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Disease Management in Ayurveda

                                     

There are 4 main categories of disease treatments in Ayurveda. They are cleansing(shodan), palliation(shaman), rejuvenation (rasayana), and mental health (satvajaya).


These treatments include the use of herbal therapies, physical exercise and dietary regimens, Life style regimens, meditation, and the use of certain yoga practices.


Panchakarna purification therapy, a wellknown Ayurvedic cleansing treatment, includes vomiting, purgation, use of medicinal enemas, and administration of certain substances such as milk and herbal extracts through nasal passages.


Common treatment strategies in Ayurveda:


Cleansing methods (Shodan): The purpose of these methods is to remove excess toxins from the body. The main method is Panchakarma, which has the following 5 components. Examples are mentioned for each of the components.


1. Therapeutic vomiting (vaman). Vomiting is induced by the use of emetics such as licorice.
2. Purgation (virechan).
3. Medicated enema (basti). Sesame oil and milk are often used for this method.
4. Nasal administration or insufflation (nasya). Oils, certain herbs, and nasal massages could be used.

 
Palliation (Shaman): This is done by use of herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper and practices such as:

1. Fasting
2. Observing thirst
3. Exercise yoga stretching and breathing exercises (pranayama).
4. Lying in the sun
 
Rejuvenation (Rasayana): Rasayanas are ayurvedic preparations used to revitalize the tissues, promote longevity and memory, and help in rejuvenation.