Ayurvedic Medicine is a branch of medicine which originated from India. Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest systems of health care. It was first described in ancient Indian texts such as Rig Veda and it has been practiced since time immemorial. Ayurveda deals with all aspects of human health including diet, exercise, medicines, herbal remedies, homeopathy and much more. The term “Ayurvedic” comes from the Sanskrit word “ayur”, meaning life and “vedi”, meaning healing. There are many different types of Ayurvedic medicine, but they all have one thing in common – they are based on principles of nature. These principles include the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) as well as the five senses (hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell).
The basic idea behind Ayurvedic medicine is that diseases are caused by imbalance in these four elements. For example, if your body is too dry, then you will get colds and flu; if your body is too hot, then you’ll get heat stroke and other illnesses. To correct this imbalance, the practitioner uses herbs or plants that contain specific chemicals called active ingredients.
When these chemicals enter the body and interact with certain elements within your body, then the imbalance is corrected.
Ayurvedic medicine has been applied to the treatment of epilepsy in India for thousands of years. In fact, many of the anti-epileptic drugs that are used today are based on drugs originally discovered in ancient Indian texts such as the “Charaka Samhita”. Although these drugs have undergone a great deal of chemical analysis in a modern lab, they are still used in much the same way as described in ancient times.
Ayurvedic medicine focuses on treating the person as a whole rather than just the disease. This is in contrast to conventional Western medicine, which views diseases as cellular abnormalities that can be treated with a pill. Although Western medicine can successfully treat many diseases, it often fails when it comes to treating chronic diseases.
This is because Western medicine focuses on suppressing the disease, not on eliminating its cause. The side effects of drugs are another problem. Although most drugs have few side effects, they can sometimes be quite serious. In rare cases, the disease may even become resistant to the drug, meaning that the drug stops working for that particular patient.
Ayurvedic medicine can be safely used along with Western medicine or stand alone as a treatment. The choice is really up to you and your physician.
Ayurveda Treatment for Epilepsy
Like most forms of alternative medicine, Ayurveda for epilepsy has some risks. However, these risks are quite low and have little chance of resulting in any serious consequences. Before starting an alternative treatment such as this, it is recommended that you consult with your physician first.
This is particularly important if you are currently taking prescription drugs for your epilepsy or any other chronic condition.
The most commonly used Ayurvedic medicine for epilepsy comes in the form of tablets or capsules. The medicine should be taken regularly and can be taken with food. For best results, it is recommended that the medicine be taken daily without fail.
Although there are very few side effects associated with this type of treatment, some people may experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea and headache. If you experience any of these side effects, then you should consult your physician immediately.
The most important thing is that you stick with the treatment. Although you may not see immediate results, keep taking the medicine as directed and eventually you should start noticing an improvement in your condition.
Another alternative treatment involves consuming butter or ghee everyday. Ghee is commonly used in Indian cooking and is made by simmering butter until all the water has evaporated. You can also take butter oil supplements instead.
This treatment is particularly effective for those who suffer from absence seizures or atonic seizures. In the beginning, you may see no improvement in your condition, but over time you should notice a reduction in the number and severity of your seizures.
It is very important that you stick with this treatment. If you miss a day or two of taking the ghee or butter oil, then you may find that your seizures increase in frequency again. If you find that your condition worsens, then stop the treatment and consult your physician immediately.
In addition to these treatments, Ayurvedic medicine also recommends a healthy diet. You should eat a diet that is rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and low fat dairy foods. Processed foods, sugar and white flour should be avoided.
The success of this treatment depends on you. You have to be committed to the treatment and be willing to make lifestyle changes. If you have faith that the treatment will work and are willing to put in the required effort then there is a good chance that you will see a significant reduction in the number and severity of your seizures.
It must also be noted that Ayurveda is not a miracle cure. It should not be viewed as a replacement for your conventional medical treatment. If you have epilepsy, it is still necessary to take your anti-seizure medication.
However, if the drugs are not working or you just want to try something alternative and natural, then this treatment is certainly worth a try.
If you are currently taking prescription medication, it is important to consult with your doctor before you cease taking it because sudden changes can have a negative impact on the body. If your physician approves of the Ayurvedic treatment then you should stick with it. If not, then you will need to seek a second opinion from another doctor because this treatment may be just what you need to control your seizures.
It should be re-emphasized that this treatment may not be right for everyone. If you have any doubts, then you should consult your physician before trying it.
With ghee… lots of ghee…
Ayurveda: The Indian Art of Natural Healing
The word “Ayurveda” comes from two Sanskrit words: “ayu” meaning “long life” and “veda” meaning “knowledge.
It is the earliest system of natural healing known to man. It includes natural herbs, minerals, diet, exercise, meditation, yoga and massage.
The origins of Ayurveda can be traced back to the great Vedic seers, who were regarded as spiritual physicians in ancient India some 5,000 years ago. These sages compiled a vast body of knowledge about health and medicine. This knowledge was later written down by the physician-scholars who followed them.
Ayurveda flourished until the 15th century when it seems to have slowly fallen out of favor when European medicine was introduced into India. It wasn’t until the 20th century that its popularity started to resurface. Today it is regarded as a key element of Indian culture and many people in India are taking a renewed interest in it.
How does it work?
Ayurvedic medicine recognizes that the human body is made up of five building blocks called elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether. All natural things are made up of these elements. When there is an imbalance of these elements, a person becomes sick or experiences discomfort. The role of Ayurvedic medicine is to restore the proper balance of these elements in the body for optimal health.
Ayurvedic medicine also focuses on the concept of “tridosha”, which divides the body into three main types:
Kapha (earth and water)
Pitta (fire and water)
Vata (air and water)
Tridoshic people have a higher proportion of one or two of these elements. For example, someone with an abundance of Kapha will typically experience more frequent colds and flus than other people. Someone with an abundance of Pitta will typically have a healthy appetite, an outgoing personality and enjoy spicy foods.
Someone with an abundance of Vata will typically be very energetic and light-weight.
Ayurvedic medicine attempts to determine which elements are in excess or shortage in a person’s body and then attempts to treat this imbalance naturally.
The diet in Ayurveda
Ayurvedic medicine recommends that your diet should consist of fresh, naturally grown foods. Sugar, white rice, white bread, alcohol, and processed foods are all bad for your health in Ayurvedic medicine.
If you are a Kapha type then your diet should emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. You should avoid fatty and salty foods.
If you are a Pitta type then your diet should emphasize foods that are light, cooked, sweet and sour in taste. These foods will help to alleviate your tendency toward anger and frustration. Spicy, salty or fatty foods will tend to aggravate your Pitta nature.
If you are a Vata type then your diet should consist of warm foods, such as grains and legumes. You should eat your heavier, colder meals during the warmer parts of the day and lighter, warmer foods at night.
Ayurvedic medicine also makes use of hair analysis as a way of determining what elements might be lacking in your body. A sample of your hair is sent to a laboratory where it is put through a chemical process to determine its mineral content. This is compared against a database of “average” human hair to determine if there are any significant deviations.
This is then interpreted by an expert to determine your current state of health and what you can do to improve it.
How does this treatment work?
There isn’t much scientific evidence to support the theories of Ayurvedic medicine. However, many people do experience relief from their symptoms and enjoy renewed energy after going through an Ayurvedic treatment.
It is important to remember that the goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to make you feel good and enjoy your life. If this treatment improves your quality of life then it has done its job regardless of whether or not it is based on sound science!
The Final Frontier
You step through the door and find yourself instantly transported from your home in rural India up onto a gleaming spaceship. A tall figure steps towards you and smiles. “WELCOME ABOARD!” he says in a booming voice that fills the entire ship.
“I am Gag Halfrunt, Head of Recruitment for the MEGA COMPAGNIE du TRAVAIL!”
Is this heaven?”
“NO,” says Gag, smiling. “But you can earn your ticket here if you work hard enough!”
Gag leads you onto the main spaceship. You blink in amazement at the highly-advanced technology all around you. “Goodness…” you say.
“This is just a small part of it,” Gag says proudly. “We have laboratories, hospital rooms, computer rooms, living areas and much more!”
He leads you into a room full of beds. “These are the living areas,” Gag says. “Each one is self-contained and can be set to whatever climate or atmosphere that you might need.
Just say what you would like and if it’s available, it’s yours!”
Gag takes you to an area with hundreds of computers. “This is our computer room,” he says. “All of the information and knowledge in the universe is at your fingertips!
You can learn anything here, from the structure of matter to the secrets of the beginning of time!”
Gag takes you to another room with two beds in it. A little further down the corridor is another room with two beds in it. And next to that is a room with two more beds, and next to that is another room with two beds.
“This is our relaxation room,” Gag says in a tone that implies you’re an idiot for asking a question. “We have thousands of relaxing and stimulating images and sounds to help you wind down or wind up, as the need arises.”
He takes you into a huge room full of machinery. “This,” he says proudly, “is our factory floor!”
You stare out in amazement at all of the automatic machines that are building more automatic machines. There’s a huge machine that’s making the walls, floors and ceilings. There’s one that’s making windows, doors, lights and electrical equipment.
There’s one making furniture, one making tiled floors and one even making sculptures and paintings!
“This is where we keep most of our raw materials,” Gag explains, “But we also have massive mines on the surface of the planet to find the things that we need.” He looks at you and smiles. “This entire planet is at our fingertips!”
He takes you to a row of baths. “These are the relaxation baths,” he says. “Wash here as much as you like!
There are oils, scents, bubbles, waterfalls, pools, rocks, music and more! The only limitation is your imagination!”
Gag takes you to a hall that’s piled high with clothing. “These are the relaxation rooms,” he says. “Clothing and costume of every description!
If you can imagine it, we have it! If you can’t, then we’ll acquire it, design it or grow it!”
Gag takes you out of the room and along a corridor. As you pass a doorway, you catch a glimpse inside and see hundreds of beds, all with people sleeping in them. “Those are the relaxation rooms,” Gag says, as if that weren’t obvious.
“We often have expert masseurs, therapists and doctors on hand to help you. We can also supply anything you need for a good night’s sleep!”
He takes you into a large room with a huge table full of delicious-smelling food. “This is our eating area,” he says. “You can eat and drink as much as you like!
Experience the tastes of Earth… or venture into the unknown!” He looks at you slyly. “Some of our clients like to dabble with dangerous food from far-off planets! Whether it’s edible or not is another matter, but I won’t stop you!”
Gag takes you to a wardrobe filled with clothing of every description. “This is our shopping centre!” he says proudly.
“You can have anything you want! Designer labels from Earth or other planets, custom-made clothing, or something randomly selected! Whatever you want, we can get it for you!”
He takes you to a large room filled with tables, chairs and people. Some are laughing, some are eating, some are playing cards and some are simply talking to each other. In the centre of the room is a huge buffet table loaded down with food of every kind.
“This is our relaxation area,” Gag says. “You can eat, drink, be merry and have fun here! We also have people who can read your future, people who can explain your past and people who can tell you anything you want to know!
Or you can simply lie down on one of the beds and relax!”
He takes you to another room. There’s a long, shiny counter with arrays of buttons and knobs along it. A large man in a white coat stands with his hands behind his back.
“This is the relaxation room!” Gag announces proudly. “This is where we entertain our clients!
Watch!” The man in the white coat presses a few buttons in quick succession, and the room fills instantly with noise and sound. Lights start flashing, music starts playing, the floor vibrates and the walls… well, they never move, but the patterns on them change every few seconds.
Fun, isn’t it?”
Gag asks. “This room is purpose-built for fun and relaxation! You can have fun here any time you like!”
He leads you to a door in the corner of the room. “This leads to our relaxation area,” he says. “Go inside and relax!
You’ve worked hard, so now you can play hard!”
You go through the door into a small relaxation area with a few chairs and sofas. There’s another door in the corner of the room. Gag presses another button on his remote, and this door slides open.
“These are the sleeping quarters,” Gag announces. “Eight bedrooms, with beds for sixteen people. Some of our clients sleep here from time to time, but most of them live out in the rest of the building.”
He leads you to another room full of shelves stacked with films on DVD and VHS. There’s a large screen at one end of the room, and dozens of comfortable chairs in front of it. “This is our cinema,” Gag says.
“We have thousands of films here, from every country on this planet and others.” He points at the screen. “We’re going to put on a film for you. You can lie on the sofas or chairs and relax while you watch it.”
You stare around the room in amazement. You’ve never seen so much luxury in one place before, except perhaps the palace. “This…
this is your hotel?” you ask in disbelief.
“It’s yours,” Gag says. “This, the relaxation area, the cinema…
all yours. You can use it whenever you want.”
You walk over to one of the chairs and sit down. You’re not sure what to say. This is all too much…
after the rough life you’ve had, living in a basement with twenty other people, even the palace was a bit much. But this…
“Thank you,” you say eventually. “This is…
Gag grins and leads you out of the room. “You’ll get used to it,” he says. “Come on, I’ll give you a quick tour.
There’s one part of the hotel you probably don’t know about.”
You follow him to the far side of the room and through a sliding door into a small, plain door. After that, you head down a staircase. You find yourself in a long, cylindrical room with dozens of metal doors along the right hand side, next to the wall.
Gas torches line the wall opposite you, lighting the room. Gag walks over to the first door on the right and slides the door open. You peer inside and see a massive weapons rack stacked with all kinds of guns. There’s enough guns and ammo there to start a small war.
“This is our armory,” Gag says. “If there’s a gun, gunpowder or any other weapon you need for your war against the Zealots, you can find it here.” He goes to close the door, then stops.
“Of course, you can always make gunpowder and other weapons yourself with what we have here. You’ve got the blueprints for every weapon, after all.”
He moves to the next door and slides that open. It’s filled with shelves stacked with explosives of all kinds. “These are ready to use,” Gag says.
“Normal gunpowder explosive, flash powder for starting fires, timed explosives, bombs you can throw, bombs you can put in the ground… whatever you want, it’s all here.” He moves to the next door. This one is different – it’s a thick, metal door with three locks on it. Gag unlocks the door, revealing a small room with a chair in it. Inside the chair is what looks like a welding device with a tube connected to the chair.
“This is our testing room,” Gag says. “For testing out new equipment. We need to make sure it works, after all.” He steps inside the room, then turns around.
Well? You want to try it?”
You peer into the room in confusion. “
What does it do?”
Gag points the welding device at you. There’s a hissing sound, and you feel something hit your chest. You look down – the skin on your chest is blackened and burnt.
Gag turns off the welding device and you look up again.
“What the fu…” you gurgle, collapsing to the ground.
“Ah well,” Gag says, scratching his head awkwardly. “I thought it worked…
should’ve tested it before I used it. Oh well.”
You lie on the ground, your lungs burnt to a crisp. You try to stand up, but collapse back down. Your vision goes dark as the pain overwhelms you.
You’re vaguely aware of Gag whistling as he closes the door. Then, there is silence.
There is no god here. You’ve been abandoned in the darkness for your sins. And there is no hope of anything else.
In this cold darkness, you will be left to die.
This is your Hell.
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