What is Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic science is one of the oldest teachings in the world . It appeared in the lands of the southern part of the Asian continent more than five millennia ago. Thanks to it, the ancient population of present-day India has been rescued from many terrible diseases, even in adverse conditions of war, drought, famine, pestilence and poverty .
From time immemorial, healers have used Ayurveda against a variety of conditions and have even performed complex operations following its principles. The oldest texts on the subject, dating back to the BC, testify to true organ transplants.
Today, the restriction of Ayurveda is fundamental in time, namely the speed with which it can help us heal . Therapeutic courses in Indian medicine usually take several weeks for the simpler diseases and months and even years for the more persistent, while for most modern diseases special drugs are invented. These products can seem seemingly much faster than herbs and oil therapies in Ayurveda , though in essence some of the artificial ingredients of medicines are even more harmful to us than they help us.
Rejection of ancient medicine for the sake of pharmacy
At first glance, pharmaceuticals provide lightning-quick relief of the unpleasant symptoms of the disease states. Therefore, many people do not understand the point of turning to the teachings of Ayurveda . In practice, however, many of the problems that plague us are consequences caused by the treatment of the various conditions we have experienced in the past . In other words, while treating one, another becomes ill.
Ayurveda makes no distinction between chronic and acute illnesses – the teaching preaches that some diseases simply have chronic manifestations and others acute. For the medicine of ancient India it does not matter whether a disease is chronic or not. Even if Ayurveda can deal with it, as long as it has not developed too much . Ayurveda cannot help only in cases where a disease is too advanced and also in acute conditions that pose an immediate threat to life.
We should not seek Ayurvedic treatment, for example, at a time when we are experiencing a serious asthmatic attack that causes difficulty in breathing, as well as allergic reactions accompanied by:
- severe rashes
- head trauma
- painful kidney stones ( kidney crisis )
- pulmonary embolism
- heart attack
- stroke, etc.
In the event of an attack of any of the listed diseases, we should in no case waste time, and immediately head to the nearest emergency room.
Ayurvedic methods are only effective in some cases
Due to the undeniable severity of the effects that can result from untreated bronchitis or pneumonia, ayurveda should not be used as an alternative to Western medicine in the treatment of flu, but at the same time we can and do apply ayurvedic therapies in parallel during your treatment.
Ayurveda herbs generally have a completely neutral effect on medication, but in the case of more serious and prolonged illnesses, it is extremely important that we consult with doctors and specialists in the field of Ayurveda on a regular basis . Specialists can monitor changes in our condition and reduce or increase the proportional ratio between classic medicines and Ayurveda therapy *.
Ayurvedic methods can also be extremely useful for the lasting and definitive solution to all these problems related to:
- Respiratory tract
- Internal organ diseases
If we have had a severe kidney crisis , for example, as soon as the doctors have taken care of our stabilization, it is a good idea to seek an ayurvedic specialist who will advise us on what therapy to choose and what lifestyle we should follow in order to prevent further ones. outbreaks of such a disease. Herbal and oil therapies combined with yoga breathing exercises ( pranayama ) can also help us as a lasting solution to chronic asthma problems.
In the same way that we should not seek an ayurvedic cure for a person who has an epileptic shock , as soon as his doctors allow him, he should meet with an Indian medicine specialist and consult with him because the ayurveda has extremely successful methods for the complete suppression of epilepsy and even its cure. Ayurveda has even a cure for leprosy , but cannot cure it if it has reached its most advanced stage.
Ayurveda in cancer
There is much controversy over whether Ayurveda can cure cancer . It is difficult to analyze how effective these therapies are, since there is no common case in such conditions. To a great extent, the success of treatment depends on:
- the type of tumors
- stage of the disease
- aggressiveness of classical medical therapy ( chemo or radiotherapy )
- the general condition of the individual
If the stage of the disease is too advanced, Ayurveda will not be able to cure it. Certainly, however, ancient Indian medicine has a very good effect on spiritual states – and the high spirit is definitely of great importance in the fight against cancer.
In addition, Ayurveda also scores very well against the side effects of the medical procedures that cancer patients undergo in many cases every day. Herbal infusions, aromatic essential oils therapy and massages help to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy , which plague patients such as vomiting, stomach upset, constipation, anemia, anorexia and more.
A joint study by researchers from India and the United States in 2013 found similarities between the symptoms of cancer patients and those reported by Ayurveda at elevated dosage levels . In the experimental observations of the patients, an Ayurvedic doctor was prescribed treatment to alleviate the unpleasant effects of chemo and radiation therapy, and improvement was reported in many of them.
Not contacting your doctor because we expect that Ayurveda will help us to fight a dangerous disease is definitely not a good idea. But practice has shown that preventing the ingestion of ayurvedic herbs, massages and aromatherapy over a lifetime reduces the risk of developing cancer, and generally makes us more prepared to respond to the onset of the disease if it does occur.
Still, let’s face it – no intelligent Western man turns to Ayurveda, ignoring the prophylactic and medical check-ups. This ancient Indian science of body and spirit would have long since disappeared, completely replaced by modern medicine, if the latter was proven to be sufficient enough to take care of humanity’s suffering.
In India, Ayurveda is a tradition and part of the daily life of the local people. But the people of the west usually turn to this ancient teaching in a moment of despair, when modern science does not deliver the expected results or gives health and life chances to us and our loved ones, or when the treatment is so aggressive that it weakens and slows the body.
The advantage of Ayurveda
It completely removes the root of the disease , not just its external manifestations. This is called a holistic approach – looking at the overall picture, not just the symptoms of a disease. Another mistake that is sometimes made in a more literal approach by practitioners of Western medicine is to focus attention on a particular area of the organ or body, namely, only the site affected by a disease or injury.
In many cases, what we first witness as a manifestation of a condition does not provide complete information about what it is and how it can be cured. Ayurveda delves deep into the essence of the problem and removes the root causes of the problem.
Problems in Ayurveda Therapies
One of the major problems of Ayurveda in modern times is that there is a much higher demand for herbs and oils in recent years. This has opened up a market niche that a large number of suppliers currently seem to be able to fill to some extent.
However, the truth is that to a large extent, the quality and potency of the products sold for use in Indian medical practices are diminished . When purchasing products for your Ayurvedic therapy , make sure they are authentic and the content of the medicinal ingredients in them is satisfactory.
When are Ayurvedic therapies unable to help?
But most of all, Ayurvedic therapies are incapable of helping us when we do not want to help ourselves. First of all, we need to understand that Ayurveda is not a few teaspoons and a massage with aromatic healing oils when the problems of mind and body have already come to the surface and are symptomatic. This teaching affects everything in our lives – how much and how we sleep, how much and what we eat and what we use our energy for.
This is not just a system for healing the human body , namely:
Everything is connected in one, created with the highest purpose of helping every human being to live a better and more fulfilling life . Therefore, if we are not able to achieve the desired result with our prescribed Ayurvedic treatment , it is worth first of all to make sure that we have properly observed the proper diet regimen included in the Ayurvedic diet . If we refuse to start actively living and eating properly , obeying the laws of Ayurveda and nature, no herb, root, decoction or massage will help us.
* Keep in mind that if you take medication and Ayurvedic treatment on the same days, it is not a good idea to do it at the same time. Ask a specialist to guide you how long to take between different types of therapy.