Are mundane and mechanical routines in your life weighing down on your health? Can’t seem to make time for yourself? What do you do? Take a break of course! The next time you spot a long weekend coming, take a trip to Govardhan Ecovillage - a highly popular rest spot for the city dwellers of Mumbai where you can enjoy a supremely healthy, refreshing and rejuvenating dose of Ayurvedic treatments.
Ayurveda is the world’s oldest healing technique and is recognised today as a traditional and alternative form of medicine. The core practice of Ayurveda stems from the ideology that in order to achieve health and wellness, the body, mind and soul must all exist in perfect harmony with one another. It is important to understand that rather than curing diseases like Western medicine, Ayurveda is known to boost the body’s self-healing properties. This process may be slower yet enables long term effects that improve a person’s overall lifestyle.
Ayurveda translates to Science of Life, so it’s no surprise that the treatments associated with this practice involve natural healing therapies and ingredients that are sourced straight from nature rather than developed in a lab from scratch.
An Ayurvedic practitioner begins the treatment process with internal purification. This is followed by planning a special diet that includes herbal supplements. Patients are also advised to practice yoga and meditation to further boost healing. Ayurveda has been proven to be very effective for treating minor health concerns such as body pain and mental stress. For more severe cases of illness, doctors may recommend Ayurvedic practices as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medication.
These herbs and spices have showcased healing properties when used in controlled doses and under the guidance of Ayurvedic practitioners. You are also likely to find some of them in the kitchen of Indian households.
A very important spice used in Ayurvedic treatments. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent gastrointestinal discomforts like ulcers and belching.
This spice has an incredible amount of healing properties. It is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to help improve the blood flow in the body that can in turn prevent heart diseases.
As the name suggests, this Ayurvedic herb plays a key role in helping reduce mental stress. It is also proven to be effective against symptoms of ADHD and can boost overall brain health.
A staple ingredient in Asian cuisine, bitter gourd is known to have helped in keeping the body’s blood sugar levels in check. It is also effective in reducing bad cholesterol.
The anti-microbial properties present in cumin seeds have shown to be effective in tackling foodborne diseases. It is also very useful for those suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Ayurvedic therapies have evolved since its inception 5000 years ago. Yet, till date, some of the most ancient treatments are still considered relevant and just as powerful as modern medicine. Some Ayurvedic treatments that are commonly practiced include:
Nasyam: For those suffering from ear, nose and throat irritations, Nasyam is a recommended Ayurvedic treatment. The process involves the application of herbal liquids directly into the nostrils. You are required to breathe normally, covering one nostril and inhaling through the other in alternative steps as the process is carried out. Problems like sinusitis and migraines are alleviated using this treatment.
Rakthamoksham: Blood tests can reveal a lot about the well-being and functions in the body. Rakthamoksham, also known as bloodletting therapy, is one of the most significant treatments in Ayurveda. The process involves cleansing of the body’s bloodstream through procedures like needle-pricking, venesection, leeching etc., thereby eliminating impurities in the bloodstream that are caused by the presence of toxins, and allowing fresh blood to begin circulating.
Shodana Chikitsa: Though the body has a natural way of dealing with and removing waste, there is always a chance some impurities remain trapped in various organs and pathways. Shodana Chikitsa is a body purification and cleansing therapy that aims to remove these impurities through fasting, induced vomiting, enemas, therapeutic purgation and fat scraping.
Panchakarma: The most popular and widely practiced Ayurvedic treatment is Panchakarma. It is based on the elemental principles that the body, mind and soul are associated with - Earth, air, fire, water and ether. Panchakarma involves the practices of the above-mentioned treatments for a more holistic cleaning experience.
The importance of Ayurveda and the numerous medical benefits it offers has been well documented since its inception centuries ago. Ayurvedic treatments are considered as one of the best preventive measures one can undertake, allowing the body to induce its natural healing process at a faster rate and ensuring a healthier outlook in life.
The uniqueness of Ayurvedic treatments is the approach to tackle the root cause of an ailment. Rather than curing the disease, Ayurveda focuses on the individual. The many herbs and spices used in Ayurvedic medicine have proven healing properties and their application is done both internally and externally to achieve a more holistic treatment. Couple this with classic mental exercises like yoga and meditation, and you’ve got something that promotes a more positive and healthier living standard.
Omega 3 fatty acids are an incredibly effective source of nutrients for your skin. It helps in improving the skin’s supple feel while also giving it a radiant glow. Ayurvedic medications incorporate the use of leafy green vegetables and nuts that are rich in this nutrient, so adopting an Ayurvedic skincare routine is extremely beneficial.
Holistic Ayurvedic treatments are the best. Combining herbal medications with yoga and meditation opens the mind, body and soul to a whole new level of self-improvement. Furthermore, Ayurvedic herbs like Brahmi are used as supplementary medications in western medicine to treat people with problems like mental stress and depression.
Prevention is the best cure - that is the Ayurvedic way! The science of life teaches us to elevate ourselves through a well planned, balanced and consistent lifestyle that involves eating the right things, exercising regularly and focusing on our breathing. All these work in tandem to help achieve a peak physical, mental and psychological condition that helps reduce the risk of contracting diseases.
Obesity is one of the major factors that lead to numerous health complications. Apart from medication-based treatments, Ayurvedic practitioners may also recommend a diet plan to help in weight management and reduction. This may include simple adjustments like switching from cold to hot beverages and focussing on easier to digest food to a more fleshed out plan that involves eating a proper 3-meal a day system with heavy breakfasts and lighter dinners that are done on a timely and consistent basis and are also coupled with an exercise routine.
The short, intense and niggling pain one feels in the stomach after indulging themselves in a heavy meal is a result of bloating. Overindulgence is very unhealthy for the body’s digestive system and can often lead to the production of gasses in the tummy. The herbs and spices associated with Ayurvedic medication have incredible anti-oxidant properties. A seasoned Ayurvedic practitioner can help with setting up a diet plan that includes cardamom, ginger and cumin or providing quick relief treatment measures to help deflate the bloat.
Ayurvedic treatments are highly recommended for women who are pregnant or going through a painful menstrual cycle. The detoxification procedures in the treatment help keep the body in a relaxed state through certain forms of yoga and adequate amounts of rest. This helps alleviate hormonal imbalances associated with pregnancy and menstruation.
The Ayurvedic treatment of Panchakarma is popular for the incredible health benefits it can have on your body, mind and soul. A key reason to take up Panchakarma treatments is the detoxification procedure. Ayurvedic practitioners will plan out specific panchakarma procedures based on your body type to ensure the impurities that remain in your body as residue are all flushed out of the system.
Since a lot of Ayurvedic procedures focus on cleansing and detoxification, the sleep disorder known as insomnia can be effectively treated by undergoing Ayurvedic treatments or consuming Ayurvedic supplements as part of a diet plan to help induce sleep. Classic methods include mixing crush almond in a warm glass of milk or rubbing coconut oil on the scalp and feet.
Another key health benefit of taking up Ayurvedic medication is its anti-inflammatory powers. Many of the herbs and spices associated with Ayurvedic medication have known to ease pains associated with bowel movements, joints and the lower back. The all-round cleansing and detoxification procedures carried out by Ayurvedic practitioners can help uplift the mind, body and soul from these common ailments.
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