As people are seeking greater health and wellness in their lives, Ayurvedic Medicine is a growing trend in health care and lifestyle. But what exactly is Ayurvedic Medicine? When people ask this question, they often get a large range of answers. Or they have had one experience with Ayurveda, such as herbs or meditation or a new diet, and they assume that alone is Ayurveda. The reason for such a span of answers is that Ayurvedic Medicine is an entire system of health care, comprised of endless knowledge of the physical body, in all its intricacy, as well as knowledge of the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of each one of us. With origins in India, its principles are easily applied in any area of the world, using natural means to bring the body back into its unique and balanced state. It is holistic, whole system,health care.
Within this system of natural health care, there are thousands of modalities to utilize. Common ones include herbal remedies, particular yoga practices, oil massage, and purification techniques (“detoxing” done right). Yet these and other regimes are not used generically for all. Rather, they are carefully selected for an individual’s unique constitution and imbalances. Ayurvedic medicine does not treat generalized symptoms, it treats the particular imbalances that cause the disruptive symptoms. Ayurveda has a distinct means of assessment and works with a different approach to creating health in our bodies than the traditional western approach. Ayurveda recognizes that there are multiple ways in which one symptom (such as painful periods, insomnia, irritable digestion or elimination, depression, or others) may have come about. Thus, each individual needs individualized care to gently overcome his or her health problems.
Yet Ayurveda is so much more than an answer to your health problems… It gives the gift of maintainingyour optimal health and attaining continued growth & fulfillment in body and mind. Ayurveda is a way of life, a way to greater health and longevity. This is why bits and pieces of Ayurveda always trickle into the lives of even those who intend for just a simple and natural fix to their ailments. Los Angeles and other areas of the country are catching onto this time-tested and effective system of health care and people are realizing they can feel better than ever.
Natural Herbal Remedies
Ayurveda provides a natural means to minimizing or removing many of our current health issues, such as diabetes, infertility, rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, and even the common cold. Of course, the best health care is one which prevents illness and injury. Ayurveda shines in prevention, as it gives simple and natural lifestyle guidelines that simply feel good, while increasing your immunity, decreasing toxin build-up, and replenishing your energy. It offers means to easy and sound sleep, proper digestion and elimination, and healthy purification. If ailments arise, herbs may be used as natural medicine. A carefully selected blend of herbs is generally more effective than a single herb. Arjuna, for instance, is wonderful for the heart, but will be best assimilated when joined with another strong herb and smaller doses of digestive aids such as ginger, cardamom, licorice or fennel. It does take time to reverse major or chronic health issues, but the results yield much longer lasting effects and without uncomfortable or hazardous side effects. Of course, Ayurveda will not replace your doctor’s prescriptions, but it can reverse or minimize your need for them.
Health maintenance and prevention of illness tips are sometimes thought of as “grandma’s recipes.” Try out a few of these over the course of a week and see if they work for you. These are simple but effective for some basic complaints.
- For trouble falling asleep: Heat one cup of organic whole milk on the stove. Pour into a mug, add a pinch each of cardamom and cinnamon (nutmeg also, if you like). Sip just before bed. Also take a warm bath with sesame or olive oil in it, just be careful not to slip!
- For bloating after meals: Make a potent fennel tea by adding 1 tsp of freshly ground fennel seeds to 4-6 ounces of hot water. Stir and let steep for a bit before sipping at the end of your meal. You can also steep the whole seeds in boiling water.
- For early morning awakenings (when you wake up at 3-4 AM, wide awake): If you wake up hot or sweaty, try 1/4 cup of Aloe Juice (whole leaf, from the health food store not Trader Joe’s unfortunately) just before bed. If you wake up but you don’t feel hot in the nights, try 6 ounces of licorice root and fennel seed tea. Just buy the freshly ground powders at health food store and stir into hot water.
Plants hold great power in healing. Whether using natural Eastern or contemporary Western approaches to medicine, plants are the foundation for the efficacy of medications. Herbal medicines are often overlooked as a lesser potency than many western drugs. Fortunately, this is not the truth. The key to successful healing through herbs is to have the appropriate blend of herbs for whatever imbalances have led to the health issue. Three people with high blood pressure may all have different imbalances that caused their symptom. Hence, three different herbal remedies, along with lifestyle guidelines, may be recommended for success in reducing blood pressure. The same is true for treating women’s health concerns such as painful periods, menopause symptoms, or others. If you want to reverse a health issue, try this natural and lasting approach. And if you are currently in good health, remember to keep your health with the Ayurvedic lifestyle.