Ayurveda – Mother of All Healing
Ayurveda – Mother of All Healing Ayurveda is an Ancient Indian Science of healing unlike any other, offering a unique approach to healthcare. Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing”. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, ‘Ayur’ which means ‘Life’ and ‘Veda’
means ‘Knowledge’. Hence, Ayurveda is the “Knowledge of Life” itself. Ayurveda treatment focuses on cleansing, rejuvenation, and detoxification of both body and mind.
Principles of Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, the body, mind, and soul function together for maintaining a healthy balance. To know how to balance the body, mind, and soul requires an understanding of how Vata, Pitta, and Kapha work together. According to Ayurvedic Philosophy, the entire science of Ayurveda is based on the “Five Great Elements”(Panchabhutha) theory. These five elements are earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether or Space. Ayurveda explains Prakriti( Psychosomatic constitution) based on the three bodily humours – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In the physical body, Vata rules the mental functions and mobility. Pitta, the energy for digestion and metabolism, and Kapha the energy for nourishment and that forms the body’s structure.
Ayurveda insists that the Dosha(bodily humour), Dhatu(tissue) Agni(digestive fire) and Mala(bodily waste) should function in a harmony for a healthy life . Ayurvedic treatments are done to detoxify the body and to strengthen the immune system. Ayurvedic science has a holistic approach for maintaining health and for the treatment of diseases.
Panchakarma’ or the Therapy of Purification
Panchakarma Treatment is a classic Ayurveda detoxification treatment and includes five major procedures. It is designed to purify the whole body by eliminating the accumulated toxins from it. The ideal duration for carrying out the Panchakarma is 14 days – 6 days for preparation, 1day purge and 7 days for the build-up and healthy lifestyle phase.
Vaman – Emesis therapy: It is indicated in kaphavridhi means in excess of kapha. Vamana – the Ayurvedic treatment is therapeutic vomiting, to eliminate the Kapha causing the excess Mucus. It is done for bronchitis, cold-cough, asthma etc.
Virechana- Purgation Therapy: It is indicated in excess of Pitta in body. Ayurveda suggests therapeutic purgation for skin problems like Rashes, Inflammation, Biliary Vomiting, acne-pimples, and Jaundice etc.
Nasyam-Nasal Administration: In this therapy head –face and chest is massaged with specific herbal oil and made to perspire. Then specific Ayurvedic oils – powder are administered in nostrils. It is very effective for Sinusitis, Migraine, Headaches, Allergic condition and Rhinitis etc.
Anuvasan Vasti – Medicated Oil Enemas: It is indicated in Vata disorders like backache, sciatica and other joint pains, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout, Muscle Spasm, Sexual problems, Neurological problems Headache Etc. Vata`s predominant site is the colon. In this therapy, medicated oil is introduced into the Rectum.
Asthapana Vasti- Niruha Vasti – Enema of Decoction: It is also done for vata disorders. In this herbal decoctions are introduced in the rectum. It relieves Constipation, Distention, Backache, Rheumatism and other joint pains etc.
Yoga and Meditation in Ayurveda
In an Ayurvedic treatment, yoga is often practiced every day to relax muscles and strengthen them through controlled use. An Ayurvedic holiday is a great opportunity to improve your balance and experience all of the health benefits of yoga. For yoga enthusiasts, treatment in an Ayurvedic resort is a perfect opportunity to practice yoga in an authentic setting.
Meditation is used for mental relaxation and teaches you how to control your emotions and focuses on your body, which makes it a fantastic supplement to an Ayurveda treatment. Most Ayurvedic resorts offer group meditation once a week, however, it is recommended to meditate on your own as well, paying close attention to posture and breathing.