The Science Of Ayurveda

Dr Rohan Nagar introduces the concept behind the world’s oldest form of holistic healthcare

Posted: 12.08.14

Putting science and ayurveda in the same sentence may seem a bit odd, as most would think they were the opposites of eachother, but ayurveda is considered a science in its own right. A 5,000-year-old traditional Indian holistic practice, it uses natural remedies, special diets and exercises such as yoga and meditation to heal and treat a patient’ body, mind and spirit. Liberty Martin caught up with Dr. Rohan Nagar, the UK’s leading Ayurvedic practitioner to talk about Ayurveda and how it can make a difference in your life.

So, how does Ayurveda work? Dr. Rohan explains; ‘Ayurveda works on the theory of the three doshas. They are called the three energies: vata, pitta and kapha, which in English is air, fire and water. The three doshas control the nervous system, the digestive system and immune system. Whenever somebody is suffering there is at least one dosha that is imbalanced in the body.’

What makes Ayurveda unique is that it doesn’t just look at the symptoms of a condition but instead focuses on the root causes, unlike modern medical science. For answers about your illness, Ayurveda doesn’t just look at how you appear to be physically, but also considers your mental and emotional state as well.

Dr Rohan expands: ‘If somebody is suffering from stress or digestive disorders, you can give them a tablet that can cure the digestive disorders, but it might be reoccurring because they haven’t treated the root causes. But it Ayurveda, because you’re looking at the root causes, it might be that the digestive disorder is connected with your stress or anxiety levels because of your work or family environment. In Ayurveda we look at this whole picture.

Another aspect of Ayurvedic medicine is that it only uses natural treatments like herbs, avoiding the use of chemical or synthetic products. Dr Rohan reveals: ‘If you are iron deficient a medical doctor will prescribe iron capsules, but in Ayurveda we would say, ‘Why don’t you have dates?’ or other foods that contain folic acid. This is using more natural ways to help the condition rather than filling you up with chemicals.’

To help combat conditions like tiredness and stress Dr. Rohan recommends meditation, brisk walking, breathing exercises, avoiding red meat, junk food and coffee. For those who lead busy lives he feels it’s even more important to find time for these things. He says: ‘Try and do Ayurvedic exercises like meditation and walking at the weekends or in the morning. They are simple things but they make a difference.’

 


 

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