Ayurveda medicine is a holistic medical care that seeks to create a balance in the body. It originated in India. The word Ayurveda means to find balance in the mind, body, and spirit for optimum health and well being for the body. Ayurveda medicine is created for each patient based off of the balance or lack of balance with the body’s doshas. Doshas are a part of the elemental natures: air, space, fire, water, and earth. Vata dosha is the space and air dosha. Pita dosha is fire and water, while kapha dosha is water and earth. Factors that cause off balances within the doshas may be: illness, injury, genetics, climate, aging, and emotions.
Benefits of Ayurveda Medicine
- Fighting and Curing Illnesses
The point of Ayurvedic medicine is to rid the body of any off balance. This includes illnesses.
- Cleanses the Body
Cleansing the body through the use of treatments is a major part of the body healing process in Ayurveda medicine.
- Balancing out the Body
Above all the benefits of Ayurveda medicine is the focus on balancing the body in all ways to achieve full body, mind, and spirit health.
Ayurveda Medicine Procedures
Panchakarma are what the Ayurvedic cleansing treatments used to balance the body are called. These treatments include: massage, blood purification, oils applied into the nose, enemas, laxatives, medically forced vomiting. Milk thistle seeds are sometimes used for a laxative for cleansing the body in Ayurveda treatments. However, milk thistle seed side effects may be reason not to use them. They may change estrogen hormone levels, may not be safe for pregnant women or mother’s who breast feed their babies, and might create an allergic reaction for people allergic to ragweed.
Some Ayurveda practitioners also recommend other balancing treatments for the body other than the cleansing methods, adding spiritual elements into a patient’s life, and boosting of immune systems. These additional treatments for balancing the doshas may include: yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, deep breathing, herbs, vitamins, diet and lifestyle changes, oils, spices and stretching exercises. Gerovital injection is one FDA approved treatment option that may be used to balance the doshas. These injections may be used to treat pain. Another treatment option utilized by Ayurveda practitioners is hydrogen peroxide intravenous therapy treatment. This is basically directly injecting oxygen into the body for the health benefits of: boosting the immune system and fighting illness.
While Ayurveda medicine may greatly improve the overall health of a person it’s important to be aware that there are some safety concerns involved with it. Ayurveda medicines are not all FDA approved. The FDA warns some Ayurveda medicines may contain lead or arsenic. This may be medicine of the past that is no longer available, but it’s always good to check.