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5 Illnesses That Can Be Cured with Ayurvedic Treatment

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Ayurveda is one of the oldest healthcare systems known to humans. It originated in India about 5000 years ago and is still one of the widely used medicinal systems worldwide.  Ayurvedic theories suggest that true health can be achieved through a holistic approach that targets physical, mental, and social well- being.

Ayurveda has both curative as well as preventive approaches. The modern medicine was discovered much after the practice of Ayurveda was well established as traditional medicine in India. The major difference between modern medicines and Ayurvedic treatment is about their principles. Ayurveda believes in treating an individual as a part of its surrounding and hence the Ayurvedic treatment targets the root cause of disease. On the other hand conventional modern medicine provides quick and symptomatic relief. Ayurvedic treatments were being practiced and used in India since the inception. However, recently there has been renewed attention and interest in the use of Ayurvedic treatment in the other parts of the world.

It is believed that due to its holistic approach, Ayurvedic treatment can cure illnesses that are beyond the capacity of modern medicine. We have listed 5 common illnesses that can be managed effectively with Ayurvedic treatment without any serious side effects as with the modern medicines.

Did You Know?

  • India is the largest producer of medicinal plants.
  • In India about 70 percent of people use traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine
  • In the Western countries, approximately 40 per cent of people use herbal medicine for the treatment of various diseases.
  1. Psoriasis

Psoriasis affects nearly 2{c478bb159a3ffd2cf9a0d465504fe257d274e4492c7996716987ec7dff1da5ed} people in the world.  The incidence of this skin condition is higher in developing countries and is reported to be about 4.6{c478bb159a3ffd2cf9a0d465504fe257d274e4492c7996716987ec7dff1da5ed}. Ayurveda believes psoriasis may result from    unhealthy food habits or consumption of wrong food combinations (Virrudha Aahar) such as milk and fish, curd and milk or even too much salt intake.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis

Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis focuses on reducing mental stress as it is one of the major contributors. Apart from stress reduction the skin lesions are cured using special Ayurvedic treatments and herbs. Ayurvedic treatments used to treat psoriasis include Vaman, Virechanam which mainly aim to remove the toxins from body through induced vomiting and purgation respectively. Other therapies such as Takradhara and Kashayadhara make use of some effective herbal formulations made with Neem, Haridra, Aaragwada, Manjishtadi , etc. which are helpful in skin disorders.

  1. Arthritis

Arthritis is caused due to inflammation of joints or breakdown of the cartilage cushion present between two bones. It results in severe pain and often limits routine activities such as walking.  It affects about 1{c478bb159a3ffd2cf9a0d465504fe257d274e4492c7996716987ec7dff1da5ed} people in the world and is more common in women. According to Ayurveda arthritis is caused due to imbalance of Vata Dosha. The aggravated Vata gets localized in joints (Sandhi). As we age the influence of Vata Dosha progresses and hence arthritis is seen more commonly among people above 50 years of age.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis

Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis aims at correcting the vata imbalance and includes effective Ayurvedic therapies such as Abhayagm which includes massage with herbal oil to lubricate the joints. The accumulated vata is also removed from the body through therapies such as Sneha Basti which involves enema using medicated oil. It helps in colonic detoxification as colon is the main site of Vata according to Ayurveda. Upnaham includes application of herbal paste over inflamed joints.  Another important Ayurvedic treatment uses for managing arthritis is kizhi, a type of massage performed using small potlis (satchels) containing herbal powders, herbs, rice or sand. These potlis are heated and applied to the joints to relieve pain and inflammation.

  1. Obesity

Obesity is referred to as Sthaulya or Medo roga.  As per the estimates given by World Health Organization nearly 10{c478bb159a3ffd2cf9a0d465504fe257d274e4492c7996716987ec7dff1da5ed} of men and 14{c478bb159a3ffd2cf9a0d465504fe257d274e4492c7996716987ec7dff1da5ed} of women in the world are obese. This is a serious issue taking into consideration the association of obesity with other lifestyle illnesses. Obesity is mainly caused due excess amount of fat in the body. As per Ayurveda excess consumption of fatty food can cause improper digestion due to the impaired digestive fire and result in formation of ama (digestive toxins).  The ama interferes with metabolism process and results in increase of the meda dhatu (adipose tissue).

Ayurvedic Treatment of Obesity

Ayurveda follows a holistic approach to manage obesity and includes detoxifying techniques, oral medications, diet control and lifestyle modifications. The body detoxification is performed through therapies such as Udvartanam that includes herbal massage with special movements to melt fat. Oral medication and Ayurvedic treatments such as Kashaya Basti (enema using decoction) are then used to remove the melted fat from body.

  1. Gastric Problems

Gastric diseases refer to diseases of the stomach, gastroenteritis, peptic ulcers etc. According to Ayurveda healthy digestive system can greatly influence your overall health and well – being. Unhealthy eating habits such as eating too much fried or spicy food or eating at odd times can disturb the balance of doshas that maintain healthy digestive system.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Gastric Problems

Gastric problems include excessive gas, constipation, diarrhea, burning, vomiting, indigestion, bloating and pain. A modern medicine recognizes these problems with terminologies such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, colitis and pancreatitis among many others.

According Ayurveda following are the key factors that lead to gastric problems

Jatharagni: Digestive fire that manages the digestion process

Samana Vayu: A type of Vata that governs the absorption of nutrients from food

Kledak Kapha: A Kapha that maintains the integrity of mucous lining of the digestive system

Ama Dosha: A toxin produced due to indigested good

Ayurvedic treatment for gastric problems therefore targets at correcting the above mentioned factors. It includes change in dietary habits and also some herbal combinations to target the affected subdoshas, agni and ama. Some Ayurvedic treatments such as Niruha Basti (Herbal decoction enemas), Virchanam (purgation) and Vaman (Vomiting) are used mainly to treat the ama dosha and remove unwanted toxins from the body.

  1. Paralysis

Paralysis is a serious neurological disorder that results in muscle tone loss. Paralysis can lead to complete loss of mobility and also affect other systems in the body including the circulatory and excretory system.  According to Ayurveda paralysis is caused due to Vata dosha and is known as Pakshaghat.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Paralysis

Since Ayurveda considers paralysis as a vata vyadhi the main treatment for paralysis targets in   normalizing the flow of Prana Vayu (Oxygen). This is achieved with Ayurvedic treatments such as Abhyangam (full body massage done with herbal oils), Virechanam (purgation to remove unwanted toxins), Pizhichil (using oils such as  Mahanarayan , Ksheerbala   as these are known to pacify the vitiated vata dosha), Sneha Basti (Enema using oils such as  Mahanarayan , bala  or ksheerbala ), and    Shirodhara to improve the blood circulation to the brain.

The Ayurvedic treatment also includes some special herbal oral medications and regular exercises to strengthen the muscles.