Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ayurveda for good health and illness prevention

By Guardian Health
Ayurveda, or ayurvedic medicine, is a health system that people in India have used for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda emphasizes good health and prevention of illness through lifestyle practices (such as massage, meditation, yoga, and dietary changes) and the use of herbal remedies. Ayurvedic medicine is holistic, which means viewing the body and mind as a whole.

Ayurveda not only treats a person’s physical complaints, but it also changes lifestyle practices to help maintain or improve health. According to ayurveda, the five elements of nature (space, air, fire, water, earth) show themselves in the body as three forces (doshas) known as Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha.
These doshas relate closely to the basic elements of nature and to specific functions of the body. A balance of these doshas is thought to be required for optimal health. Air and space represent Vatta. Vatta controls muscle and joint movement, breathing, and heartbeat.
Also, Vatta controls anxiety, fear, pain, and other functions of the nervous system. Fire and water represent Pitta, which is thought to control such bodily functions as digestion, metabolism, intelligence, and skin color. Pitta governs the emotions of anger, hate, and jealousy. Earth and water represent Kapha.
The physical structure of the body and the immune system are governed by Kapha. Emotional responses thought to be controlled by Kapha include calmness, forgiveness, love, and greed. The doshas, which are determined at the time of conception, also relate to an individual’s physical makeup and personality.
A person with a Vatta makeup tends to have a small, thin build. The Pitta body style is more of a medium, muscular build. The Kapha appearance is usually bigger and well-developed. Most people are considered to have a combination of doshas, with one type usually being predominant.
In ayurvedic medicine, it is thought that if an imbalance occurs in any of the three doshas, illness results. Ayurvedic medicine treats illness through a variety of means, including dietary changes, herbal remedies, and exercise. You can also use yoga, meditation, or counseling to treat disease under this philosophy.
People use ayurvedic practices to maintain health, reduce stress, and improve flexibility, strength, and stamina. Researchers currently are studying yoga and meditation as interventions for diseases such as asthma, high blood pressure, and arthritis. Ayurveda stresses proper diet for maintaining good health and treating disease.
Herbal medicines are prescribed based on the person’s dosha type. Researchers are looking into the effects of ayurvedic herbal medicines on various long-term (chronic) illnesses. Ayurvedic practices such as yoga and meditation can be safe ways to promote health. If you have a long-term illness, you may be able to combine ayurveda with conventional medical treatment.
Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.
Ayurvedic herbal medications, like conventional medications, may cause side effects, trigger allergic reactions, or interact with other medications or herbs you are taking. Some ayurvedic medications may contain high levels of heavy metals.
A recent study found that about one in five ayurvedic medicine products available in grocery stores in the Boston area contained potentially harmful levels of lead and other heavy metals. Be sure to tell your doctor about all herbs and natural supplements that you are taking. If you have taken ayurvedic medicine products, ask your doctor about screening for heavy metals.
SOURCE: Guardian

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