Ayurveda states that the epicentre of our wellness lies in the belly. The bowel is where the energy of our body is manifested and passed on to the different parts of our body, including the mind. Therefore keeping the bowel healthy and clean is a vital part of our routine. Ayurvedic medicines have been used in traditional healthcare for ages as a treatment for many ailments in Southern Asia. Ayurvedic medicines for acidity, sinus and migraines, for skin and hair and other ailments are very popular in traditional eastern medicine culture and are fast catching up in the west as well.
Ayurvedic methods for wellbeing
Ayurveda was long found in the roots of India and surrounding parts of India in the Asian Subcontinent and has been widely practised in many homes and hospitals from yesteryears. Some of the ayurvedic practices are now certified by even western medicine as being effective in relaxing and soothing the body without the use of suppressants and depressants.
Ayurvedic massages are a practice to which westerners flock to and enjoy a healing retreat in India with ayurvedic treatments over weeks or sometimes even months. It is said that an ayurvedic lifestyle and consuming ayurvedic medicines are very effective in keeping one healthy and enables longevity.
Some very popular methods used in Ayurveda for general wellbeing are as follows:
Ayurveda dictates that everything a human does should be alongside the rise and setting of the sun. Ayurveda recommends waking up when the sun rises and going to bed when the sunsets. The sun does not shine too bright and feels mellow in the morning; that is how the body would feel during the morning, so it is recommended to take a light breakfast. The sun is at its peak and highest glory in the noon and therefore it is recommended to take a bigger portion as lunch; this way the body digests and manifests the most amount of energy obtained from the larger meal.
When the sun begins to set in the evening, the energy to digest a heavy meal also dwindles and therefore it is recommended to take a light meal for dinner. It is also advised to get to bed by as soon as sunset, but practically this would be quite difficult to follow, although, in most cultures, it is still observed and practised in many parts of South Asian countries.
Most of us have replaced our traditional practice to cure small illnesses with home remedies such as a simple tea brewed at home for cold, consuming hot, easily digestible food for stomach problems and a hot spa and massage for body pain. Due to the effect of western culture and medicine, everything has changed to taking a pain reliever or a pain suppressant. But this practice has led to many more dangerous outcomes and side effects for the body.
It is considered healthy to use simple ayurvedic hacks to cure common illnesses such as cold, fever, stomach problems, muscle pain, migraines, sinus and other joint pains. Ayurvedic medicine for acidity and heartburn, muscle pain and migraines, joint pains and arthritis have proven to be effective when coupled with a good lifestyle and proper discipline.
Many ayurvedic treatments are very popular and are sought by many Indigenous and western populations. Abhyanga treatments and panchakarma treatments are very popular in Ayurveda and tend to attract many patients across the world. The Elakizhi treatment enhances the body’s strength and glow and is perfect for those who are getting married shortly. There are so many different types of treatments in Ayurveda which target the different parts and different ‘doshas’ in the body and eliminate them in a safe and effective manner.
Many of the treatments require the individual to undergo a strenuous set of lifestyle changes and helps the individual recover from toxic lifestyle traits such as food habits, inactivity, addiction and poor body metabolism. Ayurvedic lifestyle and treatments help correct these flaws in a very healing and peaceful environment with maximum returns and minimal stress. Slowly these practices become imbibed in the individual’s lifestyle as he spends more and more time with these habits and therefore helps create a new lifestyle which is healthier and more holistic.
These are some of the benefits of Ayurvedic lifestyle. Unlike other fads and crash routines, Ayurvedic lifestyle is one to stay and truly transform the individual by ridding toxic traits and habits and inculcating rewarding and holistic, nature inclined practices.