1) Can Ayurveda be integrated with other systems of medicine?
Despite remarkable developments in modern science, technology, and allopathic medicine, we are not able to offer adequate healthcare to the majority of the population. The traditional system of medicine, mainly herbal medicine, is often regarded as a critical source of healthcare, particularly in rural and remote locations around the world. In undeveloped or developing countries, a substantial number of people rely on such medicine for their primary healthcare. Traditional Indian medicinal systems such as Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani Medicine have a long history of efficacy, and modern research has recognized the relevance of such medicine.
Traditional systems of medicine based on medicinal plants are playing an increasingly important role in providing health care to a broad segment of the population, particularly in developing nations. Interest in them is growing in industrialized countries, as are herbal supplements made from them. It is vital to have a minimal degree of basic information on the many aspects of these systems to get the most out of them and understand how they work. Indian Systems of Medicine are one of the most well-known traditional medical systems globally. The evidence-based integration of Indian conventional medicine into clinical practice will help to ensure that everyone receives high-quality treatment.
The roots of most Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, can be found in folk medicine. What sets Ayurveda apart from other systems is its well-defined conceptual framework that has remained consistent over time. It was maybe highly advanced and well ahead of its time conceptually. One of the earliest medical systems to argue for a holistic approach to health and disease. Another distinguishing trait of Ayurveda is that, unlike other medical systems, it formed its conceptual framework based on the results gained through medications and therapy rather than the outcomes obtained through the use of drugs and treatment. Its philosophical foundation is taken from Indian philosophy’s ‘Samkhya’ and ‘Nyaya Vaisheshika’ schools. This allowed it to develop into a sound medical system early on and become independent of religious influences. It placed a strong focus on the importance of sensory evidence and human thinking.
Concept of health in Ayurveda
Ayurveda is regarded in India as an ethnomedicine and as a comprehensive medical system that considers the physical, psychological, intellectual, ethical, and spiritual well-being of people. This system emphasizes the significance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to maintain good health. This concept has been in use for over two millennia, and modern medicine practitioners have now recognized the significance of this feature. Not surprisingly, the modern-day WHO idea of health is very similar to the Ayurvedic concept of health.
Ayurveda believes following Dinacharya (daily regimen), and Ritucharya (seasonal regimen) keeps an individual away from diseases. However, other factors may also contribute to the onset of illness. External factors such as microorganisms or changes in environmental circumstances, for example, can cause Dosha buildup, disrupting doshic balance and vitiating Doshas. According to popular belief, Doshas are generally circulated through macro and micro-channels are known as srotas. The srotas are a crucial conduit for nourishing body tissues and transporting metabolic end-products out of the tissue. Therefore, Srotorodha or blockage in the Srotas is one main reason for disease manifestation in Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic Medicines can be integrated with other sciences to improve various health conditions. When utilized as a supplementary therapy with standard, conventional medical care, Ayurveda can benefit. In many regions of the world, remarkable advancements in the healthcare sector coexist with discrepancies in access, availability, and cost of healthcare services in the twenty-first century. As a result, traditional medicine has been gaining popularity worldwide in recent decades. Conventional medicine’s expansion was fuelled by its variety, flexibility, ease of access, religious/social acceptance, few side effects, and low cost.
Of course, this allows us to include such medicine in primary care to improve people’s health. However, the road is not without its difficulties. Several strategies have been proposed to integrate traditional medicine into the healthcare system. ‘Trans-cultural and transdisciplinary synergy approach’ supports the fact that sciences recognise that they stand for one type of knowledge among others. That information is always culturally entrenched and forms part of the historic advance. The ‘syncretic approach’ considered merging two systems to create a new system, and the ‘complementarity approach’ believe one system provides complimentary services to another. However, an evidence-based approach that uses both conventional and traditional medicine in tandem may be the best option for providing healthcare to all.
2) What are the methods of diagnosis in Ayurveda?
The concept of diagnosis in Ayurveda derives from the premise that the body is always interacting in a balanced way between order and disorder, and diagnosis is the idea of regularly monitoring these interactions on a moment-by-moment basis. As a result, diagnosis in Ayurveda differs from diagnosis in Western medicine, in which the ailment is discovered after it has manifested in the body.
The disease process is the result of an interaction between the Tridoshas, and Tissues, or Dhatus. Every disease’s symptoms are always linked to the nature of the Tridoshas’ imbalance. Once the imbalance has been discovered, Ayurvedic treatment and management can be used to restore equilibrium.
Factors Affecting Disease Diagnosis –
In Ayurveda, diagnosis-related decision-making is extremely complex, and it is based on a thorough examination of a variety of internal elements that emerge along the course of a disease, such as – the tridosha theory (Vata Pitta Kapha), Saptadhathus, Trimala, Agni and Strotas.
External elements such as pathogens or infection, season or weather changes, and the patient’s lifestyle, which includes nutrition, medicine, smoking or alcohol, and other habits that contribute to the vitiation of his or her constitution, all play a role in the disease’s manifestation.
Different methods of diagnosis in Ayurveda –
Three diagnostic procedures are used in an Ayurvedic clinical examination called ‘Trividhapariksha’.
- Darshana (inspection) – entails examining physical components such as the skin, hair, eyes, and tongue.
- Sparsana (Ppalpation) – includes pulse and body part palpation (wrist pulse, abdominal palpation etc.).
- Prasna (questioning) – during the questioning stage, the medical history, symptoms, mental and physical state of the patient are all covered.
Treatment and the selection of herbs are prescribed based on this diagnosis.
Nadi Pareeksha – The art of pulse diagnosis in Ayurveda
This is a distinct science that provides numerous insights into disease and overall health. In Ayurveda, the pulse, or Nadi, is sensed at the wrist and is helpful to detect ailments. The signals acquired from the wrist pulse are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha specific. The patient’s arm and wrist are held at rest, and three fingers are put on the wrist, just below the wrist bone, to feel and analyse the throbbing movement of the pulse.
The Vata Dosha is represented by the location of the index finger. The index finger feels the pulse strongly when Vata becomes dominant in an individual’s Prakriti or constitution. It is uneven and narrow, with a snake-like motion to it; thus, it is known as the snake pulse, which signals increased Vata in the body. Vata Dosha treatments mainly aim at Snehana (external and internal) and Vata pacifying diets.
The pulse of the Pitta in the body is indicated by the location of the middle finger. The pulse under the middle finger becomes stronger when pitta dominates the constitution. It feels lively and enthusiastic, and the pulse resembles that of a frog, hence the name “frog pulse.” This pulse indicates that the pitta is exacerbated.
The throbbing of the pulse under the ring finger is particularly noticeable when Kapha dominates. The pulse is powerful, and the movement is similar to that of a swan across a pond. So, it’s also called the “swan pulse”.
Other observation techniques used in Ayurveda to detect ailments include checking the sensory organs such as the tongue, eyes, facial skin, appearance of lips, nails, and so on. In more severe situations, tests of the urine, feces, spit, sweat, heart, liver, kidney, and other bodily fluids may be performed.
3) What is Shirodhara?
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapeutic technique that can aid in finding balance in the mind, body, and spirit for overall well-being. It is one of the essential Ayurvedic therapies since it rejuvenates and purifies the body and relieves stress, mental tiredness, and heals various illnesses.
Shirodhara comprises two Sanskrit words: ‘Shiro’, which means head and ‘Dhara’, which means stream, pour, or flow. It refers to a continuous stream of lukewarm herbal oils being poured or dripped on the forehead. The oil is poured from a certain height for a specific time during the therapy to run through the scalp and into the hair. It stimulates the ‘Ajna Marma’ or ‘Maha-Marma,’ a crucial place on the head that offers mental and consciousness stability. According to Ayurveda, the Ajna Marma is the primary point through which vital life power or ‘Prana’ circulates. It’s also known as the ‘Third-Eye Chakra,’ also known as the ‘Intuition Chakra.’ Shirodhara also balances the doshas in the body and improves nervous system function while providing a wonderfully satisfying and holy experience.
What are the benefits of Shirodhara treatment?
Stress reliever – When warm herbal oils are placed on the forehead and gently massaged into the scalp, the body relaxes, conserves energy, dilates the blood vessels, and slows the pulse rate. As a result, Shirodhara therapy is vital in treating hypertension, and arrhythmia and is one of the easiest ways to manage stress. In addition, Shirodhara promotes tranquillity and peace while also reducing tension. Shirodhara can help you battle the effects of stress for hours or days with just one session.
Improves sleep quality – Because of the fast-paced lifestyle, insomnia and sleep problems have become a widespread concern for many. Sleepless nights or irregularity can be taxing, resulting in lethargy, a deterioration in decision-making abilities and mental processes, as well as a detrimental influence on physical and emotional health. Shirodhara treatment is proven to lower cortisol levels in the body, reducing stress symptoms and increasing the quality and duration of sleep. As a result Shirodhara is opted in insomnia treatment.
Shirodhara therapy is an effective stress reliever. Shirodhara removes toxins from the head and improves cognitive processes with a relaxing head massage and herbal oils. In addition, it regulates serotonin levels in the body, which contributes to a person’s pleasure and well-being. As a result, it alleviates anxiety symptoms such as agitation, restlessness, and cold hands and feet, among others.
Pacifies Vata Dosha
Unwanted and disorganised thoughts, forgetfulness, restlessness, and lack of attention can be symptoms of an aggravated Vata Dosha in the body. Shirodhara is a beautiful therapy and medicine for relieving excess Vata Dosha. The balancing characteristics of the herbal oils used in Shirodhara help alleviate the symptoms of Vata imbalance by counteracting the Vata dosha’s chilly, light, and fluctuating nature.
At Sitaram Ayurvedic Beach Retreat, we believe living in harmony with nature and incorporating Ayurvedic practices into our daily lives should be prioritised. We should not wait until there is a health concern or disorder before acting. Shirodhara treatment has numerous advantages and is helpful to both the mind and the body.
Please get in touch with us if you’d like to learn more about the healing powers of this ancient therapeutic miracle. Allow this traditional Ayurvedic therapy to revitalise you and reconnect with your spiritual self.
4) What is the cause of diseases & health according to Ayurveda?
The concept of health, or Swasthya, is central to understanding any ailment in Ayurveda. The term ‘disease’ is made up of the words ‘dis’ which means ‘lack of’ and ‘ease’ which means ‘comfort.’ Perfect health, according to Ayurveda, is “a balance between body, mind, soul, and social wellness.”
In reality, the Ayurvedic writings, philosophy, and practice repeat the dual ideals of balance and connectivity. Ayurveda, like all holistic health systems, emphasises the inextricable links between the body, mind, and spirit. The connectivity of Ayurveda, on the other hand, goes far beyond the individual and into the universe. Ayurveda is best regarded as the preventive medicine which keeps a balance in body and mind.
Ayurveda believes health is obtained by the balance of the following factors –
- Agni (the digestive fire and metabolic changes)
- Balance of Tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha)
- Trimalas are produced at normal levels and eliminated properly
- Panchendriya’s (vision, hearing, touch, taste & smell) functioning normally
- Balance of Shareera (body), Manas (mind) and Atma (soul)
Ayurveda also emphasises that each person’s Prakriti or constitution, which is unique to them, is equally responsible for their health and illness patterns. The three psychological personality traits of Sattva, a pure state of mind; Rajas, a mind with emotion, desire, and attachment; and Tamas, the passive, ignorant mind – interact with the biological Tridoshas and ultimately build an individual’s mind and body constitution. This relationship is critical for evaluating a person’s health and deciding on a treatment, diet, and regimen. One is healthy as long as he or she remains in their natural state or Prakriti. When a person comes into contact with the disease’s causative factor or Hetu, he is said to be in a condition or disease, or Vikriti.
As a result, health is a state of order, while disease is a state of chaos. Order and disorder are continuously in conflict within the human body. At the same time, the internal environment of the body interacts with the exterior environment regularly. When these two are out of harmony, the disease can develop. Ayurveda offers substantial training and expertise on how to treat and prevent disease and dysfunction, allowing the body to reclaim its health and balance.
What is a disease and what are the causes of diseases?
Ayurveda defines sickness as a state of the body and mind that cause us pain and anguish. The imbalance in the body affects the equilibrium in Doshas and Dhatus. Agantuja (external), or Nija (internal) factors might disrupt the regular balance between the mind and body. When these two are out of sync, chaos ensues. As a result, understanding the process of disease occurring within the mind, and body condition is critical to changing the internal environment and bringing it into balance with the exterior world. Ayurveda gives us a lot of information about the disease and how it works.
The term ‘Dosha’ in Ayurveda refers to a ‘disturbing factor.’ The three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – are in charge of maintaining homeostasis in the body, also known as Dhatusamya (the condition of harmony among body tissues and organs). As a result, health is defined as a condition of balance between these Doshas. Disease, on the other hand, happens when these doshas are out of balance.
Ayurveda divides ailments into three categories: physical, psychological, and spiritual. The disease is also classified according to the organs in which it manifests itself: the heart, lungs, liver, and so on. The disease process may start in the stomach but eventually manifest in the heart. As a result, disease symptoms may manifest at a location other than the disease’s origin. The causal variables and tridosha pattern can also be used to define the disease.
Every person’s Prakriti, or constitution, determines their susceptibility to a specific disease or group of diseases. People with a Kapha constitution, for example, have a predisposition to Kapha ailments such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, and lung congestion.
Similarly, those with a Pitta constitution are prone to gallbladder, bile, and liver problems, acidity, and stomach ulcers, among other things. Pitta people are prone to skin problems like hives and redness. Gas, lower back discomfort, arthritis, sciatica, paralysis, and nerve pain are all standard among Vata persons.
The large intestine causes Vata diseases, the small intestine causes Pitta diseases, and the stomach causes Kapha disorders. Certain signs and symptoms are caused by unbalanced humor or Tridoshas in various body parts. These imbalances damage the body’s natural defensive or immune mechanism, making it susceptible to disease.
The diseases caused by external factors –
External factors such as eating habits, living habits, seasonal variations, and so on can all produce ailments comparable to those caused by Tridosha imbalance. These elements first cause physical problems, which then have an impact on the mind due to a disruption in the Tridoshas. For example, disrupted Vata causes anxiety, sadness, and nervousness; excess Pitta causes rage, hatred, and jealousy; and inflamed Kapha causes possessiveness, avarice, and attachment. As a result, there is a clear link between diet, behaviors, and the environment, as well as emotional illnesses. Depending upon the cause, various herbal treatments and herbal therapies can be adopted to treat the conditions.
5) What is the concept of Agni in Ayurveda?
Agni, which means fire in Sanskrit, is the entity that is responsible for all digestive and metabolic processes in humans, according to Ayurveda. In the Paka process, Agni is the invariable agent (digestion, transformation). Food must be digested, absorbed, and assimilated, which is an unavoidable part of life and is carried out by the Agni. In Ayurveda, there are several reasons for maintaining Agni (the body’s digestive capacity). Different examples can be found in our classics to show that Pitta and Agni are the same. Because Agni is present in every Paramanu of the body, it has an infinite number of manifestations.
Types of Agni in Ayurveda
Agni in Ayurveda has been classified into 13 categories based on its roles and action sites. They are one Jatharagni (digestive fire), five Bhutagni, and seven Dhatvagni. The most significant is Jatharagni, which digests four different types of food and converts them into Rasa and Mala. The five Bhutagnis act on the food’s Bhutika component, nourishing the Bhutas in the body. Each Dhatu is divided into three parts by the seven Dhatvagni, who operate on the respective Dhatus. In this sense, the entire transformation process is made up of two sorts of products: Prasada (essence) and Kitta (excrete). The former is consumed for nutrition, whereas the latter is discarded because it would otherwise pollute the body if it remains in the body for longer. Jatharagni is also divided into four groups based on its ability to digest food and the metabolic activities in humans: Vishamagni, Tikshanagni, Mandagni, and Samagni.
Samagni: helps to digest food properly at the proper time (owing to Samyavastha of all Doshas).
Vishamagni: (due to excess vata)- This type of Agni alternates between swiftly and slowly digesting food.
Tikshnagni: (due to excess pitta) – This is a condition in which food is digested very quickly, regardless of the type of food.
Mandagni: “Manda” means “slow” (due to excess Kapha). Digestion will take longer with a smaller amount of food.
The creation of Ama, which is the main cause of many diseases, is caused by an imbalance in the physiology of Agni. As a result, Agni is essential for every bodily function.
Functions of Agni
- transformation inside the body or metabolic activities in the body
- digestion, absorption, and assimilation
- aids the production of digestive enzymes in the body.
- vitality and strength
- production of tissue repair nutrient
- good health to the gastrointestinal system
- maintains Ojas and Tejas
- enhance the radiance of the skin
- the preservation of bodily temperature
- provides intelligence and mental clarity
- perception through the senses (especially visual perception)
- cellular communication flow
- courage and self-assurance
- discrimination, logic, and reason
- patience, consistency, and endurance
When Agni is in balance, it promotes robust immunity and long and healthy life. Agni in balance lends a scent to our existence, a zest for life that makes the whole experience more delightful. The following are the cardinal signs of a balanced Agni – Normal appetite, uncoated-clean tongue, a proper appreciation of taste, healthy digestion, regular bowel movements, maintaining homeostasis, increases immunity, healthy weight, normal blood pressure, good immunity, sound sleep, and longevity in life.
To keep the metabolism intact, diet intake should be appropriate. The first thumb rule is to eat only when you are hungry, this is a good remedy for healthy digestion. Do not overload the stomach with food; as per Ayurveda, the stomach should have half a portion filled with solids, one-fourth with liquids, and one-fourth portion left empty. This will prevent bloating and indigestion. Foods good for gut health include regular intake of ghee, and optimum spices like coriander, cumin, ginger, garlic, methi, hingu etc. Regular intake of fresh vegetables and fruits can also accelerate healthy digestion.
6) Why should one prefer an Ayurvedic resort?
Ayurveda is a unique science. With exclusive healing modalities backed by unparalleled concepts and powerful organic medicines, it is something everyone should taste, at least once in their lifetime. The fruitfulness of treatment is determined by three factors- an experienced physician, appropriately selected medicines, and most importantly, a pleasant ambiance. If a person deems the atmosphere to be calming, half his concerns are solved. Treatment inside a multi-storeyed hospital wing is a concept gone stale. On the other hand, a resort offers you a homely feel that renders you a notion of safety and comfort, which calms the mind and makes treatment a bit easy. A home is all about warmth and welcome, right?
7) What are the facilities provided at Sitaram Ayurvedic Resort?
Here at Sitaram Ayurvedic beach retreat, you will have the ultimate Ayurvedic experience. Affordable luxury stays, cottages that align with nature, premium Ayurvedic treatment, and finger-licking delicious food are some of the facilities we provide. True and complete Ayurvedic treatments, skillful doctors you can trust, warm-hearted staff, organic medicines, and professional yoga classes are the highlights of the treatment aspect. Sitaram is your go-to answer for all your health concerns and woes. If you are used to resorts and retreats, get ready to be thoroughly amused. If you are someone who hasn’t had an Ayurvedic treatment before, make your rendezvous with Ayurveda a memorable one, with Sitaram.
8) Why is a healthy diet important in Ayurvedic treatment?
Ahara, shayana, and brahmacharya are the three pillars of life that ancient scholars like Charaka have vouched for. Ahara or food is a colossal part of day-to-day life that regulates overall well-being. The saying ‘ahara sambhavam vastu, rogashcha ahara sambhavah’ (the body is the product of food, so are the diseases) summarises the whole relation of health with food. What we eat is reflected on many levels and affects the formation of doshas, dhatus, and ultimately, ojas (immunity). That is why Ayurveda stresses the concepts of pathya and apathya (wholesome and unwholesome food), viruddhahara (incompatible food), etc. The idea of Agni, the digestive fire, is relevant in multiple aspects, from etiology to treatment.
9) How Sitaram fulfills the title of ‘best Ayurvedic resort’?
An Ayurvedic resort should be your guide to inner renovations. It should help you connect with your highest self while mending all disruptions. With its soothing ambiance and aesthetic appeal, the Sitaram beach retreat could be your second home. It is an enigmatic institution on the shores of the Arabian sea that offers you the strokes of cure. Carefully curated stays, a way of life that stays close to nature, food that touches your soul, practices like yoga that bestow physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and more than anything, the virtue of Ayurveda- what more does a sanctum of healing need?
10) In what condition one should prefer a Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatment?
The living body can be compared to a machine that toils 24/7. It is fueled by food and does work at our will. No matter how efficient the machine is, ceaseless labor congests it with debris and grease. Toxic metabolites or the ama, the products of never-ending biochemical reactions, are the pollutants in the human body. Periodic cleaning is the only way to get such toxins out of the body. This is the purpose of Panchakarma controlling the basic entities of life and purifying the system, thereby restoring the health of the body. Undergoing Panchakarma therapies at regular intervals is one of the quickest paths to well-being.
11) At what age one should go for Panchakarma Treatment? How long should we continue the treatment & duration of taking the treatment?
Due to the fact that we are constantly chasing deadlines, the modern lifestyle is ruined by diverse tensions. This, together with the contaminated food, water, and environment, has caused several health problems, which eventually lower the quality of life. Ayurveda, the ancient science of health and healing suggests going through the procedures of ‘panchakarma’ therapy which is aimed to cleanse the body of its toxins.
Panchakarma is a method of cleaning the body of all unwanted waste – Ama after systematically lubricating it. As the name indicates, Panchakarma is 5 (five) in number; hence the term PANCHA (five) – KARMA (procedures). Panchakarma treatment is unique in the sense that it includes preventive, curative, and promotive actions for various diseases.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 may undergo the therapies of the panchakarma process. As it removes metabolic wastes, to reduce the urge for intoxicants, panchakarma works on a thorough cleansing and rejuvenation of the system. It helps to keep all the doshas intact.
Panchakarma is a comprehensive form of medicine that can be used for up to two months at a time (always depending on the treatment plan and condition of the patient). However, the doctor at a facility providing Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatment adds that the patient can attend treatment twice a year or as directed by the physician.
12) Is there any Ayurvedic therapy for Mental Illness?
Ayurveda has been regarded as an alternative treatment for physical illnesses, but it is only now that it is being considered an alternative/complementary care for mental illnesses. In accordance with ayurvedic texts, a person is said to be in good health, or swasthya (in Sanskrit), when they experience a balance of the body’s physical and psychological elements (samadosha), energies produced by the body (samagnischa), and tissues found in the organs (samadhatu), as well as proper waste removal (mala kriya), and a happy soul (prasannatma).
Allopathy quickly alleviates specific symptoms, whereas Ayurveda is based on the idea that all illnesses (physical or mental) are caused by an imbalance of one or more of the elements listed above. Practitioners think that a comprehensive approach is the only path to effective treatment. This method is what makes psychiatrists think that Ayurveda may be able to treat mental health concerns as a complementary, if not alternative, treatment.
The Charaka Samhita mentions the sattvavajaya treatment, which is employed as a novel idea in Ayurvedic psychotherapy. Health regimens (swasthavrtta), proper behavior (sadvrtta), and yoga were highlighted as “traditional mental health boosting techniques” that are useful.
13) How to increase one’s concentration level through Ayurveda?
The inability to concentrate or remember things can be very upsetting. They can impact young kids and may get worse with age. This is the reason parents are constantly looking for natural Ayurvedic brain supplements. Every Indian child would have used brain-boosting tonics which may have been more helpful than one might have thought. There is evidence that ancient Ayurvedic remedies for memory issues, distraction, and brain deterioration are quite helpful. Let’s see some simple hacks to boost your brain health.
Brahmi – Almost every traditional Ayurvedic source recommends this magnificent herb as a brain tonic. Brahmi continues to be the most crucial component of any Ayurvedic brain tonic today. In addition to reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing mental health, the herb also directly supports memory, learning, and other brain activities by lengthening the dendrites of nerve cells.
Shankapushpi – Another herb that is highly prized in Ayurvedic treatment is shankapushpi. It is employed as a memory enhancer and a mind relaxant, similar to Brahmi. It has a calming impact on the mind and lowers anxiety, stress, and tension. As a result, mental clutter and distractions are reduced, improving concentration and focus. It is also known that the herb’s calming effects help people sleep more soundly. This is crucial since Ayurveda emphasizes how critical sleep is for maintaining healthy brain function.
Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha is a powerful herb that is well-known to every Indian fitness enthusiast as a natural immunity and physique enhancer. It also has the advantage to increase brain power. Ayurvedic medical professionals are not surprised by this since they have long recognized its capacity to relieve stress on both the physical and mental levels. It is well known that ashwagandha lowers oxidative stress in the brain, maintaining healthy brain function. This improves memory and concentration while lowering the risk of degenerative brain illnesses.
14) How does one’s life affect when one prefers a Vegetarian diet or a Non-Veg?
A vegetarian diet excludes all animal products, including seafood. There are numerous variants to this, though. Some vegetarians may consume eggs and dairy products while others may forego either or both. A vegan diet is a variation of vegetarianism that involves only eating plant-based foods and avoiding anything derived from animals (meat, seafood, dairy, eggs and sometimes honey and gelatine).
The health advantages of a vegetarian diet are numerous. If they are well-planned, they can deliver all the vital vitamins and minerals needed for long, healthy life. A well-balanced vegetarian diet is high in fibre, minerals, and vitamins and low in saturated fats (harmful to the body). The diet maintains healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels since it contains less saturated fats. Additionally, long-term consumption of such a diet minimises your risk of cardiovascular diseases. A diet high in potassium and fibre and low in sodium and lipids can help reduce the incidence of CVDs. Saturated fats, which are included in non-vegetarian cuisine, can cause issues including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and obesity, which raise the risk of premature death in non-vegetarians. To be more precise, vegans are less likely than non-vegetarians to pass away from heart disease.
15) Is there any permanent remedy for Migraine in Ayurveda?
Migraine, a severe headache that affects one in ten or more persons, is mostly brought on by overstimulation of blood vessels. Common causes of this severe headache include indigestion, rage, stress, consumption of salty and spicy foods, excessive sun exposure, missing meals, tension headaches, and alcohol. There are various efficient migraine treatments in Ayurveda. Here are some ideas to assist you to combat this issue.
Migraine Treatment in Ayurveda
Shirolepa and shiro dhara are two common Ayurvedic remedies used on patients with all sorts of migraines. Shirolepa is the application of potent herbal pastes to the affected area that comprise camphor, sandalwood, jatamansi, and many other ingredients. Shiro Dhara is a technique in which the scalp is covered with a stream of thin to thick liquids for a predetermined period of time. These treatments are widely employed and renowned for their potent healing abilities.
Best Ayurvedic Herbs for Migraine: Ayurveda offers you several traditional herbs that promise to completely relieve your migraine symptoms. Bala, kumari, Mallika, Amalaki, sariva, yastimadhu, hareetaki, and many others may be among them. When these are combined and mixed in the right amounts, astounding outcomes are produced.
16) IS PANCHAKARMA TREATMENT BENEFICIAL FOR LIFESTYLE DISEASES?
Of course! Panchakarma treatment is highly beneficial for all lifestyle ailments. Panchakarma procedures include Vamana (Stipulated emesis), Virechana (Stipulated purgation), Vasti (medicated enema), Nasya (administration of medicines through the nose), and RaktaMokshana (bloodletting) therapies. These procedures are beneficial in eliminating the accumulated endotoxins in specific areas of the body.
All lifestyle diseases, be it Diabetics, PCOD, Obesity, Anxiety, and others occur due to the accumulation of endotoxins as a result of erratic lifestyle, both in terms of weird food combinations and regimen. Panchakarma procedures help to flush out these toxins from the body and ensure a better functioning body. Moreover, it enhances the Agni or the digestive fire, a key concept in Ayurveda for optimal health.
17) Is Panchakarma therapy helpful for Neurological Problems?
Yes, Panchakarma therapy can be very effective in Neurological diseases. All the normal nervine activities are governed by the function of the Vata entity and derangements in this factor are the key constituents for triggering all neurological and cognitive dysfunctions. The lodgement of vitiated Vata triggers the vitiation of other doshas and then its accumulation within the nervous system creating variations in the normal impulses generation, transmission, or conduction resulting in neurological conditions.
Although all the therapies are used according to the manifestation of the condition, mostly Nasya and Vasti are seen as the most effective in giving the best relief. While Vasti normalizes the levels of elevated Vata entities, Nasya helps to eliminate the toxins as well as optimize the levels of the doshas. Vasti helps to remove the excess stasis of Vata dosha and Nasya optimizes the nervous connectivities within the nervous system and thus helps in the management of most neurological and cognitive dysfunctions.
18) What is Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage)?
Abhyanga is the full body massage in Ayurveda in which we use Warm oil, intended to improve general health and wellbeing. The entire body is covered in an oil infused with herbs that has been chosen to help balance the doshas, or energy, in your body. The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha, and each has unique attributes and traits. The three basic humors in the body represent air, fire and water elements respectively. The notion is that balancing them might help you reach more vibrant health because everyone has a different amount of each dosha in their bodies.
Abhyanga moves the body from a state of imbalance to equilibrium, from stress response to ease, from clogged ama (toxins) to freely circulating prana (vital energy), and from vitiated levels of doshas to their balance.
What to consider before Abhyanga.!?
● Your equilibrium right now (vikriti).
It is advantageous to practice a dosha-pacifying abhyanga if your doshas are currently out of balance. For instance, using a Vata-pacifying oil for your abhyanga would be beneficial if you are anxious, nervous, and feel cold and dry. These symptoms indicate that vata is likely to be high in your vikriti.
● Your Ayurvedic personality (Prakriti).
The prominent doshas in your Prakriti, or constitution, should be taken into account to maintain balance even if none of your doshas are now out of harmony. For instance, if pitta is your predominant dosha and the weather is hot and muggy (which tends to irritate pitta), it would generally be better to select a pitta-pacifying food.
● Environment around you.
The weather and current season are influenced by the doshas. Early fall through late winter is referred to as the Vata season, late winter through spring is referred to as the Kapha season, and summer is Pitta season. You can take a variety of actions to keep your equilibrium according to the seasons, and one of them is choosing a massage oil that will do just that.
19) How long does panchakarma treatment take?
The following three steps make up the full Panchakarma procedure:
1. Poorva Karma.
These are the preparatory procedures prior to Panchakarma. There are three steps to it:
Pachan Karma: Improves digestion to prepare patients to digest the ghee (clarified butter) provided to liquefy the fat-soluble toxins as the initial procedure.
Snehana Karma: To exacerbate and liquefy the fat-soluble poisons lodged in the deep tissues, the patient is given Snehan Karma, which involves administering medicinal ghee in escalating amounts.
Swedan Karma: The patient receives a full-body steam bath to clear the body’s channels and to liquify fat, guiding them through right body channels for their eventual removal.
2. Pradhan Karma.
The Panchakarma is a five-step process that is highly personalized based on the patient’s demands, age, digestive capacity, immune system, and other elements.
The five karmas are as follows to purify the entire body:
Vamanam (therapeutic emesis) – It is the induced vomiting that in turn clears the upper GI tract lodged endotoxins.
Virechanam (purgation) – The induced purgation that clears the lower GI tract from the duodenum to the exit.
Anuvasana – The oil enema that uses medication to lubricate the rectal area and expel lipid-soluble waste through the anus.
Nasyam – It is the practice of inhaling medication through the nose to help the respiratory system and paranasal sinuses become clear.
3. Paschat Karma
This eating plan is intended to help the body’s absorption and digestion return to normal following therapy. It involves rejuvenating therapies, lifestyle management, nutrition control, and intake of herbal supplements.
The following processes are part of it:
Samsarjana Karma: After detoxification, a patient may receive Samsarjana Karma, a type of food therapy that tries to gradually transition the patient’s diet from liquids to semi-solids to regular meals.
Rasayan Adi Prayogam: It is a revitalizing rasayan therapy that helps boost natural immunity and improve overall health.
Shaman Chikitsa: Pacification therapy using herbs and lifestyle modification.
A panchakarma procedure is created particularly for a person following a comprehensive physical examination and pulse diagnosis, which is vital to mention.
As a result, these treatments can run for a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 21 days.
20) How to prevent the onset of Allergies in Ayurveda?
An allergy, in accordance with Ayurveda, results from a specific substance (the allergen) irritating a particular dosha: Vata, pitta, or Kapha. Therefore, based on which allergy(s) are provoked in each unique situation, Ayurveda categorizes allergies according to dosha. Of course, more than one dosha could be at play.
Allergic reactions frequently reveal much about our constitutions. In other words, Kapha-predominant people are more prone to experience kapha-type allergies, whereas pitta-predominant people are more likely to develop a pitta-type allergy. Particularly when our prevailing doshas are worsened.
Each individual has a unique set of demands and abilities. Ayurveda provides numerous efficient therapy options for all diseases considering this fact.
The same is unquestionably the case with allergies, as we’ve shown. In reality, the best medicines to seek aren’t determined primarily by the symptom. But by the person.
21) What are the post-Panchakarma procedures? Important tips that one should follow / not follow after the Panchakarma Treatment.
Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing practice that detoxifies the body while also boosting the immune system and restoring the pH balance of the body. It promotes total relaxation and well-being. Panchakarma is a three-part procedure that includes pre-cleansing, main therapy, and post-cleansing.
The post-purification regimen is designed to restore digestive strength and bring the body back to normalcy. It is accomplished with a specialized diet, lifestyle management, rejuvenating medications, and herbal treatments. This is the process of gradually returning the body to normal living while preserving the progress made by the Panchakarma treatment.
- Samsarjana Karma – It is a diet program that aims to progressively transition from liquids to semi-solids to a normal diet.
- Rasayana administration – Taking a rejuvenating drug based on your situation is utilized to assist in physically healing the body.
- Shamana Chikitsa – Adding proper ayurveda medicine may help lessen illness symptoms even further.
One should always eat the ‘correct’ amount of food (at all meal times), because it is the quantity, not the item/quality of food, that helps maintain proper digestive strength. The amount of food consumed is determined by the guruthvwa (heaviness) and laghuthwa (lightness) qualities of the food. The amount is determined by an individual’s digestive power, which varies with age, season, and other factors. Food should be consumed primarily in liquid form and only until fullness is achieved. There is a big difference between eating until full and overeating ( than required ). This is best realized by “feeling” the stomach because the stomach alerts us when it is overloaded.
Eat only if you are truly hungry; the body is more capable of remaining attentive without extra food than we may believe. Unless you are severely hungry or diabetic with blood sugar variations, the interval between meals should not be less than 3 hours or more than 6 hours
[except for sleeping hours]. There is a distinction between true hunger and supposed hunger. Intermittent meals and frequent snacking are not recommended. It reduces metabolic capacity. A minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 6 hours are normally maintained between meal times. Dehydration can manifest as abnormal hunger and sugar cravings. It is critical to avoid emotional eating.
22) At Sitaram, how do you prepare Medicines used for Therapies? Where do you get these medicinal plants from?
Ayurvedic medicines for panchakarma therapies are chosen based on a person’s Prakruthi and the therapeutic impact required. The elements of the remedy are sourced from nature and prepared with great care. The primary benefit of Ayurvedic medicine is that it contains no toxic chemicals and may be used safely. The part of a herb utilised in Ayurvedic medicines is chosen and employed based on its medicinal worth and curative effects on the body.
Ayurveda is an industry that consumes a large number of raw materials for the production of various classical and proprietary medicines, including herbal origin, animal origin, metals and minerals, and exclusively for the treatment purpose. Obtaining these raw drugs in desirable quality and quantity is a huge undertaking. However, we have a chain of suppliers for all raw materials who are familiar with our quality requirements. We have a squad of expert herb collectors who harvest fresh herbs exclusively for Sitaram Ayurveda. These raw materials are purchased locally as well as from sources all around India. The quality of raw materials is critical since it determines the end result. Raw material quality assurance is an important step in the procurement process. Purchase orders are only provided to suppliers after the quality of the samples has been approved. When the supplies arrive at our facility, they will be quarantined for different quality testing. We use both traditional methods and cutting-edge scientific technologies to identify, authenticate, and ensure the quality of all raw materials. In our factories, well-experienced and senior ayurveda physicians will first inspect the materials, followed by several laboratory testing.
23) Is there any emergency medical support available at Sitaram Retreat?
Casualty OPD (Atyayaka chikitsa) is the special unit of Sitaram Retreat which provides emergency treatment round the clock for various health conditions. Our casualty department at Sitaram Ayurveda provides a medical treatment facility specializing in emergency medicine, and the acute care of patients who fall sick unexpectedly. We have access to ambulance services, pharmacies, and casualty care facilities for emergencies.
24) What are some Ayurveda tips to be followed for better Eye Sight?
To improve eyesight, Ayurvedic eye care uses a holistic approach. Ayurveda seeks to address health issues at their source. While the effects may not be instant, they can be long-lasting and completely restorative. Here are some Ayurvedic eye-care recommendations.
Ayurveda recommends keeping an eyewash routine. When you wake up, rinse your eyes with cool water. Ayurvedic tradition also advises against using too hot or too cold water on the eyes. Extreme weather may always be dangerous. Maintaining this morning eye wash practise might aid in the natural health of your eyes. Triphala or Yashtimadhu Kashayam can be used for eye wash as it prevents from all sorts of infections.
Several Ayurvedic medicines can aid in the improvement of eye health. Amla, Punarnava, and Triphala, for example, can be extremely beneficial to eye health. Cut two cold cucumber slices and apply them on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. It will assist you in avoiding those unsightly black circles beneath your eyes. It also helps to de-stress and relax your eyes. Wet cotton balls, ice cube bags, and a frozen spoon can all be used as soothing cold compresses. They reduce oedema and puffiness by preventing water retention in the eyes. Dip cotton balls in a mixture of cold aloe vera juice and water. For about 10-15 minutes, place these balls on your eyes. The relaxing effect will assist in relieving eye strain. Apply cotton balls in rosewater and place them on your eyes. Rosewater might help reduce the burning sensation caused by sore eyes.
25) Any beneficial treatment for Varicose Veins in Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic remedies can be quite effective in the treatment of varicose veins and can assist to alleviate their symptoms. The following are some of the advantages of ayurvedic treatment for varicose veins :
- Reducing inflammation & oedema: Ayurvedic remedies can help reduce inflammation and swelling in the veins, which can improve blood circulation and alleviate varicose vein symptoms.
- Ayurvedic treatments help to strengthen the veins, which might help to prevent them from getting bloated and twisted.
- Stress reduction: Ayurveda is well known for its capacity to alleviate stress, which can be quite effective in the treatment of varicose veins. Because stress can increase the symptoms of varicose veins, lowering stress levels can aid in the treatment of the problem.
- Repairing the damage: Assist in the repair of veins that aren’t functioning properly.
- Detoxify: Purification of the resultant blood through a malfunctioning valve.
- Improve heart function by lowering cholesterol and assisting in the opening of blood clots that form as a result of valve malfunction.
Varicose veins are called Siraja Granthi in Ayurvedic medicine. The term “Siraja” alludes to blood arteries and tubular structures in the bloodstream, and “Granthi” indicates cystic oedema. Based on this knowledge, Ayurvedic medicine determines that a person with varicose veins has an imbalance in the three doshas. So, here are the most effective and suggested ayurvedic therapies for treating varicose vein symptoms and preventing them from worsening.
Panchakarma Raktamokshana treatment – Jalukavacharana
This sort of therapy is commonly referred to as leech therapy. Because it is safe, Ayurvedic practitioners typically employ this therapy to treat severe varicose veins. Leeches have long been used to treat varicose veins because leech saliva is thought to have blood-thinning
properties that assist prevent blood clots from developing and dissolve existing clots. Its key advantage is that it improves blood and nutrient circulation throughout the body.
Panchakarma Raktamokshana treatment- Siravyadha
A needle is used in this sort of treatment to extract contaminated blood from a vein. This is highly useful for boosting blood circulation in the legs, relieving leg discomfort, and treating swelling in the legs caused by blood vessel accumulation.
Abhyanga is a massage technique used in Ayurvedic medicine that concentrates on sore areas. Pinda tailam or sahacharadi oil is commonly used in the Abhyanga massage method for varicose veins because it helps enhance blood circulation, alleviate pain, heaviness, and numbness caused by varicose veins, and improve your sleep patterns.