"Ayur" means life and "Veda" science or knowledge Ayurveda means “the science of life.” Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit; thus, some view it as “holistic.” The origins of Ayurveda have been traced back to around 5,000 BCE, when they originated as an oral tradition. Some of the concepts of Ayurveda have existed since the times of Indus Valley Civilization. The first recorded forms of Ayurveda as medical texts evolved from the Vedas. Ayurveda is a discipline of the upaveda or "auxiliary knowledge" in Vedic tradition. There are three principal early texts on Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita, the Sushruta Samhita and the Bhela Samhita Every living and non-living being in this universe is a combination of 5 elements called Pancha Maha Bhootas: Earth, the principle of inertia. Water, the principle of cohesion. Fire, the principle of radiance. Air, the principle of vibration. Ether, the principle of pervasiveness. The balance of these 5 elements brings happiness, health, and help to prevent illness
According to Ayurveda, everyone is unique and treatments should be customized to each individual as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach. Unlike Western medicine, which commonly deals with symptoms, Ayurveda aims to treat the root cause, taking into account the whole, complete picture of a person. It encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, herbs, exercise, breathing and meditation techniques, and healing body treatments. Our body is the foundation of everything we do. It should be strong, vibrant, and supple. The five senses are the instruments through which we interact with the external world; they should be clear and sharp. The mind is home to our consciousness; it should be calm, centered, and at peace. The heart is the home of our soul; it should be open and free of anger and resentment. By cultivating such a state of balance and harmony, we can live with vitality and reach our full potential
The Three Doshas Ayurveda groups the five elements into three basic types of functioning principles, which also are present everywhere, called the Three Doshas. When they are in balance, they support life, and when they are not, they cause the dissolution of life. Each person has all three Doshas, but usually one or two dominate, determining one’s physiological and personality traits Vata (Air and Ether): This dosha is associated with movement, and it controls breathing, blinking, and heart pulsation. People who are vata types tend to be light, taller, and thinner. When in balance, they are creative and flexible; out of balance they are unstable, anxious, and fearful, traits that can manifest in poor digestion, insomnia, and psychological problems Pitta (Fire and Water): Pitta is associated with metabolism, digestion, assimilation, and body temperature. People who are pitta types tend to have medium, muscular builds. When they are in balance, they are warm, outgoing, excellent decision makers, and great leaders; when they are out of balance, they can be hotheaded, angry, and hostile, which can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, and inflammatory disorders Kapha (Water and Earth): Connected with physical structure, it is the “glue” that holds the cells together. Kapha types tend to have heavier builds with larger bones. When they are in balance, they are stable, calm, loving, and forgiving; if not, they can be overly attached, possessive, and greedy, which can manifest in congestion, respiratory issues, or obesity
What is the initial examination? Ayurvedic examinations generally consist of three parts Observation The practitioner first evaluates general physical health by looking at the patient and observing his/her movements, body contour, color of the skin and eyes, facial lines and ridges, shape of the nose, and qualities of the lips, hair, and nails Touch The practitioner then employs touch, including palpation (pressing down on parts of the body, called sparshanam in Ayurveda), auscultation, which is listening for sounds made by the internal organs (shrvanaa), and percussion or tapping (akotana). There is special focus on the patient's pulse, tongue, nails, and speech. Laboratory testing is also included under this category Questions The practitioner asks the patient about complaints and symptoms, as well as the duration of discomfort and disease progression. The practitioner also inquires about mental and psychological conditions Its adherents strive to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, maintaining that this balance prevents illness, treats acute conditions, and contributes to a long and healthy life The ayurvedic treatment is a complete combination of - diet “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” ~ Ayurvedic Proverb - herbs - massages with essential oils - yoga/ meditation
The Panchakarma treatment Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one the most effective healing modality in Ayurvedic Medicine. It promotes Detoxification and Rejuvenation Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments” This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas called "ama2 in Ayurveda. Ama is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that needs to be completely evacuated from the body Panchakarma will remove the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them as well as eliminate the harmful ama out of your system through the body’s own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc). Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance. Panchakarma is a five-fold therapy; it is highly individualized based on the needs of the individual depending on the Ayurvedic constitutional type, doshic imbalances, age, digestive strength, immune status, and many other factors. Depending on each individual’s needs all or only parts of the five therapies are utilized. Specially trained therapists must administer these procedures in a definite sequence for a specified period of time. In addition, although Panchakarma is for the most part a delightful and comfortable therapy, there can be periods of discomfort associated with the profound release of toxins, which does occur. It is therefore essential that a knowledgeable expert who can recognize the signs of properly and improperly administered Panchakarma supervise the therapy
The treatments Abhyanga is an individually prepared herbal-oil massage designed to deeply penetrate the skin, relax the mind-body, break up impurities, and stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste. The desired result is a heightened state of awareness that will direct the internal healing system of the body. It effectively reduces weight and aches, and boosts complexion and blood circulation
Garshana treatments consist of a dry lymphatic skin brushing with either wool or a silk glove. This enhances circulation and cleans the skin so that subsequent oil and herbal treatments can penetrate deeply into freshly cleansed pores of the skin
Kizhi herbal leaves or powders are made in boluses and is applied on the whole body or a part after dipping it in a warm medicated oils. Very effective for sports injuries, arthritis...
ksheeradhoomam a mixture of medicinal decoction and cow's milk is heated and the steam thus liberated is passed in a tube and applied over teh affected area or whole body. Very effective for facial palsies, speech disorders, and nervous disorders
Nasyam consists of individually prescribed herbs and oil drops, inhaled through the nose, which clear the sinuses of excessive mucus. It is also an important therapy when medicating the central nervous system. This treatment combats the deep dryness that exists at the root of many respiratory and allergic conditions, mental disorders, headaches
Pinda Swedana is a deep cleansing treatment where rice boiled in milk and herbs is massaged deeply into the tissues and joints. The treatment is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating as well as powerfully detoxifying
Pizichili is a continuous stream of warm herbalized oil soothingly poured over the body by two Ayurvedic therapists as they massage the body in perfect unison. The warmth of the oil and synchronicity of the massage combine for a deep tissue cleansing while supporting a heightened state of awareness that transcends description. Very efficient to reduce arthritis, sexual and nervous weakness or disorders
Shirodhara is administered by gently and methodically pouring warm herbalized oil over the forehead, synchronizing brain waves and profoundly coordinating and calming the mind, body, and spirit. Very effciient in case of Burn-out, mental weakness or disorders, stress...
Snehapanam means oral intake of medicated oils or ghee (clarified butter). Very effective for arthritis, chronic constipation, haemorrhoids...
Swedana is an individually herbalized steam bath, during which the head and the heart are kept cool while the body is heated to remove mental, emotional and physical toxins lodged deeply within the tissues. The cool head and heart provide a sense of calm and openness while the therapeutic steam over the entire body can penetrate and cleanse deeply, without the body becoming overheated and stressed
Thalam special powder mixed with medicated oils is applied on the top of the head. Very effective for Insomnia, migraine...
Udvarthanam is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic massage. This powerful exfoliating treatment magically restore your natural radiance conditions the skin while pressing stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body. It is a powder massage. Very effective in obesity, skin diseases, impaired circulation
Vasthi otherwise known as "medicated enema", Vasthi is a therapeutic procedure in which certain herbal oils, herbal extracts...etc are applied through the rectum. It's effective for arthritis, gastric complaints, chronic constipation, rheumatism...
Yoni prakshalanam herbal oils and decoction are applied through the vaiginal route. Very effective for gynaechologist disorders. It's also a purification process for genital organs
To do before, during and after the Panchakarma Plan the cure outside the menstrual cycle and do not do it if you have a fever, infection or fatigue Before the cure it is advisable to prepare the intestines and avoid alcohol, meat, sweets During the treatment, it is advisable to rest 1 hour after each treatment, without reading, talking and avoiding any mental and physical activity. Avoid any toxic substance, alcohol, cigarettes ... etc. You have to listen your intuition. The process of detoxification can cause anxiety, it is a normal phenomenon, just know it and "pass" without attaching too much importance. Have as much contact with nature as possible, walk barefoot in the grass, avoid talking too much. During the treatment we are more sensitive so we must avoid "negative"news or readings After the treatment, you have to stay a few days calm and do not resume physical activity or mental just after. It is advisable to follow the diet recommended by the doctor and drink plenty of water The effects are immediate and also during the months that follow An Ayurveda cure is the perfect time to disconnect from the screens and start meditating
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