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The science of life - Ayurveda: part 1

chandy1.jpgDr. Chandy George, the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant at Balance Wellness Club brings over 15 years of experience in the field of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies. His uncanny and remarkable ability for accurate diagnosis (using no other diagnostic tool than his three fingers to  feel your pulse - an ancient process called nadi pariksha) and his compassionate, intuitive skills have helped him treat some of the complicated imbalances with great insight and success.

In his role with the Balance Wellness Club, Dr. Chandy leverages his understanding of  Dubai and the demanding lifestyle it dictates to offer holistic therapies that blend the nuances of pulse diagnosis, Panchakarma treatments, marma treatments, herbal remedies, therapies, rejuvenation and Ayurvedic nutrition. He also offers consultancy on identifying, preventing, controlling, containing and reversing the disease process caused by lifestyle, metabolic, ageing and stress generated disorders.
In this series, Dr. Chandy first introduces us to the science of life called 'Ayurveda'. Mention the word Ayurveda and most people will think exotic, ancient, Eastern medicine that is a closed door for anyone but those steeped in its lore. But nothing could be further from the truth. In today's crazy, frenetic life, where ailments and illnesses rear their heads in progressively younger and younger patients, Ayurveda and its lifestyle tips may be of more relevance than ever before.
ayurveda1.jpgAyurveda, ('Ayus' means Life and 'Veda' means science) is a form of alternative medicine, which originated in India about 5000 years ago.

Ayurveda doesn't just aim at treating illnesses, it aims to prevent illnesses and preserve life. Its basic premise is that the universe is made up of five elements - air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in human beings by the three 'doshas' or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas ('tridoshas') and this varies from person to person. When the doshas accumulate beyond the individual's desirable limit, the body loses its balance. To regain balance and good health the excess dosha(s) have to be reduced.

In modern times it is quite common to come across people whose doshas are in complete upheaval. They are born with one particular dosha in the ascendant but their lifestyle results in one of the two other doshas becoming dominant with time. These changes mean that they are not treating their body the way it should be and result in physical ailments and emotional problems.

But the change of doshas in one's body can also be sighted in as inane a statement as, "I used to be so calm and patient, but now I snap at everything." This could be your doshas being out of balance. While suppressants and pills will treat your symptoms, they will not necessarily leave you calm; rather they will leave you lethargic and dull. And worse they will not address the basic cause of your problem. Ayurveda however will approach it from the angle of the cause and treat that, thus getting rid of the symptoms and the root cause.

It is understandable for one to wonder - "All this is great but how does this form of alternative and ancient healing apply to me? What is in it for me?" Simple - an Ayurvedic body cleansing or detox, followed by adherence to the basic Ayurvedic tenets regarding your body type will help you deal with everything ranging from stomach bloating, hair loss, body pain and chronic illnesses to addictions, sinusitis, allergies, chipped nails and, the bane of life in the UAE, dry skin. Ayurveda can also help one deal with stress and manage one's anger and extreme emotions of rage or depression.

ayur-veda.jpgEven on a non-medical level, Ayurveda can help one achieve one's best in terms of physical health and well-being. We have all envied a neighbor who can eat anything and everything and not put on a kilo and pitied ourselves or a friend, who only has to look at a buffet table to add a few kilos to her waist. One's doshas has a huge impact on the kind of body one basically has. Understanding one's doshas can also guide one in ascertaining the best time of the day for a person to exercise and the best food for one to eat thus achieving the best body possible.

And while you will not end up with a body like Gwenyth Paltrow's, you will find yourself feeling healthier inside and outside - your digestion would be back on track, your skin will feel smoother and softer, your eyes will look brighter and your hair will glow with health. And no, this is not magic. It is science. Just ask Dr Deepak Chopra, an internationally renowned practitioner of Ayurveda or better still take a leaf out of the books of adherents of Ayurveda - Madonna and Lady Gaga.