You feel low on energy; you start eating food. You get pimples; you start applying some cream or lotion. Your blood pressure rises; you start taking medicines. But do you ever wonder why are these problems originating, in the first place? Instead of taking medicines or doing curative healthcare, the better way is to understand the cause of the disease and try to cure the problem from within. That’s why Ayurveda is considered the best form of medicine and health especially for those who believe in healing naturally and from within.
So, How can we define Ayurveda and what makes it a better science than other forms?
Ayur means your life force or vital energy and Veda means science. So, it is sort of a life science based on ancient Vedic knowledge that is going global as we speak. Ayurveda is the study of what makes us alive and shares pretty much the same goals as yoga does. Good health, longevity and spiritual and physical enlightenment are at the centre of both of them.
The fact that Ayurveda is a holistic science that takes into consideration the complete view of human body, mind and behaviour makes its treatments 360 degree effective. In ayurveda, no disease is seen in isolation. Rather, it all begins with Nadi Parikshan and Body/Nature Analysis of a person. This understanding helps the Ayurvedic practitioner to understand what’s going right or wrong within your system.
To elaborate on the same, as per Ayurveda, we all suffer from some kind of deficiencies or doshas. These doshas are innate and affect individuals based on their body types. So whatever diseases or problems a person is experiencing, all that is being caused by imbalance in the three doshas, which are ways of categorizing the body’s three basic energy types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Yes, everyone has a one of these 3 body types which is more or less affected by the 3 primary doshas and they are:
This dosha is formed when your life force or prana mixes with the elements of the air and space. Vata symbolizes and governs all movement and it is light, dry, quick, cold and airy by nature. You might notice that vata people are either very tall or little and have asymmetrical features. They are usually creative and easily adaptable when in balance and when out of it, it leads to fear and anxiety.
Talk about heat, the Pitta person is made up of all of it. They possess the elements fire and water. Pitta symbolizes and governs digestion, nutrition, your metabolism and body temperature. Pitta is associated with qualities such as hot, sour, pungent, sharp and/or acidic. These people usually have strong digestion and their build is athletic, and when they are in balance, they are intelligent and sharp. They may get hot and easily angered when out of balance.
These are the people characterized by the mucus body. They are made up of the elements earth and water. Our bones, muscles, teeth and all dense parts of our body are associated with the Kapha. These people are slow and steady, heavy, cold and oily. They are usually loving, nurturing and grounded in nature when in balance and when out of it, they become needy, and melancholy.
After understanding the doshas, an expert Ayurvedic practitioner would suggest you a balanced nutritious diet which will suit your body type and will not aggravate the dosha along with much needed lifestyle changes.
Panchakarma treatments also prove very effective to restore the body balance when a person is detected with some dosha.
What is Panchakarma and How Does it Help You Get Rid of the Doshas?
Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s complete detoxification and cleansing remedy. This is a detoxification treatment which comprises five therapies. These 5 therapeutic treatments within this remedy work to eliminate toxins from your body:
How does the Panchakarma Treatment work?
Ayurveda makes use of several modalities in the detoxification procedure. So you will end up getting wonderfully relaxing massage and enema treatments that use non-toxic and lipophilic materials such as clarified butter and herbalized sesame. Panchakarma treatments like Nasya and Shirodhara have immense benefits ranging from improving your sleep, skin texture and facilitating hair growth. By using these traditional methods sequentially, one can loosen and remove lipid soluble toxicants form the body. These five therapies remove all your deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins, while balancing your doshas.
Panchakarma diet is a special detoxification diet which is consumed along with the treatment sessions. Every individual undergoing Panchakarma treatment receives a specially designed and fully monitored diet in accordance with their body type and dosha. Within days the Panchakarma treatment can eliminate a large portion of your bodily toxins without any side-effects whatsoever so that you can continue with your life in a healthy way.
So if you are suffering with some lifestyle problem like diabetes or thyroid or facing skin problems or hair fall, instead of making rounds of doctors and taking number of pills or applying creams/lotions, it is better to visit the expert Ayurveda clinic or Panchakarma center in your city. The leading Ayurveda destination in North India, Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre is one such place where you will get expert counselling from award-winning Vaidya and best Panchakarma treatments as well.
Vaidya Jagjit Singh is a 3rd generation Ayurved physician from his family and is the remarkable person responsible for setting up of the Chandigarh Ayurved and Panchkarma Centre in sector 32 and 22, Chandigarh and Zirakpur and he is also the first founder member of Guru Ravidas Ayurved University. He has done his B.A.M.S. from Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh. He is an admirable ayurvedic physician with specialization in Chronic ailments.