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									Introduction To Ayurvedic Medicine

As the world becomes more dangerous, new and more terrifying health
conditions rear their ugly head at every juncture. Modern medicine often
doesn’t seem to be up to the task of dealing with these diseases, which
have root causes that may be nutritional, environmental, or even
psychological. Many people have started turning to the ancient ways of
curing diseases, with herbal, natural, and Ayurvedic medicine. In this
article, I will describe the principal tenets of Ayurvedic medicine so
you can decide if it is right for you. As always, consult a doctor before
embarking on a course of treatment on your own.

Ayurvedic medicine was first documented in the Vedas, the ancient texts
that describe life in pre-colonial India. Ayurveda literally translates
as “the science of life,” and remains an influential path of treatment in
much of Southeast Asia to this day. The essential concept of Ayurvedic
medicine teaches that the body is composed of seven principal substances,
and a healthy individual maintains a balanced composition of three of
those substances - vata (air), pitta (bile) and kapha (phlegm). This
balance helps regulate metabolic and digestive rate and ensures continued
health.

Many people make the mistake of considering Ayurvedic medicine to be a
primitive, non-invasive form of medicine, but that couldn’t be farther
from the truth. Documents of the practice reveal patients being operated
on with a variety of surgical instruments to address illnesses such as
bone fractures and intestinal blockages. However, most modern Ayurvedic
treatments concern themselves more with the dietary, metabolic and
physical conditioning aspect of the practice.

As with many alternative medicine practices, the scientific proof of
Ayurvedic medicine’s effectiveness has yet to be revealed. Peer-reviewed
studies have not provided an improvement outside of the common bounds of
the placebo effect. However, some of the main herbs used in the
composition of Ayurvedic medicines are being found to have legitimate
health benefits – cardamom and cinnamon, for example, can stimulate the
production of digestive enzymes. Turmeric and its chemical derivative
curcurmin are used in many places as an antiseptic and antibacterial
agent.

If you are currently considering a treatment of Ayurvedic therapy, there
are a few health and safety concerns to be aware of. A recent study
revealed that up to 20% of Ayurvedic medicines are potentially
contaminated with noticeable amounts of heavy metals and other minerals.
There are serious toxicity risks involved with consuming these metals, so
please make sure that your supplier and practitioner can assure you that
your supplements are pure.

								
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