Healing Chronic Pain with Ayurvedic Medicine
A natural dietary approach that is modified according to your body’s needs, Ayurvedic medicine offers a unique way of treating chronic pain. It identifies the individual as a wholly unique physical and mental and is premised on the principle of providing customized healing diets that address every imaginable ailment.
What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
Ayurvedic Medicine is one of the oldest methods of medicine. The practice of Ayurveda began in India thousands of years ago. Studies have also supported the operating thesis of Ayurvedic medicine which is, in a phrase, to strike a balance between mind, body and soul.
To achieve this harmony between these components it involves a combination of practices, primarily concentrating on specific foods, spices, dietary changes, health practices and therapeutic exercises to suit the body’s complete needs.
The Ayurvedic Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
Ayurvedic medicine strives to bring balance to the body by healing and controlling excess inflammation and making the body as a whole less susceptible to pain. According to fundamental Ayurvedic beliefs, maintaining a balance in a person’s physiology (doshas), digestive system (Agni), tissues of cells in the body (Dhatus), and excretions (malas) can enhance the body’s function to assimilate nutrients, detoxify and boost overall health.
Ayurvedic medicine’s approach to treating chronic pain is, therefore, holistic- as it treats the root cause of the pain rather than just pain itself (in the case of painkillers!)
Chronic pain is not the usual pain you feel upon sustaining an injury that then heals over time. Instead, whatever the cause, it lingers and just never seems to go away.
So what exactly is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is generally caused by disturbance of the inflammatory response in the body. In conditions such as injury, infections or trauma, the body’s regular response is pain, inflammation or swelling in the affected part which is gradually followed by an anti-inflammatory response to restore the condition. In case of chronic pain, there is a disorder in the anti-inflammatory response leading to chronic imbalance and hence the unremitting experience of pain.
Ayurvedic science suggests determining the physiological tendencies (doshas) of each individual, which can be different in every case. Ayurvedic medicine revolves around the three doshas namely Kapha, Vata and Pitta- these determine the physiological functions in every individual, as each person tends to show all of these qualities in a certain proportions.
What Are Doshas?
How do I Start?
Ayurvedic medicine not only restores the physical aspect but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of life that also play an important part in the life of an individual. It is no surprise that several studies have also indicated Ayurvedic medicine to be effective for treating chronic pain and many other diseases.
However, consulting your health care practitioner for proper guidance on Ayurvedic medicine as an alternative approach for treating chronic pain can be a right way to start as they might seem to interfere with other medications.
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