Ayurveda medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. It originated in India where, for thousands of years, it has treated and prevented myriad physical, psychological, and spiritual ailments.
In the past few decades, Ayurveda treatments have become increasingly popular as the western world looks East in search of holistic remedies that treat the causes of problems and not just the symptoms. The core tenet of Ayurveda treatment is that the three fundamental components that make us human – the mind, body and spirit – are interconnected: What affects one, affects them all. Treatment programs are necessarily holistic, as they need to restore balance and harmony between the three.
It’s not uncommon for a treatment program to include Abhyanga massage, a change in diet, and gentle physical exercise, such as yoga, as well as meditation.
Ayurveda Massage – Best Rejuvenation for Modern Living
Abhyanga massage or abhyanga means a whole body massage in the ancient tradition of Ayurveda. This is performed by two therapists using warm medicated oil. Moving their hands synchronously all over the body including the Marma points followed by a medicated steam bath and shower.
The massage oil is specially prepared and the oil not only nourishes the skin but also mobilizes deeper tissues. Abhyanga massage refreshes and revitalizes the body.
Panchkarma Detoxification for Modern Lifestyle
Panchakarma is considered the ultimate detoxification experience for the mind, body and soul!
As the name suggests, Pancha means Five and Karma are the therapeutic measures, therefore Panchakarma means five types of therapeutic measures. These are undertaken for the purification of the body and Ayurveda considers it necessary before the start of any other therapy. As the body needs to be purified before it can be permeated with new colours of youthfulness, health and vigour etc. In fact, most of the time, Panchakarma is an end in itself rather than a prelude to other therapeutic measures.
In Ayurveda therapy, the very approach towards treatment focuses to eradicate the disease from its roots. The aim is to do away with the basic cause of the disease and to ensure no new ailment should emerge as a consequence. Properly performed, Ayurveda Panchkarma removes both Physical and Mental toxins. If allowed to stay for longer period, it sets in motion many imbalances to take place and manifests in various diseases.
Ayurveda recommends regular Panchkarma once a year to maintain good health. An Ayurvedic doctor (Vaidya) after consultation would advise the right kind of Panchakarma for you. Watch the
video about introduction to Ayurveda Panchkarma.
According to Ayurveda text, the basics of the right diet that is actually nourishing for an individual is contemplating and forbearing for the body, mind, and also the soul.
Also, Ayurveda recommends starting a meal with liquid diet and thereafter whatever dry diet constituents you have included in your meal. Also, food that is sweet, heavy and unctuous should be taken prior to the rest of the meal. In the middle of the meal all the salty and sour ingredients need to be devoured. And at the end when you are completing your meal, Ayurveda has instated that you can consume the food items which have a dominance of bitter, pungent or astringent taste. Thus Ayurveda approach to every single meal in your diet is inclusive of all six tastes viz. sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, and astringent.
It has been rightly stated in Ayurveda text that the right diet and diet habits reasons natural nourishing and glow to the body, harmony to the mind, and gratification to the soul.
Ayurveda Body Types – Dosha Healing
According to Ayurveda philosophy, every living body in the universe is believed to be a combination of the three body humors viz. vata or the air, pitta or the fire and kapha, or the phlegm. The human prakriti can broadly be categorized into three distinct types. These are Vata type, Pitta type and Kapha type. The Prakriti (innate Personality) of a person may be defined as the totality comprising of his physical attributes, his mental characteristics, and his innate nature.
The Prakriti, or the basic constitution and temperament, of an individual is believed to be innate and more or less remains the same throughout his or her life span. This means ‘You are unique, so is your treatment.’
Ayurveda Books generally provide with details about how to live healthy using the preventive healthcare remedies viz. Ayurveda healing guidance, Ayurveda herbs, Ayurveda home remedies, Ayurveda cooking and Ayurveda lifestyle tips.
This would also include guidance about your Dosha type and the Ayurveda diet and lifestyle tips relating to balance the doshas.