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What is Pulse diagnosis in Ayurveda?
Nadi pariksha or pulse diagnosis is a powerful diagnostic tool for understanding the cause of any ailment or disease in the Human body.

In the normal course of our visit to a doctor, we specify the ailments we feel we are suffering from. Based on this preliminary information, the doctor examines us and if necessary, recommends us to undergo further tests to collaborate his understanding with what we have told him. He thus forms an understanding of the symptoms.

On the contrary, during the Nadi Pariksha, a person need not have to specify his/her problems in advance. The physician is not supposed to know the details in advance as he should not get influenced by the patient’s symptoms. Though the symptoms reveal the disease process, it is the cause of the prevailing or persisting symptoms that are more important. Each cell in our body possesses its own intelligence. It is the communication of this intelligence in the form of vibrations that is studied in Nadi Pariksha. Nadi Pariksha understands the vibratory frequency of the pulse at various levels on the radial artery.

Subtle vibrations are read at seven different levels vertically downward that help in ascertaining various functions in the body. The pulse, when examined, reveals both physical and mental characteristics of the pulse. This is interpreted in the form of symptoms along with their prognosis which helps in understanding the cause. Thus, Nadi Pariksha forms the basis for addressing any ailment in an individual.

What is the relevance of Ayurveda today?

Ayurveda is the collection of principles of healthy living that evolved from the time of the appearance of man on earth. It is not liable to change at any time. The central principle of Ayurvedic science is that each human being is unique, having a distinct individual constitution, genetic inheritance and predisposition to certain diseases. Ayurvedic science though ancient, could not be more relevant to today’s medical challenges and needs. Ayurveda is becoming so popular because it complements western medicine and Ayurveda understands how and why we become ill. It can offer effective treatment for many conditions for which conventional medicine has not found cure.

It is contrary to the current practice of modern medicine seeking treatment when a disease strikes or waiting to get medical help till symptoms manifest. It is a mind and body health care system evolved to help human beings get the maximum out of their lives in a perfectly natural and healthy way. Ayurveda instils in you a view of life that is holistic and congenial to enjoy the pleasures of life in a sustainable way. This can be achieved without disturbing the rhythm of your life. A nontoxic body fortified with natural and herbal nourishments is the abode of a creative mind, and indomitable spirit.

How is Ayurveda related to Yoga?
Ayurveda and Yoga are both sciences that have evolved from Ayurveda and the Veda texts. One can achieve ideal health by incorporating the principles of Ayurveda into daily life and practicing Yoga regularly.

Does Ayurveda have beauty and skin care treatments?
Beauty is the perfection of what is visually perceived. If vata is predominant the skin of a person is dry, rough, cold, thin with fine pores and wrinkled. In pitta is predominant, the skin is fair, delicate and red toned with freckles, acne and burns easily. In case of kapha constitution, the skin is oily, smooth, moist and thick with a tendency towards large pores. The outer signs of beauty skin, hair and nails are the direct reflections of your overall health. Ayurveda mentions many simple natural ways to maintain healthy and for a glowing skin. Therefore, using these natural ways, one can stay beautiful and charming for a longer period without having to suffer the side effects of the chemicals.

Healthy internal radiance is regarded by Ayurveda as the true definition of beauty. The skin is seen as the mirror of inner health. The external body is simply the manifestation of everything that happens inside, including our emotions. By addressing the components of our life, we can control our skin's health.

Our skin may be dehydrated, oily, acne prone, or subjected to occasional or frequent rashes, depending on our constitutional type. As we age, most of us are aware that our skin just doesn't look as good as it could-doesn't have a glow to it.

Healing mixtures of pure herbs are often mixed from literally hundreds of possible combinations according to the condition and constitution of the patient. A therapeutic facial massage follows. Ayurvedic facials consist of varying combinations of marma points or lymphatic massage. In general given the right support, cleansing and nourishing, skin can naturally bring itself into harmony.

The Ayurvedic skin care system combines the use of spices, massage, proper eating, and detoxification to balance skin health. The philosophy is that healing and skin health begins from within, regardless of your skin type. However, Ayurvedic skin care is especially beneficial for Indian skin which tends to fluctuate from oily to dry. Due to the sensitivity of our skin, using natural skin care ingredients as often as possible is recommended.

Healing with Ayurveda is a very effective. Ayurvedic beauty care treatment is totally natural and delivers best of results. There is no side effect of the ingredients used in the Ayurvedic beauty products. The inner beauty of an individual is reflected on the appearance.

The rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda makes you naturally beautiful. The basic principles of Ayurveda stresses on internal beauty. In Ayurveda beauty care you do not need any external cosmetics or beauty products to help you look beautiful.

Can Ayurveda help me lose weight?
The root cause of obesity and being overweight is imbalance, according to Ayurveda, just as the case is with any disease or illness. Many specific factors contribute including too little physical activity, consuming too many calories, poor quality diet, and an imbalance in hormonal levels. Ayurveda looks at obesity as an excess build up and accumulation of kapha in the body. In order to correct these imbalances, one must cut back in the areas where there is excess and increase the areas that are lacking. That means balancing calorie consumption with physical exercise, and herbal food supplementation with detoxification. Ayurveda realizes the need to correct imbalances in the body naturally. These corrections might include dietary adjustments, changes in amounts of physical exercise, detoxification and massage,. If the principles of balance taught in Ayurveda are followed consistently, one can expect to completely regain their healthy weight.

The Ayurvedic approach to achieving your ideal weight is based on taking a realistic look at your body type and what it can be, and then nourishing it back to natural health. It is about getting to know your body and becoming in tune with its rhythms. In Ayurveda, you will permanently reset your mind-body's ability to regulate itself by calming the nervous system, enhancing your digestive fires, and regulating the storage of energy and fat. Since in Ayurveda, there is no universal approach to solving problems, a weight loss programme is designed for each person after a careful analysis of the condition of the individual.

Ayurveda offers you the option of losing between 3 - 5 kgs in a month - naturally and without any side effects. By the effective application of panchakarma therapies, Ayurveda will help you reduce weight in the most scientific and natural way without fasting, over exercising or machinery applications.

Can Ayurveda really cure cancer?
Though cancer is not specifically mentioned in Ayurveda, several types of cancer can be co-related with different diseases such as Dushta Vrana, Dushta Granthi, Dushta Arbuda, Dhatupaka Avastha etc.

Unlike other medical systems, Ayurveda focuses on finding and treating the root cause of a disease. Our body undergoes metabolic processes everyday producing toxins. When these toxins, accumulate in the body, there is a possibility that it may lead to cancer. Ayurveda, therefore suggest that detoxification of the body, through panchakarma, as the start of the treatment process.

In Ayurveda, the diet, lifestyle and pathya (diet regimen) play important roles. The treatment of cancer, through Ayurveda, can be successful, provided the treatment is timely and before it has reached the third stage. Once the disease spreads through the body, complications arise and it would then depend on the patients’ immunity and how effectively the body is able to absorb and respond to the medication. Ayurveda can, therefore, be helpful as a curative, palliative, prophylactic or supportive treatment in the management of cancer to help improve quality of life.

As adjuvant along with chemotherapy or radiation Ayurveda can reduce the side effects of these therapies. Ayurvedic medicines can also help in reducing the therapeutic dosage of the various drugs. A Rasayana therapy, as part of the treatment nourishes the body and boosts immunity. The most commonly prescribed rasayana drugs are Triphala (herbal formula consisting of equal parts of amlaki, bibhitaki and haritaki), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifoia) a hepatoprotectant, protecting the liver from damage that may occur following exposure to toxins and Punarnava (Bohhervia diffusa), a longevity enhancer, that is good for the kidneys. Another common rasayana that is often recommended is Chyawanprash. These rasayanas help protect the body from the side effects of both radiation and chemotherapy, like alopecia, anorexia, constipation and nausea. Abhyantara snehana 7 days prior to radiation and chemotherapy has also shown lower toxicity build up during these therapies.

Ayurvedic herbs can also be used to slow down the progress of cancer in cases where chemotherapy or radiation is ruled out due to age or severe side effects.

Can Ayurvedic therapy bring about rejuvenation, delay ageing or maintain youthfulness?
In these modern times, when people depend on science and technology to look good and feel great, Ayurveda brings natures own pill for rejuvenation and revitalization. Rejuvenation means making young again. The term used in Ayurveda texts for the rejuvenation treatment is Rasayanachikilsa or Rasayana therapy. As per an Ayurvedic definition, Rasayana means, that which destroys the old age and disease through the conservation, transformation, and revitalization of energy.
Rasa (Rus) in Sanskrit means juice, essence, emotion etc and ayana means path. Therefore rasayana roughly translates to - The path of the juice. Rasa (Rus) nourishes body, boosts immunity and helps to keep the body and mind in best of health. The main aim of Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy or rasayana therapy is to restore spirit and vitality and thereby attain longevity.
In this stressful, over-busy and toxic world, our natural health, happiness and the inner sense of well-being are masked by the accumulation of impurities. These impurities or toxins causes deterioration of normal body functioning. A rejuvenation therapy can revitalize senses, detoxify the body, restore good health and young look and even increase resistance to diseases. Ancient Ayurveda texts say that rejuvenation therapy can bring back the youthfulness long after one has past that age and it can also increase the life span by many years. Ayurveda rejuvenation therapy is known to have cured chronic diseases which were otherwise impossible to find treatment for.

Is it safe to use Ayurvedic therapies in newborn babies, young children and the elderly?

It is safe if it is under the guidance and supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic physician.

Is good and effective Ayurvedic treatment very expensive?

Ayurvedic treatments for common medical problems are not very expensive.  However, like conventional medicine, specialized treatment required for certain ailments like coronary artery disease, malignancy, rejuvenation, aphrodisiacs etc. may  be associated with more time and cost commitment.            

Do I have to continue Ayurvedic treatment for a very long time?
Not necessarily. The duration of treatment, like modern medicine, depends on various factors like type of disease, duration of disease, age of the patient, type of medicines used, nutritional status of patient etc.

How does Ayurvedic massage differ from the massage given at beauty parlours, spas or massage parlours?
Ayurvedic massage (abhyanga) is a therapeutic procedure. This procedure is used independently or as a pre treatment to other Panchakarma procedures. In abhyanga, whole body is massaged with specific medicated oils as per the need and constitution of the patient. It nourishes and revitalizes the body tissues (Dhatus) and allows the toxins to be removed from the cells. Abhyanga has much deeper and far-reaching effects than an ordinary massage.

What is Prakriti or Ayurvedic Body type?
The concept of Prakriti is unique and has explanation for this. Every person is born with a definite genetic constitution. Depending on the Doshas, there are three major types of Prakriti, and these reflect predominance of that particular Dosha. Our body behaves according to the status of Dosha Prakriti.

How many types of Prakriti or Ayurvedic body type are there?
There are seven possible Prakriti (constitution) types:

  1. Vata Prakriti
  2. Pitta Prakriti
  3. Kapha Prakriti
  4. Vata – Pitta Prakriti
  5. Vata – Kapha Prakriti
  6. Pitta – Kapha Prakriti
  7. Tridosha Prakriti

What are the characteristics of Vata Prakriti person?
Vata Prakriti people are either short or tall but are most often with a thin body frame, often towards lower end side of weight scale and sometimes under weight. The skin is dark and dry. Nails are hard and brittle, Appetite is variable, mostly suffering from constipation. Sleep is light but varies from night to night. They remember easily and forget easily. Find great difficulty in developing a routine, but are very active.

What are the characteristics of Pitta Prakriti person?
They are of medium body frame. Skin is usually delicate, light in colour and more prone to sunburn. Sweating is excessive. Nails are soft, strong and well formed. Endowed with good appetite and rarely constipated. Have capacity to perform vigorous exercise. Go to sleep easily but is light. These persons are more practical in life. Memory is good and work is more organized.

What are the characteristics of Kapha Prakriti person?
The body frame is mostly medium to broad. The skin is smooth, thick and slightly oily. Sweating is moderate. Nails are strong, large and symmetrical. Appetite is moderate and bowel habit is regular. They enjoy sleep, which is usually heavy. They appear calm and quiet and are by nature stable. They take time to memorize but retention is permanent. They are relaxed most of the time.

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