It seems there is always a new medication on the market to alleviate some of the mental and physical illnesses that are so prevalent in our society. However, a more holistic approach, inspired by Eastern medicine, could be part of the solution for living a more balanced and healthy life.
Ayurveda is a practice that has been around for centuries, and is quite common in Indian medicine. Ayurveda focuses on determine why and how the body became out of balance, so that people concentrate on reestablishing this balance to get rid of pain and sickness.
The practice of Ayurveda supports the notion that everyone is independent in terms of their physical needs. Each individual has a combination of a body type or dosha that was “assigned” to him/her at the time of conception. Although there are times when two people will have similar symptoms because of their doshas, the remedies for each person could be vastly different. This is because these individual’s may be experiencing imbalance for a number of reasons, including exposure to toxic chemicals, poor digestion, lack of restful sleep, and or changes in stress levels and hormones. Changes in the seasons can also cause imbalance in the body.
The purpose of Ayurveda is always to bring the body back to a state of homeostasis, or the natural state of balance. The treatment to achieve homeostasis can include using natural oils, herbal supplements and even dietary adjustments or changes.
Eating the right foods for a person’s body type is also a part of Ayurvedic medicine. The right foods can pacify a person’s dosha, and the diet should also be paired with physical activity like yoga and pranayama to increase strength and flexibility. The dharma is also an important part of Ayurveda. Dharma is the passion or life’s mission of a person, and practicing the dharma can promote love, peace and tranquility in an individual’s life.
It’s important to know that while not all types of integrative or alternative therapies will work for everyone, there are a number of benefits to practicing Ayurveda. This way of life promotes balance in the mind, spirit and body, which could encourage people to find the workout routines, diet plans and relationships that are best for them.