Ayurveda is the science of life. Being over 5000 years old, it advises how to protect life and longevity. Its effect on achieving prevention, cure of disease and rejuvenation is scientifically proven. Ayurveda strengthens the immune system while correcting the underlying imbalance. Ayurveda recommends the Panchakarma therapies (Purification techniques) along with pacification therapy (using of curing medicine, immunization and rejuvenating medicine) daily routines and diets according to the constitution of the individual body.
In Ayurveda doshas can be identified as regulatory control factors for fundamental physiologic processes in living systems that maintain their identity throughout biologic history. Factors such as food, activity, the climate and stress can, however, disrupt or destroy these functions. Ayurveda seeks to normalize body functions with varied techniques including advice on food and activity, internal herbal preparations, purification treatments (panchakarma), and surgical methods (shalya chikitsa).
In Ayurveda, doshas are the energy patterns that flow around our bodies, governing our thinking and behaviour. Ayurveda believes five basic elements that’s ether, air, fire, water and earth manifest in the human body as three basic known as thridoshas. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and we are all born with all three of them. But it’s the dominance of one or two of these doshas that defines who we are. To enjoy a balanced mind, body and spirit, so the thinking goes, our unique dosha constitution needs to be in a state of equilibrium.
As early as in one of the ancient basic texts of Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita, allergic symptoms are described in detail. Pollen allergies occur in spring and early summer, when Kapha predominates in nature. At the same time, allergies such as hay fever, pollen allergy and allergy-related asthmatic bronchitis are Kapha symptoms, which means we have an excess of Kapha in the body. Ayurveda does not regard allergy as a disease but as a physical reaction to a foreign particle. To explain it simply and graphically: If, for example, we eat fresh, cooked food, it is optimally processed by the organism – provided that our gastrointestinal tract is healthy – and nourishes the various body tissues (dhatus). But if we eat leftovers or things that were already prepared two days ago or already contain undetected light mould, what does our body do then? It eliminates it naturally, it does not retain anything harmful. We get diarrhoea or we vomit. The same applies to allergies. When a foreign particle that is not compatible with our body, for example a bacterium or an allergen, enters our system, our body reacts to it and wants to repel it. We start sniffing and coughing.
What are the differences between people who suffer from allergies and those who don't? Ayurveda explains it by saying that in people who are not affected, "Ojas" (the finest metabolic product) strengthens resistance and immunity and protects the body. "Ojas" is formed when we digest food optimally. Healthy Ojas protects the body and strengthens the immune system. Allergies are usually accompanied by a weakened digestive fire, which disturbs the formation of Ojas. Waste and toxins (Ama) accumulate. In the next stage they begin to flow through the body channels and can block or even inflame them. In the case of an allergy this can manifest in itching, accumulation of mucus, drowsiness, tiredness and irritability. As an important measure Ayurveda primarily emphasizes the restoration of "Agni" or a healthy digestive and metabolic energy.
Ayurveda recommends a good daily and seasonal routine, i.e. going to bed early; getting up early; morning oil massage of the scalp and body; high quality food (organic); a warm, light breakfast; a warm, nutritious main meal at noon; an early, light dinner (preferably also warm). It is always best to eat in peace and quiet. Regular exercise is also important and clothing adapted to the season. Try the hot water drinking cure to support natural elimination processes.
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