Ayurvedic Medicine was practiced in India in the last five thousand years, this medicine (that means “science of life”) include system that combines natural therapies with a highly personalized approach to the treatment of disease. Ayurvedic medicine places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual, “conditio sine qua non” for the global healing.
“Individual Constitution “(Prakryti) is the Ayurvedic medicine keystone, and once identified it’s possible to know the personal sketch , the strength and the sensitively of a person to fall ill.
You too, You can know your prakryti, for information only using the relative table.
Ayurvedic medicine is founded on the concept of metabolic body types, or Dosha, the three metabolic body types are known as Vata, Pittaand Kapha
The main character of Vata is changeability. Unpredictability and variability in size, shape, mood, and actions, it is the vata trademark. Vata is usually: slender with prominent features, joints, and veins, with cool, dry skin. Moody, enthusiastic, imaginative, and impulsive, vata is quick to grasp and sleep erratically and are prone to anxiety, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, and constipation. Vata energy fluctuates, with jagged peaks and valleys
Pitta is relatively predictable. Pitta is medium build, strength, and endurance. Pitta is well proportioned and easily maintains a stable weight. , freckles, and a ruddy complexion. Pitta type haves a quick, articulate, biting intelligence, and can be critical or passionate with short, explosive fit of tempers. Efficient and moderate in daily habits, the pitta type eats and sleeps regularly, eating three meals a day and sleeping eight hours at night. Pitta types are perspire heavily and are warm and often thirsty. They suffer from acne, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and stomach ailments
The main character of Kaphais relaxed. Kapha is solid, heavy, and strong. With a tendency to be overweight, kapha has slow digestion and somewhat oily hair, and cool, damp, pale skin. Everything kapha is slow, slow to anger, slow to eat, slow to act. They sleep long and heavily. Kapha types are often procrastinate and obstinate. A kapha body type will be prone to high cholesterol, obesity, allergies, and sinus problems
A lot of people have a constitution , where It’s possible to find two or three dosha (for example vata-pitta or pitta-vata), rarely there’s only one dosha.
When dosha are in balance and in harmony with constitution, the result is a vibrant health with precious energy level. But when this delicate balance is troubled, the body become sensitive to the external “stressors”, as virus, bacteria, too much work , no correct alimentation. The imbalance in dosha is the first sign that spirit, mind and body are not in perfect coordination. A no correct alimentation, will cause an agni alteration (gastric fire ), so the no correct digestion of food with formation of toxins (ama). Too much ama cause the disease.
For Ayurvedic Medicine , alimentation will has to be in harmony with the individual constitution (Prakryti)
For a vata is beneficial a sweet, salt and sour food, for pitta is right those sweet, bitter and astringent, instead for kapha metabolic type it would be better to choice a pungent , bitter and astringent food.
The season and the rhythm circadiano too (in 24 hours) are considered in ayurveda, so advices dieticians are often prescribed with this perspective clear in mind.
THE ART OF AYURVEDIC DIAGNOSIS
Ayurvedic M.D. put special attention to the pulse, tongue, face, eyes, and nails. Ayurvedic M.D. describe three distinct types of pulses radial : vata, pitta e kapha, with six different pulsation for arms, three deep and three superficial , where it’s possible to perceive the strength ,the vitality and the normal physiologic tone of specific organs . Towards the observation of tongue surface and watching the different discoloration and/or print of particular areas , ayurvedic M.D. can have information about internal organs functional status. Collecting urine at morning after the first urine jet and watching the colour, ayurvedic M.D. can help him self dosha imbalance diagnosis. A blackish-brown colour indicates a vata disorder , dark yellow, an imbalance pitta . If the urine is cloudy, there is a kapha disorder (interview to Mr Enzo DI MAIO MD on “FOCUS” Italian Magazine n. 80 , June 1999, Mondadori).
DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN AYURVEDIC MEDICINE
Ayurvedic medicine think that the most important thing is to restore health, after having understand and correctly diagnose the disease or body imbalance. After diagnosis, there are four ways to treat a pathology for Ayurvedic Medicine:
Shodan (Cleansing and Detoxifying)
Rasayana (to become Younger )
Satvajaya (Mental Hygiene and Spiritual Healing)
Cleaning in Ayurvedic medicine has to leave toxins in the stomach , in the nose , in the intestine , etc. The purifying technique are to vomit , of purgative, giving blood e and nasal shower, called pancha karma, are often used by Ayurvedic physicians to remove toxins (ama) from different areas of the body. In Ayurvedic medicine, toxins are considered the root of disease, and often the result of undigested, unabsorbed, and unassimilated food.
In preparation for cleaning, a Ayurvedic M.D. advices an herbal-oil massage performed. The oil is a liquid form that is well absorbed through the skin. Once in the system, it can pick up various toxins such as pesticides, as well as viruses and bacteria. These toxins are eventually disposed of through normal channels of elimination, represented in the traditional Chinese medicine (interview to Mr Enzo DI MAIO M.D. on the “Silhouette donna” Italian Magazine 8th year n.11 November 2001, 3D Editorial and interview to Mr Enzo DI MAIO M.D. on “Grazia” Italian Magazine n. 14 10th April 2001, Mondadori).
Ghee (clarified butter) and yogurt buttermilk are used to re-establish intestinal flora, especially if it has been washed away during the cleansing process.
The next step in Ayurvedic disease management is palliation, or shaman, used to balance and pacify the bodily dosha . Shaman focuses more on the spiritual dimension of healing, and uses a combination of herbs, fasting, chanting, yoga stretches, breathing exercise, meditation, and lying in the sun for a limited time. These techniques are useful for people with dysfunctional immune systems, or for those who are too ill or emotionally weak to undergo the more strenuous forms of physical cleansing noted in pancha karma. Because of its curative and preventative aspects, shaman can also be utilized by the healthy person. Like all enlightened healing methods, Ayurveda emphasizes prevention above curing disease.
One method of shaman, called “joking with fire”, is absolutely necessary in kapha and vata disorders with patients who have low gastric fire (agni).. The patient consumes honey with certain herbs like pippili (long pepper), ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper. (This should be done cautiously with pitta people, however).
Rasayana (to become Younger)
After the cleaning regime, an invigoration program called rasayana begins. Invigoration means enhancing the body’s inherent ability to function, and rasayana is similar to a physiological tune up. It is used to restore virility and vitality to the reproductive system, countering sterility and infertility, bringing forth healthier progeny improving sexual performance. In addiction, it is said that rasayana extends longevity by slowing down the biological clock and retarding the aging process.
Ayurvedic medicine uses three subcategories of rasayana treatments to rejuvenate and restore the body’s tissues and organs: special herbs prepared as pills, powders, jellies, and tablets; mineral preparations specific to a person’s condition and dosha ; exercises, specifically, yoga positions, breathing exercises (pranayama).
Satvajaya (Mental Hygiene and Spiritual Healing)
Satvajaya , is a method of improving the mind to reach a higher level of spiritual/mental functioning, and is accomplished through the release of psychological “stress”, emotional “distress”, and unconscious negative beliefs.
The categories of satvajaya include mantra or sound therapy to change the vibratory patterns of the mind; yantra, or concentrating on geometric figures to take the mind out of ordinary modes of thinking; tantra , to direct energies through the body; meditation, to alter states of consciousness; and gems, metals, and crystals.
“Satvajaya can decondition the mind so we can see things fresh, like with the eyes of a child.
Make an appointment