Ayurvedic medicine is regarded as the world’s oldest healthcare system. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word “Ayurveda” which means “the science of life”. Best described as being completely holistic, Ayurvedic medicine seeks to promote harmony in body, mind and spirit as a means of preventing illness (rather than fighting diseases) and prolonging a healthful life.
Principles Of Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurvedic medicine originated in India as an oral tradition, and its theories were recorded more than 5000 years ago in the Vedas. Medical books, dating as far back as the 8th century BCE, outline the basic principles, theories and practices of Ayurvedic medicine, as well as the history of its evolution.
Ayurvedic theory is based on the belief that all things in the universe are connected, and that illness and disease are the result of any imbalance or discord between the self and the universe. There is also the belief that all areas of life affect wellness, so for this all-encompassing reason the Ayurvedic writings contain instruction on more than just health and healthcare techniques. Its teachings also cover art, astrology, government and politics, human behavior, and spirituality.
Health Benefits Of Ayurvedic Medicine
- Hormonal Balance
Ayurveda promotes a natural balance of hormones, increasing the chances of conception, and having a healthy pregnancy. It has also been used for thousands of years to regulate and normalize the menstrual cycle.
- Stress And Inflammation
Ayurvedic medicine teaches that stress and inflammation result from poor diet and digestion, insufficient rest or sleep, and low oxygen intake. Emphasis is placed on ways of reducing inflammation to regulate the heart and circulatory system, digestive tract and the elimination of wastes.
- Weight Loss And Maintenance
Weight loss is not a primary goal of Ayurvedic medicine, but it can help you to naturally lose weight through a healthy diet and stress reduction.
- Nutrient-Dense, Antioxidant-Rich Diet
Ayurvedic medicine encourages a mostly vegetarian diet that includes real, whole foods such as fresh herbs, healthy fats, spices, teas, vegetables and protein.
- Recovery From Illness And Injury
Ayurvedic theories on immune-modulation and healing target inflammation as the root of most diseases. There is focus on lowering pain and swelling, improving blood flow and fighting inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
- Blood Pressure And Cholesterol
Ayurveda diets and relaxation techniques have been shown to lower inflammation and help reduce plaque buildup. They have even been shown to reverse atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls).
Currently, there is a growing worldwide application of the Ayurvedic principles. In many Western countries Ayurvedic elements such as its cleansing therapies, massage and meditation are employed as complementary and alternative forms of healthcare.