Ayurvedic treatment adapts to the constitution of each person and requires the active participation of the patient as it requires changes in diet and healthy habits.
Ayurvedic medicine uses a wide variety of products and techniques to cleanse the body and restore balance. Some of these products may be harmful if used incorrectly or without the guidance of an accredited professional. The formulas depend heavily on plants and other vegetable oils, including common spices. Certain preparations use small amounts of metals and minerals, such as gold or iron, and other substances of natural origin according to the specific procedures of Ayurvedic medicine.
The main objectives of ayurveda are the elimination of impurities, the reduction of symptoms, the increase in resistance to diseases, the reduction of worry and the promotion of harmony in the patient’s life. The methods to achieve these objectives are several:
The removal of impurities . A process called panchakarma is meant to cleanse the body, eliminating love . Ama is described as an undigested food that adheres to tissues, interferes with the normal functioning of the body and leads to disease. Panchakarma focuses on the elimination of ama through the digestive tract and respiratory system. Enemas, massages, medical oils administered in the form of a nasal spray and other methods are some of the practices used.
The reduction of symptoms . The doctor may suggest various options, including physical exercise, stretching, breathing exercises, meditation, massage, sunbathing and a diet change.
The increase in resistance to diseases. The doctor can combine various herbs, proteins, minerals and vitamins in tonics to improve appetite and increase digestion and immunity. These tonics are based on formulas of ancient texts.
The reduction of worry and the increase of harmony . Ayurvedic medicine emphasizes the development of the mind and spiritual healing. Doctors may recommend avoiding situations that cause concern and the use of techniques that promote the release of negative emotions.
Every food is a remedy and every remedy is food.
Our body and our mind feed on the products we eat, therefore, a healthy diet is synonymous with a healthy body and mind. However, it is not enough that the food is of good quality to generate energy and healthy cells. Ayurveda takes into account other factors that influence the digestion and metabolism of foods such as the climate, freshness, the combination of these, the way of eating them and, above all, the dosha of each individual. In other words, food, in itself, is neither good nor bad. Their nutritional qualities will depend on who ingested them. In this sense it will be the Ayurvedic doctor who gives us the guidelines of a personalized diet.