Best Ayurvedic treatment in India

  • Ayurveda is the oldest among the medical systems in practice now
  • Ashtanga Hridaya, Charaka Samhita and Susrutha Samhita are the three main texts
  • Susrutha is considered as the founding father of surgery
  • Ayurveda treatment is covered by most of the insurance companies in India

Best Ayurvedic treatment in India

This article is written by Dr Padmakumar on 20 Feb 2020

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical systems in the world. It views the balance of mind, body, and spirit as the key to a healthy life. The high success rate, mostly of Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala, and the minimal side effects after treatment, makes it popular even now. People are looking more and more at Ayurvedic treatment for their health issues. 

The Panchakarma rejuvenation treatment has many benefits such as 

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve metabolism 
  • Improve digestion
  • Aid weight loss
  • Healthy and glowing skin and hair

 

Ayurveda has more to offer on the curative side with effective treatments for many conditions like

  • Serious eye issues
  • Psoriasis
  • Back and Spine problems
  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Infertility 
  • Gastric issues
  • Stroke and cancer rehab

 

History of Ayurveda

This system dates back to more than 5000 years, going back to the Vedic age in India. The word Ayurveda is from two Sanskrit words, 'Aayu' and 'Veda'. The meaning of Aayu is Life, while Veda means knowledge. Thus, Ayurveda means the 'Knowledge of Life'. Ayurveda principles will help you to lead a healthy life. 

The evolution of Ayurveda began long before the time of written scripts.  So, word of mouth was the only channel for this knowledge to pass on.

The first recorded form of Ayurveda is in the Vedas, which are the ancient Indian texts. Charaka and Sushrutha, who both lived in the 5th- 6th century BCE, are the pioneers of Ayurveda.

"Ashtangahrudaya" is the main text in Ayurveda. This text has details on the various diseases and treatment methods. 

Fundamentals of Ayurvedic treatment

As per Ayurveda, everything in the world has the following five elements

  1. Earth
  2. Water
  3. Fire
  4. Air
  5. Space

 

Further, it says that every person will have these elements in them as three Doshas or energy forces. 

  1. Vata: based on the elements of Space and Air
  2. Pitta: based on Fire and Water  
  3. Kapha: which has Water and Earth elements

 

You will be healthy when the proportion of these doshas is as per your natural constitution. Whenever there is an increase or decrease, there will be an imbalance. As per Ayurveda, this dosha imbalance is the root cause of all diseases. Some of the main reasons for these imbalances are

  • Changes in the diet - especially food that are not compatible with each other like fish and curd.
  • Suppression of natural urges
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Irregular daily routines - no fixed time for meals, sleep, etc.
  • Mental stress and strain
  • Too much of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine

 

Ayurveda doctors, while examining the person, will first understand the primary dosha constitution. They will also look at the proportion of the three doshas in the person. To do this, doctors may ask questions about lifestyle, diet, family history, etc. The doctor will prepare a custom treatment plan after this.

Two persons having the same disease may have differences in their treatment plans. It happens because the dosha imbalances may be different. The treatment also puts great focus on preventing diseases by addressing the reasons for these imbalances.

Lifestyle and diet changes, yoga, and meditation play an important part in the overall treatment.

Panchakarma in Ayurveda

Panchakarma is a set of 5 procedures aimed at cleansing the body. In Sanskrit language, Panchakarma means five actions. These are 

  1. Vamana: Emesis or Induced vomiting to release the body toxins. Herbal medicines will be given to you orally to induce vomiting.
  2. Virechana: Ayurvedic massages using hot medicated oils will make you sweat a lot. This sweating will release the toxins in the body.
  3. Nasyam: Here, you are given herbal medicines through your nose. It clears the nasal passage and calms down the nervous system.
  4. Vasthy: This is medicated enema injected through the anal, urinary, vaginal channels. Impurities in the body get flushed out after enema.
  5. Raktha Moksha or Bloodletting: This is a process of blood purification with the help of leeches.

 

Panchakarma treatment may not always have all these five steps. The doctors will suggest the right ones based on the body type and condition of the person.

Kerala Ayurveda puts importance on 3 phases of Panchakarma which are

  1. Poorva Karma which deals with the preparation of the body for the treatment 
  2. Pradhana Karma which is the main part of the treatment
  3. Praschath Karma. This part is the last phase of the treatment. Here the objective is to bring the body back to the normal condition. It also helps in restoring the body immunity

 

All these three phases are equally important in Panchakarma treatment.

Things to consider before taking Ayurvedic treatment

As you may know by now, Ayurveda is different from other medical systems. There are a few things that you should be aware of before starting the treatment. It will help you in preparing for the treatment and in getting the best results from it.

  • Time: Ayurvedic treatments usually have a long duration. It can be a minimum of 14 days and may even go up to 28-35 days in some cases. So, you will have to plan for that many days to be away from work, home, country.
  • Diet: Ayurveda hospitals will only have vegetarian food on their menu. You will not be allowed to take food from outside. So, you need to be ready for a vegetarian diet during the treatment period.
  • Alcohol and Smoking: If you are a smoker or drinker, you will have to stop these habits during the treatment time. These will not be allowed on the premises at all.
  • Discussions: Ayurveda doctors may ask detailed questions about your work, family, habits, lifestyle, etc. You have to be ready to answer all of these. 
  • Free time: There will usually be two sets of treatments every day. The total time for that will be around 2-3 hours. You will thus have a lot of free time during the day.

 

Ayurveda treatment plan needs you to follow what the doctor has advised. It will help you get the maximum benefit out of it.

This article is written by Dr Padmakumar on 20 Feb 2020

Dr Padmakumar
Dr Padmakumar
BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
Dr Padmakumar is a practising dentist with more than 18 years of experience. His core areas of interest are cosmetic dentistry and endodontics

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