November 23, 2016: Ayurveda is a medicine system said to be originated in India. It is believed that God himself taught these techniques to the humans. Ayurveda, what it is today, has been formed after years of development and evolution, dating back to 5000 years. The ancient Vedic literature, Adharva Veda has well-laid instructions to a healthy life using herbal medicines, massages and diet control.
Today, Ayurveda has been integrated with modern medicine system for some general applications as well as in some other medical uses.
According to the theory of Ayurveda, the body construction or the prakriti of every human being is constructed from a combination of basic elements of the universe including Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
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The above elements combine to form life forces or energies, also known as Doshas. Doshas are responsible for the proper functioning of the body. Each individual has his own combination of Doshas.
- Vata (air and space)
- Pitta (water and fire)
- Kapha (earth and water)
Following are the ten benefits of incorporating Ayurveda in your daily life:
- Low stress and anxiety
Stress has become an inevitable part of our life. It affects every aspect of our health.
Maharishi transcendental meditation helps in decreasing the stress with regular exercise. It reduces stress, decreases cortisol and re-balances the hormones of the body. Pranayama helps in reducing anxiety and depression. It is a series of breathing exercises that helps in sleeping restfully and proper hormonal functioning.
- Low Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
Ayurveda relaxation techniques and diet reduces the build-up of plaque and inflammation. It even reverses the thickening of artery walls that increases the risk of heart diseases. Thickening of artery walls is known as Atherosclerosis. It is a complex disease in which fats, carbohydrates and other harmful substances slowly build up in the inner lining of the artery.
Ayurveda naturally lowers the carbohydrates level in the body thus reducing the risk of heart diseases.
3. Recovery from Injuries
Ayurvedic medicines target the root of most diseases, inflammation. It helps in lowering pain and swelling in the body. It also fights inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
With the help of various herbs, teas and healthy foods, Ayurveda detoxifies the body. Abhyanga, the practice of massaging the skin with oils increase blood flow and draws out the toxins.
- Nutrient and antioxidant-rich diet
Mostly a plant-based diet; Ayurveda diets include high-antioxidant foods including herbs, vegetables, spices and healthy fats and proteins. It emphasises on eating fresh and easy to digest food depending on their ancestry and traditions. Ayurveda practitioners consider all the social, climatic and geographical variables while prescribing the required medicine.
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- Weight loss and maintenance
NutriHealth conducted a survey in 2009 in New Delhi. They found that people who adjusted their healthy diet taking into account have lost weight effectively. Ayurveda believes that a diet should be easy to flow, practical and balanced. Ayurvedic medicine can help reduce excess weight using a naturally healthy diet.
- Lower Inflammation
Oxidative stress and inflammation is caused by poor diet, insufficient inhalation of air, not enough sleep and bad digestion. This causes an imbalance in metabolism, or in the Doshas. Ayurveda suggests a combination of herbs, antioxidants and exercises to boost metabolism. This not only reduces inflammation but also regulates the heart, circulatory system and digestive tract.
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- Hormonal Balance
Many women have turned to Ayurveda for having a natural and healthy pregnancy. Ayurveda helps in regulating the menstrual cycle. Researchers have proved that Ayurveda is helpful in treating infertility due to PCOS. It is an endocrine disorder, occurring at the reproductive age, resulting from hormonal imbalances.
- Treating Asthma
According to Ayurveda, Asthma begins in the digestive system, not in the lungs. Undigested food leads to the formation of toxins that are carried into the chest. The accumulation of toxins imbalances the airway tissues and lungs. Ayurveda suggests Transcendental meditation along with easily digestible food and herbal oil massage to tackle it.
- Preventing Cancer
Ayurveda believes that cancer cells are always present but when the body is in Dosha balance, the cells do not cause any harm. Everyone needs to balance the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health. Ayurveda believes prevention is the key to the cure of cancer. One needs to change their lifestyle. Our diet should have more live foods, organic grass-fed meat and less processed food. Reducing stress and getting the proper amount of sleep can prove very beneficial as it reduces the toxic burden.
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- Alzheimer’s Disease
Ayurveda preparations from rice have been proven highly beneficial in the Alzheimer treatment. It provides necessary nutrients to the patient. A Recent study suggested that Ashwagandha can be used to improve memory. Ashwagandha slowdowns the formation of beta-amyloid plaques that are toxic to brain cells. The test was conducted in test tubes.
– by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53