Following Part 1, let me discuss the Ayurveda controversy, their acceptance in the West. How does Ayurveda work, what should you expect from its treatment, what is it good for? Are they any risks?.
Growing awareness in the West of efficacy of Ayurveda herbs and formulations has led to controversy and battles with the western pharmaceutical companies trying to patent these herbs.
Only recently discovered in the West, Ayurvedic herbs such as Neem, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Shatavari, Tumeric, Amalaki, and Brahmi as well as traditional preparations such as Triphala and Trikatu have long been known to have significant medicinal value without adverse side effects.
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Please, pay attention, my dear reader!. Several pharmaceutical and academic institutions in the West have come into conflict with Indian academic institutions and traditional Ayurvedic practitioners over the intellectual property rights of herbal products researched by the western agencies.
My dear reader, what the pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions in the West did not know is that the Ayurvedic practitioners have known the efficacy of such products for centuries, yes, my dear friend, for centuries, wait!… and so contend that they carry precedence with regards to patent rights on such products.
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Ayurveda (Ayurvedic medicine) is now a recognized medicine in the West. I truly, think, that is about time!.
How does Ayurveda work?
As you know, now, my dear reader. Ayurveda describes three basic energies that governs our health and well-being, called doshas, present in every person.,
1-Vata: Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and heartbeat. When vata energy is balanced, there is creativity and vitality. Out of balance, vata produces fear and anxiety. 2-Pitta: Energy that controls the body’s metabolic, systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and temperature. In balance, pitta leads to contentment and intelligence. Out of balance, pitta can cause ulcers and arouse anger. 3-Kapha: Energy that controls growth in the body. Its supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintain the immune system. In balance, kapha is expressed as love. Out of balance, kapha leads to insecurity and envy.
Everybody has vita, pitta and kapha, but, there is a but! usually 1 or 2 are dominant in a particular person. Many things can disturb the energy balance such as stress, unhealthy diet, the weather and strained family relationship. The disturbance shows up as disease. The Ayurvedic treatments will bring the doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) back into balance. From a western medical perspective, my friend, stress relief seems to be one of the ways Ayurveda works to help fight illness. For instance, studies have found that transcendental meditation (component of Maharishi Ayurveda), lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, slows the aging process, and speeds recovery from illness. Many herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine have antioxidant effects, which means that they may help protect against long term illnesses such as heart disease and arthritis. Buy on line now1 and save on our Best-selling Ayurvedic supplements or contact us. A vegetarian diet, which is believed to be better for your heart than diets containing red meat.
What should you expect from an Ayurvedic treatment?
Ayurvedic treatment focuses in rebalancing the doshas. There are different ways to restore your natural dosha balance, which almost always includes changes in lifestyle, specially diet. There are also more than 20 types of treatment, the most common ones are:
a) Pranayama: Breathing exercises. Practising pranayama helps you feel calm.
b) Abhyanga: rubbing the skin with herbal oil to increase blood circulation and draw toxins out of the body, yes, through the skin.
c) Rasayana: using mantras (repeated words or phrases) during meditation combined with certain herbs to rejuvenate a person.
d) Yoga: combining pranayama movement, and meditation. Yoga has been shown to improve circulation, digestion and to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, anxiety, and chronic pain.
e) Pancha Karma: cleansing the body to purify it and reduce cholesterol.
f) Herbal medicines: taking Ayurvedic supplements (herbs) to restore dosha balance. A variety of Ayurvedic herbs are available at Life 2 life vitamins. Buy on line now! and save big or contact us.
What’s Ayurveda good for?
The ultimate goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to prevent diseases. Studies have suggested that Ayurveda may be effective at reducing the risk of heart disease. For instance, one study found that Ayurveda helped reduce plaque and reverse the thickening of artery walls known as Atherosclesosis in both healthy adults, as well as adults at risk for heart disease. What is Atherosclerosis?. My friend, it is a slow, complex disease in which cholesterol, fats, and other substances build up in the inner lining of an artery. This build up, known as plaque, can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Important!. I would say, a number of Ayurvedic herbal remedies have been examined, though sometimes high quality studies are lacking. For instance, guggul (Commiphora mukul), a traditional Ayurvedic medication used to treat high cholesterol, is widely used in India. It appears to block production of cholesterol in the liver, lowering cholesterol levels. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) seeds can lower LDL cholesterol, “the bad one” and triglycerides (fats in the blood), and raise LDL cholesterol, “the good one” levels and so on….
Please, note, combining Yoga with a certain Ayurvedic herbal remedy may reduce pain and disability in people with arthritis.
Please, note, my dear reader. Other Ayurvedic herbs are being sudies as treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, asthma, cancer, dementia, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation),herpes, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, premenstrual syndrome among many other conditions.
Be aware, my dear friend, that Ayurvedic herbs combined with conventional medications may also be helpful for acne, chronic constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, and uterine fibroids.
Are there any risks?
Most Ayurvedic therapies, such as pranayama and rasayana are unlikely to have bad side effects. Ayurvedic herbs, however, may interact with medications, and like all herbs, they are not right for every person. In addition, heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, have contaminated some Ayurvedic herb supplements. Consult your healthcare practitioner, specially if you take medications.
For your reference: Ayurveda historical evidence can be found in the current books of wisdom known as the Vidas. If you need an Ayurvedic practitioner, please, visit the National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine (NIAM).
For your Total Health and Wellness. Rev. jm Galas, B.Msc.