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What Is Ayurveda?

If yoga is an ancient science devoted to balancing the mind for the sake of self-realization and awareness, then Ayurveda is a sister science devoted to balancing the mind in relation to the body. Many thousands of years old, Ayurveda was developed as a system for diagnosing imbalances in the body and mind in the form of illness, disease, and other symptoms of discomfort as well as treating those imbalances through the use of herbal medicine, treatments, and other natural remedies.

 

But Ayurveda is primarily a system of preventative medicine to be able to give you the knowledge and practices so the body and mind stay in the healthiest shape possible.

 

The traditions of Ayurveda teach us that we must pursue health not just through attaining proper functioning of the body, but that we must combine physical health with mental health.This entails understanding the best suited lifestyle we should be living which includes our diet, our sleep, our communications, our interactions and much more.

Ayurveda is the science of the body and mind. It is what gives us the tools to heal and stay healthy.

-Yogi Cameron

Ayurveda is the science of the body and mind. It is what gives us the tools to heal and stay healthy.

-Yogi Cameron

Benefits of Ayurveda

Over five thousand years ago, the ancient sages of India taught Ayurveda from the oldest texts called The Vedas. The purpose of this system of health was to outline how a person could use the laws of nature to resolve disease and illness in their body as well as maintain proper overall health throughout their life.

Using the Ayurvedic system as part of our lifestyle helps us to:

  • Prevent any future ailments which are incubating in the body
  • Give us an understanding of our body and mind to maintain our health
  • Teach us about our personal nature and characteristics so we know what we are more susceptible to
  • To have the right knowledge so we can heal any disease
  • To guide us to the correct course of action when we are going through difficulties

Ayurveda treats symptoms but is mainly concerned with the root cause of a disease.

How it can help illness?

Ayurveda categorizes ailments and diseases as four.

  1. An ailment or disease which is curable
  2. A disease which is not easy to cure but can be cured
  3. A disease which is not curable but can be managed
  4. A disease which is not curable.

Every issue we go through takes us through one of these stages of disease. As Ayurveda is mainly interested in the root cause of a disease or ailment, treating the issue starts with an understanding of where the problem started. Once the root cause has been identified as physical, mental or spiritual, treatment can begin.

This diagnosis of the root cause comes from:

  1. Questioning the person about their past and present
    life
  2. Observing a person to see what their nature is like
  3. Touching the person to see what signs their body is
    showing

Treatments for basic issues include taking of small dosages of herbs, following a balanced diet, changing some basic habits. If someone is suffering from long standing ailments then treatments need to be of a more vigorous nature like Panchakarma (the 5 cleansings).

Benefits of Ayurveda

Over five thousand years ago, the ancient sages of India taught Ayurveda from the oldest texts called The Vedas. The purpose of this system of health was to outline how a person could use the laws of nature to resolve disease and illness in their body as well as maintain proper overall health throughout their life.

Using the Ayurvedic system as part of our lifestyle helps us to:

  • Prevent any future ailments which are incubating in the body
  • Give us an understanding of our body and mind to maintain our health
  • Teach us about our personal nature and characteristics so we know what we are more susceptible to
  • To have the right knowledge so we can heal any disease
  • To guide us to the correct course of action when we are going through difficulties

Ayurveda treats symptoms but is mainly concerned with the root cause of a disease.

How it can help illness?

Ayurveda categorizes ailments and diseases as four.

  1. An ailment or disease which is curable
  2. A disease which is not easy to cure but can be cured
  3. A disease which is not curable but can be managed
  4. A disease which is not curable.

Every issue we go through takes us through one of these stages of disease. As Ayurveda is mainly interested in the root cause of a disease or ailment, treating the issue starts with an understanding of where the problem started. Once the root cause has been identified as physical, mental or spiritual, treatment can begin.

This diagnosis of the root cause comes from:

  1. Questioning the person about their past and present
    life
  2. Observing a person to see what their nature is like
  3. Touching the person to see what signs their body is
    showing

Treatments for basic issues include taking of small dosages of herbs, following a balanced diet, changing some basic habits. If someone is suffering from long standing ailments then treatments need to be of a more vigorous nature like Panchakarma (the 5 cleansings).

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Sample Herbs

Herbs are a big part of Ayurvedic and Yogic living. We use herbs to cure, heal and help the body recuperate or regenerate itself. Herbs are natural medicines coming from plants which have different properties. These should be used for preventions and should be consumed daily.Here are a few potent herbs that can be useful to your healing process or daily healthy lifestyle.

Bhringraj

Bhringaraj:

aids the circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems.  It helps to rejuvenate the body and prevent aging.

Coriander

Coriander:

aids the digestive, respiratory, and urinary systems.  It helps to curb allergies and the onset of diarrhea.

Cumin

Cumin:

aids the circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems.  It also helps to promote bodily functions in general.

Fennel

Fennel:

aids the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.  It is generally used to strengthen digestion and also to calm the nerves.

Ginger

Ginger:

aids the digestive and respiratory systems.  It is commonly used to aid digestion, but is also used as a heart tonic.

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola:

aids the circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems.  It helps to resolve nervous disorders and improve memory and intelligence.

Licorice

Licorice:

aids the respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems.  It is particularly effective as an expectorant, which helps to expel mucus from the body during times of congestion.

Rose Petals

Rose Flowers (petals):

aids the circulatory, female reproductive, and nervous systems.  It helps to soothe inflammation and regulate menstruation.

Saffron

Saffron:

aids the circulatory, digestive, female reproductive, and nervous systems.  It works as an aphrodisiac for women and is even known to act as a tonic.

Tulsi

Tulsi (in moderation):

aids the digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.  It helps to sharpen awareness and improve clarity of the mind.

Tumeric

Turmeric:

aids the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems.  It has strong antibiotic properties and can also be applied externally with honey for itchy or bruised skin.

Shatavari

Shatavari:

This cooling herb is used to regulate hormone levels especially in women and is a rejuvenation tonic for the reproductive system.

How Does Ayurveda Treat the Common Cold?

Ayurvedic remedies for the common cold are defined by the nature of the cold’s symptoms. If the symptoms are Kapha in nature, then specific foods and herbs are taken to reduce the Kapha imbalance. This also holds true for Pitta or Vata symptoms.

Given the self-limiting nature of the disease, treatment is intended to lessen and perhaps shorten the incidence of symptoms, but isn’t likely to instantaneously resolve them. If the cold doesn’t mutate into another, more serious disease like bronchitis or pneumonia, the body will ultimately resolve the condition in response to proper rest and a balanced diet.

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Adopting An Ayurvedic Diet

Food turns into the body so whatever you eat becomes you. This is a basic Ayurvedic understanding.

At the heart of Ayurvedic health principle is Agni or digestive fire in the stomach. If you keep this fire healthy and burning so it can digest food and drink, turn it into nutrition and energy, your body will maintain its health. This digestive fire needs to be at the correct potency to be able to do its job of also detoxifying the body. So the digestion is at the forefront of Ayurvedic doctrine of healthy living. Read more…

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