The term ‘Ayurveda’ is made up of two words – Ayu which means life and veda which means knowledge or science. Hence, Ayurveda is the Science of Life and Longevity which originated in India many centuries ago.
All Ayurveda concepts and principles are based on one common belief – human beings can live a healthy and happy life as long as their mind, body and soul is in perfect equilibrium with the forces of nature including Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.
Further, it is believed that every individual is unique and is born with a balanced body which is made up of a combination of three types of energies or doshas, namely Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). These three constitutional doshas are present in varying percentages in each of us and they determine our nature, disposition, behavior patterns and physical attributes.
If at any point of time, the gentle balance between these 3 doshas is disturbed, this is one the body’s functioning gets disrupted. Hence, the need is felt to make use of Ayurvedic herbal techniques to restore the lost balance of the body.
Detoxifying the body is essential
Oftentimes, as a result of faulty eating habits, improper digestion and incorrect lifestyle etc, the body becomes incapable of flushing out the harmful toxins and waste products (ama) which start clogging and accumulating within the body. This is a very harmful pattern and further leads to serious illnesses. Hence, a big part of Ayurvedic herbal treatment involves cleansing the body of all such ama buildup. Ayurveda Panchakarma (paanch karmas – 5 procedures) refers to one of the most primary and essential detoxification and purification treatments that Ayurveda has to offer. Depending on the requirement, a couple or more of the 5 therapies may be used including Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana.
Ayurveda Helps Treat Common Ailments
Ayurvedic concepts and remedies have been known to treat problems such as insomnia, allergy, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, obesity, cold and cough, asthma, depression, constipation, stress and ulcers etc.
Ayurvedic Herbal Medicines, Treatments, Massages & Home Remedies to the Rescue
What makes Ayurveda very different from all other healing and medical sciences is its total and complete dependence on all things natural. Every treatment, medicine and remedy suggested to treat illnesses and diseases in Ayurveda is completely safe, natural and herbal in nature. And this is why; most people today are happily shifting to Ayurvedic products as opposed to strong medicines.
Ayurvedic Herbal Massages & Relaxation Techniques
From time immemorial, ancient ayurvedic massage therapies have proven to be very effective in relaxing the mind and body, treating chronic fatigue and relieving the body of aches and pains. With the mushrooming of day spas, medi spas, wellness retreats and Ayurveda centers, more and more people are experiencing the benefits of Ayurveda massages. A few well known of these include
Abhyanga Massage therapy makes use of ayurvedic herbal essential oils which are rubbed on the body.
Shirodhara Massage therapy involves pouring ayurvedic massage oils (herbal oils) and liquids (butter milk and milk) over the forehead of the person getting the massage.
Dry Garshana Massage therapy makes use of long gliding strokes using the hand. The person giving the massage must wear silk gloves while giving the massage.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies & Herbal Medicines
Ayurveda recommends the use of natural herbs and ingredients which are readily available in every household for treating common problems. Some of the most essential and effective natural herbs and spices include cinnamon, cumin, cloves, salt, turmeric powder, ginger, garlic, fenugreek seeds, onion, mint, black pepper, and honey etc. Each of them has strong medicinal properties.
Aloe Vera gel and other products are known to be effective in tackling stubborn pimples and acne. Leaves and juice of crushed mint is another option.
Benefits of Ayurvedic Herbal Solutions
Ayurveda treatments and techniques are free from side effects and propel good health and wellbeing.
Ayurvedic medicines and remedies make use of natural ingredients.
Ayurvedic solutions including herbal oils are mild and do not impact the body negatively.
Ayurvedic herbal products can usually be used in tandem with other conventional treatments.
However, in some cases, certain herbs may interfere with other medications. Hence, it is best to make an informed decision by consulting a qualified Ayurveda doctor before making use of any remedies.
If you haven’t already, give Ayurvedic Herbal remedies, treatments and medicines a try to see the difference it makes to your life the natural way!
About the Author
Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga. She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing through Ayurveda. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.
Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.