The Effect Of Meditation And Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Medicine explains the process of disease formation in simple words. According to Ayurvedic principles disease begins when we forget our true nature. Known as the “Primordial Cause” of disease, disturbances to our true nature as we forget the mind is a place of purity and clarity. Negative thought comes along and disturbs the mind. Meditation is a process which trains your mind to become aware of the silent witness within you.
Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medical systems originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and remains as one of traditional health care systems of India. Ayurvedic concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices like Yoga & Meditation. Nowadays India government and other institutes throughout the world have come out with initiatives to support clinical and laboratory research on Ayurvedic medicine.
The term “Ayurveda” is derived from the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (science or knowledge). Ayurvedic medicine was practiced in India by the ancient sages & many Ayurvedic practices were handed down by word of mouth. Three ancient books known as the Great Trilogy on Ayurvedic medicine—Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Astanga Hridaya were written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago.
The prime concepts of Ayurvedic medicine include universal relationships (among people, their health, and the universe), the body’s constitution (prakriti), and life forces (dosha), which are often compared to the biologic humors of the ancient Greek system. With the guidance of these concepts, Ayurvedic physicians prescribe Ayurveda treatments, including compounds of herbs or proprietary ingredients, diet, exercise & lifestyle recommendations.
Healing Power of Meditation
It is a known fact that stress and anxiety are the common causes of illness and can lead to chronic diseases. The antidotes are Yoga & Meditation as they reduce the production of stress hormones, counteract all the stress-related changes in the body, giving a boost to the immune system and helping to prevent or manage chronic disease. Meditation also helps to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and can even reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
With meditation you can respond to stress instead of reacting to it. A profound sense of peace and relaxation comes to you during meditation that can act as a stress buster. It can even decrease blood pressure and heart rate, as well as lower anxiety and depression, which are the typical stress markers.
Ayurvedic Medications in Kerala – The Relevance
Kerala with its ideal geographic location & salubrious climate has made external purification and rejuvenation therapies most effective for treatment of many disorders.
Kerala Ayurveda fundamentals are not much different from those of the rest of the country, in their essence and philosophy. But certain aspects of Kerala Ayurveda differ like the importance given to Vagbhata’s Ashtangahridayam in preference to other classical texts by Kerala traditional physicians & the history of practicing the classical Panchakarma treatments in all their authentic fidelity. The innovative development of the reputed Kerala preparatory therapies and the wide variety of exclusive herbal based special Ayurvedic medications in Kerala which overshadow the use of metal and mineral based drugs have also made a classical difference here.
The high humidity in Kerala helps to open up the body pores and the medicinal oils used in massaging get easily absorbed into the body there by increasing the effectiveness of the treatment. Sirodhara, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Thalapothichil, Pachakizhi and Podikizhi are some of the Kerala special Ayurvedic procedures.
A holistic approach is becoming more common nowadays for treatment of many diseases. Many doctors now recognize that Meditation can be a powerful tool for regaining health. It’s important to note, however, that meditation & Ayurveda is simply a doorway to a healthy lifestyle and in no way a substitute for medical treatment if you’re facing a serious disease. Any decision regarding treatment must be discussed with your doctor first.
The author is the Chief Ayurveda Physician at Prana Ayurvedic Centre, Aluva – The best Ayurveda center in India located at Aluva, just off the banks of the river Periyar, Kerala. Leveraging on the strong educational background in Ayurveda, he has done extensive research in several psychological and physiological problems and their Ayurvedic solutions and remedies. He has a wealth of experience in traditional Panchakarma treatments and other Ayurveda therapies to tackle several diseases.
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