Q. What is Ayurveda medicine?
A. Ayurved is a Sanskrit word. “Ayur” means lifespan and “ved” means knowledge, or science, so Ayurveda is literally the Science of Life and Longevity, which defines lifespan as a balanced union of body, senses, mind, and consciousness. Ayurveda is a “consciousness-based” holistic approach that simultaneously focuses on these four components of life.
Q. How does Ayurveda medicine work?
A. Ayurveda offers a comprehensive method of diagnosis and an array of therapies that emphasize prevention , purification, a natural and safe health care. Ayurveda has a unique approach to natural health care; it develops a personalized health plan, customized according to an individual’s physiology or body-mind type (Prakriti). It addresses specific imbalances through diet recommendations, herbs, lifestyle, Ayurveda therapies, Ayurveda detoxification and rejuvenation programs (Panchakarma), yoga, and meditation. While addressing those specific imbalances, full consideration is given to the person as a whole.
Here are some of the herbs most commonly used either single or in combinations:
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) for heart care;
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) which is particularly good for the nervous system, anxiety, or depression – think of it as the Indian ginseng
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) which is most commonly used for high cholesterol and joint inflammation, stiffness and joint pains
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) is very good as an immunomodulator, for skin diseases, liver problems, and hyperacidity
Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) is commonly used for urinary problems, kidney stones, or prostate problems
Nirgundi (Vitex nirgundo) is also very good for joint pains, sciatica, and disorders of the nervous system
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