Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to India which uses a range of treatments, including panchakarma -yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine, therapy and dietary changes to encourage health and wellbeing.
Ayurveda is comprehensive medical system that is 5000 years old. It considers itself as the Mother of medicine, from which the Chinese as well as classical western medicine have issued. The name comes from Sanskrit (Ayus – life, Veda – knowledge). It is considered as the oldest surviving treatment system in the world.
In Ayurveda, perfect health is defined as “a balance between body, mind, spirit, and social wellbeing”
Ayurvedic treatment techniques have been proven effective in many clinical studies. It does not aim at the suppression of symptoms but searches for and cures the cause of illness. It directs itself to the maintenance of energy balance in the body, the most important condition for health. Ayurveda is engaged in details not only in treatment but also in the prevention of illness and longevity. Ayurveda, therefore, is the science of life.
Ayurveda approach is effective in treating a range of disorders, including Asthma, Arthritis, Digestive problems, Eczema, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Rheumatoid arthritis, Stress & Anxiety.
There are many treatments in the Ayurvedic toolbox for rebalancing health. They include:
- Lifestyle changes like going to bed at a regular time
- Diet changes like eating more warm foods or oils or greens
- Herbs – in many forms, loose powder, capsules, teas, medicated ghee/oil, tinctures, and honey balls.
- Body treatments
- Panchakarma – deep cleansing and rejuvenation process
- Yoga, Meditation
- Aromatherapy, Color Therapy
There can be a detox effect which can take the form of mild flu-like symptoms, or a rash. This usually is a normal reaction and means that the herbs are doing their job. Sometimes the reaction can be stronger and usually the practitioner makes an adjustment in the dosing.
Ayurveda can help with cancer and it can work very well with traditional cancer treatment protocols. It would depend on the type, stage and aggressive nature of the cancer and what your doctor recommends.
Ayurveda can help to minimize side effects and symptoms from cancer treatments and to keep the digestive fire strong. Herbal juices and teas and digestive spices on foods can be used during chemotherapy and radiation. Herbs and medicated oils can be used in the intervals between treatments to support and enhance the cancer treatment therapies. Meditation, breath exercises and a practice called yoga nidra again provide immense support during this phase. Ayurveda uniquely offers support in order for the body to let go and allow deep healing to occur.
Ayurveda helps in all other conditions especially chronic conditions and conditions that are not responding to Western treatments. Ayurveda helps with GI issues (ulcers, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, Diverticulitis), fatigue, pain (low back pain, muscular or bone pain), hormone/endocrine function (Diabetes, Infertility, Menopause), weight issues, immune system function (cancer), auto-immune (Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, MS), nervous system (RLS, Parkinson’s, ADHD/ADD), respiratory system (Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis), circulatory system (Hypertension, Cholesterol, Heart function) , cognitive function and psychological disorders/imbalances (memory, depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia), urinary function, anti-aging, and many more.
Ayurveda does not stand against western medicine. In acute cases, the role of classical medicine is irreplaceable. In chronic illnesses, combination with Ayurveda can be beneficial in achieving excellent results even where classical medicine has failed. Ayurveda is strictly about individual response to treatment. It aims at the elimination of causes, not the suppression of symptoms; during the treatment only natural remedies free of any side effects are used. The cause of illness can be found in the inner imbalance as well as in the relation with the surrounding environment, whereas western medicine considers virus or bacteria as the main cause.
The choice of relevant therapy depends on the individual constitution, on the type of imbalance, and on the season.
Ayurvedic techniques include:
- Dietary changes
- Herbal medicine, including combining herbs with metals, minerals or gems that can take the form of pellets, tablets, and powders of various colors and scents)
- Breathing exercises
- Panchakarma- a specialized treatment consisting of five therapies including emesis (vomiting), enemas, and blood-letting, which are meant to detoxify the body and balance the doshas
- Sound therapy, including the use of mantras
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Aromatherapy including the use of aromatic oils and incense sticks
Herbal treatment using natural substances without side effects
Special breathing exercises carried out before meditation
Detoxification method called Panchakarma cleanse the organism and eliminates the settlement of toxic substances
Shirodhara has its deep calming effect
Meditation influences positively on our minds
Color therapy (or chromotherapy) is an alternative remedy that uses color and light to treat physical or mental health by balancing the body’s energy centers, also known chakras for therapeutic purposes.
Marma therapy stimulates by gentle massage some points on the body and reflexively affects the respective organs
Yoga – specific exercises called “Asanas” belong to the part of treatment for many illnesses.
One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is to treat a patient on a holistic level. Instead of just providing relief from symptoms, it identifies the root cause of the disease and aims to give you a permanent cure, wherever possible. Instead of a short-term cure and instant relief, Ayurveda focuses on giving you long-term health and well-being, which is bound to take some time.
The longer you wait to go for Ayurvedic treatment, the longer it will take to get relief and treat the condition. However, if you sincerely follow the diet and lifestyle advice given to you by your doctor, and take your ayurvedic medicines regularly on time, Ayurvedic treatment is sure to show improvements in a relatively shorter period of time.
While Ayurveda emphasizes on prevention of diseases, Homeopathy facilitates the cure of the disease by activating the immune system through exposure to the symptom causing substance and further making the body resilient to the disease. Ayurvedic medicines are made up of herbs, vegetable drugs, and minerals. Homeopathic treatments are prepared through a series of dilution of various parts of plants, vegetables, synthetic materials. Each dilution is followed by vigorous shaking, till the original substance is indistinguishable. Thus the dose and consequently the side effects are minimized, while the medicine becomes more potent and effective.
Homeopathy aims to treat the root cause of a problem, not just mask the symptoms. Homeopathic medicine works by stimulating the body’s own curative powers. It strengthens the immune system. Once the immune system is strong and starts functioning effectively, many ailments get cured naturally.
Homeopathy is a medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Those who practice it use tiny amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals. They believe these stimulate the healing process.
Homeopathic medicine can provide relief in both acute as well as chronic illnesses. It provides quick and effective relief in acute ailments like fever, diarrhea, acute cold, cough, etc. It works well for child health problems related to memory, growth and immunity. Homeopathy offers relief to women’s health issues like PCOD, PMS, menopause, etc. It works well for hair loss, thyroid and obesity, and has proven to be effective in the treatment of chronic cases of skin disorders, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and many others. Thus, Homeopathy provides a safe and effective cure for a majority of ailments, except those which need emergency care and surgery.
Homeopathic medicines may look alike, but they are not the same. The concept is similar to allopathic capsules. The matter that cures you is captured within the small white pills. The basic ingredients of Homeopathic medicines are derived from 3000 different sources, including plants and minerals. Their active principles are extracted into various solvents and the liquid Homeopathic medicine is poured into small, highly porous, absorptive sugar globules for better taste. The content within these white sugar pills aims to cure you.
No, Homeopathic medicines do not cause any side-effects. Homeopathy is a natural, safe as well as effective method of healing. Homeopathic medicines are made from natural sources like plants and minerals, thus causing no side-effects, even if you take them throughout your lifetime.
For acute ailments like fever, diarrhea, acute cold, cough, etc., Homeopathic remedies act as fast as conventional medicines, sometimes even faster. In certain cases, these remedies produce results even quicker than other forms of therapy. Unfortunately, people tend to go to a Homeopath only when the acute problem becomes chronic, that is, it becomes more severe and difficult to treat. They choose Homeopathy when other systems of medicine fail to treat or completely cure their medical condition, most often in cases like arthritis, asthma, rare skin conditions, etc. These cases naturally take longer to treat, even with any other system of medicine.
The duration of Homeopathic treatment depends a lot on factors like the duration of your illness, progress of the disorder and earlier treatments you may have taken for the same. You might see an improvement in your condition within a few weeks of starting Homeopathic treatment; on the other hand, it might even take a few months to see positive results.
The recurrence of your illness depends on several factors. You have to take medicines as advised by your Homeopathic doctor for the recommended duration. If you stop the treatment midway because you see an improvement in your symptoms, there are high chances that your illness might recur. Your Homeopath knows exactly how long you need to continue treatment for complete recovery. So, to avoid recurrence, take the suggested dose of Homeopathic remedy for the duration recommended by your Homeopath.
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.
The most common side effects of acupuncture include bleeding, soreness, or bruising at the site of needle insertion.
You might be more sensitive in certain areas, but it shouldn’t hurt. Acupuncture needles are usually not painful on areas of thicker skin and muscles
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of the life force known as “QI,” pronounced “CHI.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.
QI is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.
Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.
An acupuncturist will insert needles into a person’s body with the aim of balancing their energy.
This, it is claimed, can help boost wellbeing and may cure some illnesses.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.
A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it’s common to receive six to eight treatments
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