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Ayurveda – Nature Healing

Ayurveda translates into English as the Science of Life (Ayur - life, veda - science). Considered to be the oldest healing science in the world, this ancient medicine is practiced extensively in Sri Lanka and India. This curative art was passed down from time immemorial through an oral tradition, through old masters to their disciples.

Ayurvedic Concepts: According to Ayurveda the human body is composed of five elements known as the Panchamahabhuta (Pancha - five, Maha - great, Bhuta - elements). These five elements are apo (water), theejo (fire) vayo (air) patavi (earth) and akasa (space or ether).

The Ayurvedic concept of creation focuses on four interrelated factors. These are Body, Mind, Consciousness (or Soul) and the Panchamahabhuta (or five elements). These four elements blend into three bio-energetic forces that govern the health and determine the physical constitution of livi ng beings. They are called Va (or Vata - air and space), Pith (or Pitta - fire and water) and Sem (or Kapha - water and earth). Ayurveda refers to three other forces, which control mental and spiritual functions. They are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Mental disturbances are caused by imbalances of these three properties, in the same way that the five elements influence the body.

Individual Constitution:  The three bio-energetic forces Vata, Pitta and Kapha are present in every human being. Vata is considered to be the energy of movement. Pitta the energy of digestion and Kapha is the energy of lubrication and structure. Although all three forces are found in the human body one is usually prominent.


Vata: People with Vata dosha tend to be thin, light and quick in their thoughts and actions. Change is an important aspect of their lives. When Vata is balanced they are creative, flexible, enthusiastic and lively. However, if Vata becomes excessive, we may develop anxiety, insomnia, or irregular digestion.

Pitta: People with Pitta dosha are vivacious, smart and determined. If Pitta is balanced they tend to be warm, understanding and intelligent. Excessive Pitta can however, create irritability, jealousy and aggressiveness. 

 

Kapha: Those with Kapha dosha tend to be leisurely and stable. When balanced, Kapha creates calmness, sweetness and loyalty. When excessive, Kapha can result in greed and attachment.

Ayurvedic medicine is also gaining popularity in the west. The word "Ayurveda" is a tatpurusha compound of the word âyus meaning "life," "life principle," or "long life" and the word veda, which refers to a system of "knowledge." Thus "Ayurveda" roughly translates as the "knowledge of life," "knowledge of a long life" or even "science of life." According to Charaka Samhita, "life" itself is defined as the "combination of the body, sense organs, mind and soul, the factor responsible for preventing decay and death, which sustains the body over time, and guides the processes of rebirth. According to this perspective, Ayurveda is concerned with measures to protect "ayus", which includes healthy living along with therapeutic measures that relate to physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony. Ayurveda is

also one among the few traditional systems of medicine to contain a sophisticated system of surgery (which is referred to as "salya-chikitsa"). Ayurveda was derived from the most cherished scriptures known as vedas. They are Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. 

Ayurveda is a holistic system of curative and preventive medicine, focusing on the prevention of disease through a deeper connection between the mind and the body. It concentrates on a state of total health based on vigour, energy and balance. The concept of balance is important in Ayurveda - the balance of body, mind and consciousness based on each person's individual constitution.

Treatments in Ayurveda: The diseases treated at Lakshya are listed below:

Ø      Arthritis , Rheumatic Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

Ø      Bronchial Diseases

Ø      Skin Diseases 

Ø      Paraplegia , Hetraplegia 

Ø      Facial Paralysis

Ø      Infertility

Ø      Sinusitis & Migraine

Ø      Hypertension

Ø      Slip Disk and Spondylitis

Ø      Obesity 

Ø     Nervous debility and many more.

Panchakarma: Is a treatment which comes under elimination therapy. This consists of five types of treatment. There are two schools of thought and the five treatments are grouped together. “Panchkarma” a branch of “Ayurveda” which deals with restoration of youth with help of medicated oils. This special treatment of oil massages prescribed in the ancient Indian medical lore has been practiced in Kerala for many centuries, practiced in accordance with great works of “Charaka Samhita”. Purification of the body at the resort is done by eliminating morbid doshas by Panchakarma. 
                                                                         The Panchakarma aspects are:


                  Ø      Vamanam (Vomiting) 

                  Ø      Virechanam (Purgation)

                  Ø      Aasthaapana (Enema with quath) 

                  Ø      Anuvaasana (Enema with oil) 

                  Ø      Nasyam (Inhalation of Drugs)

Prior to panchakarma, purvakarma is administered. “Snehanam” and “Swedanam” which are basically the purvakarma or meaning primary aspect of Panchakarma. Snehanam in either words meaning “Oleation” and “Swedanam” meaning sweating and much of this method of Panchakarma Therapy is in preparing the toxins for elimination, through oil and sweating therapies. The oil application and sweating therapy helps in bringing the toxin into the digestive tract for elimination. This is then dispelled by vasti (enema) or virechana (purgative) and vamanam which are the Panchakarma aspects of the procedure. To name the various oleation and sweating therapies are Abhyangam, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Dhara and Elakizhi.

Vamanam ( Emesis Therapy or vomiting):When there is congestion in the lungs causing repeated attacks of bronchitis, cold and cough. Vamanam is administrated to eliminate the Kapha causing the excess mucus. All Kapha related diseases are cured by this therapy. This process requires good attention and skilled assistance. In chronic skin diseases like Psoriasis also vamanam is administered. 

Virechanam (Purgation):Pitha diseases are cured by this process. This eliminates the toxic or waste matters from the intestine by administrating therapeutic purgation or a therapeutic laxative. In case of jaundice, piles also virechanam is given. 

Aasthaapana: Aasthaapana or Niruham is enema with quath or Kashaya Vasti is for combating vata and vata dominant diseases. Vata’s predominant site is the colon. Vasti involves the introduction of herbal concoction into the rectum. It relieves constipation, kidney stones, backaches, sciatica and all types of joint pains.   

Anuvaasan: Enema with oil: This is not given to patients suffering from diabetes, anemia, and obesity. All vata aggravated diseases like joint disorders, paralysis, constipation, arthritis, urinary and reproductive disorders anuvaasan is given. 

Nasyam: Inhalation of medicated oil through the nose is called nasyam. An excess of humours accumulated in sinus, throat, nose or head areas is eliminated by Nasyam. From the shoulders up the patients body is massaged causing it to perspire. The medicine in exact dose is measured and poured into the nostrils, as the patient inhales. During the process, the area around the nose, neck, shoulders, palms & feel are rubbed. This is very effective in ailments such as sinusitis, migraine, chronic cold and chest congestion. In case of hemiplegia, facial paralysis also nasyam is given.

Parchatkarma Diet (Samsarjana Kriya): Diet is very important during and after Panchakarma. After the purification process, when the patient feels hungry at that time he can have Kitchari (mix veg meal). The patient should have it for three to four days with slowly increasing the quantity of intake with other item like ginger, pepper, salt green gram soup and other pulse soups gradually adding to the diet and increasing the quantity gradually also. 

Panchakarma is a very special Ayurvedic process and requires highly trained and skillful ayurvedic physician.

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