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शनिवार, 3 दिसंबर 2011

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AYURVEDA

#1: Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine system and one of the most holistic ones.

Ayurveda originates in India around 5000 years ago and translates to "Science of Life". What sets it apart from the modern Western Medicine is its holistic method which takes into account all features of mind and bodythat are important for the human health; physically and mentally as well as spiritually while dealing with the subtle relations between body, mind and its surroundings. By the way Ayurveda is as closely related to Yoga as the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to Kung Fu.

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#2: Ayurveda treats people as individuals

Instead of indifferently prescribing the same drugs to anyone Ayurvedatakes care of people individually according to their constitution and personality. To help determine this constitution the model of "Doshas" or "Tridosha System" is used: everyone of us is dominated by a unique combination of Doshas - the 3 vital energies or rather one energy with 3 different sides - and these Doshas affect every person differnetly and cause different vulnerabilities and resistances. Considering these helps treating people gently and naturally by making use of their own self-healing capabilities.

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#3: Ayurveda is about maintaining health and preventing illness.

We all know prevention is better than curing, right? The major objective of Ayurveda is to prevent illness and preserve health by way of living. It is about looking after yourself and your body so to not exhaust your personal resources through the rush and stress that are all too common in modern societies. Not only will it help you to maintain your natural but since it's a holistic approach you'll also feel better and match up to all the day-to-day obstacles. So rather than trying to cure symptoms when it's too late Ayurveda aims to not even get to that point and will help you to find and cure the real cause of any illness through natural means.

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#4: Even a little Ayurvedic knowledge (like knowing your Dosha) can help

Ayurveda is a big thing, a vast and age-old knowledge base that can seem very daunting to the novice. Most of the terms and explanations are in staggering Sanskrit and can make a first comprehension or overview quite difficult without any help. But that's just fine, you don't have to understand everything at once and there are nicely written books to help the Westerner along. If you can find an Ayurvedic practitioner or a Yoga class that also teaches about Ayurveda, even better. But if you only want to see what Ayurveda is and "test it" there's no harm in just including ayurvedic bits and pieces into your lifestyle wherever you feel comfortable doing so. Ayurveda is not a radical diet that demands absolute discipline, but suggests to do all the changes you want to make rather gradually and see if you can adjust to them and want to extend your knowledge. (That is as long as you're not suffering from any serious condition in which case you should really see an ayurvedic or general practitioner.)

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#5: Ayurveda is not bound to religion

Although Ayurveda has its origin in India and is there closely connected to Hinduism you don't have to believe in any special gods or rituals for Ayurveda to work for you. It's a medicine system and even though it's holistic and is designed to care for your mental and spiritual health as well as your bodily health that doesn't mean you have to believe in anything. I feel spirituality has gotten kind of a suspicious name and many Westerners don't feel quite comfortable talking about it because it's often connected to peculiar or even dangerous sects. So to be clear: spirituality doesn't mean a certain religion. Religion can be a path to a person's personal spirituality but is in no way the only one. Spirituality means nothing more than knowing your deepest values and personal meaning of life and following them.

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#6: Ayurveda is labeled as "The Mother Of Healing"

Although Ayurveda is not very well known in the Western world today, it has impacted all major healing systems in the world. And it is becoming ever more accepted because it speaks of those keystone ideas of contact with nature, holism and that we are what we eat.
Ayurveda forms an essential part of the lifestyle of millions of people worldwide and its methods are applied not only to treat personal problems, but also to develop a balanced cuisine and create healthy and harmonious environments. The final intention of Ayurveda is to help the individual discover a personal knowledge of living.

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#7: Ayurveda is about physical as well as mental health

Almost all ailments arise from a combination of multiple circumstances instead of having only one clear cause. Many "modern" common Western ailments like headache, migraine are triggered largely by mental causes like persistent stress and fatigue in the most basic of cases. Frequently this is promoted by a lifestyle characterized by haste, fast food and social pressure. In the eye of society the value of personal freedom and free time has subsided favoring instead the qualities of being hardworking and resilient, ignoring the pressure this is putting on the individual because it's not considered as "real" by the public until it gets physical. An ayurvedic lifestyle helps putting this back into order and valuing your own mental health.

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#8: According to Ayurveda a healthy diet is the main resource for good health

Ayurveda is about preventing illness and its most important method is a healthy diet. This is not a strict diet but rather about guidelines for well balanced and individually positive cooking - what is perfectly good for one individual may be less healthy for the other and so it's vital to know your unique constitution and Doshas. According to Ayurveda the majority of health problems can be traced back to lacking eating habits which eventually diminishes the body's resistance and comes into picture as the one or the other symptom. Only should dietary alterations not succeed to enhance a condition comes the supportive system of herbs, treatments and medicine (in the Ayurvedic sense of the word).

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#9: Ayurveda looks at everything as either poison

Ayurveda considers literally everything natural utilizable as medicine instead of wholly depending on fabricated solutions from the pharmaceutical industry. If anything acts as medicine or toxin will depend according to Ayurveda in fact only on the quantities taken.

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#10: Ayurveda is NOT some new age idea
... but an actual science that has been improved over millennia and is a valid alternative (or supplement) to the western medicine. Being a holistic approach it incorporates parts that might seem to be connected to new age, but as a wholeAyurveda is still a science and nothing less


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