Ayurveda doctors and experts answer your questions.
It is difficult to express my thoughts and feelings about ayurveda. I respect the wisdom hidden in this word. It is a very old and venerable science, but I have to be honest, I cannot say I follow it completely. I am not disciplined enough. We all grew up with ayurveda, it was part of our childhood, part of every family’s life, even after the delivery of my children I went through what used to be considered as mandatory ayurveda treatments and cuisine too to ensure a quick and deep healing. Ayurveda was an integral part of every household in Kerala. It's always been there in the background but I don't think my generation and I am equally guilty of giving it as much importance or valued it to the extent that I value it now.
I can say, that I didn't quite understand it and I'd never taken the effort until I joined CGH Earth company. As part of my training I went through the panchakarma treatment, something which I thought only old people needed or did. Only when I saw how ayurveda helped me, I understood and appreciated it better. In ancient ayurveda philosophy is hidden a big contribution to the modern science, but because unfortunately the revival of ayurveda was in tourism it's very difficult to get the kind of respect and value it really deserves.
For most guests and tour operators ayurveda still remains synonymous with a herbal oil massage for a feel good factor and therefore when curative procedures such as the Snehapana (medicated ghee detox) and Virechanan (herbal laxative cleanse) are not seen or taken as seriously as they should be. Further since there are many unscrupulous practitioners operating in tourism who are open to cutting corners the true and timeless traditional ayurvedic practices are too often diluted to suit the whims and fancies of the western tourists.
It's a difficult question. Ayurveda have many definitions as a medical science, but for me Ayurveda is more than that. Ayurveda is everything surrounding me; it is part of my life. The ultimate aim of Ayurveda is not only treating the diseases but to guide the people to prevent diseases and improve the quality of life. Ayurveda is a path towards the health, at the end of which you will find yourself as an individual being connected with the environment, which surrounds you. It guides you how to live a happy and healthy life.
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