The oldest healthcare system in the world is Ayurveda. The ayurvedic medicine system has been existing in India for more than 5000 years. The basic principles of Ayurvedic treatment are prevention, purification, and rejuvenation. The primary treatment is designed to extract the toxins in specific parts of the body and expel these substances from the body.
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The two aspects of ayurvedic treatment are
- Shamana Chikitsa
- Shodana Chikitsa
In Ayurveda shamana chikitsa is a kind of treatment, which manages the diseases that have already manifested by themselves. As it got thousands and thousands of medicines consisting of herbs, minerals, and other biological products, it is very easy to manage, control, and cure the disease in a reasonable span of time. Ayurveda has cured a lot of chronic diseases where western medicines have no answer for.
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Shodana Chikitsa is an ayurvedic treatment which is the process of purification that is used to cure and prevent diseases. The main aim of this process is to reinstate the body to its healthy state or maintain the healthy state for a longer period of time. The purification in the ayurvedic sense called rejuvenation of the body takes a certain amount of time in Ayurveda. There are three stages in the rejuvenation process and they are:
Pre Purification ( PURVA KARMA), preparing the body for the process
Main Purification ( PRADAHANA KARMA) – The actual course of treatment. There are five different processes and hence it is called: Pancha Karma.
Post Purification (REJUVENATION PROCESS) – Reinstating the original state of health.
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How Ayurveda Treatment Works
Ayurvedic Treatment mainly focuses on rebalancing the three doshas namely Vata, Pitta & Kapha. The most commonly followed treatments in Ayurveda are
Pranayama: This treatment consists of breathing exercises. Practicing pranayama generates feelings of calmness and brings balance to the body constitution.
Abhyanga: It’s a kind of treatment, which involves rubbing the skin with herbal oil. This kind of treatment is done with an intention to increase blood circulation in the specific parts of the body and draw toxins out of the body through the skin, which would restore the body constitution as well.
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Rasayana: This treatment is done by using mantras and meditation. In this combined process-specific herbs are also used to rejuvenate a person.
Yoga: Yoga is an Ayurvedic practice, which combines pranayama, physical movement, and meditation. This exercise is being carried out to improvise the blood pressure condition, control the cholesterol level and bring down the anxiety and chronic pain. It also helps to improve circulation and digestion. Continuous Yoga practice helps in the prevention of diseases too and can help to maintain health, strength, and youthfulness.
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Panchakarma: This is a kind of treatment that is used to cleanse the body of toxins to purify the body and also to help to reduce the cholesterol level.
Herbal medicines: The most important treatment is the usage of herbs in Ayurveda medicine. The herbs are used to restore dosha balance and rebuild the body constitution.
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Yagnya: This is a spiritual practice to cleanse the atmosphere of bad elements in the environment causing dosha disturbances in the human body. The process involves Agni used with herbs to purify the atmosphere