The visionary, ancient sages of India knew how to prevent diseases and how to maintain perfect health. Thousands of years later modern-day scientists are still learning from this sophisticated body of medical knowledge. To-date pharmaceutical companies have already quietly earned over a Billion Pounds from Traditional ‘Ayurvedic medicinal plants’.
'Ayurvedic medicine' treats most acute and chronic conditions with their plant-formulas, dietary advice, detoxification therapies like 'panchakarma', special massage oils which can contain over 100 medicinal plants, Yoga and Meditation. And for healthy middle-aged people and senior citizens there’s ‘Rasayanaya’ plant-formulas. This comes under the science of longevity in Ayurveda which is a special branch of medicine for rejuvenation therapies.
Ayurveda uses these special purification regimes and rejuvenative tonics to help maintain one’s mental faculties in old age as well as provide immunity against serious chronic diseases. Ayurveda viewed its aging population as an asset to help the community. Unlike in the West where a chronically-ill person becomes a burden for their family and local health resources, while boosting the profits for their GP's surgery and the drug companies who do not cure them but make them entirely dependent on their drugs.
The main difference between Traditional 'Ayurvedic medicine' and modern orthodox medicine is we are able to turn patients back into people because we teach them how they must look after themselves from the very beginning, while modern medicine, owing to the corrupt drug companies can only turn you into their life-long dependent patient living a compromised life - sad but true.
'Ayurveda' is just not a mere system of 'herbal medicine' for it is a huge and complex subject covering philosophy, spiritual development, physical exercise with 'Yoga' and a system of natural medicine etc. What follows is just a summary, as you cannot explain the workings of the universe in a few pages !
Ayurveda, pronounced R-U-Veda, means the ‘knowledge for life’. This natural health-care system gave birth to the well-known disciplines of Yoga and Meditation along with its strong focus on dietary wisdom, plant & mineral formulas, the environment, detoxification and rejuvenation therapies. It draws on a very sophisticated body of medical knowledge, based on the ‘laws of nature’. This is why the latest scientific research cannot alter nor change the medical wisdom we give to our patients during an Ayurvedic consultation because the 'laws of nature' which govern our enviroment and universe remain intact, regardless of any new medical research that is sponsored or published.
All of our patients who come to our 'Ayurvedic Clinic' in Wimbledon leave with a peace of mind knowing that the medical knowledge our 'Ayurvedic doctors' give to them is accurate and will last them, not for one day, but for the rest of their lives ! The Ayurvedic medical system is not full of contradictions or commercial interests that will affect your health, leave you confused and at the mercy of drug companies.
According to Ayurveda everybody's individual constitution, that is our mental and body make-up are based on nature and these natural laws which constantly surround us day in, day out. We are all one of 7 different constitutions or ‘body-type’ that is given to us at our time of conception through our parents and this ‘body-type’ is called ‘Prakruti’ in Sanskrit, meaning new creation, and our God-given Prakruti remains constant throughout our lives. We cannot change our hereditary-given constitution. Our individual constitution is categorized by the elements or ‘humours’ which predominate in our bodies. When anyone of these elements start to become dominant, then we become ill. And in the state of becoming ill our transient constitution or current state of health becomes known as our 'vikruti'.
An 'Ayurvedic doctor' or as we like to call them an Ayurvedic physician will assess your ‘Prakruti’ or body-type imbalances through various diagnostic procedures like pulse reading, observation of your manner, skin and tongue colour, the description of your lifestyle and habits etc - basically how you live your life.
The ancient sages of India, through their intuition saw how our bodies were a microcosm of the earth we inhabited. We are in fact, millions of little universes walking around in a larger universe. Everything that you could see and feel from nature also happened inside our bodies. These were called ‘humours’ which represented the five elements and each of their qualities.
The VATA humour reflected the ‘air & ether’ qualities of nature - lightness, quickness of movement, coldness, dryness, changeability etc.
The PITTA humour reflected the ‘fire & water’ qualities of nature - hotness, lightness, fluidness, acidity, heat giving conditions for digestion and transformation.
The KAPHA humour reflected the ‘earth & water’ qualities of nature - the ability to hold things together and support, heaviness, slowness, dense, oily, cold, and water retention qualities.
These traditional medical facts based on the ‘laws of nature’ can never change, not unless the universe itself changes. It is reassuring to know that no new fads or medical research can change the ‘laws of nature’. Hence it is a timeless medical system that works. Free from the manipulation of data from drug companies,and their commercial vested interests, no corporate prejudices, no egos at stake, no job protection, 'no money-spinning gimmicks', need we go on !
The ancient sages who complied AYURVEDA for the benefit for the whole of mankind put great emphasis on the correct foods to eat that would complement your ‘Prakruti’ or constitution.They knew that most diseases are caused by the foods we eat. Modern nutritional science is still in its infancy and could learn a great deal from 'Ayurvedic medicine' and its ancient sciences. Malabsorbtion, low salt diets, assimilation of nutrients, incompatible foods, all sounds very modern.....
but all these different aspects of diet were written about thousands of years ago with a greater understanding than most modern nutritionists care to admit. Although man-made technology has advanced tremendously, us humans have not changed, our bodies have not changed. We still hold similiar desires and dreams, similiar fears and anxieties, hunger and sickness etc than our ancestors.
Ayurveda and ourselves are an integral part of the natural world. We are not alone in having the elements or ‘humours’ shape our bodies. All the foods on our planet that we eat on a daily basis without thinking also reflect the qualities and elements of our surrounding universe, and therefore, we can either complement our constitution or aggravate it through our choice of foods. According to Ayurveda these elements express their qualities to us by that very simple concept of ‘taste’.
All foods, including medicinal plants contain one or more of the six basic ‘tastes’ - sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. Each ‘taste’ known as ‘Rasas’ have their own particular make-up of elements within, and this tells us what specific actions they will have upon our bodies. For example, an astringent fruit like an apple has the ability to reduce fluids in the body. Now what elements in nature can reduce water ? The drying quality of ‘Air’ can. The taste of astringent contains the ‘Air and Earth’ elements. This is the nature of something astringent - dry, light and cool.
This little introduction is just to give you an insight, into something, which if you think about it, is really common sense. We are sorry that we cannot go into greater detail about AYURVEDA here. When you learn some of the basic ‘universal truths’ of this ancient medical system, then perhaps, in that next restaurant photograph, that beaming, healthy person could well be you !
Natural medicines will not benefit everyone, especially those people who cannot be bothered to take personal responsibility for their own health, and so pass the buck to their GP in the process of looking for a quick fix - which there really isn't!
Toxic prescription drugs will unfortunatley suit this type of people who do not want to educate themselves on health matters. Drug companies relish these uneducated types for boosting their profits. It is quite staggering that people still think there is only one medical system in the world - the drug-orientated allopathic model.
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