Health Benefits Of Ayurvedic Treatment
Western cultures have been embracing holistic medicine or treating the whole patient – mind, body and spirit in recent decades, but as many as 80 percent of people in India have been doing the same for about 3,000 years. Ayurvedic Treatment (medicines), or Ayurveda, has its roots in the Hindu religion and focuses on both prevention and cures by looking at how well the body is balanced. Using three systems, or doshas – the nervous (Vata), arterial (Kapha) and venous (Pitta) – practitioners of Ayurveda help people keep their insides and outsides in check with the physical and spiritual world. As many as 70 percent of individuals in India use only Ayurveda for health care, but most in the West and some in India and other parts of Asia combine it with more traditional medicine and physicians. Combining the best of both is often called complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM.
Translated as the ‘knowledge of life’ or the ‘science of life’, Ayurveda can help improve both physical, measurable health and the overall quality of life. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using Ayurvedic Treatment.
Building Immunity: Eating grapefruits and other citrus food in advance of cold season is a simple immunity-booster in the West, but in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, a multitude of herbs, vitamins, minerals and proteins are mixed together to prevent and combat immune disorders.
Overall Health: Along with tonics for improving immunity, practitioners also mix or give straight herb preparations to reduce symptoms of illness or disease. Most recommendations for symptom relief also come with lifestyle changes or activity, too. Exercising, taking breaks to breathe in and out, getting sun exposure, and eating a healthier or illness-specific diet all work together to help the whole person feel better and not just to treat the symptoms.
Reducing Stress: There are proven links between poor physical health and high stress levels, and Ayurvedic texts going back thousands of years recognized how taxing worry can be on the body and spirit.
Many of the preparations and individual ingredients of Ayurveda aid in digestion and keeping the body in balance, and most of the diet principles complement the tonics or specific recommendations of practitioners. When a person is suffering from poor health or even poor happiness, Ayurvedic Treatment also encourages a good cleansing of the insides for improved overall health.