Lifestyle Disease Management with Ayurveda

Lifestyle Disease Management with Ayurveda

Apart from its various traditional benefits, Ayurveda helps in addressing the risks of modern diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, etc. These are often referred to as "lifestyle diseases" or "diseases of civilisation".

Lifestyle diseases" are known internationally, as ‘non-communicable diseases’ (NCD’s) or ‘chronic diseases of lifestyle’ (CDL). They emerge from improper relationship of people with their environment. They share similar risk factors, which on the one hand may be due to exposure over many decades or unhealthy diets, smoking, lack of exercise, and stress.

Few major risk factors are high blood cholesterol, tobacco addiction, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. These result in various long-term disease processes often culminating in high mortality rates which can be attributed to a stroke, chronic bronchitis, heart attack, emphysema, tobacco- and nutrition-induced cancer, renal failure, etc.

Ayurveda provided solutions to these diseases/risk factors in the form of proper dietary management, lifestyle advises, Panchakarma like detoxification and bio-purification procedures, medicaments, and rejuvenation therapies. Ayurveda believes that the lifestyle diseases are not restricted to a particular organ or organ system and this is what makes it challenging for allopathy that understands human body structurally. It understands the functioning of human body as a whole and any disease is understood to be due to an imbalance of one of the doshas: Vata, Pitta or Kapha. The goal of illness management in Ayurveda is to bring back harmony among the doshas.

The management includes clinical examination, diagnosis, dietary and lifestyle interventions and treatment.

The clinical examination consists of Astha Sthana Pariksha (8-point diagnosis: pulse-diagnosis, urine, stool, tongue, voice and body sound, eye, skin, and total body appearance examinations) and examination of the digestive system and the patient's physical strength.

The treatment consists of cleansing (Panchkarma), palliation (improve digestion, remove toxic waste, fasting, observe thirst, exercise, sunbathing, and meditation), mental nurturing, and spiritual healing depending on the disturbed doshas and the patient's constitution.

Also; In the management of these lifestyle diseases, Ayurveda offers various regimens:

  • Dinacharya (daily regimen)
  • Ritucharya (seasonal regimen)
  • Panchakarma (five detoxification and bio-purification therapies)
  • Rasayana (rejuvenation) therapies
  • Sadvritta (ideal routines)
  • Aachara Rasayana (code of conduct)

The application of organ-specific Rasayana herbs provides enough scope not only for prevention of disease, but also for the promotion of health and cure of diseases. Ayurveda has an upper edge in treating the disease with emphasis on its root cause. It focuses on promotion of health and prevention and management of disease for a healthy and happy life in our ailing society.

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