“Ayurveda” The eco-spiritual healthcare

Each one of us are unique, no two people are alike.

Psychological, Emotional and Physical needs vary widely from person to person.

Ayurvedic Medicine an ancient wisdom of health and wellbeing. Its philosophy lies in the ancient scriptures of Vedas that commonly binds the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda.

“The Foundation of Ayurveda is Yoga”.

“The Fruit of Yoga is Ayurveda”.

Yoga cultivates the physical-mental-spiritual link, which is a reinforcing practice that serves to encourage non -violence and oneness—the foundation of clear consciousness and balanced health—our essential nature and higher goal.

Ayurveda (a-yur-ve-da) means the “wisdom of life”. It originated in India more than 5000 years ago, practiced by the spiritual rishis, who laid the foundations of the Vedic civilization in India

Ayurveda is believed to be the oldest and the mother of all healing science in existence offering a rich, comprehensive outlook to a healthy life from which all other systems emerged, this ancient healing system has three main focuses:

  • Healing illness
  • Prevention of disease
  • Longevity or quality of life

Ayurveda is a complete and universal science of life. Within this vast body of knowledge is the medical/health science that we simply refer to as ‘Ayurvedic Medicine’. It is a unified science—where spirit meets senses and mind meets matter.

The Basics of Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine main emphasize is know your -self and your environment well, choose your diet and lifestyle in accordance to law of nature that governs you and your surroundings.

Self encompasses of…

  • Body (Sharira)
  • Mind (Satva)
  • Spirit (Atma)
  • Senses (Indriyas)

 

Law of Nature follows a rhythmic cycle of…

  • Day & night,
  • Change of seasons,
  • Flow of time-space and
  • Alignment of the planets.

 

The Main Idea is Balance
Health “Swasthya” is defined as:

Well balanced metabolism and happy state of the being, mind & sense organs.

Well balance metabolism signs are…

  • Strong –Moderate Appetite
  • Regular Bowel Movement
  • Undisturbed 6-8 hours of sleep

To Achieve Health and Enhance your Yoga practice Ayurvedic Medicine recommends

  • Proper diet,
  • Relaxing of the mind
  • Maintaining Internal & External hygiene
  • Lifestyle that nurtures the five senses

 

Healthy Habits

Ayurvedic Medicine emphases on healthy habits that helps in reducing toxicity due to undigested food supporting internal hygiene such as;

  • Eating in relaxed environment.
  • Chewing your food well.
  • Eating ¾ of your stomach.
  • Exercise or shower after an hour of eating meals.
  • Giving at least 2 hours of gap between two meals.
  • Drinking minimum water with meals.
  • Eating Seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Keeping a daily consistent meal times

 

Wholesome Meals

For healthy wholesome meal Ayurvedic medicine recommends blending six flavors of nature; sweet, salty, sour, bitter, hot and astringent in food preparations. Each flavor has an essential role in restoring healthy state of mind-body & spirit. However, it has to be consumed in moderation, excess or insufficient is unhealthy.

  • Sweet- Promotes growth of all healthy tissues
  • Sour- Stimulates enzymatic flow
  • Salty- Works as sedative
  • Hot- Promotes secretions such as tears, sweat, salivation and kills parasites
  • Bitter- Antibacterial & Cleansing
  • Astringent- Promotes closing of wounds & sores, aids in joint repairs

Lifestyle
With stress so much a part of modern life, calming your sense will help you stay in touch with your inner self, incorporating with your daily practice of..

  • Self- oil massage,
  • Neti cleanse,
  • Gargling with salt water,
  • Washing your eyes with plain water and
  • Use of essential oils on your temples.

Teach yourself daily stress-relief habits such as breathing exercise, stretching, chanting, walking & sharing. More importantly, manage your own time and stress levels well; you act as powerful role- models for your family & friends.

Note – Information in this article is provided for the sole purpose of imparting education on ayurveda and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a Ayurvedic health professional.

Consultation with an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner:

An Ayurvedic practitioner will perform various traditional diagnosis and prognosis methods including: pulse reading and visual assessments such as eye, tongue and nail readings to determine the balance of your doshic (constitutional) state. Based on the assessment a dietary/lifestyle and herbal plan is drawn.

In chronic conditions, a detoxification therapies/program called “panchkarma” (fivefold detox program) may be encouraged by the Ayurvedic practitioner.

Prepared by; Ismat Dhala- Nathani,

Founder & Director of Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing

Doctorate of Natural Medicine, Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner

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