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For those of you who are not familiar with
the practice of Ayurveda, this issue will give a brief outline of this
science and the manner in which it approaches healing. I hope you find
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Ayurveda - The Basics
Today, Ayurveda (the Science of Life) is
at the forefront of mind-body medicine. It has spread far beyond its roots
on the Indian subcontinent and is garnering attention all over the world.
Although the system is thousands of years
old, it is not viewed as archaic. Rather it is seen as a key to the medicine
of the future. This stems from a growing awareness and acceptance of the
concept of health being linked to the mind, body and spirit, as well as
a departure from the sometimes invasive and/or impersonal approach of
allopathic or conventional western medicine.
As with most systems of natural healing,
Ayurveda does not view the physical body as a chain of biochemical processes
and does not regard the mind as simply a function of the brain. It considers
the whole body a mental organism, capable of assisting in a sensory perception
involving both the physical, and more energy based (or emotion generating),
all of which impact our state of being, and overall health.
Incorrect use of the senses, either from
excess (eg. rage), or deficiency (eg. extreme apathy), are described as
"internal factors", resulting in reactions within the body which are adverse,
and eventually manifest as mental disease.
Physical disease is relative to the "external
factors" such as exposure to pathogens and eating the wrong foods. In
most cases, physical and psychological diseases are combined, as one rarely
occurs without the other. An example of this is in the case of an acute
infection, where the ailment can almost certainly be treated on a physical
level, there are still psychological effects. The physical disease disrupts
the emotions and weakens the senses which can then lay the foundation
for the onset of psychological disturbances. These psychological disturbances
in turn have physical consequences and so the cycle continues.
In the western world, our problems are
mainly psychological. There is sufficient shelter and food to protect
us from most physical diseases. Although most of us have no major physical
problems, we still suffer from psychological distress. The unrest may
appear as feelings of anger, loneliness, being unappreciated, stress or
anxiety. These emotions trigger a depletion of our physical energy and
prevent us from being healthy. In the fast pace of everyday life, it is
sometimes hard to escape these emotions.
We are often running from one place to
another, and rarely stop to look at the direction in which our lives are
headed. And when we do get sick, we look for the quick fix, instead of
analyzing what has brought us to this place of discontent. If the source
isn't determined, how can we prevent it from happening in the future?
Ayurveda leads us to well-being through
four levels of healing.
The first is disease treatment. The whole
person is assessed to determine the cause of the illness, and remedies,
often involving the use of herbal preparations, are prescribed.
The second stage is disease prevention.
This teaches us to eliminate disease by contemplating the factors in our
lives such as work, lifestyle, our psychological condition, and the environment
around us. In order to eliminate illness, we must eliminate those factors
which negatively influence us and make us vulnerable. This requires constant
awareness, as long term health cannot be achieved with sporadic practice.
The third level of treatment is life enhancement
therapy with the goal of longevity and improved vitality.
The fourth and final level of Ayurvedic
healing is awareness development. This requires a spiritual approach to
life, including the practice of meditation. Meditation raises our awareness,
enabling us to calm the mind and spirit, and discover the essence of who
we really are. It seeks to raise conciousness in a return to oneness with
the world around us, and the spirit within us.
Through Ayurveda we are taught harmony
through simplicity and contentment, in which true fulfillment (and consequently
health) is a matter of being, not becoming.
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