The Medicine in Ayurveda

The Medicine in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is known to be a holistic system, which means that it does not aim to cure separate symptoms or different organs one at a time. It appreciates the fact that the entire body is a very intricately connected system, and anything that happens to one part of the body affects the whole body at the same time.

Therefore, no wonder, Ayurvedic medicines have the same approach. They do not target a specific organ or a distinct symptom but the entire physiological system as a whole. In modern medicine, we segregate one chemical from its naturally occurring combination for medicinal purposes; but in Ayurveda, the herbs are taken as a whole. The concept is that the whole treats the whole!

Another important factor of Ayurvedic pharmacology is to ensure that the medicine gets digested and absorbed effortlessly in the body. It should not produce any toxins while getting digested and should have neither immediate nor long-term side effects when used properly.  Besides, since the ingredients are naturally occurring, in most cases they do not have any negative effect even during their elimination through the liver or kidney. A medicine should only heal; it should blend in the body physiology and not spill more diseases by hindering the natural course of metabolism. Therefore Ayurveda proposes the wholesome use of herbs and not chemically segregated ingredients.

The Holy Root: Turmeric

One of the most celebrated Ayurvedic herb is Turmeric. Root is the part of the turmeric plant that is used for all edible or medicinal purposes.

According to Ayurveda, Turmeric is helpful in reducing swelling and pain. It is the most recommended herb for wound healing. It enhances the complexion and is a well-known home remedy for skin disorders, especially leprosy. In one of the important marriage rituals in India, paste of turmeric and sandalwood is applied on the body of the bride and the groom, which signifies health and prosperity. Earlier, turmeric water was used in the festival of Holi, as a color, protecting the skin against fungal and other seasonal skin infections. Turmeric is an amazing anti-worm, blood purifier, diuretic, and anti-diabetic. It is a uterine tonic and is traditionally used as a purifying agent for the breast milk.

Because of the unparalleled benefits of turmeric, it is an integral part of not only Indian cooking, but also all Hindu religious rituals. No doubts, it is the queen of all roots!

Turmeric contains a complete body of different chemicals.  According to latest scientific research,curcumin is one of the important ones. However, curcumin also exists in other roots of ginger family. Turmeric is special because of the unique combination of chemicals that it offers. The natural chemical combination of an herb always makes its ingredients adequately bioavailable for good digestion and absorption. Adequate is an important word here! More is not always beneficial. 

Let’s talk about the wonder element of Turmeric, Curcumin!

Soothing the Sore

Anti-Inflammatory action of curcumin

Inflammation is a big problem, especially with the rise of autoimmune disease like rheumatism, lupus, vasculitis etc. In case of autoimmune diseases, the etiology or the cause of the disease is unknown. Therefore the cause of inflammation also cannot be identified. Besides, inflammation is a most common natural response to almost all diseases. Unfortunately, most of the modern medicines used to control inflammation have derogatory effects on the body. Side effects free relief from chronic as well as temporary inflammation is a big medicinal requirement today!

Turmeric curcumin yields an anti-inflammatory effect by upregulating the inflammation receptor cells (PPAR-gamma). As a result, the receptivity of inflammation becomes significantly low. In this manner, it acts as a natural painkiller; without any side effects, but with side benefits!

Fountain of Youth

Antioxidant effects of curcumin

Regular consumption of Curcumin considerably reduces a number of certain aging factors (lipid peroxide, lipofuscin contents), especially in the brain region. This action prevents neurodegeneration throughout the nervous tissue and generates extraordinary anti-aging results.

According to the recent researches, curcumin has very potent antioxidant action, which works by scavenging the free radicals produced in the biological systems. It is as strong as compared to Vitamin C or E. With its anti-oxidant action, it significantly delays the onset of the overall aging process. Therefore regular consumption of turmeric is a reasonable insurance against early aging. And who wants to get old soon?

This helps to prevent many neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia etc. So, with healthy eating, an active lifestyle and consumption of turmeric; you more likely to remember factswithout difficulty. Nothing is better than an old age with a good health and all the experiential knowledge well-conserved!

Joint Care

Fights Arthritis and Relieves Joint Pain

Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory properties, curcumin is an excellent option for management of arthritis, especially rheumatism. Curcumin is a boon for people with the heredity of arthritis,because of its arthritis preventive action. Regular use of curcumin ensures substantial delay in the onset of age-induced joint pain and inflammation as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. With the joint care action of turmeric, you can stay hopping and dancing as you grow older!

PreservesTheSweetness in Life

Anti-Diabetes effects of Curcumin

Latest scientific research supports the fact that Curcumin is extremely effective in the prevention of glycemia and hyperlipidemia. Normally diabetic patients are prone to fatty liver disease and other liver disorders. With regular usage, it prevents fat accumulation in the liver.

Curcumin has significant results in the reduction of albumin, urea, creatinine, and inorganic phosphorus burden on the liver.

It has shown amazing results in the prevention of diabetic neuropathy, which is a dreaded complication of diabetes.  Therefore curcumin is essential not only for diabetic patients but for everyone who wants to prevent getting diabetic!

Close to Heart

Cardioprotective action of Curcumin

One of the biggest killers in the developed countries is the heart disease. Due to the anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-oxidant and multiple other properties, Curcumin protects the heart and the blood vessels effectively. It helps prevents thehypertension, thereby preventing a chain of cardiac disorders.

Eat Right, Stay Healthy, Live Long!

Ayurveda believes that food is medicine.  Eliminating the root cause of the disease is the only way to cure it permanently, and many times the root cause is the food we consume.  The people who do not eat the right food will fall sick and will not be able to recoverbecause the root cause of the disease has not changed.  Let’s start changing our habits to help increase wellness and longevity.  Consider starting change by incorporating Turmeric in your daily routine to step closer towards a long and healthy life. 

Disclaimer

All claims made in the article are supported by following scientific research papers

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2234255/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16802111

http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/supplements-herbs/guide/turmeric.php

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3857752/

 

 

Dr. Kanika Verma is an Ayurvedic physician (BAMS, MMS, PGDHHM) with an experience 6 years in dealing with chronic diseases. Dr. Verma has a strong focus on preventive  Ayurvedic therapies and Ritucharya (Preventive Seasonal Ayurvedic Regimen). She is one of the first Ritucharya Consultants of the country. She helps people to develop a healthy seasonal food and lifestyle regimen in order to prevent lifestyle disorders.

She also a demonstrated history of successful treatment in autoimmune diseases like vitiligo and rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr Verma is a published author. Her first book "Ritucharya" was released in 2016. She is also an active Ayurveda blogger. She is currently working on Ayurvedic psychotherapy and effects of meditation on the body.