Why disease?

As per Ayurveda we are not supposed to have any sickness mental or physical. But our physio-psychological aspects change due to the influence by social, environmental and cultural factors. Our life may be viewed as conditioned per the norms of family and society. Some of these conditions are against our nature. Unhealthy foods, lifestyles, thoughts, emotions etc create pathological changes in our body and mind. We call these aspects toxins. Any incident either good or bad has an effect on our life-force, the breathing through our body becomes part of our memory in the subconscious mind. Sometimes this reflects immediately and sometimes it lies there as a physical or psychic scar. It may react later when these scars start oozing in the form of symptoms and disease.

In the context of health, our body is an "organization" established in a balance between the natural forces of creation and destruction. When the balance is upset, our normal rhythms and health are disturbed and we either over-create or over-destroy. This gives rise to the development of toxins - which cause disease and ill-health - because they are not in harmony with the cosmic organization. If the disease is left unattended to during the initial stages, the toxins grow and challenge the existence of the physical 'organization'. The energy and activity of the body is directed to nourish the toxins and slowly the whole being becomes out of tune with cosmic harmony. This is what a major disease entails.

At the initial stages, pathological materials or toxins are transitory and simple practices can help restore the natural balance in the patient. The role of the Ayurvedic physician is to restore natural balance by intervening in the pathological cycle and reinvigorating healthy processes with the help of appropriate diet and herbs.

Ayurvedic anatomy

Just 50 years ago, scientists used to think that our eyes, ears, nose and our other senses, and the mind, were nothing but openings to reality, bridges to reality. But within 50 years ― the whole understanding has changed. Now they say our senses and the mind are not really openings to reality but guards against it. Only two percent of reality ever gets through these guards into you; ninety-eight percent of reality is kept outside. And the two percent that reaches you and your being is no longer the same; it has to pass through so many barriers these barriers are different layers of our body.

five layers of human body: - The first layer is SHARIRA-the physical body- A fertilized egg is produced after fertilization of sperm from male and ovum from female. This is our physical body. In intra-uterine life, maternal side take care of this and after that, nature and world take care of this. Whatever we eat it will become our physical body. Body is the only factory which changes bread into blood, inorganic to organic. Physical body is the result of seed from our ancestors through our parents. All modern science is about this physical body only. The second layer is PRANA-The life forces- After birth first job is to breath. It is not only lungs are breathing all the cells and tissues are breathing. Ayurvedically breathing is not only exchange of O2 and CO2. All the existence and cosmos is breathing through us. Breath in is life and breath out is death.

Third layer is MANA-body of thoughts and emotions- You must be aware of the fact that with our every act of emotions, our pattern of breathing changes. When we are happy our breathing will be different, in anger breathing is fast, and in sexual intercourse breathing is different. It is because of our MANA the body of thoughts and emotions. That reacts to physical body through breathing pattern.

Fourth body is BUDDI- the body of beliefs, religion and conditioning- First ten years of a child is important during that the child learn language, relations, religion, etc. he is conditioned according to his environment. Any physical or emotional trauma during this period will reflect through his life. Any thought in mind will go to this body and this body will interpret the thought according to its conditioning whether it is right or wrong. Only then physical body will react.

The deepest and fifth layer is ANAND KAYA- the spiritual body-It is deepest layer of our body. Ayurvedically it is seat of soul, the bliss body. It is a state of complete peace and self-enjoyment. It is happiness without reason. As per ayurved a sickness is not the problem, Sicknesses are like milestones. They come to seek the attention of our mind and body so as to make us aware that we are doing something wrong. Sickness provides direction to change our way of life. Diseases provide us with instructions to follow directions given by nature.

When our sense of intelligent awareness is clouded by bad health and incorrect lifestyle choices, we often make decisions and react in ways that are negative to our happiness and health. When we act against our nature, our physical and emotional body reacts by creating further disharmony. The cycle becomes unhealthy and difficult to break. This state of non-health or disharmony resulting in various signs and symptoms

Ayurvedic diagnosis process

The first and most important part of Ayurvedic treatment is the consultation . diagnostic process includes interpreting the symptoms of each patient in Ayurvedic language, as well as in modern techniques e.g. routine laboratory tests, radiological and ultra Sono Graphy to exclude certain disease and to monitor progress.

An Ayurvedic consultation with me entails concentrating on characteristics, symptoms, habits such as appetite, diet, digestion, climate preference, voice, physical strength, endurance, the nature of sleep, dreams, sexual drive, the nature of emotions, personality traits, mode of expression, memory and lifestyle amongst others. This helps me to understand a person as a whole. By understanding these I am able to discover the root causes of their problems and other associated symptoms.

in Ayurveda we try to understand our patient as a whole and to find out more about the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements that constitute him/her. Ayurvedic knowledge brings about a new interpretation of the self for the patient by using forms of examination related to the biological history of the diseases in its entirety. It enables an Ayurvedic doctor to determine a patient's body constitution, age and strength of an individual, and assess the signs & symptoms of the disease in order to diagnose the disease, the causes, the doshas, and the affected body elements.

In every era, man has searched in thousands of ways, for true health, for what is not evident, tangible and material. The path towards this somewhere is yet unknown, a rough sea, mined with dangers ... with tricksters, gurus, healers, doctors, and so-called masters wanting to impose their vision of things.

The concept of health has two components: true health and diagnosed health. Many times the person is declared to be healthy, but he is stressed, has disturbed sleep, and is bloated. The patient battles with toilet every morning and feels something is wrong. Often this is termed as psychosomatic disease or neurosis, or imagination.

In my opinion the journey from diagnosed health to perfect health is the great quest ... the mission of Ayurveda. The quality of our inner emotions directly determines the quality of our health. We must be vigilant to prevent negative emotions and thinking from creeping into our inner life. When we make the choice to be positive in emotions and healthy in behavior, a multitude of health benefits will naturally be ours.