Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Celebrating Tradition, Celebrating Life

Submitting a post under, "Traditional Knowledge, Natural Growth." 

Ayurveda is perhaps the oldest known medical system in the world. It is educed from its ancient Sanskrit roots - ‘ayus' (life) and ‘ved' (knowledge). It practices the principle of natural balance within the body and harmony with the environment and thus ensures complete physical health and peace of mind. Ensuring complete physical health is based on nothing more complex than understanding your body and the type of food one eats. Some people are full of energy, rarely fall sick and have a radiant look on their face. Some others always feel tired, fall sick always and look dull. The food habits of people and their way of life was documented and over thousands of years ago, Ayurveda was born. Soon after the 3rd century, Ayurveda enjoyed a big revolution in the form of origin of Alchemy. Physicians started using mercury and several other minerals after many trial and error processing. Medicament prepared through deriving from practice and familiarity techniques had several advantages and became much effective in very small doses. In a nutshell, Ayurveda is a knowledge derived through ages of experience that cannot make one immortal but it can provide you an excellent state of well being that feels like immortality.

In the postmodernist era, the quality and popularity of this tradition of Ayurveda lies in its, subtle yet technological approach. Its unparalleled understanding and documentation of natural law, the working of the human body, and proven treatment methods gives an edge. Perhaps that explains why Ayurveda with its natural traditions and ways still exits in the world today. In India we are lucky that many natural herbs are available easily and many of the remedies are documented. 

Today, herbal adaptogens, detoxification and rejuvenating agents, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, memory enhancers, general aphrodisiacs, anti-asthmatic, anti-diabetic and scores of such quality medicament are available. Plant extracts from tuberous roots, fruits, wood, seeds, panchang, fruit rind, Bark, rhizome, husk, gum resin, bulb and dried stigma are well described in Ayurvedic literature, and further characterized in Ayurvedic pharmacopeias. There is a concept in Ayurveda that, “What helps you heal also prevents.”  Herbs effectual in treating particular conditions can also serve as “food,” so that, aimed nourishment to specific organs in the body for normal functioning systems and processes could be achieved. They can be used to maintain overall health, enhance mental lucidity, focus and calm nerves, improve digestion, boost immunity and support detoxification. It is a great way of finding out what makes people tick, and how to maximize their immunity and strengths. Modern Ayurvedic preparations are well-defined in structure and function. And stringent rules demand well-tested products under laboratory and clinical trial conditions with great efficaciouness.

Infants are particularly vulnerable to infections; that is why it is so important to protect them with targeted minerals and herbs. These help with overall growth, prevention of disease, and protection against dangerous complications. Ailments like irregular bowel movements, colic, diaper rash, vomiting, excessive crying etc have new parents worried. Now days the treatment and prevention for common childhood ailments consists mainly of Allopathic drugs such as antibiotics. There is no question that sometimes such drugs are necessary, but all too often they could be substituted by safer natural approaches. Many minerals are requisite for normal functioning of the body and are especially important during the first two years of infancy when the body is growing rapidly. The baby's weight doubles in about five months of age, and is three times by first birthday. Vital organs like the brain, heart and kidneys double in size by the time the infant is one year old. It is important that sufficient amounts of substantive and required nutrients are in-taken during this rapid growth and development.

Ayurveda has so much to extend by gentle and effective means through the use of medicinal herbs, massage oils and spices. India has more than 50000 different plant species; in which 15000 are medicinal plants. In actuality there is no end to the assortment of herbs and nutrients for children. Most herbs are dependable and very effective. It is better to buy the herb combinations as a wholesome therapy and supplements from established and reputed companies like Dabur. They can set the foundation for optimal development and overall health of your baby in the future.