Author: Dr Ranjeet Singh
Ayurveda is more than a system of natural healing. It is both a science and an art of appropriate living which supports longevity and maximizes human potential. It is clear that Ayurveda offers clear and specific guidance for every individual in the proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise to restore and maintain the body, personality, and higher aspirations of the human Spirit. By such means Ayurveda aims to prevent disease and promote natural, radiant beauty and positive health.
Both health promotion and healing are based on the principle that the physical form, internal functioning, and psycho-spiritual makeup of an individual is determined by the doshas Vata, Pitta and kapha, all of which are natural forces having distinct qualities and functions. The body is viewed as a product of these forces that have condensed from the outer environment. Through existing as what seems to be a separate form from the point of birth, the individual remains energetically connected to the world that gave it being throughout its entire life.
Interaction between the individual and the environment happens through the interplay of the bodily doshas and the energetic lifestyles, repressed emotions, climatic and seasonal factors, along with various other forms of the stress, contribute to the destruction of the delicate internal balance of the doshas. Disruption of these subtle forces directly affect Agni, interfering with digestion, assimilation and elimination of food substances and disrupt the natural expression of emotions.
When Agni is weekend, indigestion and confusion result. Incomplete digestion makes even the purest, most nutritious food the source of toxic material known as ama. Once formed, ama then enters the blood stream clogging the channel and accumulating in sites where energy is lowest and the body thus most vulnerable. It clouds the mind, making the individual less likely to make choices that support health and beauty.
In Ayurveda, health promotion, beauty management and healing rely on freeing the body of ama, restoring sound cellular nutrition, facilitating facilitating complete elimination and re- establishing balance to the doshas. This can gradually be achieved through following appropriate diet and lifestyle and improving Agni as previously described. But with modern living being so inherently chaotic, such changes are quite challenging, needing considerable discipline and patience. A faster and deeper cleansing and re-balancing can be accomplished through using Ayurveda as traditional rejuvenation therapy.
Commonly called panchkarma, Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy is the oldest scientific system for detoxification and re-nitrifying the body in the world today. Although from ancient times it is commonly regarded as one of the most thorough systems available, achieving transformative results on all levels. It rejuvenate the whole system, bringing youthfulness and strength to the body and calm openness to the mind. The combination of oleation massage, full body steam and flour scrub beautifies the skin making it soft, smooth and well toned. While the specific cleansing therapies and rejuvenative tonics work on the internal body, they strengthen the functions of outer beauty and promote strength of character.
Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy can either be used as program to improve good health, enhance natural good looks, or initiate the cure of a disorder. Traditionally undertaken as a preventive therapy at the change of seasons, both winter to spring and summer to fall, the aim is to clean the body not only of waste materials that may have built up in the body, but also excess in subtle energies or doshas, thereby promoting positive health and longevity, and balanced beauty through the changing climatic conditions. Traditional analogies describe how it is better to clean the cloth before proceeding with the dyeing process or to autowash a bowl before using it for tea. The meaning here is that in cleansing the body before giving healing foods or herbal medicine will bring a better result.
Rejuvenative therapy should never be considered a replacement for appropriate diet and lifestyle just as an annual vacation should not be the only means to deal with job related stress. Rejuvenation therapy should be viewed as an integral part of ongoing self-care that helps beauty be with you throughout life. It is also an excellent, completely fresh start in the process of making health supporting lifestyle changes.
As a seasonal cure disorders are prevented or treated by first taking away underline causes of disease, namely the toxic waste that block normal functioning of the body and doshik balance, and then nourishing affected tissues. As primary healing therapy, through cleansing of the body makes it more receptive to medications and tonics as well as increasing the body’s ability to fully metabolize foods.Thus, not only the causes and symptoms of a disease removed, but the body is strengthened preventing disorders in the future. If you are in good health, Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy will even bring disorders that have not yet manifested symptoms to balance.
It is important to note that once the panchkarma process has been completed, the channels of the body are so deeply cleansed and free flowing and the mind more genuinely open that, diet and lifestyle become more important than prior to rejuvenation therapy. Just as herbal medications are now able to penetrate to the deepest part of the tissues and better habit patterns have space to germinate in the mind, toxins from improper diet and poor mental habits are just as free to penetrate and become locked into the system.
Ayurvedic rejuvenative therapy is divided into three main areas of treatment; purva karma, panchkarma and administration of tonics and rejuvenatives. In all cases simple diet of grains, mung beans, steamed vegetables and fruits is advised for a week before the rejuvenation program. No meat, alcohol, refined sugar, yeasted bread or caffeine should be taken. Such a diet then is continued throughout the treatment period. Fasting is not recommended as a therapy is quite demanding energy.