Traditional Medicine

Traditional Medicine

Traditional Medicine
Traditional healing methods range from ginger tea for a cold to an entire medical systems -- such as traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

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    Picture someone who has to break up the ice covering their driveway after a winter storm.  They buy a bag of salt that then must be distributed across the ice.  What would happen if they concentrated all of their salt in one area of the driveway?  While the ice in that one section may be thoroughly broken up, there would of course not be any salt left for the remainder of it.

    In Ayurvedic tradition, a person's health works in a similar way.  Like the bag of salt, the human body has a finite amount of resources to maintain its various systems (the immune system, the nervous system, etc.).  But, when we eat too much food, we burden the digestive system which then diverts resources away from the other ones.  Then, when all of the resources are devoted to the digestive system functioning, not only is there a likelihood of stomach disorders, but there's a likelihood of other systems like the immune system falling short as well.

    This is why Ayurveda not only helps to treat stomach disorders, but resolving them and balancing digestion is at the very heart of how it is effective as a medical system.  When you eat balanced food in appropriate amounts, you will not only resolve any stomach issues that you have but you will begin to attain greater overall health as well.

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    Ayurveda primarily associates the occurrence of asthma disease with the imbalance of the Kapha energy that sits in the head and chest region. When food is not properly digested, it can’t be reabsorbed and eliminated from the body as needed. This creates a backlog of undigested food, which in turn creates excess toxicity like mucus.

    Ayurveda guides us to control asthma attacks with two primary tasks: 1) regulating digestion and 2) burning off the accumulation of mucus in the head and chest. Poor digestion is resolved primarily through a proper diet that diminishes the build-up of Kapha in the system. An asthma sufferer must avoid eating too many mucus forming foods like sweets, salty foods, and dairy products (except for milk). Food must be properly chewed, eaten in reasonable quantities, and not consumed for at least three or four hours before going to bed.

     

     

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    Most of us in the West know about the statistics regarding people being overweight or obese. The numbers can be quite frightening, such as how recent statistics for Americans states that nearly 70% suffer from one of these two conditions. These statistics are based on assigning each person a certain ideal weight based on their height and placing everyone into a category as a result. But is looking at our weight as based on precise numbers really the best way to consider our peak physical condition?

    To understand how Ayurveda relates to a person's bodyweight, consider how we might look at two paintings next to each other in the museum. On the left-hand side is a precisely rendered portrait of a person, but on the right-hand side is a painting that is completely abstract. It would be difficult to claim that one painting is better than the other, for they are so vastly different in their intended impact: one is realistic and is intended to portray a person's likeness, while the other is completely unrealistic and is intended to challenge the viewer's perception of the world around them. One or both may be successful in their purpose, but those purposes are difficult to relate to the other.

    If two people were to stand next to each other--one with a heavier earth-like nature and one with a thin air-like nature--it might seem like the the heavier one needs to lose weight because they fit into the "overweight" category and the more thin person is fine. But what if the heavier person lives a balanced lifestyle of not eating too much and never gets sick--but the thin person's body is constantly out of balance and they get sick all the time? It is quite possible that the heavier person is exactly the shape they should be for their particular body type. Comparing a heavy person to a thin person may not be productive, just as comparing a realistic portrait to an abstract painting will likely fail to achieve anything, either. Each person--just like each painting--needs to be assessed for eactly what it needs to be.

    When a person follows a balanced Ayurvedic lifestyle of eating appropriate foods that fulfill a person's natural need, they may or may not lose weight--but they will be the exact weight they're supposed to be.

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    When you go shopping for curry powder, avoid the traditional ones that you see at most grocery stores. These may be too spicy and overpower the other tastes. Instead, you can look online for Ayurvedic churnas. These churnas have an equal blend of the six tastes. Even better, make your own!

    Curry Powder Blend

    In a coffee grinder, grind the following ingredients together:

    5 tsp coriander seeds
    1 tsp fenugreek seeds
    1 large bay leaf
    1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    1 small (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon stick
    5 cloves

    After you grind the above ingredients together, add:
    2 tsp turmeric powder.

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    What is the vata skin type in ayurveda?

    The vata skin type in ayurveda is typically pale and dry; it needs more nourishment and hydration, so it's predisposed to premature aging. Watch ayurvedic expert Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, explain what vata types should eat to help nourish their skin.

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    Each one of the following recommendations will help you to shed those extra pounds. Individually, they are helpful, but when you put them all together, you may experience impressive weight-loss results. These fat fighters will help you not only lose weight -- but you’ll be able to keep it off. You can adhere to this plan indefinitely -- consider them life-long “maintenance” recommendations.
    1. The first ayurvedic fat fighter is a special “detox” tea. It includes a combination of ingredients that help to improve digestion, break down fat and “unclog” the channels in our body by removing ama.

    2. The next fat fighter is something called triphala. Triphala is an ancient ayurvedic herb that is composed of three dried Indian superfruits that work synergistically together: amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki.

      Each one of these herbal preparations has tremendous value individually. However, when they are combined in the form of triphala, they work as an even more powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body, helping you to achieve your ideal weight.

    3. Eat 50% of your daily calories at lunch.

    4. Add curry powder to each meal.

    5. A raw silk glove massage, called gharshana, is an easy and inexpensive home spa treatment that fights fat. This type of massage helps to energize and detoxify the body. It’s specifically designed to help with weight loss, cellulite and water retention by improving lymphatic drainage and circulation. This helps to move toxins and fat out of your body and stimulates digestion.
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    In Ayurveda, what are the different types of headaches?
    In Ayurveda, headaches are described based on your dosha and the specific imbalances you are experiencing individually. Watch neurologist and ayurvedic expert Trupti Gokani, MD, explain how your dosha predisposes you to certain types of headaches. 
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    How is ayurvedic skincare different than typical skincare regimens?

    In ayurvedic skincare, the regimen is personalized to the individual skin type, and the focus is on treating the underlying causes of skin issues. Watch ayurvedic expert Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, explain how ayurvedic skincare is unique and special.

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    What is the kapha skin type in ayurveda?

    The kapha skin type in ayurveda tends to age the slowest, because there is naturally lots of fat in the skin; however, they need to be more aware of toxins. Watch ayurvedic expert Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, explain why eating spicy foods are best.

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    Ayurveda associates osteoarthritis with an imbalance of the Vata dosha, which is concerned with issues related to movement and elimination. The home of Vata energy rests in the large intestine, and when toxic matter builds up in the large intestine as a result of improper elimination, the body suffers from poor blood circulation and dryness. This Vata imbalance triggers a complementary reduction in the moist, supportive qualities of Kapha energy. The absence of this moisture leads to a decreased nourishment to the cartilage and dry, painful joints are the result.

    When treating osteoarthritis, it is the intention of an Ayurvedic healer to bring the excessive Vata energy back into balance. This is done by building the patient’s digestive strength and regulating his or her elimination cycle. Patients are taught to favor denser, moisturizing foods like lentils, cooked vegetables, and ghee to build up the strengthening properties of Kapha energy and to lubricate the joints. Other supplemental treatments include massage with mahanaraya oil and mild forms of exercise. Ayurvedic herbs used to treat osteoarthritis include triphala, trikatu, and guggul.