What is it: Ayurveda (literally the ‘science of life’) is an Indian form of holistic health care which treats the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a human being. It is a prescription for living a life in tune with the cycles of nature and can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
Ayurvedic practitioners make use of herbal medicines, oils, dietary and exercise advice, massage and a vast array of detoxification techniques designed to remove imbalances and blockages in a persons system.
Why try it: Ayurveda is claimed to have a lot of success in treating chronic illness. In my opinion anything that’s been around for over 3000 years is at least worth a look. I’m also drawn to the fact that it is a medical system with a long history of application, a rigorous training regime for its doctors and a total reliance on organic substances for its medicines.
My Experience: (5/10/11) In the past I have avoided exploring Ayurveda for the same reason I have avoided exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine. They seem incredibly intricate, complex and shrouded in a mist of cultural haze. However over the last 3 months Ayurveda has come gently flowing into my life from a number of different angles and I’m glad I’ve taken the time to truly understand what it’s all about. I’ve been impressed by the idea that every time you consult an Ayurvedic doctor you are seen as a ‘whole new patient’ reflecting the fact that the state of health in a human being is a very dynamic thing in a constant state of flux.
After consulting with a kind and intelligent doctor in my home town of Melbourne I’ve decided to visit an Ayurvedic centre to undergo a process known as Pancha Karma. This is like the King Daddy of all detoxification programs involving a lot of good food, good rest, good massage and herbal oils being poured in and out of every orifice. I’ll keep you posted on how I fare.
My limited research suggests that while all individuals are treated uniquely most cases of CFS/ME are viewed as an overabundance of Vata energy. I’ve included here a clipping from the ‘Hand book of Ayurveda’ by Doctor Shanta Godagama exploring this concept a little further.
‘Ayurvedic treatment of CFS
- Ayurveda attributes the disease to aggravated vata dosha.
- Aggravated vata generates negative effects at the physical and mental levels. Feelings of intense fatigue, muscle cramps and pains are signs of aggravated vata dosha, as also are weakness of nervous system, disturbed sleep patterns, mental fogginess and forgetfulness.
- The Ayurvedic line of CFS treatment envisages the balancing of vata dosha, the adding of rasayana herbs that would work on the symptoms and rejuvenate body tissues, relax the mind and strengthen the nervous system.
- This is an article describing a recommended daily routine for some one wishing to apply Ayurvedic principles to their life style.
- Listed below is a link to an article by Jeremy Carew Reid. He’s a chap that claims to have cured himself of CFS/ME through the use of Ayurveda after experimenting with a wide array of alternative medicines. Warning – He markets his e-book pretty hard and uses in your face selling tactics on various sites across the web. So be warned you may be reaching for your credit card after reading. I personally haven’t bought or read his e-book so cannot comment on the quality of the content. But I reckon there is no substitute for consulting with an authentic Ayurvedic Doctor if you want to learn more. Either way the articles good. Read it here.
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