Ayurvedic treatment is based on the belief that health and wellness are dependent on the balance of mind, body, spirit, and environment. The well-known goal is to promote good health, through the prevention and/or cure of a condition by balancing the three elemental energies or Doshas of the body – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Illnesses typically present themselves as a series of symptoms; felt or visible. Allopathic medicine aims to treat these symptoms, offering immediate relief. In this fast-paced life, quick solutions to surface-level problems can create a temporary feeling of well-being. This fails to address underlying causes of illness and fails to prevent recurring or long-term conditions. Ayurvedic treatment, on the other hand, takes a step back and focuses on a holistic approach towards treating the root cause of the problem, reversing the illness, and bringing the body back to its optimal state. The aim of this age-old science is to treat the illness from the inside out – with a combination of proper diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, and the right kind of exercise and mindfulness practices.
Treating an ailment at its source does take time. However, Ayurvedic medicines and remedies can be fast-acting as well. Like any other science, Ayurveda has not been static. During the Vedic period, plants and herbs were the main source of medication. However, practitioners have been innovative and dynamic over the years. They have found that using strategic combinations of metals, minerals, and marine and animal derivatives in their purest forms, often in combination with these herbs, can create medication that can be fast-acting for multiple indications of illness. These medications also now require lower dosages and can be stored for longer periods.
Originating some 3000 years ago in India, Ayurveda has stood the test of time, and survived the dominance of modern medicine. Achieving an equilibrium between the body and our constantly changing environment can sometimes seem to take forever. However, medication is not the only factor in the speed of cure. The strength and immunity of the body of the person receiving these curative remedies and their level of illness play an important role in determining how long before optimal health is achieved.
While every unique individual may require a different amount of time to heal and recover through personalised treatments, and while Ayurvedic practitioners may push you to establish long-term lifestyle practices to establish and maintain holistic wellness, it is very common for the benefits of Ayurveda to be felt almost immediately.
Listen to Dr. Reji, one of Amal Tamara’s in-house Ayurvedic physicians, explain the long-term methodology of Ayurveda, and why it is worth the initial effort it takes to get into an Ayurvedic Journey for Life.