Ayurveda Day- November 5 2018- Progressive Disease and Ayurveda

A cough and cold getbetter in a few days. Your body may take a month or two to heal from the effects of more serious diseases like malaria and typhoid. However, there are some diseases that do not get better with time. In fact, these diseases can get worse as time passes. These are known as progressive diseases. Some of the most common progressive diseasesare Osteoarthritis,Parkinson’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic pancreatitis, Dementia Alzheimer’s disease and COPD. In most cases, modern medicine does not have a cure for these diseases. However, Ayurveda can help manage progressive diseases and make life more comfortable for the patient.

Why Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic approach to healthcare rooted in traditions that date back to over 5000 years. When it comes to the treatment of progressive diseases, it uses a combination of herbal remedies, external treatments, meditation and yoga. While Ayurveda may not hold a cure for some of these diseases, it can help improve a person’s quality of life and prevent further complications. It can also help arrest the rate at which it progresses.

Ayurvedic Internal Medicine

Ayurvedic medicines are made using herbs and minerals. These medicines have negligible side effects and can be taken along with other forms of conventional medicine. These medicines work towards relieving symptoms of the condition and boosting immunity. For example, Ayurvedic treatment with herbs such as turmeric, Triphala and ginger can help relieveinflammation in cases of osteoarthritis and make the movement more comfortable.

Ayurveda medicine preparation
Ayurveda medicine preparation

External Ayurvedic Treatments

Ayurvedic treatments are usually a combination of internal and external remedies. External remedies take the form of massages with medicated oils, inhalation of oil vapours, applications of pastes over the skin etc. These treatments help remove toxins from the body and balance the Doshas within the body. In the case of progressive diseases like Parkinson’s disease, external treatments such as Rasayana Karma, Shiro Abhyanga and Shiro Vasti can be very helpful.


Meditation is a great way to battle the stress of any progressive diseases. This keeps the body from releasing stress hormones, boosts the immune system and helps manage chronic illnesses. For example, someone with progressive diseases such as multiple sclerosis can use meditation to beat the stress the condition creates which in turn can reduce the frequency and intensity of MS exacerbations. It also helps improve the quality of sleep, fight anxiety and depression and relieve tiredness. In cases of diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, it can even help reverse memory loss to a certain extent.


People with progressive diseases such as COPD, neuromuscular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can hugely benefit from Yoga. It engages different parts of the brain and helps the body recover from trauma and form new neural connections. Yoga also helps deal with stress and stress-relatedissues. In the case of musculoskeletal conditions, it reduces inflammation, relieves pain and improves flexibility. Similarly, in the case of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, it helps the patient to fight against depression and prevents cognitive decline.