If we consider why lifestyle diseases are increasing manifold across the world, the most accurate thought would be that we lead a hectic lifestyle with a lack of daily routine. Also, wrong eating habits, craving for unhealthy food, and irregular sleep patterns are the major reasons for these conditions.
Stress and lack of physical exercise further aggravate such conditions. When it comes to Lifestyle diseases, there is a certain need to look at the Human body with a different approach. This is where the ancient Ayurvedic system has a major role to offer.
Ayurveda believes that lifestyle diseases are not restricted to a particular organ or organ system and this is what makes it challenging for the modern medical system as it understands the human body structurally e.g. Cells-Tissues-Organ-Organ System.
Until a few decades, there were no such specific groups of diseases called lifestyle diseases. Almost 6 in 10 people are suffering from one or other kind of lifestyle disease. They are called so because these diseases are the outcome of a sedentary and inactive lifestyle. Some of the common lifestyle diseases predominantly affecting the lives of people include hypertension, depression, stress, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, loss of bone density, poor vision, rheumatism, arthritis, etc.
The occurrence of one condition invites the associated conditions. Modern medicine or Allopathic medicine can only alleviate the symptoms of diseases and many of these lifestyle diseases require the patient to rely on medicines to manage the health. While many of these lifestyle diseases have no remedial treatment in modern medicines, fortunately, many people could get find the cure with Ayurvedic medicine.
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How lifestyle diseases are formed?
A lifestyle of an individual is the outcome or composed of physical traits, capacity, habits, dietary style, living condition, psychological functions, likes, and dislikes, etc. Many of these traits are observed/nurtured by the parent, siblings, and surroundings. So, physical activities are influenced by psychological feelings.
Psychology controls all bodily activities. When the psychological initiation and control are disturbed, it results in lifestyle diseases and disorders. It is referred to as Prajnaparadha in Ayurveda, one of the three major causes of diseases. Around 50 to 60 percent of lifestyle diseases are cured easily and effortlessly with Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle recommendations. Also, a few alarming diseases like osteoporosis (loss of bone density), type I diabetes – an insulin-dependent condition, cardiac/cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, etc can be improved to a great extent. While many of the lifestyle diseases are the outcome of poor immunity, the concept of Ayurveda is solely based on eliminating diseases by building up Ojus.
Understanding of Lifestyle Diseases through Ayurveda
Ayurveda system understands the functioning of the human body as a whole and any disease is understood to be due to an imbalance of Tridoshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha or can be understood as Movement, Transformation, and Growth/Support respectively.
Ayurveda therapy validates the physical, psychological, and spiritual wellness of an individual. It provides a well-organized system of traditional health care, both in preventive as well as curative spheres – and this has won it wide acclaim. Undeniably, the science of Ayurveda is age-old and time-tested. Since time immemorial this system of medicine has been in use and has proved to be result-oriented and correct. The same drugs and formulations that had been used for hundreds of years are still in use and there have been few or no replacements at all.
Ayurveda offers various methods to manage lifestyle disorders by following Dincharya, Ratricharya, Ritucharya, Panchakarma, or with help of Rasayanas. All the regimens are followed to achieve homeostasis and not just counter the specific symptom. That is why it outscores conventional medicines when it comes to tackling a multi-dimensional disorder like Lifestyle disease.
Ayurveda is the science of life, the way of life, and the system of a blissful life. Ayurvedic principles on health and diseases are quite simple. According to the Ayurvedic concept, diseases and health are related to food and lifestyle. Eating is the predominant concept stressed vitally in Ayurveda. Eating healthy food curbs down and almost eliminates the prevalence of most lifestyle diseases. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, it is eliminated. Also, ancient medicine connects the body with the mind. No individual can be happy and healthy without a healthy mind and healthy body.
The absence of one, say a healthy and positive mind, ruins the happiness of others. You may wonder why Ayurveda for lifestyle disease! Remember that Ayurveda is not just a kind of medication that intends to treat any specific disease or group of diseases. It is a science, throws light on the path where we can move to reach optimal health.
Ayurveda to manage lifestyle diseases
Ayurveda suggests simple lifestyle routines for a healthy and disease-free life. Lifestyle diseases have a unique approach in Ayurveda, called ‘Swasthavritta.’ It refers to abiding naturally to one’s own nature. On a lighter note, following the healthy regime for a healthy life with appropriate activities.
– Swasthavritta focuses on individual hygiene and public health.
– The optimal health can be achieved to curb down lifestyle diseases include Dinacharya, daily routine, and Ritucharya, seasonal routine.
– Panchakarma, the detox treatment to remove the toxins and toxic effects from the body
– Rasayana – rejuvenation therapy – Massage and spa therapy for pain relief, soothing the nerves, stress relief, rejuvenation, etc
– Aachara Rasayana – Personal hygiene, behavior, conduct, etc few lifestyle diseases can be effortlessly curbed down by meditation and yoga. For instance, degenerative disorders, loss of bone density, or osteoporosis can be improved with yoga. Ayurveda connects the body with the mind, heals internally. It helps you connect with yourself through spiritual health. Ayurveda for lifestyle diseases is combined with food and lifestyle modifications, herbal remedies, physical activities, rejuvenation therapies, meditation, and yoga.