The call for a more balanced and healthier life is answered in the pandemic with the resurgence of traditional practices for body, mind and spirit. One such age-old practice that is becoming increasingly popular is Ayurveda – A reference to ancient wisdom and knowledge that practitioners have gathered over the years.
However, a look at social media shows that many of today’s Ayurveda practitioners are young and well connected to several hundred people through their channels. They also have advanced training in practical and related fields to help advance their case. What is driving this change? Indianexpress.com reached out to some practitioners to learn more about their experiences with this form of medicine. It is aimed at audiences around the world and why Ayurveda keeps an advantage for them.
“Before the Ayurvedic medical education system, healers carried the rich tradition of Ayurveda on their shoulders for centuries. A traditional Ayurvedic healer is one who acquires knowledge from family elders. Some of them have a thorough understanding of the principles, apply strict and pure applications, have no prejudice against the modern medical system, and have in-depth knowledge of rare Ayurvedic herbs, ”explained Dr. Shyam VL, WHO Member for Ayurveda Health Practices Benchmark, Founder and Director – Back to the Roots, Kerala, India.
The 47-year-old with 20 years of experience was born to parents who insisted on living with “healthy discipline”. He came to the UAE in 2000 when Ayurveda was not a recognized medical system. Later in 2002, he received the country’s first Ayurveda license from the Ministry of Health in the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 he received the Health Excellence Award as best doctor from the Dubai Health Authority. “After my 12th standard in India, I was admitted to Ayurveda studies. And then I realized that Ayurveda is not just a medical system that treats some diseases. Rather, it is the way of life and the intelligence of life and nature. I was able to combine Ayurveda with the traditional and cultural habits of my family. Ayurveda teaches us how to live in synchronicity and harmony with nature ”, says Dr. Shyam, who spent eight and a half years in an Ayurveda college for BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine), said.
Ayurveda has its foundations in the ancient schools of Indian philosophical teaching called Samkhya, Vaisheshika and the school of logic Nyaya. From ancient doctors, the knowledge of traditional medicine was passed on to the disciples and then to the common man through various scriptures and oral traditions. The information about Ayurveda and the healing properties of the herbs was written in the form of poems, which experts say were called Shlokas.
Dr. Shyam called Ayurveda a “Bible on Sustainability” and explained how the treatment identifies the root cause of the problem and aims to completely cure it. “Ayurveda teaches about longevity and keeps body, mind and world in perfect harmony. Metabolism and Autoimmune diseases have become major health problems. It is so important to look back on this ancient intelligence and apply its principles to protect the earth and ourselves, ”said Dr. Shyam, who has over 10,000 followers on social media.
Dr. Dixa Bhavsar, an Ayurveda practitioner who regularly posts Instagram videos about simple lifestyle changes that can come in handy, said, “Ayurveda, unlike other systems, is literally just ‘science (knowledge) of life’ and not just a “treatment method” of medicine. “It imprints the whole of human life as it teaches us everything from Dinacharya (daily routine), Ritucharya (seasonal routine), Ratricharya (night rituals) and Pathya-Apathya (what to eat and what to avoid based on your own prakriti or Nature), ”said the 27-year-old, who has been practicing for four years.
Back in 2016, when Dr. Dixa wanted to do her internship in Ayurvedic medicine, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism like her mother. But she “refused to take allopathic drugs”. “My TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone, was 28 at the time (which is really high). But I followed a strict Ayurvedic regimen, along with yoga, and within a month my TSH dropped to 14. This made me believe in the healing powers of Ayurveda. Since then I have been following and suggesting Ayurveda, “said Dr. Dixa who has 6,000+ social media channels.
The first line of treatment in Ayurveda is the “avoidance of the causal factors of diseases”. “With diet and lifestyle changes and medication (if necessary), Ayurveda can completely cure many of the diseases,” said Dr. Aiswarya Santhosh from Kerala.
Dr. Aparna K, BAMS, MD, PhD in Ayurveda with 12 years of clinical practice, also stands for his ability to heal, provided one tries to stick to a “routine”. “I see that young people today are somehow separated from their roots. Staying healthy has taken a back seat due to a competitive work-life schedule and stress. Lots Lifestyle disorders Like diabetes, blood pressure, and PCOD crept in very early on, and many teenagers are unaware that they have a routine, respect the biological clock, etc. It is the need of the hour to spread this ancient wisdom of healthy living and a routine determine how to deal with emotional and physical stressors on a daily basis, ”said the doctor, whose father was an Ayurvedic doctor with over 40 years of experience.
She added: “Ayurveda stands for predictability and sustainability. The more we are in a routine, the more comfortable our nervous system becomes. And immunity will improve and susceptibility to disease will decrease. “
During the pandemic, herbs and spices became major immunity boosters, suggesting that Ayurveda could help improve the body’s immune system. This idea was also strongly promoted by the Indian government through the Ministry of AYUSH as well as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. However, practitioners point out that Ayurveda, with a 5000 year history, needs a much broader approach and understanding that goes beyond tips, home remedies, and solution-specific approaches. “Ayurveda is so much more than just home remedies or chyawanprash, turmeric and triphala. Ayurveda guarantees permanent treatment for diseases such as thyroid, diabetes and blood pressure, for which people have been taking medication throughout their lives, ”said Dr. Dixa.
“For a beginner, home remedies are a great way to introduce Ayurveda, but you have to recognize that Ayurveda goes beyond that. I try to focus on sharing case studies, experiences, and photos of patients before and after healing. Ayurveda is all about soaking up nutritional and lifestyle practices that contribute to a better life. There are so many research studies to be done on how things work and I am sure the future is bright, ”said Dr. Aparna who has over 5,000 followers on their social media channels.
While the ultimate goal of any patient is healing – whether through Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga, Reiki, or modern medicine – there is always a constant comparison with modern medicine as it is referred to as “alternative or parallel”. While Dr. Shyam mentioned that the world is interested in integrative medicine in order to forego the differences, Dr. Aparna offers to live together with both medical systems, which are required on a case-by-case basis. While Dr. Aiswarya points out that Ayurveda is good for age disorders, arthritis, gastrointestinal diseases etc., Dr. Dixa believes it is important to adapt to the system that fits the body and helps heal. “Belief in your medical system is paramount. If you believe in it, it will undoubtedly bring you health and happiness, ”she said.
Some Ayurvedic principles that can be included are:
* Wake up early (before 7 a.m.)
* Practice 12 surya namaskars daily
* Light breakfast, moderate lunch and lightest dinner
* Early dinner (best before 7 p.m., but never after 9 p.m.)
* No devices one hour before bed
* Practice alternate nasal breathing 11 times a day before bed
Dr. Dixa suggested some simple everyday practices that are beneficial for everyone and based on Ayurveda:
* Kavala (oil pulling) – Oil pulling involves putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swirling for about 15 to 20 minutes. It is ideally done on an empty stomach to remove all kinds of accumulated toxins from the mouth. but the body only after brushing your teeth. In Ayurvedic medicine, the mouth is viewed as a “mirror” for the entire body. So, keeping your oral cavity healthy has a positive impact on gut health and the overall health of your body.
* Nasya (nasal drops) – Pouring 2 drops of warm cow porridge into the nose daily will help improve immunity, reduce stress, prevent sinusitis, migraines and colds, and help with treatment.
* Vyayama (exercise) – We all know how through exercise we feel energetic, both physically and mentally. Don’t spend a day without exercise.
* Abhyanga (Oil Massage) – Daily self-massage can help delay aging, strengthen muscles, and reduce dryness.
* Garshana (dry brushing while bathing) – It helps detoxify the lymphatic system, which in turn refreshes your skin and mind.
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