What Allopathy called Diabetes Mellitus, Ayurveda calls Madhumeha?
It is one among 20 types of Prameha (urological disorder) described in various Ayurvedic classics.
DIETARY causes of Madhumeha according to Ancient texts include:
Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death – it is also on the rise in both developed and developing countries. It is the single most important metabolic disease that has an effect on nearly every organ/system in the body. Currently diabetes affects more than 135 million people worldwide and that number is expected to increase to 300 million by 2025. India has the largest number of Diabetes patient in the world. According to the data released by the International Diabetes Federation in the year 2006, the number of people with Type II diabetes in India is around 40.9 million and this is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025. In India, about 10% elderly people aged 65 or more are suffering from diabetes. From a long standing view, diabetes cannot be cured but it can be managed with focus on diet and exercise. With care and attention and the guided dietary modification, lifestyle modification and some anti-diabetic drugs, it is possible to efficiently manage this silent killer. Ayurvedic treatment also includes Samshamana chikitsa and Samshodana chikitsa along with Vyayama (exercise). Samshana chitiksa includes some of the Yogas like Asanadi kashaya, Nishamalaki choorna, Madhvasava etc and single drugs like Haridra(Curcuma longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) along with Madhu(honey),Tuvaraka (Hydnocarpus laurifolia)etc.
What do we bring to you, with Pranava’s physicians?
A scientific study has established that Ayurvedic management of Madhumeha is better achieved by following the proper dietary food habits, lifestyle along with Shamana Aushadi. The holistic approach of Ayurveda utilising the above concept will definitely pay the way not only to control the blood sugar level and also to prevent the complications caused by Madhumeha. At Pranava we will apply our combined expertise with sound principles of Ayurveda, treating the disease with a holistic approach so that your life sees vast improvement and progress.
According to Ayurveda, strong immunity is a product of good digestion, strong agni (the metabolic fire), quality liver functioning, and a balanced endocrine system (which produces appropriately balanced hormones). Immunity has been also described as a product of the Sanskrit term “OJAS” which literally means “vigor.” To describe it however, is extremely subtle and elusive. Yet in the Ayurvedic tradition, ojas has everything to do with immunity. It is said that the strength of one’s ojas determines which factors and influences—whether internal or external—cause disease in each individual. Under the Ayurvedic approach, bolstering the immune system requires having at least a peripheral understanding of ojas. Ojas is the positive subtle essence of kapha—that which gives the body strength, vigour, vitality, and immunity. It is the superfine essence of all of the bodily tissues and the end product of perfect digestion. As such, it is a direct reflection of the quality of agni; strong agni yields healthy ojas, while impaired agni hinders the production and quality of ojas. But ojas is also affected by past trauma, lifestyle choices, stress levels, the quality of our relationships, and our overall state of consciousness. Ojas is naturally rich in soma (the subtlest form of matter), and it eventually becomes consciousness. In fact, healthy ojas fosters a state of bliss. Ojas is balanced when we are able to live in the present moment with pure, detached awareness. On the other hand, it is diminished and dried up when we are overly effortful, stressed, contracted, or selfish. Ojas also protects PRANAA, the vital life force that animates each of us. Important Times to Protect Ojas For the most part, therapeutic strategies that protect ojas support optimal health throughout our systems and are appropriate to undertake at any time. But there are times when we are especially vulnerable, and when protecting ojas is of particular importance, such as the following:
Protecting Ojas, Bolstering Immunity
Being the ultrafine, subtle essence that it is, ojas is affected by almost every aspect of our lives. Here are sine potent recommendations for promoting quality ojas and strong immunity.
Support Immunity with Your Diet
Tending to agni is the number one way to promote optimal health throughout the system, which in turn, protects ojas. In very general terms, agni is supported by a diet that minimizes stimulants, refined sugars, and processed foods. Instead, emphasize healthy, whole foods, and be attentive to Ayurvedic Food Combining. Agni is also strengthened when we eat with mindfulness, maintain a regular eating schedule (eat our meals at consistent times from one day to the next), and when necessary, follow a vata-pacifying, pitta-pacifying, or kapha-pacifying diet. It is also worth mentioning that including garlic in your diet will offer natural support to the immune system. Garlic kindles agni, destroys natural toxins, encourages the maintenance of a normal body temperature, supports the lungs, and clears excess kapha
Prioritize Balanced Sleep
Sleep is critically important to the immune system. Studies have shown that when animals are completely deprived of sleep, they suffer a total loss of immune function—resulting in death.8 In humans also, sleep deprivation severely compromises immunity. For example, studies have linked sleep deprivation to an increased risk of cancer as well as a reduction in the immune system’s ability to slow the growth of cancer cells.9 If sleep is a challenge area for you, you might be interested in our health guide, An Ayurvedic Guide to Balanced Sleep. Otherwise, try to go to bed and get up at about the same times each day, and aim to sleep for about eight hours each night.
SManaging stress is an important health topic in its own right. That said, excess stress is extremely detrimental to our immune response because stress hormones very effectively suppress the immune system—reallocating vital resources in order to ensure our immediate survival.10 Therefore, reducing your exposure to stressful situations will undoubtedly preserve ojas and bolster your immune system. If however, you are ready to re-pattern your response to stressful situations, please read An Ayurvedic Guide to Stress Management, which explores the Ayurvedic perspective on stress and offers a number of useful tools for supporting an improved relationship with challenging situations.
Adopt a Supportive Daily Routine
Our physiology is very much adapted to—and supported by—some sense of regularity. Ayurveda recommends a daily routine for everyone. However, because it helps to calm the nervous system and relieve stress, focusing on a routine can be a particularly potent means of preserving immunity and protecting ojas. Making even a modest commitment to routine gives our nervous systems a number of reassuring reference points throughout each day, signaling the system that all is well, that we can be at ease. Over time, this context of predictability and safety encourages the nervous system to relax, reduces stress, encourages rejuvenation, and helps to preserve immune function. The very first steps in establishing a daily routine are quite simple. Try to awaken, eat your meals, and go to bed at about the same times each day. If possible, you can also maintain a consistent work or activity schedule. This level of consistency alone can be powerful; adding self-care or mindfulness practices will offer an even deeper level of support. If you are drawn to the idea of an Ayurvedic daily routine, please visit our Daily Routine Department, which explores this concept in depth, and offers personalized daily routine recommendations for different constitutions and imbalances.
Get Appropriate Exercise
Proper exercise helps to release accumulated tension, move stagnant mental and emotional energy, and improve circulation. It also kindles agni (which is essential to optimal health), improves digestion, bolsters the body’s detoxification mechanisms, encourages proper elimination, promotes relaxation in the body, and supports sound sleep—all of which serve to protect ojas and support the immune system. However, improper exercise can actually be quite damaging, and can compromise immunity. Ayurveda offers the unique perspective that the type, duration, and intensity of exercise that is most supportive for each of us depends largely on who we are as individuals. If you do not know much about your personal characteristics, our Ayurvedic Profile quizcan help you determine your constitution and help you identify your current state of balance. Keep in mind that for most people experiencing a consistently high level of stress, a vata-pacifying exercise routine that is gently paced and grounding is often most appropriate at first. If you are not currently exercising regularly, remember that a supportive exercise program does not have to be complex or time-intensive. A daily twenty-minute walk can do wonders for the entire system—body, mind, and spirit.
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