Saturday, October 16, 2010


To most of us something that’s ours, something we claim that but something we know next to nothing about. What’s alternative medicine to the rest world is – to us – what our grandma’s forced us during fevers, sprinkled on cut, and rubbed in the backs in the summer. As we grow older & move to aspirin and protein supplements, we continue to use balms and herbal shampoos but forgot overall good health simple twigs and herbs can give us. Why? Is it because we seek instant gratification in our jet-age lives? Or is it because we haven’t been kept in loop about how traditional plants are solid way to stay healthier.

The answers is : Both. Sure, everyone wants things “NOW” and there is nothing wrong with it – we are stressed and have too many things to pack in, right? But this is why Ayurveda is more relevant today. Ayurveda is relevant as the shift in medicine from reductionist to holistic is taking place. Lifestyle related immunological and non-infectious diseases have an answer only in holistic methods not in quick fixes.

By “holistic” ayurvedic practioners means that while ayurveda may not match the “quick results” (that too depend on variable factors) of allopathic medicines, it can effectively target the multifactorial & multi targeted effects of a disease to evolve long-term solution.”It treats the root cause of the disease rather than focusing on the symptoms.”

Here is how: Ayurveda seeks to maintain (or help regain) a balance of three substances or doshas: wind/spirit/air (VATA), phlegm (KAPHA), and bile (PITTA). A balance in doshas ensures that various channels in the body are free to transport fluids from one point to another. And the way to open up blocked channels is either through sweat or through herbal intervention (or through balance & moderation, be it in terms of food, sleep, hygiene or the intake of medicines.)

Look at it this way: if you bathe, clean your teeth, skin, and eyes regularly, eat well and get in some exercise, you’re going to be in good shape all your life. If you can’t do this regularly – and none of us can- use the means as prescribed in ancient texts to make sure your pipes and tubes –nerves, arteries, veins, oesophagus, and intestines are clog free. And these texts are ancient. “The knowledge on how to lead a long and healthy life – and fix the disease and ailments that are obstacles – has evolved after deep discussion between sages.”

Now days it is important to monitor all this as traditional knowledge is being lost and because a proliferation of herbal brands has made control necessary. There are more than millions herbs and plants that ayurvedic practioners use to create formulations. There are barks, roots, fruits, leaves, oil….and endless list of nature’s beauty. Fortunately for you, there is little need to become a botanist or a gardener. Or to grind hundreds herbs for handful of the good stuff. Though each herb has its own specific use from boosting your libido to blasting cholesterol, you can easily incorporate into your life to become healthy, happy and muscular.

If you can incorporate few plants into your diet, you’ll be ready to name your great, great grandchildren. And these plants may hold more answers. “Ayurveda offers effective treatment against rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, neurological disorders that affect locomotor function and allergic respiratory disorders. It makes sense to do things in moderation. Remember, Ayurveda is about the “balance.” Seek advice from qualified practioner who’ll outline an authentic product. For your part, store any herb in a place free from contamination by air. Ayurveda is preventive and you can see positive changes in the respiratory and digestive system, better sleep, more energy or relaxed state of mind.

But in these days of lab-dominant medicines, can there be an Ayurvedic future? Plant molecular biotechnology & nanotechnology help unravel the secrets of formulations. This, in effect will make ayurveda relevant in the treatment of new age diseases. Advance in science have enabled us to isolate molecules to enhance their benefits? Who believes, however, that isolating molecules in herbs can lead to a “one drug to one target relationship,” which “undermines the herb’s total benefit.”

Apart from adding these plants to your diet, “what should be understood is that healthcare has to be based on integrated approaches to medicine that combine the best of conventional medicine with ayurveda. Again, it’s about balance. : The key to good health through ayurveda is knowledge of one’s unique Prakruthi (constitution), and a genuine ayurvedic doctor can assess one’s prakruthi with accuracy.

One can select a diet suitable to one’s constitution, plan the daily regimens suited to one’s nature and gather early warning signs about the disease one is predisposed to.”

1 comment:

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