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Ayurveda defines health not only as an absence of disease, but as a holistic level of vitality throughout our lives. Ayurvedic approach of treating our health begins with taking into account the whole of who we are – body, mind, and spirit. The Ayurvedic tradition recognizes that any of these three aspects of self – body, mind and spirit can either support or undermine our well-being, making the mind one of three equally influential players in our overall health. Also the whole Ayurvedic treatment is based on PRAKRITI of the person. PRAKRITI is pre-defined combination of three life energies (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) in human body.
We at Sparsh Ayurveda follows the above principle of Ayurveda. Any disease is looked at overall level and the treatment impacts body, mind and spirit there by making a healthy living. Also our specialty care includes consultation & treatment for such diseases which requires regular long term medical care including PANCHKARMA THERAPY along with proper dietary modification & other life style changes whereever applicable.
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The strength of Ayurveda is in area of pain relief be it related to Spine or Joints. In Ayurveda, it is said that strong Agni (one of the panch-mahabhuts) and proper digestion is essential to our overall health and longevity. Every imbalance and disease in the body can generally be traced back to impaired Agni and poor digestion. The joints are no different.
While there are over 100 different types of diseases that come under joint pains, the most common is Arthritis. In most cases it is generally chronic and treatment options are limited to the use of painkillers. Long term usage of these medications has been reported to cause severe damage to numerous body functions and organs and patients often undergo other forms of supportive therapies to cope with them.
Ayurvedic concept of Joint Pains
As per Ayurveda, there are two different scenarios that can lead to problems in the joints. The first of them is because of digestive fire (Agni) getting weakened. Weakened Agni leads to the formation of Ama – a toxic and sticky substance immensely disruptive to the body. In this scenario, the solution lies in keeping the central digestive fire balanced and the colon clean in order to prevent the formation of the “Ama” which is disturbing the joints.
The second scenario involves a disturbance in the process of tissue nutrition, which according to Ayurveda, is a sequential process that begins with nourishing the most superficial tissue, rasa dhatu (the plasma), and progresses one tissue at a time to the deepest tissue in the body, shukra dhatu (the reproductive tissue). If there is inadequate nutrition available, it will first affect rasa dhatu (the plasma) but will continue to trickle through each subsequent tissue with compounding negative effects. Correcting this scenario is a matter of providing adequate and appropriate nutrition and supporting Agni throughout the body, so that the nutrients are properly refined and delivered where they are needed.
Treatment for Joint Pains at Sparsh Ayurveda
Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach to treatment comprising of diet, lifestyle, herbal medicines and therapies for addressing joint problems. There are many medicines in Ayurveda which helps to strengthen the joints and reduce the degeneration. At Sparsh Ayurveda, we have treatments available which can relieve the problems like pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of strength associated with joints. Those who have very severe problems and suffering from long time require therapies that can be carried out at Sparsh clinic. In almost all cases we are able to avoid the need for surgery or powerful drugs which are harmful in the long term.
Women both old & young experiences innumerable issues like menstrual anomalies, extreme agony and distress in the midst of monthly cycle, non-attendance of feminine cycle, white discharge, barrenness, sores, fibroids, excessive bleeding & so on. Sporadic menstrual cycles & various other gynecological issues can be managed easily by medicinal herbs of Ayurveda.
Eating food & other different propensities plays a major role in a well-being of women . It is generally the result of the disorder of three Doshas – Vata, Pitta & Kapha which causes different sicknesses.
All severe gynecological issues can be managed by gentle use of the five purificatory treatments called as the Panchakarma. Utilization of oil both inside & outside of the body is particularly significant to this treatment. Few Ayurvedic medicines are also given to settle women’s uterine issues. It additionally balances the three doshas as specified above & keeps the women’s body fit & balanced.
Lung diseases or pulmonary diseases are also known as respiratory diseases. Respiratory problems can be as small as common cold or as serious as pneumonia. Respiratory diseases includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, pneumonia etc. Lung disease may affect the upper respiratory system (nose, mouth, throat, sinuses) or the lower bronchial tubes and lungs. Ayurvedic Treatment for respiratory diseases helps to overcome these problems. Ayurvedic treatment serves its magical power by picking the root cause & then destroys it. Causes of respiratory diseases could be wrong dietary habits, lifestyle, obesity, smoking, air pollution, anxiety and stress.
Symptoms of Asthma & other respiratory problems vary over time and also differ in severity from one person to another. In case it is not timely diagnosed & effectively treated, these problems can often lead to hospitalization, less physical activeness, sleepless nights and even death in some cases. Respiratory problems are often treated with steroids that not just weaken the lungs if used for long duration but also have many side effects such as dryness, viral infection, yeast infection, lowered immunity, rashes, thinning of bronchioles, psoriasis and many more.
Many respiratory problems occur due to increased secretion of mucus in the body. Modern medicines available in market just make it dry so that it cannot clog the nasal airways but this dry mucus gets deposited inside the body and doesn’t get out from it which creates various serious problems in future including Bronchitis etc.
Why Ayurveda for respiratory care?
Each one of us must take care of our strong immune system as its weakness is the root cause behind almost all the problems & not just respiratory issues. Special herbs & Panchkarma therapies are very beneficial in rejuvenating the body. Ayurvedic Treatment for respiratory diseases helps to overcome these problems.
Sparsh Ayurveda having the team of best doctors always focus on finding the basic cause of the problem which are related to respiratory diseases. Treatment is given in form of special herbs which have zero side effects as compared to the modern medicines available in market along with Panchkarma therapies.
Yoga & respiratory health
We can live for many weeks without food and for days without water or sleep. But without breathing life will cease within minutes. We know this very well but most of us are unaware of the importance of breathing properly. The ancient Yogis realized the vital importance of proper breathing. As long as there is breath in the body there is life. When breath departs, life also departs. Therefore regulate the breath. The yogic art of breathing is called as ‘Pranayama’ (controlled intake and outflow of breath). Ayurveda’s sister, science of yoga, has much to offer in cases of respiratory distress.
There are many helpful asanas that can open the chest area to help improve the elasticity of the pleural cavity and its accessory muscles which can improve breathing capacity and respiratory challenges. However, yoga’s limb of pranayama or breathing practices has just as much, if not more, relevance to the clinician in respect to respiratory issues than typical asana therapy. It’s much easier for most patients to sit down and learn breathing exercises than it is to teach asana positions.
An average person takes around 500 cubic centimeters of air during normal inhalation. But in deep breathing, the intake of air is increased up to 3000 cubic centimeters about six times greater! With the practice of Pranayama the respiratory system functions at its best and as a result the circulatory system also functions more effectively.
Learn the art of proper breathing and specific yoga asanas at Sparsh Ayurveda to get rid of your respiratory problems.
When there is an infection in the stomach, it is known generally as gastro-enteritis. This can range from a mild tummy upset, caused by bacteria in contaminated food, to full-blown dysentery. Similar effects can be produced by poisonous foods, large amounts of alcohol, aspirins, or laxatives.
As per Ayurveda Gastro Care helps to support for natural passing the vata (air) from stomach by balancing excess vata [air] in body as per theory of three doshas [life energies]: It helps to support for healthy gastrointestinal tract and thus healthy absorption of food.
As the main gateway into our body, the gastric system, which includes 26ft (8m) of intestine, is susceptible to a range of problems. All of them share the common symptoms of nausea, stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Diet & lifestyle advice
Gastro care treatment at Sparsh Ayurveda:
Metabolism – The Kapharaj
An imbalance in Kapha dosha, combined with wrong lifestyle can impair your body’s ability to effectively metabolize sugar. Balancing Kapha dosha can help keep the metabolism working efficiently.
Upgrading to an ayurvedic way of eating: Secret to good digestion
The act of eating is life-giving, and the process of digestion, according to Ayurveda, is critically important. Eating for maximum benefit requires awareness, and is important for the development of consciousness as well as our physical health.
When we sit down to eat and our stomach is in a relaxed posture and our awareness is on the taste, texture, and smell of the food, it will greatly improve the digestion.
For optimal digestion our bodies need a suitable environment for digestion to start: an uplifting and settled environment allows the body to process and absorb the nutrients from our meals. Standing, walking, driving and other similar activities can inhibit digestion.
Another way to improve the digestion is to stimulate the Agni, or digestive fire, before we begin eating. Weak digestive Agni may result in fatigue after eating.
Balancing digestive fire (Agni) is a key principle in Ayurveda. That’s why Ayurveda recommends a number of general practices for better digestion. Digestive Agni can be compared to a burning fire. If the flame is very low, it will take a long time to cook the food. In the same way, if the fire is too big it can burn the food. If we put a huge log on a low fire it will extinguish it. The goal is to balance our digestive fires so we digest our meals efficiently and smoothly.
Ayurveda recommends avoiding cold drinks at meals, and ice-cold foods in general. This is because it weakens Agni – it’s like putting cold water on the burning logs. Iced water, normally served at restaurants, extinguishes the digestive fire. Even juice or milk right out of the refrigerator is too cold for the digestion. Juice should be taken at room temperature and water without ice. Once you get into this habit of drinking beverages at room temperature, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal. Cold drinks and foods mixed with warm cooked foods can cause stomach cramps, bloating and general discomfort in the stomach area.
The next recommendation has to do with the time of the day that you eat your meals. Have you ever gone out for a late dinner and found that it was a strain to wake up the next morning, or that it was difficult to be efficient during the following day? These are often the side effects of improperly-digested food. The best way to avoid these problems is to follow nature’s prescription of suitable times to eat. Digestive strength is closely tied to the solar cycle. When the sun is strongest in noon, the digestive fire is also strongest. Agni is associated with the Sun. Ayurveda recognizes this connection, and recommends choices that move in harmony with the primary connections with Nature. As the sun goes down, so does our Agni.
Dinner should be lighter than lunch and should ideally be eaten before sun set. Late-night meals interfere with sleep, and once Sun sets, body starts working to burn off toxins and continues to digest food from the day. If we eat in night, the food may cause toxins to accumulate in the system, and as a result the next day we may wake up tired.
Good nutrition goes beyond eating foods that are fresh and wholesome. If the process of digestion is sluggish, our body creates sticky food residue called ama that can clog the channels in the body and hinder the process of assimilation. Proper digestion and metabolism, on the other hand, results in the conversion of the foods you eat into healthy body tissues.
One of the main reasons for not being able to lose weight effectively is because the body’s metabolism is not up to speed. One of the simplest, most inexpensive, and effective ways to increase metabolism is to drink plain hot water.
Just as each of us is born with a unique ratio of vata, pitta, and kapha in our physical bodily constitution, we are also born with a mental constitution (mental prakriti) with distinctive proportion of sattva, rajas, and tamas. The relationship between the three becomes an individual baseline for what Ayurveda calls manas prakriti – the mental constitution. However, unlike the ratio of vata, pitta, and kapha in the constitution (which is established at conception and considered fixed from that point onward), the mental constitution can, and naturally does, change over time. This reflects our capacity, with practice, to develop more evolved states of consciousness throughout our lives. Of course, manas prakriti can also change for the worse, and will eventually do so if we consistently make poor lifestyle choices and surround ourselves with negativity.
This is where Ayurveda’s map of the mind becomes an incredibly useful tool. It helps us to see the most potent places to direct our attention in order to support the evolution of consciousness – to encourage thriving mental and emotional health.
According to Ayurveda, the body is a crystallization of the mind. So just as impaired Agni and indigestion are at the root of all diseases, the mind also plays a critical role in our overall health. In fact, mental ama (toxins) and unresolved emotions can lead to disease in very concrete ways. For example, unresolved anger can accumulate in the liver and impair its functioning, unprocessed grief can disturb the lungs, and chronic anxiety can upset the health of the colon.
According to Ayurveda, substances and energies move throughout the body via distinct channels. One of the primary channels named in the Ayurvedic tradition is the channel of the mind, known in Sanskrit as mano vaha srotas.
According to Ayurveda, mano vaha srotas is rooted—not in the brain—but in the heart. Yes, the channel of the mind is rooted in the heart . So actually, as soon as we begin to explore the channel system of the mind, Ayurveda asks us to get out of our heads, and in fact, to step into our hearts.
The heart is intimately connected to every cell and tissue throughout the body, three different times, through three distinct channels. No other organ in the Ayurved shares that level of integration with the entire body. The heart center is also said to be the very seat of our emotional experience, home to our purest form of self, and, of course, the heart chakra is associated with our capacity for unconditional love. As the root of the mind, all of these energies that are associated with the heart take on a newfound significance. In truth, Ayurveda invites us to adopt a fundamentally expanded view of the mind as a whole.
Correcting imbalances of the mind
The Ayurvedic tradition is a holistic approach to health and healing. As such, disturbances of the mind must be understood from a broader perspective that includes our physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual health. As a result, restoring balance to the channel of the mind can involve a diverse array of therapeutic strategies, and it can certainly be helpful to seek the guidance of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner. Sparsh Ayurveda has numerous therapies which can take care of your mind related diseases.
The ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda is creating waves in the world of natural skin care.
Learning to Think From the Inside Out
Ayurveda offers the perspective that while all skin conditions can seem superficial in nature, the skin is actually a reflection of hidden realities within each of our bodies. Skin conditions are rarely caused by an issue on the surface of the skin; they are far more likely to be the result of a deeper imbalance – making it somewhat ineffective to treat the symptom alone. Instead, we must also delve deeper, beneath the surface of the skin. This is why Ayurvedic skin care aims to identify and treat the underlying cause of skin imbalances – an approach that can take a little time, but that tends to offer real and sustained results.
Know Your Ayurvedic Skin Type
The first step in the holistic ayurvedic approach to skin care is to find out what type of ayurvedic skin tone has. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are ayurvedic psycho-physiological principles called doshas. A person can be born a certain skin type, but over time, that type may change because of external factors such as climate, diet and lifestyle habits or environmental pollution.
Vata skin is in general dry, thin, cool to the touch, easily gets dehydrated, and is very vulnerable to the influence of dry, windy weather. Pitta is mostly fire, so the Pitta skin type tends to have more breakouts, photosensitivity, less tolerance to hot food, and less tolerance to fieriness in temperament. Pitta skin looks ruddy, and is warm to the touch. Pitta skin types tend to be more prone to freckles and moles than the other skin types. Kapha dosha is predominantly water and earth, so Kapha skin tends to have all the qualities of water and earth – it can be greasy, thick, and more tolerant of the sun.
“Combination” skin can be Vata-Pitta, skin that is both dry and sensitive; Kapha-Pitta, or oily and sensitive skin; and Vata-Kapha, skin that is generally dry with some oily zones. The ayurvedic approach to caring for combination skin takes into account environmental and seasonal factors. For example, a person with Vata-Pitta skin would follow the recommendations for Pitta skin in summer and Vata skin in winter. The Kapha-Pitta type would follow Pitta recommendations in summer and Kapha recommendations in winter. The Vata-Kapha type would be best served by generally following Vata guidelines, with extra cleansing of the oily zones. Get recommendations for your skin type at Sparsh Ayurveda.
Exercise & Sleep Hygiene
Ayurvedic experts suggest exercising at least five times a week until sweat forms along the spine and under the arms. Exercise promotes sweating (which rids the body of toxins), increases circulation, and calms the mind.
Make time for pranayama (yogic breathing exercises). If the natural breathing pattern is continuously disrupted as a result of stress, prana becomes depleted. Without sufficient prana, which is the moving life force that engender ojas, the skin loses its vitality and glow. Small, gradual adjustments in daily life can make you happier, healthier, and hence, more beautiful.
The Influence of the Emotional Experience
Skin is deeply influenced by patterns in the emotional and energetic body – stress, anger, or fear, etc. Hot emotions such as anger, rage, envy, and judgment are the most likely to exacerbate inflammatory skin conditions.
Common Causes of Skin Imbalance
Skin has a very complex relationship with the deeper ecology of the body and mind. Skin issues can arise due to many factors including:
Pitta’s Influence on the Skin
According to Ayurveda, Pitta is responsible for the color, texture, and temperature of our skin, as well as its luster and glow; it governs the function of sweating, processes everything that we apply externally to the skin (lotions, soaps, medications, oils, etc.), and digests anything that contacts the skin more passively (like dust, chemicals, irritants, and allergens). Inflammation, no matter where it is in the body, is almost always a sign of aggravated pitta. The skin is one of the primary places where pitta resides in the body – which not only makes it especially vulnerable to pitta imbalance, but an active outlet for it. So, balancing pitta systemically can go a long way toward supporting healthy skin. It will allow critical physiological functions in the skin to continue unimpeded while helping to prevent skin irritations from cropping up in the first place.
Activities such as walking, hiking, swimming, cycling, and Yoga all done with relaxed effort tends to balance pitta better than more intense forms of exercise.
Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation
A regular practice to quiet the mind can be instrumental in keeping pitta cool and calm throughout the year. Even finding just five to fifteen minutes each day for some sort of practice can be transformative. Nadi shodhana pranayama is incredibly calming and grounding, and it balances all of the doshas. Learn this pranayama from Yoga expert at Sparsh Ayurveda.
External therapies to support the skin
Even though skin issues typically originate beneath the surface of the skin, there are a number of external applications that encourage the overall health of the skin, and that help to soothe and support the natural healing process of the skin when it is irritated.
This ancient practice of massage with oil is deeply detoxifying and very supportive of the skin overall. It benefits both the skin and the deeper tissues of the body. Abhyangam calms and lubricates the skin, penetrates and cleanses the sweat glands, settles the nervous system, helps to hydrate and rejuvenate all of the tissues, and promotes healthy circulation. Abhyanga can very effectively reduce stress and other emotional disturbances, minimizing their negative impacts on the skin.
Visit Sparsh Ayurveda to get your Ayurvedic treatment against any skin disorders.
The heart is the strongest muscle in the human body and it plays an important role throughout our life in various ways from the oxygen supply to the body and proper functioning of our immune system and works continuously throughout our life for pumping blood to the body. Sparsh Ayurveda formulated a complete herbal package for Heart care Ayurvedic Treatment to maintain a healthy heart without any side effects.
The heart problems which can be treated are blood pressure, blockage of blood vessels, irregularity in heartbeat, problems of the heart valves, cardiovascular disease etc.
Balance the Ayurvedic factors
As per Ayurveda, heart is the seat of prana (life energy – Vata Pitta Kapha), which is maintained by a delicate balance of Agni (the solar energy element) and soma (the lunar energy element). The heart is also the seat of ojas, the substance within us that maintains life and promotes bliss and longevity.
This means that the condition of each of the doshas can certainly affect our heart health, but also that whatever is going on in the heart can affect vata, pitta, and kapha – potentially throughout the body.
The heart is also deeply integrated with the subtle body, which permeates and informs the physical body, extends beyond the physical form and is more energetic in nature. As a result, the heart is an important crossroads among pathways through the subtle body (nadis), and it is intimately connected to the heart chakra as well.
Because it is such a critically important physical and energetic crossroads in the body, the heart is deeply supported by a diverse range of therapeutic strategies. Ayurveda teaches us that healthy organs and tissues are the natural outcome of optimal health—which depends on robust agni, a healthy diet, a supportive lifestyle, a balanced nervous system, as well as mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. This being the case, supporting the heart is often as much about basic self-care as it is anything else. Our bodies flourish with proper nutrition, appropriate exercise and adequate sleep; they do even better when we commit to managing stress, cultivating healthy relationships, embracing joy and meaning, and living in alignment with our own authentic nature. The above suggestions will undoubtedly support the heart, but it is equally important that you honor yourself and your timing. Ayurveda is a very holistic and individualized wellness tradition; it is all about you—your unique strengths and vulnerabilities, and your personal path toward healing. With this in mind, take your time, follow your inspiration, approach change one manageable step at a time, and celebrate the milestones along the way. We hope that we can continue to support you on your path toward robust health, immense joy, and a vibrant heart—whatever that looks like for you.
Yoga positively impacts the heart in very similar ways; it moves prana in the body, helps to dissipate tension, clears stagnation, and encourages fluidity throughout the tissues, the subtle body, and the mental and emotional spheres. Yoga also stimulates circulation, and serves as a balanced form of exercise, which is an important aspect of heart health. Unless there is an acute heart condition. At Sparsh Ayurveda, you get expect best consultation on heart related ailment coupled with knowledge of Yoga Asanas by Yoga expert.
Impact of subtle therapies
When it comes to heart health, Ayurveda texts emphasize the importance of calming the mind, practicing non-violence, maintaining mental health and happiness, conserving vital energy, and controlling the senses. As the energetic hub that it is, the heart is deeply affected by just about every aspect of our lives. Subtle therapies can be a powerful means of positively influencing the mind, the nervous system and our overall state of consciousness. The Ayurvedic therapies at Sparsh would help to cure heart related ailments by: