Ayurveda – a science of life
Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient Indian system that is over 5,000 years of age and its literal translation from Sanskrit means a “science of life”.
Ayurvedic knowledge reaches us through the traditions preserved and handed down by the Indian sages, gathered over the ages in the so-called sutras, sacred texts describing the basics of Eastern medicine.
The concept that lies in the basis of Ayurvedic science is the pursuit of a healthy and long-lived life of over 120 years.
Although the modern, western man may find this concept unattainable and utopic, the role of ayurvedic knowledge is just that – to offer an opportunity to deal with diseases through a holistic approach, and the occurrence of a given disease is viewed on a larger scale where the treatment affects not only the physical but also the mental and emotional health of the patient.
Treatment with Ayurveda
Although the definition of happiness is different for each person, we all agree that life with a disease is not a happy life, so when a disease process occurs, our first thought is how to recover our health.
Many people rely on modern medications, oriented to rapid results but also having various side effects.
Unlike modern Western medicine, which aims at rapid treatment without consideration of potential additional complications, Ayurveda has another, different approach.
The Ayurvedic approach is a holistic approach (or in Greek – an integral approach) that views all levels of man as inextricably linked – physical level, mental, emotional and spiritual – all these individual aspects of the personality constitute our essence.
In this sense, according to Ayurveda, if a disease manifests on the physical level, the cause may be rooted in one of the other levels, for example, on the emotional level. Therefore, the approach of the ayurvedic treatment is to find the root cause of a disease and then focus on accurate treatment. Ayurveda does not cure only symptoms, as Western medicine does, here the efforts are focused on uprooting the disease and elimination of the possibility of symptoms to come back.
How exactly does Ayurveda heal? The first step, after choosing treatment with the holistic methods of Ayurveda, is to find a competent Ayurvedic physician who will perform a pulse diagnostics and detailed examination, so he will be able to determine your health condition and prescribe the proper treatment.
It is important to note when a disease process is present, according to Ayurvedic medicine, namely when there is an energy imbalance in the body. What does that mean?
According to Ayurveda, there are three main energies in the body of each person, the so-called doshas – Pitta, Kapha and Vata, and when these three energies in our bodies are in balance, we enjoy great health, however, when there is an imbalance in one of the energies, the health slightly changes; when there is an imbalance in two energies, this leads to more serious problems; and when the imbalance affects all three doshas – the disease is classified as very severe or difficult to treat.
During the ayurvedic examination, you may hear the word Vikruti, an imbalance of the energy, and Vriddhi (increased energy) or Kshaya (decreased energy). It is important to be aware of the fact that if there is an imbalance in the doshas, usually one dosha is with increased energy and the other one is with decreased energy.
How does the treatment go?
Once the disease is diagnosed, the Ayurveda physician prepares the body of the patient for treatment by several preparatory therapies, the so-called Puvakarma. At this stage of the treatment, external procedures are applied in order to eliminate the toxins accumulated on the periphery of the body. These procedures include oiling, sweating of the body.
After the preparatory part of the Puvakarma procedures, the Panchakarma therapies are applied, as they aim at the internal release of the body from toxins, which happens through intended vomiting, laxative effect, enemas, nasal oil treatment, and phlebotomy.
The Ayurvedic system exists for thousands of years, and the sacred knowledge that has reached our lives today must be respected and accepted, and it should not be viewed with prejudices and lack of understanding. It is a fact that Ayurvedic medicine has helped and continues to do so, in order to protect human health and longevity, so it is best to listen to its advice.