What is Stress
“Stress”, a common word we hear these days, in simple terms can be defined as the gap between our demands from life and reality. This gap results in our feeling anxious, restless, disturbed, frustrated, uneasy, fatigued, difficulty concentrating, increased anger and sometimes relationship troubles.
The wisdom of ancient science has been presented before the world as Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a natural source of health-boosting and recovering substances. Passed on from the generations of sages, Ayurveda has been recognized as a reliable and permanent type of treatment.
Irrespective of social factors or personality traits such as age, height, weight, skin type and similar features, the treatment of Ayurveda can be availed by any person. Ayurveda revolves around herbs, flowers and essential oils extracted from natural sources.
The formulation of herbal decoctions, oil and natural ingredients is further utilized for proper treatment.
What makes Panchakarma different from modern medication
Ayurvedic treatment is led by the detoxification or cleansing of the body. The natural process of detoxification or panchakarma is much more powerful than modern times’ initial modes of treatment. What makes Panchakarma different from modern medication is its phenomenal and totally natural mechanism! In fact, it is the passage to successful treatment in Ayurveda for all diseases.
It is believed that lots of toxins enter the human body through different sources. These toxins are among the major causes of interruption in the proper functioning of the body. This blockage leads to the development of ailments.
Thus, Ayurveda has always recommended draining out all the toxins from the body through Panchakarma. Since this procedure makes the final output through Ayurvedic medication makes sure-shot, it should not be skipped. Moreover, a detoxified body can respond to a medication swiftly as compared to a toxin-filled body.
Among the common sources of toxins, food is the very source which can rapidly be accumulated in the body. Street food or food cooked in unhygienic conditions may contain harmful toxins. These toxins have a tendency to affect the quality of life of an individual. In fact, the treatment of Ayurveda might get delayed or lesser effective if the body is not detoxified. All in all, Ayurvedic medicines are formulated with nature’s essence which makes their usage completely safe.
What causes Stress?
The causes of stress can be defined as environment-related – noise, pollution, bright lights, heat, Social – aggressive or rude behaviour of people we meet, some life-changing events like losing a job or missing a promotion, death of someone dear or just simple daily hassles like commuting to our workplace or standing in queue for day-to-day work, sudden mechanical breakdowns, etc.
Some other factors contributing to increased stress levels are lifestyle choices like not getting enough sleep, increased caffeine intake, etc., adding to this is negative thinking or unrealistic expectations or even just trying to be a perfectionist.
Stress can put a big impact on our body, mind and soul. In terms of the body, it impacts our digestive system making our body weak internally, resulting in increased or decreased appetite. It can also impact our immune system leaving our body more susceptible to illness and infections. Stress also puts a major impact on our Nervous and Cardiovascular systems.
As per Ayurveda, an imbalance or lack of coordination of three major mental functions is the main cause of our getting stressed. These three are namely, Dhi means ‘learning’, Dhriti means ‘retention and Smriti means ‘memory’. Lack of Ojas energy also adds to the stress levels.
‘Stress Management Program’ in Ayurveda way
Panchakarma therapies are considered to be very helpful in dealing with stress and form a major part of the ‘Stress Management Program’ of Ayurveda. Panchakarma is a complete process which gets to the root cause of the problem and corrects the balance of Doshas in the body thereby relieving stress and also contributing to a healthy mental state to manage stress.
Along with specific Ayurvedic therapies like Shirodhara, Abhyanga, Shirovasthi, Talam, Thalapothichil, Pizchil etc., oral herbal medications are administered. A Special Ayurvedic diet to detox our body and improve well-being is provided. Yoga and Meditation form an important part of the Stress Management program to keep our minds calm and tension free.
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