Ayurveda has slowly gained prominence because it is trusted system of healing that has no side effects at all. It is often used in conjunction with conventional medicine. As ayurveda is a holistic, curative and preventative system of health it has both physical and psychological benefits and improves health by balancing the mind, body and spirit. Read on to know how to improve health through ayurveda.

Determine Your Dosha type: Based on the concept of energy Ayurveda considers that there are three basic energy types called doshas, which are present in every person. All of us have all the three doshas, however only 1or 2 are actually dominant. You can practice ayurvedic principles of living healthy by consulting an ayurvedic practitioner to determine your dosha or constitution or prakriti.

Follow Ayurvedic Diet: To do this you will have to establish your dosha type. This can guide you on the foods that you should consume and the foods that you should avoid. Following the ayurvedic diet usually does not cost more than you would normally spend on groceries. Ayurveda recommends having the largest meal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a small breakfast and small dinner. In addition all six tastes should be incorporated in each meal (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent).

Follow Healthy Sleeping Habits: Maintain healthy sleeping habits by sleeping early (before 10 p.m.) and waking early (before 6 a.m).

Have a Healthy Morning: In the morning drink a warm glass of water with lemon juice. Massage yourself with warm oil (especially the limbs, the joints, and abdomen). Indulge in some type of medication every day. Do exercises daily (before 10 a.m.). Avoid doing exercises in the middle of the day, or before bedtime.

Yoga and meditation: Regular practice of yoga and meditation has several benefits. You will surely notice improvement in your awareness, physical health, mental stability and your ability to deal with stress. Yoga is considered good for spiritual growth as well. Meditation also has several benefits. It clears your mind, improves your awareness and leads to a healthier mind and body.

You can learn yoga and meditation by joining classes or from videos, books and web sites.
Ayurveda is not only a type of medical science for the treatment of a disease; it can be considered as a way of life that promotes a happy, healthy and disease free long life. Your active participation is needed for being healthy as most ayurvedic principles require changes in diet, lifestyle, and habits.

 

Follow Ayurvedic Diet: To do this you will have to establish your dosha type. This can guide you on the foods that you should consume and the foods that you should avoid. Following the ayurvedic diet usually does not cost more than you would normally spend on groceries. Ayurveda recommends having the largest meal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a small breakfast and small dinner. In addition all six tastes should be incorporated in each meal (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent).

Follow Healthy Sleeping Habits: Maintain healthy sleeping habits by sleeping early (before 10 p.m.) and waking early (before 6 a.m).

Have a Healthy Morning: In the morning drink a warm glass of water with lemon juice. Massage yourself with warm oil (especially the limbs, the joints, and abdomen). Indulge in some type of medication every day. Do exercises daily (before 10 a.m.). Avoid doing exercises in the middle of the day, or before bedtime.

Yoga and meditation: Regular practice of yoga and meditation has several benefits. You will surely notice improvement in your awareness, physical health, mental stability and your ability to deal with stress. Yoga is considered good for spiritual growth as well. Meditation also has several benefits. It clears your mind, improves your awareness and leads to a healthier mind and body.

You can learn yoga and meditation by joining classes or from videos, books and web sites.
Ayurveda is not only a type of medical science for the treatment of a disease; it can be considered as a way of life that promotes a happy, healthy and disease free long life. Your active participation is needed for being healthy as most ayurvedic principles require changes in diet, lifestyle, and habits.

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yurveda is a holistic system of medical science and is the oldest healing science which is almost 5000 years old. Ayurveda contains two Sanskrit words: Ayu which means life or lifespan and Veda meaning knowledge (The Science of Life). This system of medicine was shaped in the ancient lands of India. Hindu Vedas consider Ayurveda as a gift of Gods to mankind which was communicated to the saints and sages of India through deep meditation. Veda Vyasa, one of the greatest sages of India is considered to have written the Vedas for the first time. These Vedas have topics on health and the use of various herbs to cure the diseases.

The four main Vedas are Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva Veda (Ayurveda which means The Science of Life is a subsection of the Atharva Veda). In the beginning only Brahmins learnt the principle of healing and were considered as physicians. However, with time this changed and people from other castes also learned this art of healing and the specific term vaidya was brought into use for these practitioners.

Around 1500 B.C. the use of ayurveda increased for treating various diseases and it was divided into eight specific branches of medicine. In addition Atreya- the school of physicians and Dhanvantri- the school of surgeons originated. The Chinese, Tibetans, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Afghanistanis, and Persians came to India to learn ayurvedic principles of healing and treatment. Ayurvedic texts were translated in Arabic and these were used by physicians such as Avicenna and Razi Sempion, to establish Islamic medicine. Besides this, Ayurveda became popular in Europe as well and it formed the foundation of the European tradition in medicine. Paracelsus, the father of modem Western medicine (1600 AD) has also adopted from ayurveda (in the system of medicine that he practiced).

In the past few centuries ayurveda went through a period of decline in India (specifically during the period of British rule). During this period it became the second option for treatment used mostly by traditional spiritual practitioners and the poor. After independence, ayurveda started to gain importance again and several schools have been established since then.

Ayurveda is based on the fundamental principle that to prevent and treat illness, maintaining a balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper drinking, diet, and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies, is essential. Even today ayurvedic medicine maintains its holistic approach to health and treatment of diseases. The branches of modern ayurveda include:

  • Principles of preventive healthcare for the entire family (kulam svastyam kutumbakam).
  • Treatment of addictions (sangakara chikitsa).
  • Purification and rejuvenation treatments (panchakarma chikitsa).
  • The ayurvedic approach to diet and weight loss (sthaulya chikitsa)
  • Musculoskeletal system treatments (vatavyadhi chikitsa).
  • Promotion of self-healing and resistance to disease (svabhaavoparamavaada).
  • Male and female infertility (vajikarana).
  • Beauty and cosmetic treatments for men and women (saundarya sadhana).

Since the mid 70’s the popularity of ayurveda has steadily increased in the developed nations (USA and Europe). In these countries it is included in the alternative and complementary therapies and is often used along with conventional (prescription) medications for treatment of chronic illness such as joint problems and skin problems. People from these developed countries have been coming to ayurvedic schools to learn its principles of healing and treatment.

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One out of the eight branches of Ayurveda, Shalakya Tantra deals with the etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention and treatment of diseases that are located above the neck region such as the head, ear, nose, eye and throat. It is responsible for all types of problems in and around the head. The name of the branch is so called because of its excessive use of ‘Shalaka’, which means probe. In South India, the branch is also known by the name – Urdhwangchikitsa. The word can be broken into two parts – Urdhwang which means the body parts above the shoulder and Chikitsa which signifies treatment. In Shalakya Tantra, there are different types of probe that are included. Some of them are probe of the eye (netra shalaka), probe of the ear (karna shalaka), probe of the nose (nasa shalaka), of the throat (mukh shalaka) and of the lips (oshta shalaka).

Textual Reference The process of Shalakya Tantra includes different techniques that are applicable for the treatment of all the problems. The main aspects of Shalyakya tantra is described in the ancient ayurvedic texts such as Sushrut Sanhita, Charak Sanhita and Ashtang Hruday. The books mainly deal with treatment of different types of conjunctivitis and glaucoma, along with surgical procedure of the removal of cataract and cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty and auroplasty (repair of traumatized nose and ear). Apart from the above mentioned complicated problems and of treatment, the three samhitas – Charaka, Susruta and Astanga Hridaya, recommend simple home remedies for minor problems, such as dryness of eye, wax in ear, migraine and mouth ulcers etc. which are being successfully administered even today.

Diseases Approximately 72 diseases of the eye are discussed by Sushrut Sanhita, including surgical procedures for cataracts, conjunctivitis, pterygium, pre-glaucomatic condition and glaucoma and diseases of the iris/pupil. The branch is not just revolved around the problem and the treatment, but also deals with general aspects. Talking about the eyes, it describes the structure of the eyes in a way that all the intricate things are also dealt with, as in modern science. Surgeries such as hinoplasty and auraplasty have also been mentioned in the texts for cosmetic reasons. The three books, Charak Samhita, Sushurut Samhita and Ashtang Samghrah, also mention the methods regarding the general care of the eye and ENT structures. In addition to this, Shalakya Tantra has listed 25 diseases of the ear, 18 diseases of the nose, 11 diseases of the lips, 1 disease of the lymph glands, 23 diseases of the teeth, 6 diseases of the tongue, 8 diseases of the palate, 18 diseases of the throat-pharynx-larynx and 8 diseases of the oral cavity.Read more at http://ayurveda.iloveindia.com/ayurvedic-treatment/shalakya-chikitsa.html#3LemIrx00F3U0EpZ.99

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