Ayurveda is a holistic system of treatment and is one of the oldest healing sciences. Treatment of any disease in ayurveda is usually tailored to each person's constitution. Prior to starting the treatment, the ayurvedic practitioner tries to establish the patient's primary dosha and the balance of the three doshas by analysing diet, behaviour, lifestyle practices, recent illnesses, and history of aptitude to convalesce from illness, noting physical appearance such as teeth, tongue, skin, eyes, weight, built, and overall appearance and inspecting the patient's urine, stool, speech and voice, and pulse. According to ayurveda, each dosha is associated with a particular kind of pulse.
In ayurveda, herbal remedies, diet modification, massage, and meditation are used for treatment of various diseases. The aim of treatment in ayurveda is to eliminate impurities, alleviate symptoms, enhance resistance to disease, decrease worry, boost harmony in the patient's life and ultimately promote health.
The process of panchakarma is undertaken to eliminate the impurities and cleanse the body by eliminating ama. According to ayurvedic principles, ama is essentially undigested food that sticks to tissues, impedes with normal functioning of the body, and causes disease. In panchakarma, ama is eliminated from the digestive tract and the respiratory system. Enemas, massages, and medical oils are administered as nasal spray and various other means to cleanse the body.
To alleviate the symptoms of any disease, the ayurvedic practitioner may recommend physical exercises, stretching and breathing exercises, meditation, massage, lying in the sun, and change of diet. Besides this, your doctor may also recommend herbs to be taken with honey, or advice diet restriction (certain foods) or some metal and mineral preparations, such as gold or iron in very small quantities.
To boost your immunity the ayurvedic practitioner may recommend combinations of herbs, proteins, minerals, and vitamins in tonics to improve digestion and increase appetite and immunity. These tonics are generally prepared in accordance with formulas derived from ancient texts.
Ayurveda considers mental nurturing and spiritual healing important for being healthy and free from disease. To achieve this you may be advised to avoid situations that cause worry and practice techniques that promote release of negative emotions.
An ayurvedic practitioner will give you dietary advice on foods that are to be avoided and foods you should consume. Dietary recommendations are based on your dosha type.
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