Comprehensive Ayurveda disease treatment
If one starts to list all the diseases that Ayurveda can heal, an encyclopedically long list will be obtained. And surely something will be missed. Because Ayurveda has been successfully treating all the diseases of all organs and systems in the body for over 5,000 years.
Its resources are very different, because their source – Nature, is infinitely rich and varied. Its methods are also based on natural processes in the body.
Long before the New era, Ayurveda had 50,000 recipes for herbs and numerous combinations of these for medication. They are preserved in ancient medical treatises that summed up thousands of years of experience. In them, the drugs are described not only by type of disease but also at a more general level – by type of medicine.
For example, Charaka-samchita, dating back to a millennium B.C., is for general therapy, and Sushruta-samhita is used for surgery.
There are also guidelines for the exact application of the herbal medicines. Ayurveda heals through herbs in various forms – potions, powders, tablets, food or beverages, also applied in medicinal oils. Some of them have more specialized action on certain organs and systems, others have a more general effect and are therefore applied to different diseases. Others have a powerful cleansing effect, and there are even medicines that slow down aging by acting at the cellular level.
Ayurveda’s healing remedies, which help the body naturally against diseases, have no side effects.
Herbs and Ayurveda Treatments for Diseases
A successful Ayurvedic disease treatment can be applied to any health problem. The healing effect of the remedies used is many-sided.
For example, the common comfrey herb treats diseases of the glands but it is also applied for treatment of the bone system, joints, varicose veins, wound healing, spinal diseases, hair loss, various skin problems. It is usually an ointment, but tinctures are also made.
Used to relieve pain, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, it promotes cell renewal.
Lotus seeds are very useful for cardiovascular diseases. They contain aporphine and nuciferine, and besides improving blood circulation, they have a soothing effect and can eliminate pain. They are also used for migraine and treatment of Alzheimer's.
Lovage, which for example prevents tuberculosis, is suitable for lung problems. It causes secretion and therefore has beneficial effect not only on the lungs, but also in case of diseases of the stomach, intestine and bile.
In Ayurveda, among the more popular herbs for healing the liver is the chamomile, known in Bulgaria – it helps to purify and restore it. Along with this, however, due to its many effects – anti-inflammatory, soothing, carminative, etc. – it is also used in the treatment of many other diseases. Ayurveda also applies it in case of stomach problems, skin, insomnia; to reduce swelling, to heal wounds, to stabilize blood sugar.
For the treatment of brain problems, Ayurveda uses a variety of herbs, from which we can mention basil. It activates the brain function, improves memory. It also has a cleansing effect and is used in stomach and bladder diseases, acts beneficially as a treatment for rheumatism and arthritis.
Ayurveda treatment of diseases of the reproductive system is also successfully applied. It is also recognized that the problem may be both physiological and psychological, which is taken into account in terms of remedies and methods. Among the prescribed remedies is saffron; in India even there is a tradition to serve saffron with milk to the groom on the first wedding night. Saffron contains calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, iron, vitamins. Ayurveda also uses it for antiseptic, antioxidant, antidepressant, and other effects.
This, of course, is only a small part of selected examples from the comprehensive Ayurvedic disease treatment.
Ayurveda treatment of diseases and curative oils
Ayurveda’s medicinal oils are entirely natural. They are numerous, but among the most popular are ghee, which is a purified cow butter and is almost universal, coconut, sesame, mustard, and so on. According to the objective of the Ayurveda doctor oil can be used in which the herbs have been boiled on a slow fire. In order to extract all ingredients, the boiling can continue for 24 hours.
In Ayurvedic disease treatment a mixture of different oils can also be used in which the herbs were boiled. In most cases, Ayurvedic medicinal oils are used for sousing with water and massages, but there is a possibility to prescribe them for drinking, as well as for intake through the nose or ears, in the form of wound ointments, and so on. With deep penetration in massages, they can affect the blood, nerves, heart, lungs, bones, tissues, intestines, and so on.
The oils used for Ayurvedic treatment of diseases are two main types – carriers and sweet scented oils. Carriers are heavy and used in large quantities, and fragrances, the effects of which are scented, are usually added to them.
Fragrances, if used alone, are placed at minimal doses where the chakras are. Both types of oils are recommended according to the relevant Dosha because they have cooling and heating properties.
Coconut oil, which has a cooling effect, is suitable when balancing disturbances in Pitta dosha. Among the sweet scented oils, the most suitable is sandalwood, but mint, lavender, jasmine, rose, etc. can also be used.
For Vata construction, sesame oil is recommended, which has a heating effect. Among the scented oils, cinnamon, camphor, lotus, etc. are recommended. Generally, sharp and strong scents are not recommended for Vata.
In Kapha dosha heavy oils are used less often; if used for massage, then mustard oil as well as sunflower oil are used. Among the scented oils cedar, musk, pine and others are recommended.
Massages in Ayurveda disease treatment
Massages are an essential part of the Ayurvedic complex treatment of diseases. They act both mechanically and through the oils and herbs that are rubbed in through body massaging.
According to the various diseases, there are also different Ayurvedic massages. They are applied in the relevant sensitive areas. In Ayurveda treatment of diseases, specialists can influence through massage, tapping or touching on 107 basic energy points called marmanas. These are located on the head, neck, torso, arms, legs, fingers; for example there are points on the feet connected to the functioning of all organs. It can also take effect on the specific affected area.
The aim is to activate not only the natural processes in certain organs and systems, but also the energy flows in the body as a whole, and the blockages on the energy channels called nadi are released. This activation has a beneficial effect even on a cellular level, and the curative or preventative effect is also for the body, the psyche, and the mind.
By activating energy centers, massages help the normal interconnected function of organs, nourish cells, act relaxing on the muscles, improve blood circulation, hydration, renewal of the skin layers, removing of tension. They are used in Ayurveda treatment of diseases of the eyes, sinuses, heart and circulatory system, of the urinary system, digestive system, bone system, nervous system, etc.
Naturally, part of the effect is directly related to the symptoms and is rapid – such as the removal of pain, anxiety. The effects on the organs and tissues is achieved through massage therapies with warmed medicinal oils for deep penetration. They help remove toxins that are lead out of the body naturally through the secretory system.
Of course, Ayurvedic massage treatments are not applied on their own, but in a complex with other procedures and treatments for body cleansing, Ayurvedic diet, yoga exercises, meditation.