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Ayurveda and lifestyle disease

Technology and its advancements brought a lot of changes to the lifestyle. You get everything at your door step from pin to plane. Unfortunately, the rapid lifestyle with hi-tech gadgets and amenities are accompanied by many health ailments, called lifestyle diseases.

Until a few decades, there were no such specific groups of diseases called lifestyle diseases. Almost 6 in 10 people are suffering from one or other kind of lifestyle diseases. They are called so because these diseases are the outcome of sedentary and inactive lifestyle. Some of the common lifestyle diseases predominantly affecting the life of the people include hypertension, depression, stress, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, loss of bone density, poor vision, rheumatism, arthritis etc. Occurrence of one condition invites the associated conditions.

Modern medicine or the Allopathic medicine can only alleviate the symptoms of diseases and many of these lifestyle diseases require the patient to rely on medicines to manage the health. While many of these lifestyle diseases have no remedial treatment in modern medicines, fortunately many people could get find the cure with Ayurvedic medicine.

How lifestyle diseases are formed?

A lifestyle of an individual is the outcome or composed of physical traits, capacity, habits, dietary style, living condition, psychological functions, likes and dislikes, etc. Many of these traits are observed / nurtured from the parent, siblings and the surroundings. So, the physical activities are influenced by psychological feeling. The psychology controls all bodily activities. When the psychological initiation and control is disturbed, it results with lifestyle diseases and disorders. It is referred as Prajnaparadha in Ayurveda, one of the three major causes of diseases.

Around 50 to 60 percent of lifestyle diseases are cured easily and effortlessly with Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle recommendations. Also, a few alarming diseases like osteoporosis (loss of bone density), type I diabetes – an insulin dependent condition, cardiac / cardio vascular diseases, neurological disorders, etc can be improved to a great extent.

While many of the lifestyle diseases are the outcome of poor immunity, the concept of Ayurveda is solely based on eliminating diseases by building up Ojus.

Yes, whether it is a diet or herbal remedy or a lifestyle recommendation, Ayurvedic principles focus on building Ojus, called the better and powerful immune system.

Ayurveda is the science of life, the way of life and system to blissful life.

Ayurvedic principles on health and diseases are quite simple. According to Ayurvedic concept, diseases and health are related to food and lifestyle. Eating is the predominant concept stressed vitally in Ayurveda.

Eating healthy food curbs down and almost eliminates the prevalence of a majority of lifestyle diseases. When combined with healthy lifestyle, it is completely eliminated. Also, the ancient medicine connects the body with mind. No individual can be happy and healthy without a healthy mind and healthy body. Absence of one, say healthy and positive mind, ruins the happiness of others.

You may wonder why Ayurveda for lifestyle diseases! Remember that Ayurveda is not just a kind of medication that intends to treat any specific disease or group of diseases. It is a science, throws light on the path where we can move to reach the optimal health.

Ayurveda to manage lifestyle diseases

Ayurveda suggests simple lifestyle routines for a healthy and disease free life.

Lifestyle diseases have a unique approach in Ayurveda, called ‘Swasthavritta.’ It refers to abiding naturally to one’s own nature. In a lighter note, following the healthy regime for healthy life with appropriate activities.

  • Swasthavritta focuses on individual hygiene and public health.
  • The optimal health can be achieved to curb down the lifestyle diseases include Dinacharya, daily routine and Ritucharya, seasonal routine.
  • Panchakarma, the detox treatment to remove the toxins and toxic effects from the body
  • Rasayana – rejuvenation therapy – Massage and spa therapy for pain relief, soothing the nerves, stress relief, rejuvenation, etc
  • Aachara Rasayana – Personal hygiene, behavior, conduct, etc

A few lifestyle diseases can be effortlessly curbed down by meditation and yoga. For instance, the degenerative disorder, loss of bone density or osteoporosis can be improved with yoga.

Ayurveda connects the body with mind, heals from internally. It helps you connect with you through spiritual health. Ayurveda for lifestyle diseases is combined of food and lifestyle modifications, herbal remedies, physical activities, rejuvenation therapies, meditation and yoga.

Go Ayurvedic way to lead a healthy disease free life! 

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

1 Comment

  • Nature is the answer to food and medicine. Active ingredients of plant parts like bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, root, flower buds and plant as a whole etc; are formulated rationally and processed traditionally to potentate the medical effects with the multitudes of drug synergism. This makes the herbal products more safe, bio-friendly and without side effects. The medical herbs are wild crafted locally through the tribal community giving periodical training on scientific collection, keeping the source sustainable.

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