Healing with nature: Ayurveda
“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means”- says David Frawley, author and Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system prevailing in the Indian subcontinent. It is the culmination of ancient research on the medicinal benefits of plants and trees. Ayurveda is as old as history and is believed to be one with side benefits but never a side effect; however, the main goal of Ayurveda is to promote good health through a balance between body, mind and consciousness.
What drummed up as an ancient science of utilizing nature for good health in Indian subcontinent, had now gained popularity around the world. Ayurveda is now hailed across the goal for its exemplary benefits. Ayurveda has always promoted mental wellness along with physical wellness, focusing on meditation and yoga. Ayurveda Melbourne offers a range of techniques as part of healing or maintain a healthy body. These techniques include: Dietary changes, Herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Meditation, Breathing exercise, Panchakarma and Sound Therapy.
Ayurvedic Techniques for Healthy Body
Dietary Changes: Ayurvedic diet is based on the doshas as it is believed that foods psychologically affect an individual. According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas based on the mind/body state of humans: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The disbalance in these doshas are the reasons behind an unhealthy body.
- Individuals dominated by Vatas love excitement, are creative and energetic, however, a disbalance provokes them to be stressed and worried. Ayurveda suggests warm and nourishing foods with butter or fat to stabilize the vata. They need to reduce the intake of cold foods and too much caffeine to maintain the vata balance.
- Individuals dominated by Pitta have a strong appetite with excellent digestion, whereas, imbalance Pitta can lead to short temper and emotional outburst. Sweet, bitter and astringent taste are perfect for them according to Ayurveda and should avoid butter, fat and coffee.
- Kapha dominated individuals are loving, thoughtful and calm, and a disbalance in kapha can make them stubborn. Dry and warm food are best for them and they should avoid too much consumption of fatty and sweet foods.
Herbal Medicine: Ayurveda has always promoted the use of herbs, spices and plants for healing and curing. There are more than 600 herbal formulas and about 250 single plant remedies mentioned in Charaka Samhita. Some popularly used herbs are: Aswagandha, Triphala (Amla, Bibhitaki, Haritaki), Brahmi, Turmeric etc.to name some.
Acupuncture: This is an ancient ayurvedic method, where needles are used at specific points of the body to target the healing ability of the body to effect its cure.
Massage: Massage helps in relaxing the body and ayurvedic massage includes herbal oil to relieve stress, improving blood circulation, reducing stiffness of muscles etc. With Ayurveda being popular in Australia too, Ayurveda Melbourne has quite a few option for your curiosity, especially massage services.
Meditation and Breathing exercise: Ayurveda believes that body and mind are inseparable and thus considers meditation as a powerful tool to balance the body and mind. Breathing exercises helps in calming the nerves.
Sound Therapy: Ayurvedic healing involves certain sound therapy to create bliss of mind, soul and body.One of the most popular is the singing bowl therapy which involves some metal bowl to create vibrations and sounds for healing.
Panchakarma: It is a cleansing method for the body for preventing and curing from various disease. There are five treatments included in Panchakarma:
i. Vamana or Therapeutic Emesis which eliminates waste products or toxins from the upper tract of the body,i.e; mouth.
ii. Virechana or Therapeutic Purgation cleans the pitta and the purifies the blood through clearing of the body toxins.
iii. Vasti or Therapeutic Enema is used to cure chronic neurological conditions by administrating small amounts of medicated oils.
iv. Nasya or Nasal Insufflations of medicines where medicines are administered through nasal route to treat various complications.
v. Rakta Mokshana or Therapeutic Blood Letting where vitiated blood is excreted from the body.leeches are used to carry out this procedure.
According to Ayurveda all major ailments of the body is due to improper digestive fire or ‘Agni’, so the Panchakarma procedures which detoxifies the body by maintaining the balance of the ‘Agni’, is very beneficial. In the hustle and bustle of the modern life, we tend to pick up irregular and unhealthy food habits, stress etc. which weakens the digestive fire. So, Ayurveda suggests the natural way of healing and detoxifying. The benefits of Panchakarma are many as it helps restore the metabolism, helps in maintaining the balance of the doshas, boasts the immunity, helps in improving the skin complexion and texture etc.
With the world embracing the Ayurveda way of life, Ayurveda Sunshine Coast is also gaining quite popularity. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to take the step towards the Natural Healing through Ayurveda, it’s time we shed all those inhibitions and stress of the last two years of COVID crisis by opting the Ayurveda way of life.