Ayurveda and its benefits over the human body
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems and found its roots from India approximately 3000-5000 years ago. This has been one of the traditional medicines in India. Ayurveda, a ‘Sanskrit’ word, is the knowledge of life and longevity. Ayurveda believes in maintaining balance with mind, body, spirit, and universe and is the wellbeing of the physical and mental health. However, there are specific medicines for treating health problems. In the United States, Ayurveda is known as ‘Complementary and Alternative medicine’.
Ayurveda believes in the principle that the human body is made of five elements: fire, earth, water, air, and space. When any of these elements are not in sync with the others, the human body falls sick.
Objectives of Ayurvedic MedicineThe primary goals of ayurvedic medicines are the following:
- Increasing the quality of life / create the balance
- Reduce pain/symptoms, anxiety
- Increasing the immunity to disease
- Herbs and other plants, including oils and common spices, are used extensively in Ayurvedic treatment.
Ayurvedic TreatmentAyurvedic treatment is a good mixture of plant-based products including herbs, oils, lifestyle, proper diet, and exercise. Other instruments or devices often used by the Ayurvedic Practitioner include Panchakarma (purification program), Yoga, Meditation, and Lifestyle Counselling.
Ayurvedic medicine or treatment works best when worked as complementary medicine in combination with primary (traditional) medical care.
How effective is Ayurveda?
In general, there is small evidence where Ayurveda has been beneficial to reduce pain or treat diseases, for example – type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis. However, very small numbers of trials have been performed to understand the efficacy of Ayurveda. Hence, no concrete evidence is there to understand the effectiveness of the medicine.
In the USA, how many people know or are using Ayurveda?Based on the statistics from the National Institute of Health (NIH), approximately 240,000 people use Ayurveda. Though there are many journals that discussed Ayurveda as one of the oldest medical systems, very few clinical trials using approaches of Ayurveda had been published in a western medical journal.
When to considerBe mindful of the following situations and consult with your healthcare provider first before taking Ayurvedic medicines:
- When a woman is pregnant or nursing
- When you have heart disease or other critical diseases
- When you are thinking of treating your child
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