Which are the reasons for a difficult concentration?
Often, for various reasons, we feel that it is difficult to focus and even difficult to remember simple things in our daily lives. If you have experienced such a feeling, you are not the only one. It happens to everyone to forget something sometimes, but if we constantly happen to be unable to focus and this is causing us problems, it is desirable to do something about it.
Chronic stress, sleep deprivation, as well as unhealthy lifestyle are considered to be major culprits for the weakening of memory and the inability to concentrate. Too often the cause for the lack of focus is the brain's deprivation of oxygen and some valuable for its proper function substances.
It is believed that harmful factors in our lives such as smoking, alcohol drinking, unhealthy eating, lack of enough movement. All of these factors together contribute to the reduction of the brain's working capacity. Adding to the fact that with age the power of memory is weakening, it is worth asking ourselves what we can do to keep our memory for longer.
Loss of concentration and the weakening of memory affect many people. However, these can be prevented if we include in our daily lives some healthy habits, such as time for meditation and relaxation. Ayurvedic medicine, for example, can help us to improve our memory and even change our view of life. This ancient Indian medicine of more than 5,000 years offers various healing therapies and health and beauty massages that include entirely natural herbal oils from India and cosmetic products with ingredients of natural origin.
How can Ayurveda help us improve our memory?
Ayurveda is an extremely comprehensive science of human health and offers a variety of therapies and massages that enhance not only beauty and appearance but some of them also have a beneficial impact on serious life-threatening problems such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's. They are also considered to be an excellent means of achieving total calmness and peace of mind – one of the important things Ayurveda is aiming for.
However, with the help of this ancient Indian medicine, we can easily improve our cognitive abilities and even overcome stress.
There are Ayurvedic therapies that are directly focused towards the lack of concentration and memory problems. Healing ayurvedic therapies such as Shiro Lepam, Shirovasti, Shiro Abhyangam and Shirodhara, for example, have an extremely beneficial effect on brain function, soothe the nervous system, eliminate headaches, work well in case of migraine, improve sleep quality and also help with psychological problems.
The Shiro Lepam procedure is done as the patient's head is rubbed with a special herbal paste mixed with medicinal oil. It acts cordially on the brain function, removes headaches and tension and helps with sleep problems.
Shiro Abhyangam therapy is a nice light massage on the head, shoulders and face, which in Ayurveda is also called anti-stress massage. It is done with a special warm mixture of herbal oils selected by the Ayurveda doctor again according to the type of dosha of the patient for 30-40 minutes, and the duration may vary according to the condition of the patient.
This procedure has a positive effect on dizziness, headache, migraine and dysfunction of sensory organs located in the head, such as relaxing the tension in the eyes and eye muscles and sharpening the vision as well as removing the muscle stiffness of the shoulders and neck.
Shiro Abhyangam stimulates blood circulation in the brain by providing oxygen at the same time. It has a beneficial effect on people suffering from stress, insomnia, and depressive states by giving the body a sense of liveliness and vitality.
In Shirovasti the head is placed in a leather funnel, similar to a cylindrical hat, in which warm herbal oil is poured which is left to stay for a certain time, for example 15-20 minutes during which time the selected oil temperature must be maintained. Herbal oil in the therapy is selected according to the person’s constitution in order to harmonize their internal balance. Oil mixtures in similar head procedures are usually made from milk which can be replaced with coconut oil, natural rose water, sesame oil and ginger tea. The leather funnel in this procedure prevents the oil from spilling.
This therapy is extremely effective in nervous and psychological disorders and helps achieve complete relaxation of the whole body. Helps in various types of headache, migraine, memory loss, schizophrenia, glaucoma, cataracts, facial nerve paralysis, and insomnia, improves sensory functions and stimulates secretions accumulated in the area around the nose which cause blood to remain too long in the brain.
The therapy also improves hair health, helps with hair loss and baldness. It can also be applied during the complete purification of the organism according to Panchakarma.
The classic Shirovasta procedure is performed by 4 hands for 45-50 minutes and it includes three stages. The first stage of the therapy is done as the patient spends 15-20 minutes sitting while there the funnel filled with oil is on their head.
During the second stage, the patient is lying on their back while undergoing a point massage on the head, neck, neck area, and afterwards a massage with light movements that improves blood circulation in the lymphatic tissues of the body.
During the third part of the procedure, a more active massage is performed first on the front of the body, reaching the waist and covering the arms, shoulders, chest and abdomen. Then follows a massage on the back of the body where the focus is on the spine.
Then its turn again to the front of the body, performing a massage with light movements, which restores the balance of energies in the body. The therapy is done 3-4 times a month for prophylaxis, and when treating a disease it is done 3 times a day for a period of 7 days.
The Shirodhara therapy is the most common preliminary procedure that is performed before Panchakarma. The name Shirodhara comes from “shiro-head” and “dhara-flow”; the therapy is done in order to achieve physical and spiritual harmony. The procedure involves slowly pouring a thin, uniform jet of warm herbal oil from a copper or clay pot on the forehead.
The oil is chosen according to the type of dosha of the patient. During this therapy, the assistants of the doctor regulate the jet of oil flowing from the vessel, which is usually 15-20 cm.
The therapy is performed for 60-75 minutes and is done by 4 hands. And it also consists of 3 stages. The first stage involves pouring a thin jet of warm herbal oil on the forehead for 30-45 minutes. The second stage involves a point massage of the head, neck and neck area followed by a massage with light movements that improves the lymphatic circulation. The third part includes a massage of the front part of body including the area ofthe shoulders, arms, abdomen, chest to the waist, and then a point massage of the back of the body in the area of the spine.
In addition to stimulating mental function and improving memory, the therapy has a beneficial effect on nervous system problems, reducing tension, lowering high blood pressure. The therapy helps to improve muscle tone, regulate hormonal balance, remove pain in different points of the body, improve concentration and attention, strengthen hair and quickly restore lost hair, helps with dandruff and baldness. It also increases the body's ability to adapt to the environment.
This procedure, as well as Shirovatsi, is performed 3-4 times a month for prophylactic and 3 times a day over a period of 1 week for healing purposes.