Role of Ayurveda in correcting lifestyle disorders

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Role of Ayurveda in correcting lifestyle disorders

Nature has its own role in keeping the living beings healthy. Man has become a prey of his own activities. Technological advancements, though bought many comforts to mankind have also proved to be hazardous.

With the rapid advancements if the IT sectors and the new concepts of globalization, people’s life has become more and more mechanical, which in turn causes many diseases. Those disorders accompanied by adopting unplanned and improper life styles are called as “Life Style disorders” and may vary from person to person depending on their occupation.

Among the workers who involve in construction usually suffers from backache, neck pain and also their poor nutritional status causes anaemia and other nutritional disorders. Sedentary life style disorders like obesity and haemorrhoids are common among computer professionals and business people who tend to sit idle for hours together.

Public sector workers and business people who undergo much stress will suffer from headache, irritable bowel syndrome, eating disorder, allergies, insomnia, backache, frequent cold, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurosis, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, heart ailments and even cancer. At one point or the other everybody suffers from stress. Relationship demands, physical as well as mental health problems, pressure at workplace, traffic snarls, meeting deadlines, growing up tensions – all of these conditions and situations are valid causes of stress. Vision related problems are likely to occur among those who do fine works like embroidery, jewel and artifact making.

Improper dietary habits like eating spicy, junk food, excessive consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol, improper regime of sleep like staying awake at nights hamper the normal functioning of the Gastro intestinal system.

Industrial workers, who handle harsh chemicals likely to develop skin diseases and respiratory problems, hair loss, skin fanning, graying of hair is caused due to environmental pollution.

“What we eat is what we are” – our ancestors who were healthier than us have proved this right. The secret behind their sound health was unadulterated nutritious diet, optimum workload besides a pollution free environment.

Consumption of well-balanced diet is not the only solution to prevent diseases, but also a change in the present day life style is also essential. Ayurveda emphasizes more ahara and vihara (diet and regiment), which are to be followed by both swastha and atura (healthy and diseased persons) in order to lead a healthy life.

Seasonal disorders are common among those who do not adopt proper life style and food habits according to the season. To prevent such diseases Ayurveda elcits certain rules that are to be followed under two headings as “Dinacharya” and “Ritucharya”

“Achara rasayana” enumerates codes of conduct that are to be followed in order to attain benefits of “Rasayana” (Rejuvenation therapy) without consuming internal medicine. In this concept of “Samajagarana and Swapnam” i.e. timely awakening and timely sleep can prevent majority of diseases including stress related disorders.

Seasonal disorders are common among those who do not adopt proper life style and food habits according to the season. To prevent such diseases, Ayurveda elicits certain rules that are to be followed under two headings as “Dinacharya and Ritucharya”

“Achara rasayana” enumerates codes if conduct that are to be followed in order to attain benefits of “Rasayana” (Rejuvenation therapy) without consuming internal medicine. In this the concept of “Samajagarana and Swapnam” i.e. timely awakening and timely sleep can prevent majority of diseases including stress related disorders.

Food being the main cause for both health and diseases should not be consumed by a man up to heart’s content. According to Ayurveda, one should divide the capacity of his stomach into three parts, one part for solid, one part for liquid and one part should be left vacant for the circulation for air, so that the ingested food will be timely digested. “Samasana” – consuming compatible and incompatible foods together; “Adhyasana” – Intake of food before the digestion of preventive food, “Vishamasana” – consumption of food excess or little quantity are to be strictly avoided in order to prevent indigestion and other GIT disorders.

“Asyasukam” – sitting ideal fopr long time should be eluded. “Vyavama” – regular exercise is to be done for at least thirty minutes every day in the morning on empty stomach.it improves mobility, control weight, tones up the heart and reduces blood pressure. It also helps in lowering cholesterol and reduces stress.

“Siro abhyangam” – regular oil massage on the scalp strengthens the hair, prevents the hair fall and gives sound sleep. “Padabhyanga” – massage to the foot prevent its cracking good for the eyes and gives strength to the back. “Sareerabhyanga” – body massage improves circulation, makes the skin more lustrous and prevent tanning. “Udvartanam” – massage with medicated powders is beneficial in cases of obesity and diabetes.

The mind is another important aspect to be considered. The pro pounders of Ayurveda have asserted that mind influences the physical body in both, health and ill health. It is important to note that most of the stress that people have is actually self – generated. The most important thing is to monitor the stress levels and know how to deal with the problems as they appear. Herbs like Aswagandha (Withania somnifera), Brahini (Bacopa monnieri) and Jatamamsi (Nardostachys Jalamansi) are proved to be beneficial in conditions of stress. Above all meditation is utmost important to control our mind. It is a practice where there is constant observation of the mind, bringing awareness, harmony and natural order into life. It helps to dig deep into ones inner self to discover the wisdom and tranquility that lie within. “Sirodhara” – “Sropichu”and “Nasyam” are the stress relieving techniques, are to be done under specialist observance.

In this 21st century, people are ignoring the traditions and customs and thereby becoming victims to different health problems. Ayurveda, being a traditional system of medicine offers a permanent solution in preventing these life style disorders by practicing day to day and seasonal diet. Hence Ayurvedic knowledge is essential in order to understand “Sadvrittam” and “Sadacharam”, the principles that are to be followed for a healthy life.

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    Dr. M. K. Seeni is an internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician who has been practicing Ayurveda since 2002. She did her B.A.M.S in Venkatrama Ayurveda Medical College, Chennai, M.D (Ayu) in National Institution of Ayurveda Jaipur, Rajasthan and Diploma in Yoga at New Delhi and Diploma in Naturopathy in Mahatma Gandhi University New Delhi. Currently she is doing her Ph.D in Ayurveda. read more

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