Health with Ayurveda

importance of ayurveda in staying healthy for a lifetime

importance of ayurveda in staying healthy for a lifetime Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.

science of ayurveda balances elements with medicinal herbs
ayurveda believes - happiness for oneself is largely a matter of how we spend our day and how we do our meals because what we do and what we eat governs our mind and the thoughts so here is a listing of aspects which we must do for "healthy and disease free life"

Nature has a treasure of Medicines to treat all ailments. Science of Ayurveda has utilized this treasure and put into our use since thousands of years.
Ayurveda teaches us the way of living life in a logical manner and as human beings we all sholud follow the basic principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a medical science which is many centuries old and its all been documented in our ancient book - CHARAK SAMHITA.

Ayurveda enumerates five important means for diagnosis. Five fingers in a hand is arranged in such a way that we can have a strong grip over the objects. Similarly, awareness of the five fold principle helps us to have a strong grip over the aetiopathology of the disease. This includes Nidana, Poorva roopa, Roopa, Samprapthi and Upasaya. Each technical terms is indicative of different phases taking place in the manifestation of disease. Actually this is the screen play behind a disease. So understanding of each of these helps us in arriving at the possible diagnosis. Some diseases can just be diagnosed by any one of the five means, if it is known or recognized accurately by itself.This is the real reason why a person can live healthy by adopting the measures suggested in ayurvedand why a diseased person can start the healing process smoothly by adopting the medications of ayurveda.

Ayurveda is one of the most practical byproduct of Indian heritage. All the basic concepts and scientific theories in Ayurveda are formed based upon this Indian philosophy, mainly Nyaya and Vaiseshika thoughts. so ayurved generally admist three distinct means of valid knowledge as -

1) Prathyksha (perception),
2) Anumana (inference),
3) Aapthopadesa (verbal testimony)

In Ayurveda, these are included under the technical term, Pramana. According to the definition, Pramana is the method of identification of real knowledge or valid expereince. True knowledge of the human body and various abnormal conditions or diseases is very essential to treat in proper way. True knowledge of the drugs also is very essential for the preparation of medicines. Thus in various aspects, an ayurvedic physician need proper knowledge and valid expereince. In Ayurvedic aspect, Pramatha is the Physician, who wants to know the tuth. Prameya or the object to be known is the patient. Knowledge or pramithi is regarding the abnormality or disease present in the patient.

Dietary Measures to be adopted
  • No fried, spicy, bakery, synthetic or processed food.
  • No heavy foodstuffs i.e. take light, easily digestible food.
  • Avoid refined flour (maida) – prefer wheat flour with husk
  • Avoid eating stale and leftover food, as it is the biggest source of oxidants
  • Reduce excess of cold, heavy,Oily, sweet, sour and salty food.
  • No ice creams, cold or iced drinks, packed fruit juices, junk food or preserved food.
  • Do not eat fruits just after meals.
  • Do not drink water just before/after meals; take a little amount of water with food if required.Take it 1 to 1and1/2 hours after having meals. Drink lots of warm water to purify entire body
  • Avoid overeating as well as under eating
  • Do not skip meals because it can aggravate the liver and bile secretions. And do not eat if you don’t feel hungry, and if it is during meals time – you can have fruits or water.
  • Avoid tea or coffee as much possible especially after meals.
  • In between meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), do not take anything except water, fresh fruit juices, fruits, lemon water/shikanji.
  • Do not eat food too quickly; chew it properly.
  • Avoid swimming, running, stair climbing and sex just after having food (any physical activity).
  • Do not divide your attention by reading, watching TV, working while eating food.
  • At meals, eat until you are about ¾ full.
  • Have your last meal at least 2 hrs before going to bed
  • Regular daily elimination is must.

Life Style Measures to be adopted
  • Early to bed and early to rise goes long way in keeping one fit. Go to bed by 10:00 pm. Avoid intense entertainment before going to bed
  • Exercise on daily basis is necessary. Don’t overdo - exercise only 50% of your capacity.
  • A brisk walk is beneficial for everyone
  • Learn and practice some technique of reducing everyday stress like reiki, pranayam, sudarshan kriya, meditations etc.
  • Walk a mile after dinner
  • Be careful about the hygiene of your body
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Calming music may reduce restlessness; boosts brain chemicals and improves behavior.
  • Always stay active, physically as well as mentally
  • Avoid extremes of temperatures
  • A warmOil scalp massage, once or twice a week, stimulates the scalp and helps balance the mind.
  • A full body massage is good for everyone
  • If your job is sedentary, take short breaks and regular walks.
  • Engage your brain continuously in some sort of mental activities to keep it working well.

Recommended Daily Routine (Please do follow in the same sequence)
  • Walk for 20-30 minutes after dinner. Drink at least 300ml of warm water an hour after dinner. Do not take anything after this (this will help in cleansing digestive tract). This habit will make your mornings more fresh and energetic.
  • Wake up early in the morning in “BrahmaMuhurtta”(between 4:00 to 6:00 am). After gargling drink 300 ml of warm water before going to the toilet.
  • After brushing, massage any “DantManjan”(herbal gum powder) mixed with mustardOil. Massage it gently over teeth and gums and after 3-5 minutes of application spit and wash it thoroughly. This is a must if you want your teeth and gums to stay healthy for the rest of your life. You can repeat this process after dinner also
  • A full body massage (of mustard/olive/sesameOil) at least thrice a week is beneficial
  • Do some stretching Asanas like – Tadasana, Tiryaka Tadasana and Kati Chakrasana). Go for a brisk walk for atleast 30 minutes. Do Shavasana for 5-10 minutes and after that do some Pranayam like Nadi-Shodhana, Kapalbhati, Anulom-Vilom etc in any comfortable asana like Sukhasana or Padmasana
  • Have bath with lukewarm water.
  • Breakfast options - Sprouts, Fruits, Dalia (sweet/salty), Upma, Poha, Dhokla, Idli-Sambhar or Porridge (halwa). Take herbal tea or green tea or Kashmiri tea (kahwa) along with.
  • Lunch and Dinner - have light and easy to digest food. Avoid spicy, fried and sour food. Do not sleep immediately after taking meals.
  • In Between meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), do not take anything except water, fresh fruit juices, fruits, lemon water/shikanji

    What is the Meaning of Ayurveda?:

    Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayus" and "veda." "Ayus" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science. The term "ayurveda" thus means 'the knowledge of life' or 'the science of life'. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, "ayu" comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul.

    What does Ayurveda do to you?:

    The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life. This can be summed up as follows:

    • To protect health and prolong life ("Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam")
    • To eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body ("Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha")

    What are the Basic Principles of Ayurveda?:

    Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by three "doshas", or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas ("tridoshas"). Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha.

    A healthy person, as defined in Sushrut Samhita, one of the primary works on Ayurveda, is "he whose doshas are in balance, appetite is good, all tissues of the body and all natural urges are functioning properly, and whose mind, body and spirit are cheerful..."