Lifestyle diseases are those ailments/conditions that occur in our body which attributes mostly to the individual’s diet, habits, lack of exercise, lifestyle choices, etc. There are both controllable and uncontrollable factors that can be held responsible for the resultant condition. While the factors that relate to behavior, thoughts, habits, and practices can be controlled, like diets, relationships, sleeping habits, drug use, alcohol consumption, smoking, living environment, and exercise patterns; the factors relating to age, gender, heredity, race, etc cannot be controlled.
A group of conditions including obesity, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, behavioral issues, cardiovascular problems, etc. which may be a result of a sedentary lifestyle, stressful job, or competitive living conditions is classified as lifestyle diseases. They are referred to as lifestyle diseases as the issues are affecting only those who adopt an unhealthy lifestyle. States our Medical Director, Dr. Jobin J Madukkakuzhy.
Ayurveda is not just holistic medicine but a healthy life choice that provides better lifestyle options with proper diet management, total body detoxification, and purification with Panchakarma, medicines for nourishment, and rejuvenation therapy. As opposed to western medicine where the treatments are intrusive, Ayurveda for the immune system and lifestyle diseases is aimed at the entire well-being of the patient which means that the treatment targets, not just physical but spiritual and psychological well-being as well, which we can clearly feel when we treat people from western countries says Dr. Jobin- Founder Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda Germany.
As the saying goes – “Behind every healthy body there is a healthy mind”. When the coordination and control of mind over body and vice versa is disturbed, it affects the daily order of life which in turn leads to lifestyle going berserk which accumulates to lifestyle diseases. In Ayurveda, it is called ‘Prajnaparadha’ which literally translates to ‘crime against wisdom’ as it is the root cause of a wide number of these diseases. It is a result of people neglecting their own intellect and end up punishing their mind and body. As mentioned by Dr. Robin Jacob Madukkakuzhy, our chief Physician.
With the traditional knowledge of Ayurveda passed on from nine generations, along with the medicines prepared from the home-grown medicinal herbs in our eco-friendly campus, Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda assists you in leading the way towards a brighter tomorrow with an enhanced lifestyle. The experienced doctors at our Ayurveda wellness center devise the initial line of treatment as per the Ayurvedic classic texts, which is a treatment plan that helps stimulate the removal of accumulated wastes from our body, boost up immunity, and thereby enhances self-healing and promotes natural health.
Preventing Lifestyle Diseases
For managing lifestyle diseases, there are varieties of treatment regimens followed in Ayurveda which include daily regimens (Dinacharya), seasonal regimens (Ritucharya), detoxification and purification (Panchakarma), and rejuvenation (Rasayana) therapies which are immunity booster treatment plans.
For an individual, there are 4 major components in his life:
According to Ayurveda, there are three essential factors that help maintain the overall well-being of a person and is known as Trayopasthambha which means three supporting pillars of life. These are Diet / Ahara, Sleep / Nidra, and Control over Desires / Brahmacharya. Imbalances in any of these components will result in Tridosha which in turn gets identified as a disease.
To quote Felicity Luckey, “We are what we repeatedly eat. Healthy eating is not an act, but a habit.”
Diet / Ahara
Ayurveda has always been an advocate of healthy and nutritious dietary habits to help the body be maintained in good health. According to Ayurveda, Hita-Ahara / a wholesome diet is advised to promote longevity whereas Ahita Ahara / unhealthy diet invites diseases by making the body vulnerable and invoking tridoshas.
Proper Sleep / Nidra
In today’s lifestyle and job requirements, the importance of having proper sleep is often neglected. Getting enough sleep is critical for maintaining health and promoting a healthy lifespan. Lack of sleep can result in hypertension, stress, and anxiety disorders among a lot less prominent issues as well.
Good Conduct, Moral & Ethical Practices / Sadvritta (Ideal Routines)
According to Shushruta’s principles, a person can be termed healthy when the body, mind, and spiritual well-being are balanced. Sadvritta is about maintaining mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Ayurveda puts hygiene in higher regard and hence the daily regimen includes keeping oneself hygienic. As prominent as the way we present ourselves or self conduct is, as the way we conduct ourselves socially and morally is.
Dinacharya and Ritucharya
Ayurvedic way of life is about following healthy regimens which include day, night, and seasonal regimens. Dinacharya is the regimen for the day, Ratricharya is the regimen for the night and Ritucharya is the regimen to be followed during various seasons. These regimens are designed to be time-appropriate so that maximum health benefits can be achieved from following these.
Vayama / Exercise
As described in Charaka Samhitha, physical exercises or Vyayama are an integral part of maintaining a healthy body. Yoga and meditation are two pillars in managing physical and mental well-being.
Panchakarma / Detoxification and Purification Therapy
Body detoxification and purification help rid the body of accumulated toxins over the years which helps eliminate the cause of any disease. Panchakarma is a treatment plan devised with five detoxification and purification treatments coined together which uses herbal infusions and oils to stimulate the body in more than one manner which assists the body in letting the toxins out, thus clearing the system and preparing it to be receptive to further medicines and treatments.
Rasayana / Rejuvenation Therapy
Rejuvenation therapy is about restoring health by means of specialized procedures. Rasayana therapy is done by using restorative agents which help improve health and thereby prevent diseases from occurring again.
Ayurvedic principles towards any disease are quite straightforward, that health and diseases are directly influenced by food and lifestyle. Moreover, herbal medicines prepared with ancient wisdom helps connect the body and mind. Ayurveda, rather than a treatment plan or medical assistance, is a way of life that can guide us to optimal health and longevity. Hence Ayurveda for lifestyle diseases does not follow a set treatment plan but is a combination of lifestyle modifications, exercises, herbal remedies, detoxification and rejuvenation therapies, along with Yoga and Meditation.
Being the Ayurvedic treatment center in Kerala India and Bad Kissingen And Bad Bocklet Germany, with the medical wisdom passed on from generations, our health practitioners and therapists concentrate on accomplishing the age-old ayurvedic objective of promoting overall health with the key focus on managing and preventing the disease.