What Is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a 5000-year old, ancient Indian mind-body health system. The word translates to “life knowledge” which implies the practice or system holds the key to a healthy life. There are two main principles to Ayurveda. One is that the mind and the body are integrally linked. Secondly, that nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind.
Within Ayurveda there are many practical health solutions. These can lead to losing weight. This article discusses those aspects of this highly advanced mind-body system of ancient India, still practiced by many today.
Ayurveda is a very pure way of balancing the mind and the body, incorporating a healthy life style including fasting. It is not for everyone but those that do follow it get great benefit, the least being the natural loss of weight obtained when adhering to the system.
The broad concept of Ayurveda today simplifies and ancient Indian alternative medical system, attributed to a man named Sushrata, an ancient Indian physician. He came up with a medical book, the Sushrata Samhita which has solutions for 1120 medical diseases.
This uses some 700 medicinal plants plus animal extracts and mineral extracts. The medical book was some 184 chapters long.
The very intricacy of the work indicate a highly complex civilization where we can see the early foundations of modern medicine. If anything back then the physicians made usage of a far greater range of plants and herbs as well as animal extracts.
They probably even had more natural remedies and antidotes for medical cures than we do today, much of that original knowledge having been lost or diluted into Western medical practices.
Categories In Ayurveda
The original Sushrata Samhita was categorized into 8 sections organized according to medical treatments and parts of the body:-
- General medicine
- Pediatrics – children’s diseases
- Ophthalmology – diseases of the eye or ear
- Mental health in those days called “demonology”!
- Toxicology (and their antidotes)
- Elixirs – healthy life giving medicines
- Aphrodisiacs – love potions
Ways to Lose Weight In Ayurveda:
##1. Fresh Juices
Drinking fresh juices such as wheat grass, spinach, ginger, carrot with some honey will assist in weight loss.
#2. Honey Water
The practice in Ayurveda of drinking half a pint of “honey water” first thing in the morning helps weight loss. Water is the best thing to have first thing and ensuring you get lots of it will assist in losing weight.
Taking a teaspoon of flaxseed oil or powder every other day will keep your bowels regular, eliminating any toxins and therefore causing you to lose weight. When toxins are not eliminated these add to your weight. They also cause the sensation of bloating which of course means you are not digesting food effectively. This is turn promises more weight gain or inability to lose weight readily since your digestive system is malfunctioning.
Doing exercise encouraged by Ayurveda such as walking, yoga, dancing and other aerobic-type activities. Any of these will lead to weight loss.
#5. Whole Grains
The practice of eating whole grains (versus processed white bread) and other healthy foods like lentils. This again maintains regular bowel movement which increases weight loss.
#6. Fish Over Red Meat
The practice of eating less red meat, eating less processed food, eating more fresh fish and reducing alcohol consumption all within the Ayurveda system, will all lead to dramatic weight loss.
#7. Use Herbs
There are two main herbs used within Ayurveda. These are Triphala and Guggulu. Triphala herb is ingested with honey and water. It is a natural, slow detoxing or body cleanser. Guggulu on the other hand causes direct weight loss and reduces cholesterol.
So we can see from the Ayurveda practices relating to weight loss that it is possible to lose weight healthily using this mind-body health system. However if you follow the whole mind-body practice of Ayurveda it could really help you find that optimal mind-balance you have been seeking:-)