An Ayurvedic view of Health
The resurrection of Ayurveda and the growing awareness about Ayurvedic treatment have given rise to a fresh hope among people across the globe, irrespective of status, caste, creed and color. Ayurveda is increasingly being looked upon by modern man as the answer for all illness and enhancer of feminine beauty. Not only is Ayurvedic modality being used for improving health, it is also being increasingly put to use by beauticians and cosmetic companies all over the world.
There is now a very strong conviction among the general public that substances extracted from plants and herbs used in antiquity and in the Middle Ages for treatment are the best therapies, having no toxic or any other harmful effects on human body. Ayurveda thus forms the foundation of much modern pharmaceutical research, with more and more modern medicines being prepared from herbs and shrubs rather than synthetic chemicals. In fact, the negative effects of modern medicines and their toxic effects have led scientists to fall back upon Ayurveda with more and more people across the world eagerly opting for the natural and herbal therapies.
According to Ayurveda, health is a participatory ongoing process of achieving and maintaining a dynamic balance in all the aspects of life through the means of comprehensive natural therapies customized to suit the individual’s psychosomatic constitution and the current imbalance. The goal of this process is not only to improve health and to re-establish balance but also to prevent disease and to promote positive health.
The greatness of Ayurveda lies in its views about health.
* Health is a process – not a state.
* This process is ongoing – not a one-time attempt.
* The process is participatory; the person must take responsibility for his or her health and not depend on an expert to fix it.
* The dynamic balance needs to be achieved in all aspects of life; physical, biochemical, intellectual, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, familial, social etc.
* Therapies need to be comprehensive, considering all aspects of life like nutrition, natural therapies, exercise, rest, emotions, and lifestyle. It’s not limited to drugs and surgery.
* Therapies need to be natural – not synthetic.
* Therapies need to be customized to suit the individual – One size does NOT fit all.
Ayurveda believes in complete positive health; no wonder it’s the best natural healer since last 5000 years.