Today we have a system to achieve facts, called science. Few thousand years it was called shaastram. Both are defined as accepted, proven or accurate information by multiple experts in the state of the art methodology. Striking, right?
Check the following classification of skin in Ayurveda and compare that against modern finding. Similar?
1. Avabhasini: This is the outermost layer. It reflects the complexion and the quality of the Rasa Dhatu (nutrient fluid, the first of the seven tissues of the body). It also acts as a mirror: it indicates whether the physiology as a whole is balanced or imbalanced, and whether there is inner health or disorder. The avabhasini layer also reflects the aura of the individual — if there is inner bliss, it shows on this layer. It does not have its own color: it reflects the colors of the inner layers. Internal and external re-hydration and regular massage supports the health and appearance of the avabhasini layer of the skin.
2. Lohita: This layer supports the outermost layer. It indicates the quality of Rakta Dhatu (blood). If there is ama(impurities) in the blood, it impacts the aura of the outer layer and accentuates sensitivity to the sun. The color of this layer resembles molten iron.
3. Shweta: This is a white layer, and it provides balance to skin color, lightening the darker colors of the inner layers.
4. Tamra: This layer nurtures the upper layers of the skin. It supports the immune system. This is the layer that helps the skin perform its function of being a "barrier." Skin infections reflect an imbalance in this layer. It is copper-colored.
5. Vedini: This fifth layer sensually links the skin to the rest of the body. It is the center for transformation of sensation — feeling of pain, for example.
6. Rohini: This layer supports healing and regeneration. Imbalance in this layer retards healing and the disappearance of scars over time. A balanced diet, rich in nutritional value, supports the rohini layer.
7. Mamsadhara: This innermost layer is the platform for the skin's stability and firmness. When this layer is in balance, the skin looks young and supple. A skin product that has a vayasthapana effect nourishes this layer to help retard the aging process.
Translating ancient Ayurvedic categories of skin conditions into plain English will look like the following.
Ayurveda has a full range of complete reversal program for the above group of conditions!
Ayurveda has definite answer to skin conditions
Gaining or losing, weight has a valid and powerful psychological element. If we don't work with this, weight won't change.
Portion control, calorie reduction, meal skipping, fasting for 2 days a week - are all result-oriented and fantastic for a while. Then, the psychological element takes over and... here we go again.. the scales are showing the wrong numbers.
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How do we work with it?
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Ayurvedic etio-pathlogy is possibility based rather than clinical study based, hence a well trained practitioner can check your tongue, pulse or symptoms and signs and understand the pathology with a good amount of precision. Ayurvedic doctors treat "new" diseases such as autism, haemochromatosis and chronic fatigue syndromes based on this training! The other side is Ayurveda cleverly addresses the "mind" side of the mind-body aspects. Its not just psychology, its the mind-body psychology.
What is a disease
Systemic diseases such as anaemia and arthritis are due to deficiency and inflammation respectively. Considering the numbers, inflammation dominates. Ayurveda and modern science have the same view on inflammation - its body's protective response, towards a pathogen (introduced or internally formed), that turns into a fight with heat, swelling and pain. Wherever the pathogen (toxin is) body develops a there-itis - in the skin dermatitis, joints arthritis, tendon tendonitis and so on.
What does Ayurveda do
Ayurveda attempts to 1) remove the cause behind the introduction or formation of pathogen 2) remove the pathogen, and 3) repair the body as quick as possible. Ayurveda has a well developed anti-etiology, anti-pathology, body repairing and upgrading philosophy.
What does allopathy / modern medicine do
Modern medicine tries to stop our body's inflammatory response! This leaves the pathogen in the system. So, the inflammation never goes away. This sounds primitive, because it is primitive. In emergencies this is useful. But, it is unwise to use an anti-inflammatory approach every time you develop an inflammation.
Why allopathy / modern medicine is fast
Modern medicine is sometimes looks and feel fast as its approach hides the symptoms quickly while the disease is still left hibernating at large. Have you seen long term colitis suppression leads to Colitic Arthritis? When antiinflammtories are used to suppress the colitis, pathogens move to the nearby joints resulting in inflammation there. Psoriatic arthritis and asthma turning into eczema are another examples. Modern approach occasionally gives you quick symptomatic relief.
How is Ayurveda different between other methods of natural therapy?
Ayurveda employs every aspect of alignment (exercise, posture, body therapies etc), nutrition, herbs, formulas, cleanses, cell repair, psychology (consoling, meditation, visualisation, affirmation) etc. in the right context. Some people need meditation, some others body therapies and some lots of rest and yet another group cleanses for seemingly the same disease. Ayurveda is NOT a toolkit with just a hammer. So, for an Ayurveda doctor the world doesn't look like a nail.
Many Ayurveda practitioners are not masters, they are jacks of all trades. So, they refer selected clients to chiros, herbalists, homoeopaths, naturopaths, body therapists, counsellors and so on for precision expert care. Hence, Ayurvedic practitioner has a stop for being holistic - while herbalism and other branches stay 100% natural.
Many fit people are not necessarily healthy.
Many healthy people are not fit either.
- Dr. Rama Prasad
Like many normal things in life, weight fluctuates. Few kilos this way or that way - won't be alarming. But, when we have 10 kilos or more and it's constantly rising, then we have an issue to deal with! Statistics on weight gain and obesity are everywhere. So, there is no point in quoting it again. Here is an overweight case study. Real case with a different name.
Mohan arrived 10 minutes early for the consult. He had brought his cheerful family along with him. Saturday morning! An Ayurveda consultation, beach walk, and weekend shopping – was the plan.
He was 34 years old. 5 foot 11 inches tall and 106 kilos. He put on these extra 24 kilos over the past 2 years. When his wife pointed it out about his weight, he consulted a bunch of health and weight experts. He had brought all results along with all his lifestyle information, which always makes life easier for a practitioner.
Most people use Ayurveda as a second or last resorts – not Mohan. He checked out all options and found out what he needed was not a product or machine. He needed a holistic approach for "gaining health" and not "losing weight" in his words. This was refreshing.
Getting rid of disease doesn't always warrant health! Many fit people are not necessarily healthy. Many healthy people are not necessarily fit either. So, most of are not enjoying top quality health at all. Ayurveda always aims at a personalised, holistic wellness program fro each individual and fine tunes it as they progress.
Mohan reports said many blood readings were at the higher end of the normal range. This indicates possible diseases in the near future. He is not diagnosed with any disease, hence not on any medication. Apart from a mild low back pain, he suffers no pain anywhere else in his body. That is an impressive and clean chit of health.
Over the remaining few minutes he explained his healthy routine and organised life. He had 2 weekly gym sessions, regular bowels movements, ate a full range of food items, three meals plus 2 large snacks and 2 L water etc. He was a cheerful and proactive person, “hardly stressed ever”. He also craved coffee (2 cups a day) and carbs (but limited it to whole meal items) especially at night.
In couple of minutes, he gave me all information that I wanted to know verbally. Mohan would be anyone's dream patient. He, then finished his turn with "tell me doctor, what is causing my weight and how do I get healthy?".
Red cracks on his tongue revealed that his system had low-grade inflammations. When we are inflamed, we collect water just like the blisters over the burnt area. Mohan’s weight was due to his tissue burn! How do we get the burn / inflammation? Easy, excessive use of inflammatory food (high carb items esp refined), inflammatory eating (not chewing) or eating at inflammatory time (main meal after 2 pm esp. after sunset).
Mohan fit into this category with dinner being his large meal, always eating very fast and grains and potatoes covered more than 50% of his meals!
He was excited to put the new eating plan with less carbs and more vegetables to work. His wife was on board as well. I also suggested a couple of herbs and a bowel-cleanse.
3 months later, a redesigned Mohan walks into my clinic. At 85 kilos, he could not be happier! We, then fine tuned his program. At his last consult, Mohan was 81 kilos - where she should be and his blood reports were perfect! With upgraded diet he now does more exercise at gym and in outdoor with his family. “Everything changed, doctor”, Mohan said. “The quality of my sleep and cognitive functions are at their best. It feels real. And I feel fully alive. I still drink coffee, but I have zero craving”. Mohan continued.
My teacher use to say - “bring me more curable patients” is a doctor’s prayer. Mohan was truly one of them. True healing helps the person understand true health.
"I put my neck out, seeing a chiro, he said that my c2-c3 and T2-T3 discs are out," is a common phrase.
What if there is a simple treatment in Ayurveda that can put the discs and ribs back in place easily effortlessly, more effectively and super-cheaply?
Its a modified version of classical Pichu, only simpler, easier, shorter and amazingly less clumsier.
Why we put our neck out? Why discs get bulged? Too many reasons, of course. Most of them include the weakness of an internal organ - such as stomach, liver or gall bladder! So, if you ant lasting results, you must work on the causative organs and defective internal functions.
Whats the treatment?
Client is resting face down on your massage table. Apply an oil like high potency oil over the affects area. My favourite is Ketakimooladi oil. Dhanwantaram 101 or Ksheerabala 101 would be more than sufficient. Cover the area with a thin rubber sheet or cling wrap. Apply light heat pads. Rest for 40 minutes. Get your client wash the oil off. Preferably later in the day. Repeat it 6 more days. In chronic conditions get them to do it one week on, 3 weeks off - for 2-3 rounds.
Make sure you give Gandharvahastadi internally. Also provide advise on Panchakarma lifestyle to make it safe.
Whats the difference?
The above treatment, modified Pichu, increases the warmth, improves the circulation, oils the underlying tissues, harmonises the functions and helps the body correct the problem. Ayurveda works from bio-chemistry, to correct the bio-mechanics. Chiro, however, pushes the structure back into it, no much biochemical aids. Hence the issue can stay for a long time or easily come back.
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