In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.”
I am not a qualified ayurveda practioner but I have used Ayurvedic medications for my health issues with splendid results.
Just elucidating here five herbs, oils, surgeries and procedures from Ayurveda with their benefits:
- Five beneficial herbs:
- Gudmar or Madhunashini (Gymnema sylvestre) helps lower blood sugar levels
- Dugdhika (Euphorbia prostrata) extract has been found effective for treatment of bleeding piles.
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) has been used for a variety of purposes, including improving memory, reducing anxiety, and treating epilepsy
- Ghrutkumari (Aloe vera) is very useful for skin disorders, digestion issues & dental health.
- Triphala consists of 3 ayurvedic herbs, Amla, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. It helps improve digestion & helps relieve constipation.
Additionally healthy spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper, turmeric, basil which are part of our daily food are also very salubrious.
- Five health improvement Oils:
- Jatyadi Oil is excellent in healing wounds and injuries
- Neem Oil usage can help in healing acne, eczema, psoriasis and warts.
- Sesame Oil massage is very beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain
- Kasisadi Oil is extremely useful in treating external piles.
- Bhringraj Oil treats dandruff, dry scalp, hairfall and promotes new hair growth.
- Basic Surgical Procedures:
- Kshara Sutra therapy is a minimal invasive and time-tested Ayurvedic technique in the management of Anorectal disorders.
- Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for altering and reconstructing nose.
- Lithtomy for removal of kidney/gall bladder stones.
- Cataract Surgery for eyes affected by cataract.
- Dental Extraction for removal of decayed or damaged tooth.
Ayurvedic Pachkarma is a set of processes to remove toxins from the body:
- Vamana: Therapeutic vomiting for removing unhealthy material in upper part of digestive system.
- Virechan: Removal of toxins through bowels.
- Basti: Its an enema procedure to cleanse terminal part of digestive canal.
- Nasya: For elimination of toxins through the nose.
- Rakta Moksha: For detoxification of the blood.
Sushrut Saṃhita, Charak Samhita and Sharangdhar Samhita form the bedrock of ayurvedic literature
If we follow yoga (mainly Asanas & Pranayam) coupled with ayurvedic therapies then we can live a much healthier & happier life.
Also less need to use toxic allopathic medications with its devastating side-effects. Friends our ancestors have left us with wealth of information and knowledge to lead a healthy life. Let us promote its usage & practice.
Just a word of caution here to avoid, unprescribed, uncontrolled usage of any medicine which is not OK. Consult your ayurvedic doctor before using the therapies/medicines.
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