FEATURE 15 November 2012

Ayurvedic Treatment: Effective Way to Ensure Holistic Health

Among the various achievements of ancient India, Ayurveda is one of the most important and long-lasting. Literally, Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge. So it can be defined as a science of life. Unlike other medicinal systems, it does not merely deal with diseases of human body and teaches a complete way of life. Ayurvedic treatment focuses more on curing the root of the disease than just removing the symptoms. Now as people are looking for alternative therapies which are more holisticAyurvedic treatments have become more popular in India as well as all across the globe.

Ayurveda has been considered as curative as well as nutritive. There are two chief objectives of Ayurvedic treatments: one, to ensure long life and perfect health and 2nd, to remove the diseases of the body restoring it to perfect natural balance. In order to find a perfect Ayurveda treatment for you, it is imperative to have basic knowledge about how Ayurveda treats the body.

Prana is considered the basic life energy present in the body as well as in the elements constituting the universe. There are five elements containing prana, i.e., earth, fire, water, air and ether. Mutual interaction between the elements is aggregated in the body as three doshas governing all body functions. The three doshas are known as Pitta, vatta and kapha. Disease ensues from the imbalance in one or more of one's doshas.

Ayurvedic treatment starts by diagnosing the imbalance in the doshas and then bringing balance to them. Recent spurt in the popularity of Ayurveda is a testimony to the effectiveness of its treatments. There are numerous Ayurvedic treatments which are effective to rejuvenate your body and spirit. Every year thousands of tourists come to India to undergo such rejuvenation therapies.

There are many Ayurvedic resorts where numerous Ayurveda treatments like Abhyangam and Pichu are administered under the guidance of experienced physicians and therapists. Abhyangam involves using oil on head and body followed by gentle massage of body by a trained therapist.

It is performed as a single treatment along with major treatments. On the other hand, Pichu also involves application of oil but is considered superior to Abbhyanaga. The peculiarity of this Ayurvedic treatment is that it applied on the affected parts like head, and low back. In performing Pichu, a dry cotton cloth with a hole in the center is used to pour oil. Duration of the treatment depends on the ailment for which it is done.

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