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Vedic Ayurveda

 

Ayurveda means "knowledge or science of long life".

 

The term Ayurveda refers also to the actual programme of this age-old tradition of knowledge of human life. It describes a comprehensive system of natural medicine offering a range of approaches for different aspects of life. Taken together, these different approaches have the ability to create perfect health and long life.

The classical texts of Ayurveda in their written form are almost 3,000 years old. However, like all of the 40 areas of Veda and Vedic Literature, the knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down orally for thousands of years. This makes Ayurveda older than any other science of health.

The classical Ayurvedic texts describe an ancient civilisation where the presence of illness was unknown. Even today, Ayurveda serves to maintain, promote and restore good health as well as preventing illness.

The original purpose of Ayurveda was not just to improve the health of the individual, but also to create a positive influence on the health of society as a whole. According to the Vedic rishis (seers), as expressed in the ancient text, the positive healthy behaviour of each individual combines to produce a disease-free society.

In centuries past, during periods of foreign rule in India , the traditional knowledge of Ayurveda was increasingly pushed into the background. As a result, many important aspects of this holistic approach to health care became lost. Fortunately, however, other parts of this knowledge, including areas that were previously unknown, have been preserved faithfully by traditional families of India and passed on to succeeding generations.

     Maharishi OM Yogi began an initiative to bring leading Ayurvedic vaidya physicians together in order to share their wisdom, integrate the tried and tested treatment procedures of the various family traditions, and restore the fragmented areas of knowledge to their original wholeness.

A number of additional therapeutic approaches recommended by the classical Vedic texts were systematically incorporated into Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health. These included disciplines such as meditation (Shakshi Samadhi Meditation), Yoga, Vedic architecture and Vedic astrology (Vedic  Yagya), as well as the systematic application of Vedic sounds. This pioneering work to integrate of all of these different disciplines included input from leading Vedic experts and also western doctors and scientists. This has made it possible for the integrated, holistic form of Ayurveda – Vedic Ayurveda – to be scientifically examined and its compatibility with modern medicine confirmed.

 

In our private clinic we offer a range of different procedures of Vedic Ayurveda. These increase the possibilities for relief and treatment of chronic and functional diseases as well as of acute illness. In addition, the conditions listed under “Areas of Benefit of Vedic Ayurveda” can also be treated.

The study of life is Ayurveda . 'Veda' means knowledge - To know. 'Ayu' is life.

Life has Four Characteristics. It exists, evolves, expresses and extinguishes. And for it to exist, evolve, express and extinguish it depends on the five elements : the earth, water, air, ether and fire. To make it easier to understand you can say the five senses and its objects. Sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. 

Even this five elements of which the whole universe is made up of is not tight compartments of defined objects. They flow  into one another. Each one of the elements contain the remaining four.  So the approach of Ayurveda towards life is holistic - the sum total. The subtlest element is space of which the mind is made up of and the gross is the earth element of which our bones , marrow, skin and structure is made up of. It is further divided into 3 doshas - Vata, Pittta and kapha - the way to understand the physiology, its characteristics and its reflection on the mind.

The holistic approach of Ayurveda includes exercises, breathing and meditation.  Breath is synonymous to life. Our life is our breath and breath is our life. you can say that for all practical purposes.  Some one is not breathing, that is the sign that there is no life there.

The Three Doshas

Vata, pitta and kapha - these three doshas affects certain parts of the body more than other parts. Like vata dosha is predominant in the lower part of the body. Stomach, intestine -  gas and joint-ache are all due to vata. Kapha affects the middle part of the body : cough, perhaps the word cough has come out of the word kapha. And pitta affects the higher part of the body : our head. Short temper is the sign of pitta. So the vatta, pitta and kapha are predominant in three different parts of the body.The three stage pranayama(breathing technique taught in AOL part I course) has an effect on these three doshas. After doing pranayama , the doshas in the body are altered/ changed. Pranayama brings that balance in the system.

Three doshas are connected to the definite part of the body and to definite rhythms on the basis of breathing patterns. Correcting the doshas  brings balance in to life.

how do we bring good health to our system? Just by attending to the mind. If the mind is blocked with too many impressions, too many thoughts it is drains the resistance power. If the mind is clear, calm, meditative and pleasant that much resistance within it- it will not allow the illness to come into the body. The first remedy is calming down the mind. Coming from the subtlest aspect of creation, the ether.

Next is the air element- The breathing- where aroma therapy comes in.  Before an illness manifests in the body you can see that in the aura of a person. Some physicians have done research on that with the help of "aura photography"- especially for ulcers, cancer, diabetics. They have taken the photography even six months before they could manifest in the body and they could find the spots. By energising our system with the prana/breath we can clear the aura and prevent the illness before it comes. That is what yoga does. the purpose of yoga is - 'Heyam dhukham  anahatam' - i.e stopping the sorrow before it arises - To burn its seed before it sprouts. 

Purifying the system with water can bring lot of balance in the system. The final recourse is with different herbs and medicines and surgery. If we neglect the other steps, then it is inevitable we have to go through these last recourses.

There are different types of situation in which the mind is affected. When the pitta level is high, so many thoughts come.  When there is vata imbalance, we become jittery.  With kapha imbalance, we feel like sleeping, mind is lethargic. So these are the three imbalance that can happen to us.  So when there is pitta imbalance, we avoid spicy food which aggravates the pitta. Milk, amla, sweets are are pitta pacifying.

Significance of Neem,  Lemon and Tulsi

They both sustain life and they destroy enemies.  Neem destroys all the bacteria in the system which are harmful to the system.  Neem has that power/ energy, antibacterial and it destroys only those bacteria which are not congenial to human system.  Neem leaves never destroy the useful bacteria which are in the system.  Whereas any antibiotics you take, it destroy the good and bad bacteria, everything.  That is the difference. Antibiotics destroy all the friendly bacteria in the intestine where  absorption, digestion, everything is happening.  Whereas neem chooses, picks only the harmful bacteria. 

Ayurvedic Food

When we eat heavy food, it sits in the stomach. If we eat pranic food like fruits, immediately it is digested.  Because there is prana in the fruits, salad and there is prana in the body.  So they mix like water mixing in the mud . But when you eat cooked food it takes some time for it to absorb.  And when we put our attention to that food, even that food also becomes energising. 

The advantages of Ayurveda

Ayurveda had stood the test of time.  In last century, people did not care for Ayurveda so much. The whole focus was in allopathic medicine. Now people are turning back to nature cures.  Ayurveda is the harmless, nature supported medicine. Ayurveda treats a person holistically- not just one part. Ayurveda is not just to repair one part and another part is affected.

 We have to take Ayurveda to villages and to every nuke and corner of the planet.  Homeopathy is also good, Homeopathy Ayurveda, Unani are all nature cures. Only thing in Ayurveda is that we need to have little more patience.  In Ayurveda we have to attend to our diet also.

 Role of Ayurveda to promote health

Definition of Health in Sanskrit is swastha , Swa means self, one who is established in the self.  Usually Ayurveda is a part of yoga, meditation.  Once upon a time in a village they had a vaidya (village doctor), but today it all disappeared.  Now in villages you don’t find a single Ayurvedic physician.  This is the state of affairs in the short time of 50 years.  If we just leave it, Ayurveda will just disappear from the planet.  In rural areas, health and well being need to be developed and promoted through ayurveda.

Vedic Ayurveda

with the global vision of bringing the best of Ayurveda to the world. This is being achieved by developing high quality Ayurvedic medicines, personal care products, food supplements, ancient and rare ayurvedic treatments, medical camps, awareness programs as well as Herbal gardens cultivation. The medicines are prepared by certified doctors and pharmacists who understand the role of a sound mind in a sound body, and implement it by practicing the AOLF's Sudarshan Kriya and meditation techniques everyday before starting the stringently efficient process of preparing the various medicines and conducting treatments.

Different treatments performed by our trained therapists include Panchakarma, meru chikitsa and Marma therapy. 

In our Ayurvedic Center Haridwar, chitrakoot INDIA we offer Ayurvedic consultations and traditional Panchakarma treatments. We also compose and produce marvellous Ayurvedic herbal cosmetics with nourishing and natural ingredients

The most outstanding thing about Ayurveda  is that it combines Ayurveda with yoga, meditation,  profound knowledge and amazingly effective breathing techniques; greatly enhancing the benefits of the traditional therapies making them last a lot longer

 Treatments we offer

 

...Are mainly cleansing therapies which help you to come back into a balanced and healthy state of being Panchakarma is the health anchor of Ayurveda. Pancha means five and Karma means action; these are five purification therapies designed to assist the body in the internal cleansing process through the elimination of toxins, wastes and other excesses in order to bring the supportive forces of  life, the Tri doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), into balance

 Panchakarma Therapies are most effective in combination with yoga  breathing programs. A cure should start with a private, caring consultation to have the base  for the following treatments.

 Of course you are also welcome to make your own choice of treatments and come for a single treatment or a relaxation day.

Consulataions

Abhayanga

Sirodara

Marma

Swedana

Pinda Sveda

Basti

Karna Purana

Nasya

Netra Tarpana

Meru Chikitsa

Facial Cleasing 

Head & Food Massage 

Consultation

 

Naadi Pareeksha, an ancient diagnostic method determining Prakruti (constitution/body type), Dosha (present imbalance in body-mind), physical health, mental health, emotional state, diseases and prognosis.

With your pulse diagnosis you get the opportunity to be informed about disturbances and future disease in your body often before you are even aware of them; and you can then treat them immediately by just making some small adjustments to your lifestyle instead of undergoing heavy and painful therapy 

We will provide you with a caring private consultation to establish your constitutional type and guidelines as to the best food and lifestyle for your personal body type. As well as lots of important hints for better living.

 Abhyanga

 

The concept of Ayurvedic oil massage is entirely different from that of the other classical massage techniques, as it balances the Tri doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and releases the stored up stress from the mind and body.

 Today's life is making the Vata (the principle of space and air) so high that sleep gets disturbed, digestion becomes a problem, gas forms in the stomach, We start to feel more stress in our daily life, our skin becomes dry and tension occurs in the nervous system.

 With this Ayurvedic oil massage, using specific movements, the nervous system will relax and be soothed. This massage reduces Vata, rejuvenates the skin, tones the muscles, eliminates impurities and promotes youthfulness. Abhyanga is also part of the Panchakarma treatments. A basic Ayurvedic treatment, a must for you!

 Shirodhara

 It is a wonderful relaxation process  in which the scalp and forehead receive a gentle and caressing massage by a thin stream of lukewarm oil; promoting a very deep relaxation.

 It gives rise to a very pleasant and indescribable sense of well being, which has been likened to the Bliss State of the womb.

 Very effective generally after operations and for treating high blood pressure, ear noises and injuries in the head. Relaxing for the whole body.

 Marma

 An old technique of healing in which simple touch or light massage on the vital points of the body, the Marma points, are used to balance the life force (prana).

 There are 107 main energy points on the surface of the body. Each relates to a different organ or tissue. By gently pressing or massaging these sites prana is stimulated, clearing stress and blocks in the body. The unique aspect of this amazing therapy is that it transcends the physical and mental levels rectifying defective energy channels in a subtle way.

 Marma supports the healing process of many diseases including those of the heart, gallbladder and pancreas. It can also be used to just get a peaceful mind. You will feel loved during the treatment.Just receive this hidden gift!

 Svedana

 Svedana is the therapeutic application of heat so that the pores and channels of the body open. By applying heat to the body the ama (toxins) can be released easily.

Sweating has been found to be very effective for many organic problems from the common cold to cancer. Svedana is particularly effective when done after Abhyanga.It is purifying and softens the body 

Pinda Svedana

A whole body sweating therapy. A medicated paste of herbs and grains boiled in milk is made into a poultice and then rubbed onto the whole body continuously in a synchronized pattern.

 Pinda Sveda revitalizes the body by imparting nourishment to the tissues, restoring energy, mobility and vitality.

Basti

Administration of medicated oil or decoctions into the rectum to pacify or expel the vitiated Doshas is known as Vastikarma; here we just call it Basti.

 A warm enema with oil, water or tea eliminates toxins from the body by bringing them back into the digestive system. Basti is part of Panchakarma cleansing therapy. Helpful for reducing migraine, painful menstruations, sleeplessness and constipation.

 Karna Purana

 Ear treatment - We use either a ghee preparation  (clearified butter) or a mixture of herbal oil  and give this after a soothing  massage into your ears. Effective treatment for reducing Vata, jaw tension, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and congestion

Nasya

 The nose is the entrance to the brain. Nasya involves the administration of medicated oils  through the nasal channels. By bringing substances into the nose, the sinus and head are cleared, increasing alertness.

 Nasya increases the flow of prana to the head. The function of the body all depends on prana; this is a very important treatment that stimulates the tissues and glands in the brain and gives quick relief to many health problems.

 Netra Tarpana

 A treatment to cleanse the eyes and pacify Pitta (the fire-element). The eyes are the main seat of the Pitta. By getting this wonderful treatment Pitta calms down, it is such a relieve for the eyes and the whole nervous system.

 Through Netra Tarpana you can improve your vision. Such an enormous treatment!

 Meru Chikitsa

 Meru Chikitsa Spinal Treatment is an almost  forgotten ancient Ayurvedic treatment,. 

 It employs the use of the hands in administering gentle adjustments to the skeleteral structure of the body. Meru Chikitsa establishes harmony through integration of the subsystems of the body in coordination with the spine and the breath

 Facial Cleansing

 Using the  Ayurveda Cosmetics specifically produced to balance each of the Doshas. Melts away facial tension and bodily stress, smoothes wrinkles and brings gentleness  to the expression.Deeply nourishing and strengthens the entire body. Get this wonderful treatment.

 Head & Foot Massage

 Get a wonderful relaxation from top to toe.  Head and foot massage brings rest to the  mind and releases the tensions from neck and shoulder area as well as the feet.

 Let us treat you like a king, get the total relaxation. 

"Health is the dynamic expression of life".keep your good health.

 In modern time people are more prone to consuming junk food like wafers, bakery products, soft drinks etc. A lot of importance has to be given to children's diet as their physical and mental growth is rapid. They require adequate and the right kind of nutrition.  Fast foods do not contain proper nutrition and are not easily digestible. A healthy diet leads to a healthy and vital life and builds up our immunity.  To lead a full happy and healthy life one must not forget the bond between diet and health. 

 Cashew Nut milk

 Ingredients:

 Cashew Nuts(soaked for 6-7 hours)

 :

 40 gms

 

Water

 : 1 glass

 Method:

 - Grind the cashew nut in a blender to make a smooth paste then add water again for one minute and then sieve it.

 Note: In winter add hot water to prevent the cream from being separated from the milk

Almond milk

Ingredients:

Almond (soaked for 6-7 hours)

 :

 10-12 nos

 

Water

 : 1 glass

Method:

- Same procedure as cashew nut milk.

Note: You can make delicious fruit shakes by blending nut milk and fruits in a blender (sapota, mango, papaya, apple, banana etc). Dates or honey could be used as a sweeten agent in fruit shake.

Swasthavritta

Swasthavritta an important part of Ayurveda, concerned with the maintenance of health. ‘Swasthavritta’ literally means ‘the regime of abiding in one’s own nature’… We move from oral hygiene in one’s dinacharya(daily routine), to caring for other sensory organs…

Eye openers! 

Cleansing your Eyes…

While holding water in your mouth, keep your eyes wide open, and then wash your eyes by gently splashing them with clean water.  Make sure that the water, you use, is at room temperature or a little less never too cold or too warm!

Must Dos!

Kaajal(collyrium), made up of sauviranjana(antimony), is the best thing to apply to your eyes, on a daily basis!  If sauviranjana is not available, homemade kaajal, consisting of herbs, is a good alternative.  To apply kaajal, use a rod made up of gold, silver or any other harmless material.  A clean finger also suffices!  After application, close your eyes and roll your eyeballs, so that the kaajal spreads.  A minute later open your eyes slowly.  Is some particles still persist in remaining, wipe or wash your eyes.  Kaajal not only cools and soothes your eyes, but it also reduces the kapha tendency in you…

Rasanjana.

A preparation of a herb called daruharidra(berberis aristata), causes your eyes to water, thus reducing the chances of contracting eye diseases like lachrymal canal blockages, ocular tension, etc.  you may apply rasanjana once a week

Do your eyes feel constantly strained from having to spend too much time, working on a computer? Well, relief is now close at hand! Make a light decoction of triphala by mixing 2 teaspoons of triphala powder with 50ml of water. 

Let this mixture stand overnight, sieve it the next morning and then you may use the water left over as an eyewash.  This decoction strengthens the eyes and improves one’s eyesight!

Nose Knows!

 

Cleaning your Nasal Cavity…

Perform Jalaneti (Nose Washing) as a part of your daily routine! All it needs is water and a nose was cup(neti pot)! Though this technique requires to be learnt, it is a simple method of washing the nasal opening, allowing it to run through the nose and taking it out from the other nasal opening.  This process cleans the channels and prevents conditions like sinusitis, headaches, etc.

Nasya is another  process that may be done everyday as part of your daily routine.  It entails applying about two drops of oil (either sesame oil or anuthaila) to each nostril by forceful inhalation.  This has to be done while you are lying down. Once complete, continue to lying down for about five minutes.  Be sure to spit out any oil that drips into your throat, during this process!  Also gargle with hot water to clean your throat off oil.

 

Ear-Full!

Cleaning your Ears…

Clean your ears thoroughly everyday, by applying a few drops of sesame oil to each ear and then cleaning with a soft cotton swab.  Make sure that the swab does not enter your ear canal.  Never insert any sharp objects into your ears as part of any cleansing process.

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Significance of Curry Leaf

Curry leaves are grown in kitchen backyards and forests.  It is an excellent spice. The chemical quality of the juice of tender curry leaf is better than that of ripe leaf. The tender leaf is therefore of much importance.  It destroys germs. the roots and stem are of good importance in Ayurveda.  It is healthy for eyes and hair. 

Generic Name: Murraya Koyinigi , Family : Rutaceae , English Name : Curry Leaf

Chief Uses : Relieves fever and heat, improves appetite, softens stool and relieves flatulence.

Usage in diseases

Acidity induced vomiting: Powder the stem and mix with cold eater and consume.

Constipation : Powder dry curry leaves and consume 1 spoon of the powder mixed with honey and consume twice daily.

Indigestion : Powder dry curry leaves, fenugreek and black pepper and mix with ghee and consume everyday.

Diarrhea : Consume 2 spoons of juice of curry leaves twice daily.

Graying of hair: Chewing of tender curry leaves everyday decreases hair fall. Application of hair oil boiled with curry leaves prevents graying of hair. 

Nausea, vomiting : Boil 4 cups of water with 1 handful of curry leaves and reduce it to 1 cup and drink 4-6 times.

Dandruff : Make a powder of skin of lemon, curry leaves, fenugreek and soapnut powder. use the powder instead of soap or shampoo for hair wash.

Burns: Apply paste of curry leaves to the burnt area. 

For healthy hair: Boil curry leaves in coconut oil and apply to the scalp everyday.

 

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