda stress busters, such as yoga, pranayama, massage and other specialized procedures.

Ayurveda diagnosis is based on the principle that there are three basic forms of energies or doshas. The three together are called Tridosha.

The three consist of Vata, Pita and Kapha doshas, each of which is controlled by a certain element such as air, fire and water respectively.

Each person is different based on the predominance of an element.

Let us now look at each dosha, its element, what part of the body system it controls and what happens when it is out of balance and when it is in balance.

What is Your Ayurveda Dosha?

The Tridoshas

About the three doshas or humours and the element that predominates each of them. What it controls, what happens when imbalanced and when balanced.

What Are Ayurvedic Treatment Procedures

There are many procedures within the Ayurvedic treatment, such as:

  • Breathing exercises (Pranayama) to slow down mental activity and become calm
  • Massage (Abhyanga) with some Herbal Ayurvedic Oils such as Tridoshic Massage Oil.  If you know your dosha, then go for the Vata Massage Oil, Pita Massage Oil or Kapha Massage Oil. 
  • Rejuvenation therapy (Rasayana) to restore youth and vitality. It includes cleansing of mouth, nose, ears and eyes, whole body massages, enemas, herbs, meditation with the chanting of mantras or power words
  • Yoga includes breathing exercises (pranayama), body postures and meditation. It increases blood flow and digestive powers. It reduces cholesterol, high blood pressure, anxiety, pain and aches
  • Panchakarma, which means five-step action. This action cleanses, detoxifies, purifies and rejuvenates the whole body. Five different Ayurveda methods are used here.

Panchakarma Explained

The five Panchakarma steps are:

Step 1 Induced vomiting or Vamana, to release Kapha toxins

Step 2 Induced purging or Virechana to release Pitta toxins

Step 3 Enema or Colon Hydrotherapy - Basti to cleanse off Kapha, Pitta and  Vata toxins

Step 4 Nasal administration or Nasya to release Kapha toxins from the head and neck

Step 5 Blood letting or Raktamokshana - to cleanse the blood. However it is a rare procedure nowadays

Panchakarma aims to detox and cleanse the whole body of toxins, and purify it

Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs are prescribed to balance the three doshas within the body, in order to create a balanced body, mind and spirit.

Where Can You Get an Ayurvedic Consultation?

You can go to an Ayurveda clinic to get a reading of your dosha. There are many good clinics in India and overseas. You can also contact clinics online. Different types of Ayurvedic treatment is recommended by the Ayurvedic doctor or consultant for different doshas.

Once they diagnose your problem they are able to treat you with the Ayurvedic procedures or with medicinal herbs or both.

If you go to an Ayurvedic center, they may recommend that you stay and receive the Ayurvedic treatment for your particular disorder or disease.

If you cannot find a clinic near your place, you can get an Ayurvedic consultation online.

An Ayurvedic doctor or consultant on completing an Aurvedic diagnosis, may recommend you buy and use certain Ayurvedic medicianal herbs.

The Ayurvedic consultant may also recommend an Ayurvedic detox or an  Ayurvedic cleanse program before they follow up with any other herbal Ayurvedic products.

Ayurveda emphasises the detoxification and the cleansing of the whole body as part of the Ayurvedic treatment, to not only cure diseases, but also to maintain health.

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