“Ancient Health Science Promotes Prevention Rather Than Cure”
by Ranjit Rai (from the Indo-Canadian Telegram, Sep/Oct 2011)
The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that is a union of two words, ‘Ayu’ and ‘Veda.’ ‘Ayu’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge or science. It is a traditional science which gives us the knowledge of life. It is believed to be the oldest health science in the world. Its antiquity goes back to the Vedas and it is considered the Upveda of Athervaveda. It is a system of herbal medicine, believed to be more than 5,000 years old.
Ayurveda strongly promotes preven- tion rather than cure, treating a person as a whole, considering mind, body and soul. Usually we have so many spices in our kitchens; if we use them properly, we can prevent many diseases. By balancing vata, pitta and kapha, the three elemen- tal energies of the body, it corrects the mental, physical, spiritual and physiolog- ical imbalances of an individual.
It encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own health by practicing healthy lifestyle, yoga and exercises. If anyone follows Ayurvedic lifestyle, with a natural and balanced diet, that person will have good health because of a strong immune system. It not only gives symptomatic relief but treats the root cause of the disease. And above all, Ayurvedic supplements are dietary supplements with no side effects.
Ayurvedic treatment is good for chronic ailments, whereas regular medicine is good for emergency treatments. Ayurveda is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective, traditional health science because gold stays gold.
Here are a few home remedies:
- Eat two pieces of garlic in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach. It will control the cholesterol in the body.
- For nausea (feeling of vomiting), take 2 glasses of water and one tsp. (teaspoon) of coriander, 1 tsp. of fennel, 1 tsp. of carom seed and a pinch of Asafoetida. Boil it until you have one glass and let it slightly cool. Start sipping the lukewarm liquid slowly. After sometime it will relieve the nausea.
- Take one tomato, one bitter gourd and one cucumber; grind them, squeeze them and drink that juice every morning on an empty stomach. It will control diabetes.
Dr. Rai is an Ayurvedic physician practicing in Winnipeg. For more information on his services, call him at 417-3846 or 295-4846, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.