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Lessons from India: Ayurveda


There is no doubt that the United States is one of the world’s leading superpowers. We dominate in so many arenas that occasionally we become complacent in the American bubble. We are satisfied with the status quo and can believe that American thought is the end-all be-all of what is ‘best’. Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and look at other cultures to explore their approaches and philosophies on such topics as medicine.

While many say that America has one of the most advanced medical and science based approaches to health, one area that is seriously lacking is investigation and research into alternative methods of healing.

Have you even heard of Ayurveda? Because it’s not an American concept, many Americans have not. Ayurveda medicine is a form of alternative healing that comes from India and dates back thousands of years. 

Ayurveda is a whole medical system. This means that it involves disease prevention as well as treatment, rather than just focusing on fixing the body when it’s ailing. This approach promotes a holistic and all-encompassing stance on physical and mental health. 

The main aspects of Ayurveda include living a balanced life through healthy diet choices, exercise, cleansing and spirituality. An emphasis on herbal remedies, yoga, massage, meditation, plant-based medicine and the incorporation of minerals in the diet, known as rasa shastra, is essential to the overall Ayurveda approach.

Ayurvedic practitioners examine patients and ask a myriad of lifestyle questions. Once a practitioner has examined the patient they begin to assess his or her dosha balance. Doshas are parts within the individual that concern the five elements. According to Ayurveda medicine, doshas give people their unique differences.

The popularity of Ayurveda in America has steadily been growing over the past decade. Proponents of the practice such as Deepak Chopra, MD have been garnering more attention for this natural healing method as more and more people experience its healing effects.

Once a patient has been examined, preventive measures and treatments for current ailments may be prescribed. Some of the herbs used in the technique have shown promising results in treating cardiovascular disease. Other sage-like herbs have helped with memory recall and have shown positive effects on the minds of Alzheimer’s patients. 

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