When it comes to Ayurveda in your mind, it comes as an alternative thing than the mainstream allopathy. Also you are not sure about the results. You take it as optional because we have been raised up consuming medicines from the chemist or your family doctor.
There is a pill for everything – for headache, for stomach pain, for this, that and by now, you must be familiar with lot of medicine names that you heals you almost “instantly” or the next day.
Let us understand these systems before jumping to any conclusions for anything.
How Ayurveda came into being ?
Ayurveda is the world’s oldest health system, originating in ancient India over 5000 years ago and the sister science of yoga, based on the same Sanskrit texts called the Vedas. The word “ayur” means life and “Veda” means knowledge.
You can only achieve true mental and physical health when you have complete knowledge of both aspects – body & mind. There is no one-size-fits-all approach in Ayurveda. Everything from nutrition to meditations to lifestyle practices are customized for your “Dosha”
What are Doshas ?
Doshas” in Ayurveda refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being. Each person has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three of these elemental forces.
The Three Doshas are Vata, Pitta & Kapha based on five elements in body – air, water, fire, ether & space.
So you have your Doshas when you are in womb of your mother and its there all your life. Based on our diet and lifestyle, if there is Vikruti (Imbalance) in the Doshas, it leads to diseases in the body.
What is Allopathy and how does it heal ?
Allopathy works by suppressing the symptoms of disease by prescribing strong drugs that would make you feel good at the moment but does not cure the root cause and hence the pain/disease would come up again after some time from some other part of body. Also each medicine creates toxin and also has minor to severe side effects in the body.
Should I stop taking my Allopathy Medicines ?
No, you should not stop them immediately. Since they are the most prevalent medicine system everywhere, they are good enough for short term relief. At the same time, be aware of any medicine you are taking. There are sites which tells you the uses and side effects of any medicine. Understand that so many brands are involved in medicine industry and it reaps great profits. So you are not bound to take medicine by brand, but by medicine salt.
But if you want a long term healing for your body, then Ayurveda is the only way.
How do I start with Ayurveda ? Is it slow ?
Its quite simple to start. Just go to a Nari Parikshan Doctor and they will tell you your Doshas and Imbalance you have and will suggest you some lifestyle changes and few traditional medicines.
Ayurveda heavily relies on Diet, Sleep & Lifestyle. It just don’t work by medicine. Your body is like a machine, it needs a system and maintenance. You just can’t make it run by having pills.
So if you are not going to fix your habits on diet and lifestyle , its hard that Ayurveda can do much for you. Even if you get healed, you may end up disturbing everything.
Its actually simple, it just need basic awareness. Ayurveda works in synchronization of your body and mind in the natural form.
What are some basic things that Ayurveda suggests ?
Tips for each person are customised for each person as per their doshas, body, lifestyle and more. There is one size fits all strategy.
But yes, it is true that stress is the cause of maximum imbalances and problems in the body. So yoga and meditation for some time is highly recommended in Ayurveda. Once you become calm, your energy increases and you become more productive and happy to do anything.
Ayurveda strictly says not to eat after sunset, most by 8 pm, as the human body cannot digest food properly after that time and sleep gets disturbed.
Sleep is the most important aspect. Minimum 7-8 hours of good night sleep is required to relax the body and make it productive for the next day.
- Ayurveda is a 5000 year sister sciences of Yoga, from Indian subcontinent sourced from Vedas
- Ayurveda takes both mind and body as one unit
- Ayurveda relies on balancing diet & lifestyle and is a long term approach to any problem
- Allopathy works by suppressing the symptoms, works only on body level and is short term approach.