Why Ayurveda

Why Ayurveda is important?

The aim of every healing system is to provide relief and cure from diseases, but not all systems of healing are targeted at the prevention of diseases and to provide overall well-being. Each system has its own approach and limitations. Yet Ayurveda, with its holistic approach and natural methods aims at prevention and management and helps in getting rid of disease from its roots. Wherever possible, it works towards providing a permanent cure.

Though it’s a more than 5,000-year-old healing science, Ayurveda is extremely logical and clear in its approach. This ancient science underlines the need to live in tune with nature and aims to boost the body’s immunity, thus aiding in preventing and fighting against all types of diseases. Ayurveda treatment involves a coordinated effort between the doctor and the patient for the prevention, management, and healing of diseases.

Why should you go for Ayurvedic treatment?

Ayurveda is witnessing a great revival worldwide with thousands of people looking for a holistic, sustainable, safe and effective form of treatment. India, being the birthplace of Ayurveda, has a lot to offer to the world in the treatment of various types of disease – even that labeled incurable by modern science. Ayurvedic medicine is good for health & one has several advantages in going for Ayurvedic treatment. Some of them are explained below.

Works at the root cause

Ayurveda is not a system of healing that provides the only relief from symptoms. It aims to restore health by working on the underlying causes of the disease. So, you will hear a lot about detoxification, cleansing, strengthening and rejuvenation in Ayurveda. It’s a simple science based on a common-sense approach, a rare commodity in today’s world.

For instance, when a patient complains of headaches, burning in the eyes, acidity and fungal infection on the skin, for him they are four different problems. But for an Ayurvedic doctor, they all indicate impairment of pitta dosha and therefore pitta dosha treatment alone. In such a case, the patient cannot become fully healthy unless impaired pitta in the human body is brought under control, which will help to treat and provide a cure to all the four problems.

Ayurveda always aims to attack the root cause of the disease – its objective is not to suppress a particular symptom but to restore harmony and balance. It tries to accomplish this by balancing of impaired doshas (Vata, pitta, and Kapha), digestion and elimination of toxins, strengthening of digestive fire, opening up of channels, and rejuvenation of dhatus (tissues). Thus, detoxification and cleansing is an integral part of Ayurveda science. This cleansing is not only done through medications or Panchakarma therapies but also through a well-planned diet and the right lifestyle.

Is Ayurvedic medicine safe? Safe and natural

Ayurveda is a science that does not believe in suppressing symptoms to provide relief. Completely safe & natural, it focuses on curing a disease without creating a new one. Unlike allopathic medicines, it does not cause fatal or irreversible damage to the human body in the form of side effects. Side effects are rare in Ayurveda. Even if it occurs it might be due to your body’s intolerance to some types of herbs and minerals, or if you are not following the diet and lifestyle advice as per instructions.

Ayurveda works by triggering your natural healing mechanism and uses the gift of nature (herbs, oils, minerals, fruits, spices, etc.) to create a natural balance in the body. It not only works on a particular disease but aims to restore and maintain overall health and well-being.

Unique treatment

Unlike many other health systems, Ayurveda looks at an individual holistically. It doesn’t treat any disease just by giving some tablets or capsules but puts a lot of emphasis on food regimen, lifestyle, mental and spiritual approach, and conduct of the individual. Ayurveda moves beyond the one-size-fits-all approach for deciding a line of treatment. Rather, it takes into consideration several factors such as:

  • The state of an individual’s doshas (Vata/ pitta/ Kapha)
  • The state of the dhatus (tissues) (blood/muscles etc.)
  • The state of malas or excreta (stool/ urine)
  • The state of mahabhootas or elements (fire/ water etc.)
  • The state of the srotas or body channels
  • The state of the mind
  • Behavioural signs
  • Primary and secondary symptoms & many more!

Impairment of the doshas, dhatus and other factors can differ in patients even when they may have the same disease. Since Ayurveda aims at balancing the imbalanced factors and restore the impaired factors, Ayurvedic treatment differs from patient to patient and is customized according to different individuals. Not just the form of medicines, even the recommended lifestyle, food regimen, type of exercises, nature of tonics and timings of taking medicines can differ from patient to patient.

Works on all levels

Ayurveda considers a human being to an amalgamation of the body, mind, and soul. So, a patient’s approach, attitude, and conduct are often responsible for causing him health problems. The fact that a negative attitude or negative thoughts can affect mental, as well as physical health, was well known to Ayurveda even thousands of years ago. Also, it was well known that overindulgence or deprivation from sex, overeating or excess fasting, and lack of activity and overexertion was all harmful to the body and led to disharmony and disease. Therefore, the practice of Yoga, meditation and attention towards one’s conduct are an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment.

Helps to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle

Until just a few decades ago modern science never looked at the role of diet and lifestyle in the manifestation and management of the disease. On the other hand, this ancient science has been doing so for thousands of years. As such, the Ayurvedic system has reached expertise in the role of healthy Ayurvedic food and lifestyle in diseases. For example, it is a fact that excess consumption of sweets can cause your blood sugar level to shoot up, while spicy food can lead to ulcers or acidity. Going late to bed and sleeping till late in the morning can disturb the metabolism and cause metabolic disorders.

Ayurveda recognized these facts long ago and charted out easy and practical guidelines and regimens for food and lifestyle. When an individual taking Ayurvedic treatment follows a planned dietary and lifestyle regimen and sees how it’s affecting his health positively, it motivates him more to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, thus guiding him towards a healthy, fruitful and long life.