Ayurvedic Treatment for Lifestyle Diseases
The world is now grappling with various types of lifestyle diseases ranging from Hypertension to Cancers. Multiple treatment systems are offering various types of treatment options to lifestyle diseases. Among these Ayurveda stands tall because Ayurveda in its base is founded upon the principles of prevention and cure. It provides elaborate descriptions on how to have balanced and proper Ahara (diet) and Vihara (lifestyle) to prevent the occurrence of diseases and to stay Swastha (healthy with mind and body).
Diseases mostly non-communicable occurring due to improper dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles are called as lifestyle diseases.
Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by blood on the walls of blood vessels. The rise in blood pressure above the normal range is hypertension. Cardiovascular risk associated with a given blood pressure depends upon the combination of risk factors like age, weight, gender, physical inactivity, smoking, family history, blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus and pre-existing vascular diseases. So it is important to maintain the blood pressure within the normal range. Ayurveda is rich in herbal medicines which effectively controls the blood pressure to normal. Antihypertensive treatment includes effective internal medicines, natural therapies, like style modification, stress relieving treatments, meditation and a special diet is recommended during this period.
Stress and mental worries due to modern lifestyle lead to Insomnia (sleeplessness) and anxiety. We aim to de-stress both body and mind by giving internal medicines, stress relieving treatment, meditation, yoga etc. Special diet and lifestyle modifications are recommended during this period.
Earlier considered as a single disease, but now regarded as a heterogeneous group of diseases with the common characteristic of chronic hyperglycemia. It results from multiple aetiologies. Environmental and genetic factors also contribute to its development.
Type 1 diabetes i.e. insulin-dependent diabetes is due to structural causes. Type 2 diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes is most common and s associated with lifestyle irregularities. A sedentary lifestyle is the most important risk factor for diabetes. Lack of exercise alters the interaction between insulin and its receptors and lead to type 2 diabetes. Lack of dietary fibres and all the general causes of lifestyle diseases can be risk factors for diabetes
Mental stress is a lifestyle condition as well as a condition to cause life style diseases. It can be precipitated by nature of work, state of mind, family life, social life and any other external or internal factors. It can lead to sedentary life style as well use of alcoholism, smoking, over the use of junk foods, carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages and drug abuse. These in turn lead to the occurrence of a spectrum of life style diseases.
Diseases due to an impaired immune system. It can be immunodeficiency diseases, autoimmune diseases or congenital problems. Recurrent fever, cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, skin diseases etc are common immune disorders associated with lifestyle.It is better to prevent your body from diseases. The treatment includes internal medicines along with treatments like Shodana, Snehana, Swedana, Shirodhara, Njavarakizhi, Pizhichil, Nasyam, Dhanyavala dhara etc. according to the body type of a person. Meditation, Yoga and special diet are advice during the treatment
Allergic Rhinitis and Cough
Allergic rhinitis is episodes of nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge and sneezing. Ayurveda has an effective treatment for cough & allergic rhinitis. Internal medicines along with treatments like Vamana, Nasya etc are given according to the condition of the patient.
Causes of Lifestyle Diseases
The causes of lifestyle diseases can be termed as Risk factors. The peculiarity of most of the risk factors is that most of them can be avoided and the diseases due to them can be prevented. Major risk factors for lifestyle diseases are
- Smoking: tobacco is too dangerous as it can be the precursor of almost all the lifestyle diseases. Even one puff of tobacco smoke contains millions of free radicals, which triggers diseases in the body, especially cancerous conditions.
- Alcohol: irrational use of alcohol leads to liver damage, hyperlipidemia, overweight/ obesity, diabetes, hypertension etc.
- Fast foods: fast food culture has already gripped the World. Foods prepared with artificial colors, flavors and reused oils can cause serious implications in the body like hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, overweight, obesity, hormonal imbalances, ovarian diseases like Polycystic ovarian syndrome, menstrual irregularities, cancers etc.
- Diet pattern: irregular diet pattern leads to indigestion, lack of nutrition, overnutrition, deficiency diseases, hormonal imbalances, anorexia, headache, stress, fatigue etc. Skipping breakfast is a common trend nowadays and it’ dangerous for health.
- Diet ingredients: overuse of salt, sugar, spices, oils, carbonated beverages, bottled foods, red meat, chemicals like Ajinomoto or monosodium glutamate, preserved foods etc can cause any of the lifestyle diseases.
- Lack of activity: jobs demanding prolonged hours of sitting or standing without proper rest and warm up of the body, general laziness to do exercises etc. can lead to hyperlipidemia, hypertension, PCOS, overweight, obesity etc.
- Mental stress: mental stress is a lifestyle condition as well as a condition to cause lifestyle diseases. It can be precipitated by nature of work, state of mind, family life, social life and any other external or internal factors. It can lead to a sedentary lifestyle as well use of alcoholism, smoking, over the use of junk foods, carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages and drug abuse. These, in turn, lead to the occurrence of a spectrum of lifestyle diseases.
- Lack of rest and sleep
- Lack of exercises
- Lack of cleanliness of body, and the ambient environment.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Lifestyle Diseases
Ayurveda presents various measures to keep the body’s immune system intact and to prevent diseases. Dinacharya or daily regimen, Ritucharya or seasonal regimen, sadvritta or right deeds, large description of various diet and their implications etc are examples. A balanced lifestyle as proposed by Ayurveda includes the following
- Waking up early in the morning preferably in Brahma Muhurta.
- Drinking a glass of cold water.
- Passing defecation and urination urges and keeps the areas clean.
- Brushing teeth without harming the gum preferably using crushed twigs of neem, mango tree, babool etc.
- Taking bath in water which neither too hot nor too cold.
- Do exercises up-to half the strength of the body.
- Daily abhyanga or oil massage of head, ears, foot or whole body. Sesame oil or Dhanwantharam thaila or any oil depending upon the condition can be used.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet which includes cereals like rice, wheat, pulses like green gram, saindhavam salt etc. Use of organic honey is recommended.
- Avoid intoxicating drinks like alcohol.
- Don’t suppress natural urges. It may lead to various conditions. For example, suppression of micturition urge for recurrently can lead to the formation of urinary stones.
- Choose udwarthana or powder massage like procedures wisely depending on the condition to reduce body fat and regain strength and shape of the body.
- Practice yoga and pranayama daily.
- Use Rasayana preparations like Chyavanaprasha. Brahmarasayana, Mandookaparni Rasayana to boost immunity.
- Daily use of Triphala powder is beneficial to the overall rejuvenation of the body.