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Stress and Ayurveda


Emotions and body organs are said to be closely related to Ayurveda. When we suppress negative emotions, they are not processed and cannot be released, which puts pressure on the organs and causes diseases. According to Ayurveda, stress is a disorder of the nervous system that is governed by vatadosha. Ayurvedic stress management techniques not only keep the body and mind in harmony but also gradually increase the level of inner satiation.

Ayurvedic treatments have two primary goals:

Maintaining a healthy person’s health

Treating a sick person’s disease

Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations for stress management achieve both of the above objectives. Life, according to Ayurveda, is a harmonious union of body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda advises making lifestyle changes to reach a balanced state, such as scheduling activities such as sleeping and waking up, following a balanced meal plan, getting proper exercise, and getting enough rest.

Literally meaning mental peace, stress management therapies relieve the ill effects that come from the burden of mental stress, restlessness, lack of concentration, fatigue and headaches, and help improve your mental health. The Manashantichikitsa healing cycle follows the three phases, Poorvakarma – the preparatory phase, Shodana – the phase of purification or removal and finally Samana which is the phase of correction and renewal.

In the first step, internal and external oil (Snehanam) and therapeutic sweating (Swedanam) prepare the body for detoxification. After preparing the body, the doctor will choose to perform the purification or panchakarma treatment based on the body type and general health of each patient. Dosha imbalances (body composition) will be stabilized during these two phases of treatment. The body is gradually brought out of the ultimate phase of purification and elimination during the third and final phase of treatment, Samana or Paschatkarma, by correcting medications, mild healing therapies, a healthy diet, and yoga asanas to revitalize the body.

(Dr. Gyan, MD, Kalari Kovilakum)

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