Ayurveda is devoted to the well being of human kind. Ultimate aim of Ayurveda is to develop human being and to control the evils. Whether, these evils are physical, psychological and even social. For this Ayurveda has developed particular principals and concepts. Treatment in Ayurveda is not to disappear the sign and symptoms. Ayurveda believes that healthy person is only that one-whom all the biological processes are going on smoothly. Any hindrance in these biological processes is known as a disease. This disturbance is presenting any sign and symptoms or not it doesn't matter. Main aim of treatment is to maintain the normal physiology and psychology both. Most of the parts of the treatment is preventive than curative. Along with this description of Daily and Seasonal routines is special in Ayurveda. By means of this we can avoid bigger percent of diseases to attack human beings. They have advocated to take special kind of foods in daily routine and with seasonal specifications, which will regulate the bio-regulators (Tridoshas) in a harmony and will maintain the health. Without knowledge of Prakruti in its percentile form to consume a single type of food which will pacify a particular Dosha may cause bigger problems inspite of maintenance of health. Lets under stand curative part of Ayurveda how Ayurveda cures -- !!
Herbal medicines versus Ayurveda
Usually Ayurveda and herbal medicines are considered as synonyms to each other. But there is a big difference in these two streams. Herbal medicines work on a generalized pattern dependant upon their chemical composition. They are not bothered about the individuality. But for Ayurveda the chemical composition doesn't matter any more. Ayurveda is concerned with the “Panchbhautic” composition of these drugs and their unique efficacy (known as Prabhav) towards a disease! Not only the Panchbhautic composition of the drug matters same importance is there for the Panchbhautic composition of the individual who is going to use that drug. So each and every individual is special for Ayurveda . This is the problem why herbal medicines got failed when they are used without a vision of individuality (go to Prakruti to know it how each and every person is unique in himself). And Ayurveda meets the glory of success each and every time!!!! Ayurveda has understood the herbal world well. So they should be considered always while talking about the herbs. What Ayurveda thinks special and unique about the herbal drugs is as follows…..
- Patient's Prakruti!
- Type of the Desha from where a patient belongs .
- The Desha from where drug was collected.
- The season in which the drug will be used on a patient.
- Effect of the drug on a particular Dosha.
- Maximum times a drug is used as it is – in crude form.
Beside these few points there are many things which make Ayurveda and herbal medicines mostly different from each other.
“How Ayurveda treats one?”
Treatment in Ayurveda is a unique aspect, at one side Ayurveda prefers to go for the medicines for a patient in other hand it can treat a patient by few chants and by wearing a herb or a stone. Basically treatment in Ayurveda is divided in three basic parts which are as following—
- Psychosomatic Treatment:
This is the main line of treatment in psychosomatic disturbances and where relation of body, soul and mind got disturbed due to any reason. Here reason may be the works done by a fellow in his previous birth on the earth. It seems useless in today's scenario to discuss such things, but have you thought it a single time that when all pathological tests were normal for a person but still that one was suffering from years and years? It provides results always, without any doubt and delay! Main treatment of this category is to wear a stone, do the rituals and to chant particular prose from Sanskrit books.
- Medicinal Treatments :
Yukti means- planning, this type of treatment is done after considering status of the Doshas in the body, strength of the body and disease. This is a stream where herbal products are used with a consideration on the Mahabhautic composition of a particular drug and Dosha in the body. This is the treatment designed for physiological disturbances in the body.
- Psychological Treatments:
This is a line of treatment exclusively for the psychological disturbances and to control the Mind and Sensory organs by practice of Yoga is treatment here. This stream of treatment helps to treat conditions like insomnia, dementia and anxiety etc.
Beside these three main treatment streams, Ayurveda believes in the following schemes to treat a patient----
- To pacify the vitiated Dosha, without disturbing the normal one.
- To reverse the pathology and to get back the physiology of body.
- To eliminate the Doshas which have exceeded more than a limit?
- To bring back the harmony among different body parts after cure of a disease which was lost during the course of a disease.
- When we are curing a disease, no other disease should be appear in the due course of treatment i.e. there should be no side effect of any of the drug!
Ayurveda, while treating by above format never forgets body of a person as well being of whole the body is a main emphasis of Ayurveda. So here treatment is directed for the body not for the diseases.
Panchakarma : Penta Bio Purification Procedures
When this is a time to talk about the Panchakarma, one should keep it in the view that Panchakarma are not only curative procedures but their main emphasis is the maintenance of the life and homeostasis of the body . Ayurveda believes that when these Doshas increase too much in the body that they may cause a problem anytime for the body. Doshas are just like a fungal fiber in the ground, if the fungus wont be eliminated from the body completely it will cause the problem again and again. Same Ayurveda thinks about the Doshas. Doshas are essential for body so to think the body without these is hard. That is why, Ayurveda documents to eliminate excessive amount of these Doshas. This is known as Panchakarma.
Get Serviced Your Body: It's Panchakarma
As main emphasis of Ayurveda is the cleansing of the body. We can compare this cleansing of body with “servicing” of your vehicle. All vehicles/Machines need a proper service after a fix work load or a fixed time period. And when one avoids these regular servicing, on time! Conditions get worsened and degenerative changes start to appear. For machinery it starts to look older than its real age! Same has happened with you or might happen with you! For this purpose, Ayurveda developed a special seasonal programmed to service human – machinery. These Doshas are related with the seasonal changes also. ( Go to Tridoshas to know the seasonal changes and status of Tridoshas ) This pattern to service your human machine is known as Panchakarma.
Panchakarma is a cluster of five different procedures, meant for special routes and special Doshas. To understand the basics of Panchakarma, first discuss the normal cleansing process of body. The cleansing of system is a main purpose of these five processes. Daily intake of plenty of water works as a main solvent for maximum by products of the metabolism. Still there are such by-products which are not water soluble………… then what about those ones? Doctrine of these five procedures is interesting enough. The whole Panchakarma procedure is divided in three parts, this are---
- Pre- Panchakarma procedures.
- Main Panchakarma procedures.
- Post Panchakarma procedures .
Pre Panchakarma Procedures
These are two in number. Known as Snehans (unctation therapy) and the second one Swedna (sudation therapy) these are done simultaneously to complete dissolve all the Doshas and to bring them back to the big channels from smaller ones. For this purpose, first a big amount of fat is given to patient/ healthy person, So that the fat soluble, by products will be dissolved so that extra Doshas will be eliminated by the nearest route. After these procedures now a person is ready to get serviced. This all is as we do with our vehicle, soap has been applied on the inner and outer surface now fast jet wash will be done !!!!!!
Main Panchakarma procedures
These can be said real Panchakarma procedures these are five in number, as name tells. If these procedures will be done without the Snehana (oiling) and Swedana(fomentation), these will harm the body and incurable diseases will appear in the body. Because along with the unction and sudation these procedures also makes body supple and smooth, to bear the hard jerks of main Panchakarma procedures. A brief knowledge of all these is as follows……
- VAMAN –
This process is meant for the purification of upper 1/3 rd of the body, the place for Kapha. It is believed after unction and sudation and waste materials come and collect in the stomach. Now emetics are given and whole the waste products will be eliminated. This procedure is best for hyper acidify, diabetes, skin diseases, psoriasis.
- VIRECHAN –
Works on middle one third of body purify the body by removing excessive Pitta from the body. Process is same as done in the case of vaman karma, just route differs. Strong or mild purgatives are given to and Pitta Dosha is excreted from the body. Results are just like miracles in – Rheumatoid, Arthritis, Hemiplegia, Skin Problems And Other Pitta Related Diseases.
- BASTI 1 - [Niruha]
Treatment developed for disorders created by Vaata Dosha, in this category maximum neurological disorders come. This treatment is given by anal route. As main place of the Vaata Dosha is last part of large intestine and colon. Basti is of two types, this first type is given with the decoctions of different herbal materials. Quantity will be on a higher side due to which it exerts pressure on the anal canal wall and evacuates soon. This has both curative and purificatory effects.
- BASTI 2 - [Anuvasana]
This is also known as Basti as, route to use this is also anal canal, in this type herbal oils are used, these are given in lower quantities in the anal canal, so due to a lower pressure on anal canal, it has a capacity to be retained in side. And it does its work by taking own time!!! Gives best results in Chronic Constipation and Other Neurological/Vaataj Disorders, Where Disease Is Caused Due To the Increased Ruksh/Dryness Factor of This Dosha .
Drug is administered by nasal route in this type of treatment. Herbal powders or Juices or Oils are used. It gives exclusive results in migraine – chronic headache, works for hairs and memory of booster
Post Panchakarma procedures
After the fast jets of Panchakarma procedures our body becomes week due to the exertion of the whole system due to these Panchakarma procedures. Now to provide energy and balanced Doshas to the body, special diet is followed strictly to give boost to the digestive fire of the body. By this diet restriction now body can digest all, due to the increased power of the body to assimilate the materials provided to it, whatever is given to the body works maximum, so now the drug or food whichever we want to use will give 100% results. By the way this diet regime couldn't be followed properly it may cause severe weakness in body!!
Yours Need of Panchakarma
Basically this is the real Panchakarma what we discussed above. Decision to perform one procedure out of these five depends on the seasonal condition of that time you are free for your servicing. Along with this Prakruti of yours matter a lot here. As these Panchakarma procedures are meant for evacuation of Doshas from body. So if any of these Dosha will be evacuated from the body in large quantity and side by side seasonal effect is also like this; that, a particular Dosha is their in a low volume, then the rest two will got dominated and newer diseases will also appear along with the older one. The aim of treatment is not to award the diseases in Ayurveda ! So be aware about the selection of these procedures for yourself. Today this has become a fashion among all to talk about Panchakarma who ever knows a little bit of Ayurveda . But only few are performing Panchakarma properly. Maximum practitioners are performing only massages or the pre procedures, unction and sudation in the name of Panchakarma to fulfill their professional desires only. So be aware of these ill minded professionals they may harm you in the name of cure!!!!
Now, come the use of rejuvenating therapies!!! Use of a particular medicine – herbal compound – which will suppress degenerative process occurring in your body is known as Rasayana therapy. This therapy is meant for the middle age group just before the aging comes on a negative slope. Ayurveda documents seven-Dhatu doctrine according to which all the tissues are made after one by one. This process starts with the Rasa, the first which body gets from the food directly.
When start will be good rest of the journey will be better. Rasayana therapy is a mean to provide the best Rasa to the body. Along with this, proper opening of all the channels is also a part of this therapy; through which this Rasa will cover its journey to all the Dhatus , and the ultimate result Ojus will be achieved , which will provide immunity to the body, power to fight against the diseases. These formulations are planed well by Ayurvedic scholars to give all the full nutritional value to each and every person. For each and every season and Prakruti , scholars have told to use different formulations. After assessing your Prakruti you can get these Rasayana from us. To maintain your health this will help you a lot.