Ayurvedic medicine, holistic medicine
Ayurvedic medicine treats the individual as a whole: it is based in particular on the unity of body and mind. So a disease that affects one part of the body can also affect another. Likewise, a disease that affects the body can also affect the mind and vice versa. For example, stress can cause skin diseases, such as psoriasis. Conversely, psoriasis can cause stress. The idea is therefore to treat one of the two. As the body regulates itself naturally, other problems can be relieved at the same time. Another principle of Ayurvedic medicine is to treat the causes of the disease, and not just the symptoms.
It is both preventive and curative medicine. She treats the individual in a way that avoids disease, by encouraging them to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle, and by focusing on yoga and meditation. The curative part covers eight different medical specialties: internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, treatment of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, toxicology, rejuvenation and aphrodisiacs. This medicine is recognized as traditional medicine by the World Health Organization. In the West, it is often considered alternative medicine.
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Doshas, the foundations of Ayurvedic medicine
According to the principles of Ayurvedic medicine, we get sick when our doshas are out of balance. Balancing your doshas is therefore the key to good health. You should know that the doshas are a grouping of energies or moods formed by the five elements (air, ether, fire, water and earth). There are three: the Vata dosha, made of air and ether, the Pitta dosha, made of fire and a little water, and the Kapha dosha, made of earth and water. In our body, doshas are rarely present in equal proportions: each one is born with its own combination and this is what makes up our prakruti. Usually, one of the doshas dominates: this indicates which dosha is present in large quantities, and therefore which doshas must be particularly taken care of to maintain balance.
Ayurvedic medicine in practice
To restore the balance necessary for good health, Ayurvedic medicine is based on a set of methods. Dietetics occupy a central place. Each food has specific properties that help to rebalance the doshas. Thus, green vegetables stimulate the Vata while fish and seafood calm it. Ayurvedic medicine also uses plants such as turmeric, fenugreek … They can treat a large number of ailments, such as skin diseases, coughs … Other techniques complement the Ayurvedic treatment: massages, yoga and meditation. The end goal is to change the patient’s lifestyle in order to guide them on the road to recovery. Detoxification cures are also particularly important: the goal is to purify the body and the mind by promoting the elimination of toxic elements from the body. Such a cure should be done, if possible, at each change of season, in order to prevent disease. This is based on the ingestion of clarified butter, oil massages, sweating sessions and enemas. Other techniques can complete this treatment: sinus washing or therapeutic vomiting for certain types of ailments. Thus purified, the body and the spirit are regenerated!
To learn more about Ayurveda:
– Ayurveda: the benefits of Indian medicine
– How to determine your Dosha?
– Ayurveda: the 5 essential treatments