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Flashback Friday: Ayurveda, The Origins Of Holistic Healing


For
this
edition
of

Flashback
Friday
,
we’re
bringing
you
Steven
Rosen’s
January,
1985
article,
largely
based
on
the
work
of
Dr.
Navayauvana
of
the
Ayurvedic
Research
Center
in
San
Francisco.


Perhaps
the
oldest
system
of
natural
healing—predating
even
the
Chinese
system
of
medicine—is

Ayurveda
,
a
Sanskrit
word
which
means
the
knowledge
of
life
(Veda—Knowledge,

Ayu
—Life).
A
translation
which
more
accurately
reflects
the
scope
of
its
subject,
however,
would
be
the
“knowledge
of
longevity.”
This
is
so
because
the
ancient
sages
of
India
were
extremely
careful
to
distinguish
between

life
,
a
spiritual
phenomenon,
and

longevity
,
a
term
which
refers
to
the
proper
maintenance
of
the
body.

Though
freedom
from
death
and
disease
has
been
the
cherished
goal
in
all
ages,
before
one
can
search
for
immortality
there
must
be
a
practical
methodology
for
bodily
maintenance.
The
achievement
of
these
dual
and
interdependent
goals
is
the
purpose
of
Ayurveda.
Thus,
Ayurveda
is
more
than
just
an
ordinary
medical
science.
It
elucidates
not
only
the
healthiest
interaction
of
body
and
mind
but
also
prescribes
guidelines
for
realization
of
the
relationship
between
body
and
mind
to
the
eternal
spirit
within
each
of
us.
It
is

totally

holistic.

While
the
science
of
Ayurveda
was
put
into
written
form
about
50
centuries
ago,
it
has
an
oral
tradition
which
dates
back
to
antiquity.
Meanwhile,
over
the
millennia,
several
students
of
Ayurveda
wrote
voluminous
encyclopedias—the

Charak
Samhita

and
the

Susruta
Samhita

(named
after
their
respective
authors)—which
discussed
in
detail
such
subjects
as
pediatrics,
obstetrics,
gynecology,
internal
medicine,
otolaryngology
and
plastic
surgery.
Modern
scientists
are
still
in
awe
at
the
depth
and
clarity
of
Ayurvedic
information;
it
is
a
mystery,
and
it
was
conceived
way
before
its
time.

An
understanding
of
the
Tridosha
theory
is
central
to
an
understanding
of
Ayurveda.
The

doshas

are
dynamic
forces
within
the
body
and
mind
whose
interactions
produce
the
psychosomatic
entity
of
a
given
person.
The

doshas

are
called

Vata
,

Pitta

and

Kapha
,
Sanskrit
words
that
refer,
respectively,
to
activity
and
motion,
heat
and
energy,
and
structure
and
density.

Vata,
Pitta

and

Kapha
,
also,
on
the
most
gross
platform,
refer
to
air,
bile
and
mucus.
Through
our
daily
activities,
these
forces
are
constantly
moved
into
a
state
of
disequilibrium—only
to
be
cured
by
proper
diet,
climate,
season,
physical
activity
and
mental
discipline.
Ayurveda
deals
with
these
things
as
a
minute
science.

If
we
study
the
history
of
Ayurveda,
we
have
to
go
back
to
the
Vedic
period,
as
Ayurveda
is
believed
to
be

Upa
Veda
,
or
a
branch
of

Atharva
Veda
.
In
the
Vedas,
which
are
four
in
number—

Rig,
Sama,
Yajur

and

Atharva
—we
find
ample
references
to
medicines,
drugs,
principles
of
treatment
and
descriptions
of
the
different
parts
and
organs
of
the
human
body;
thus
the
germ
of
Indian
medicine
no
doubt
lay
in
the
Vedas,
where,
it
is
said,
Ayurveda
was
originally
espoused
by
Lord
Dhanvantari.
In
fact,
the

Atharva
Veda

deals
with
this
subject
in
great
detail.
We
find
therein
not
only
the
description
of
Dhanvantari
and
the
cure
for
diseases,
but
the
causes
of
the
diseases
as
well.

Interestingly,
Ayurveda
is
comprised
of
eight
branches,
viz.,
(1)

Kaya

(general
medicine),
(2)

Shalya

(major
surgery),
(3)

Shalakya

(ear,
nose,
throat,
mouth
and
eye
disease),
(4)

Bhuta
Vidhya

(psychiatrics),
(5)

Kaumara
Bhritya

(pediatrics),
(6)

Agada

(toxicology),
(7)

Rasayana

(rejuvenation
or
tonics)
and
(8)

Vajikarana

(virilification).
Why
is
this
interesting?
Because
Ayurveda
elaborately
discussed
these
things

ages

before
they
were
supposed
to
have
been
known.
Indeed,
India
held
many
advanced
secrets.
And
many
of
them
are
only
now
being
discovered
by
Westerners.

This
much
historical
background
will
be
sufficient
for
the
common
reader
to
see
in
Ayurveda
the
oldest
medical
system,
and
even
if
we
ignore
and
omit
the
seemingly
mythological
elements,
the
existence
of
such
advanced
methodology—especially
at
a
time
when
the
world
is
generally
thought
of
as
being
in
darkness—should
be
sufficient
to
bring
out
the
value
of
the
Ayurveda
system.

In
the
words
of
historian
Will
Durant,
in
his
famous
work,

Our
Oriental
Heritage
:
“Appended
to
the

Atharva
Veda

is
the
Ayurveda
(The
Science
of
Longevity).
In
this
system
of
medicine,
illness
is
attributed
to
disorder
in
one
of
the
four
humours
(air,
water,
phlegm
and
blood)
and
treatment
is
recommended
with
herbs
and
charms.

Many
of
its
diagnoses
and
cures
are
still
used
in
India,
with
a
success
that
is
sometimes
the
envy
of
western
physicians

[our
italics].
The

Rig
Veda

names
over
a
thousand
such
herbs
and
advocates
water
as
the
best
cure
for
most
diseases.
Even
in
Vedic
times,
physicians
and
surgeons
were
being
differentiated
from
magic
doctors
and
were
living
in
houses
surrounded
by
gardens
in
which
they
cultivated
medicinal
plants.”

“The
great
names
in
Hindu
Medicine
are
those
of
Sushruta
in
the
5th
century
before
and
Charaka
in
the
2nd
century
after
Christ.
Sushruta,
Professor
of
Medicine
in
the
University
of
Benares
wrote
down
in
Sanskrit
a
system
of
diagnosis
and
therapy
whose
elements
had
descended
to
him
from
his
tutor
Dhanwantari.
His
book
deals
at
length
with
surgery,
obstetrics,
diet,
bathing,
drugs,
infant
feeding
and
hygiene
and
medical
attention.
Charaka
composed
a
Samhita
(or
encyclopedia)
of
medicine
which
is
still
used
in
India
and
gave
to
his
followers
an
almost
Hippocratic
conception
of
their
calling:
‘not
for
self,
not
for
the
fulfillment
of
any
earthly
desire
of
man,
but
solely
for
the
good
of
suffering
humanity
should
you
treat
your
patients
and
so
excel
all.’
Only
less
illustrious
than
these
are
Vagbhata
(625
A.D.),
who
prepared
a
medical
compendium
in
prose
and
verse,
and
Bhava
Misra
(1550
A.D.),
whose
voluminous
work
on
anatomy,
physiology
and
medicine
mentioned,
a
hundred
years
before
Harvey,
the
circulation
of
the
blood
and
prescribed
mercury
for
that
novel
disease,
syphilis,
which
had
recently
been
brought
in
by
the
Portuguese
as
part
of
Europeans’
heritage
to
India.”

“Sushruta
described
many
surgical
operations,
cataract,
hernia,
lithotomy,
Caesarian
section,
etc.—and
121
surgical
instruments
including
lancets,
sounds,
forceps,
catheters
and
rectal
and
vaginal
speculums.
Despite
Brahminical
prohibitions,
he
described
the
dissection
of
dead
bodies
as
indispensable
in
the
training
of
surgeons.
He
was
the
first
to
graft
upon
a
torn
ear
portions
of
skin
taken
from
another
part
of
the
body,
and
from
him
and
his
Hindu
ancestors
rhinoplasty—the
surgical
reconstruction
of
the
nose—descended
into
modern
medicine.
‘The
Ancient
Hindus,’
says
Garrison,
‘performed
almost
every
major
operation
except
ligation
of
the
arteries.
Limbs
were
amputated,
abdominal
sections
were
performed,
fractures
were
set,
hemorrhoids
and
fistulas
were
removed.’
Sushruta
laid
down
elaborate
rules
for
preparing
an
operation
and
his
suggestion
that
the
wounded
be
sterilized
by
fumigation
is
one
of
the
earliest
known
efforts
of
medicinal
liquors
to
produce
insensitivity
to
pain.
In
927
A.D.
two
surgeons
trepanned
the
skull
of
a
Hindu
king
and
made
him
insensitive
to
the
operation
by
administering
a
drug
called

Samohini
.”

“For
the
treatment
of
the
1,120
diseases
that
he
enumerated,
Sushruta
recommended
diagnosis
by
inspection,
palpation
and
auscultation.
Taking
of
the
pulse
was
described
in
a
treatise
dating
1300
A.D.
Urine
analysis
was
a
better
method
of
diagnosis.
Tibetan
physicians
were
reputed
able
to
cure
any
patient
without
having
seen
any
more
of
him
than
his
water.
In
the
time
of
Yuan
Chwang,
Hindu
medical
treatment
began
with
a
seven
day
fast;
in
this
interval
the
patient
often
recovered;
if
the
illness
continued,
drugs
were
at
last
employed.
Even
then
drugs
were
used
sparingly;
reliance
was
placed
largely
on
diet,
baths,
enemas,
inhalations,
urethral
and
vaginal
injections
and
blood
lettings
by
leeches
or
cups.
Hindu
physicians
were
especially
skilled
in
concocting
antidotes
for
poisons.
Vaccination,
unknown
to
Europe
before
the
18th
century,
was
known
in
India
as
early
as
550
A.D.,
if
we
may
judge
from
a
text
attributed
to
Dhanvantari.”

How
Ayurveda
Works

The
body
is
believed
to
be
composed
of
five
basic
factors:

Prithvi

(earth),

Jala

(water),

Agni

(fire),

Akasa

(ether)
and

Vayu

(air).
The
whole
universe
is
also
believed
to
be
composed
of
the
same,
and
hence
the
food
we
eat,
the
water
we
drink,
the
air
we
breathe—all
are
composed
of
the
same
five
chief
components.
This
is
the
original
idea—the
foundation
of
Ayurvedic
thinking—the
harmony
that
exists
between
the
microcosm
and
the
macrocosm.

And
these
five
basic
factors
give
rise
to
the
three
somatic

doshas

previously
mentioned,

Vayu
(vata),
Pitta

and

Kapha
.

Furthermore,
Ayurveda
teaches
that
persons
should
be
treated
differently,
due
to
different
types
of
physical
constitution—a
view
which
closely
resembles
that
of
many
modern
scientists.
Accordingly,
the
three
main
physical
constitutions
are
known
as

Vatika,
Paitika

and

Kaphaja
.
Ayurveda
also
adds
that
this
physical
constitution,
being
unchangeable,
cannot
be
affected
by
medicine.
Thus,
Ayurveda
is
largely
preventive.

The
ancient
sages
have
given
in
detail
the
particular
physical
as
well
as
mental
characteristics
of
each
of
these
physical
constitutions
which
can
be
found
in
any
good
book
on
Ayurveda.

There
is
definite
variation
in
the
diet
and
habit
of
each
physical
constitution.
However,
there
are
other
factors
guiding
the
main
response
of
the
physical
constitution
of
a
person,
such
as
race,
country,
seasons,
hereditary
factors,
environment
and
so
on.

Each
physical
constitution
has
got
a
different
reaction
to
a
particular
drug
or
remedy
and
hence
an
ideal
Ayurvedic
physician
will
never
prescribe
the
same
drug
or
medicine
to
everyone
but
will
make
necessary
changes
in
prescription,
according
to
individuality,
whereas
modem
medicine
mainly
aims
at
killing
the
germs
or
bacteria
or
the
virus
for
destroying
the
infection.

Ayurveda
thus
defines
“true”
medicine,
saying,
“It
is
correct
and
pure
medicine
which
cures
a
particular
disease
and
doesn’t
give
rise
to
other
side
reactions
or
diseases.
It
is
the
impure
drug
which
temporarily
cures
the
disease
or
suppresses
the
symptoms
and
at
the
same
time
gives
rise
to
other
side
reactions.”
The
above
principle,
which
evolved
3,000
years
ago,
is
clearly
understandable
today,
when
many
dangerous
drugs
and
“remedies”
cure
and
suppress
the
particular
symptom
in
a
miraculous
way
while
they
give
rise
to
so
many
other
side
diseases.
Sometimes
we
may
even
see
drugs
that
are
more
dangerous
than
the
disease
itself.
This
sort
of
danger
is
never
present
with
Ayurvedic
treatment
because
the
physician
is
not
trying
to
treat
the
disease,
but
is
trying
to
treat
the
patient
as
a
whole.

Diet

Ayurveda
prescribes
a
lacto-vegetarian
diet—that
is,
a
vegetarian
diet
that
includes
dairy
products.
There
are,
however,
other
nutritional
factors—and
Ayurveda
deals
with
them
all.

Nutrition
refers
to
the
nutritive
substances
found
in
foods.
We
are
accustomed
to
hearing
about
calories,
vitamins,
minerals,
carbohydrates
and
proteins
that
a
particular
food
contains.
But
Ayurveda
bases
its
nutritional
science
on
a
different
set
of
measurements,
the
most
important
of
these
being
the
effects
produced
by
the
six

rasas
—sweet,
sour,
salty,
hot,
bitter
and
astringent.
These

rasas

refer
to
the
foods’
ultimate
reaction
in
the
body—
and
not
necessarily
how
the
foods
taste.
And
although
there
are
only
six

rasas
,
the
combinations
of
these

rasas

are
extensive.
Just
how
and
when
one
combines
these
various
tastes
will
affect
one’s
nutrition—and
one’s
overall
health
as
well.

Recently,
modern
nutritional
therapy
has
been
developed
using
large
doses
of
vitamins
and
minerals
synthesized
from
nature.
But
Ayurveda,
for
thousands
of
years,
has
taught
the
science
of
nutritional
therapy
without
the
need
for
expensive
laboratories
to
turn
out
supplements.
Different
food
combinations
and
simple
herbs
were
prescribed
in
the
Ayurvedic
system—and
they
worked
just
fine.
Unfortunately,
this
system
has
suffered
much
due
to
neglect,
and
there
are
few
people
who
can
apply
it
properly.
But
if
one
is
so
fortunate
as
to
study
Ayurveda
under
one
who
is
an
experienced
practitioner—or
if
one
is
ever
treated
by
an
Ayurvedic
doctor—then
one
will
feel
very
strongly
about
bidding
adieu
to
modern
allopathic
medicinal
techniques.

Balance

The
balance
of
the
doshas
(and
the
good
health
that
results
from
their
balance)
depends
on
moderation
in
eating
and
sleeping.
When
eating
or
sleeping
is
excessive,
deficient
or
done
at
improper
times
or
in
an
improper
way,
there
is
every
chance
that
all
the
doshas
will
become
disturbed.

Excessive
eating
or
sleeping
is
called
athi
yoga,
and
all
of
us
have
experienced
to
some
degree
its
misery-producing
effects.
Deficient
eating
or
sleep
is
called
hena
yoga.
When
one
artificially
decreases
his
food
or
hours
for
resting
the
body,
he
invites
a
disturbance
of
the
doshas
that
will
lead
to
disease.
Improper
action
in
regards
to
bodily
demands
is
called
mithya
yoga.
Eating
at
the
wrong
time
or
in
an
unsuitable
place
are
examples
of
this.
The
Ayurveda
recommends
sama
yoga—meeting
bodily
needs
in
a
regulated
and
proper
manner.

Proper
eating
must
create
a
satisfied
mind
and
a
balanced
feeling
in
the
body.
If
the
mind
becomes
agitated
or
dull
or
if
the
body
becomes
heavy
and
tired
after
taking
food,
that
eating
is
improper.
For
proper
eating,
six
factors
should
be
considered:
the
place,
the
time
of
day,
the
duration
of
time
since
the
last
meal,
the
kind
of
foods
to
be
eaten,
the
order
in
which
the
food
should
be
eaten
and
the
person’s
state
of
mind.

Water
before
a
meal
is
heavily
recommended
in
Ayurveda.
For
one
thing,
obesity
will
be
avoided.
Appetite
will
slacken.
Water
after
a
meal,
it
is
said,
leads
to
obesity
and
disease.

As
far
as
eating
goes,
Ayurveda
suggests
taking
sweets
at
the
beginning
of
one’s
meal.
Aside
from
the
foods
we
normally
taste
as
sweet,
Ayurveda
includes
legumes
and
wheat
in
this
category
(remember,
Ayurveda
judges
by
the
ultimate
reaction
in
the
stomach—not
by
the
way
it
tastes).
These
foods
introduce
body-building
materials
(such
as
amino
acids)
into
the
system.
Modern
science
is
also
finding,
after
years
of
research,
that
such
foods
prepare
the
body
for
a
meal
and
are
most
helpful
at
the
beginning.

After
the
sweet-reacting
foods
are
eaten,
Ayurveda
recommends
the
sour
and
salty
foods.
These
foods
consist
of
juicy,
cooked
vegetables,
bean
soup
and
dairy
(yogurt
perhaps).
They
are
basically
liquid
in
character
and
increase
the
fire
of
digestion.

Then,
some
rice
or
solid
food
can
be
eaten—this
will
lead
to
a
satisfying
meal
and
will
minimize
one’s
chances
of
becoming
ill.
Ayurveda
also
recommends
that
bitter,
hot
or
astringent
foods
should
be
taken
at
the
very
beginning
of
a
meal.
Papaya,
mango
and
yogurt
aid
in
digestion.
No
follower
of
Ayurveda
will
complain
of
indigestion!

The
basic
rule,
though,
is
that
heavy—and
especially
sweet—foods
should
be
taken
at
the
beginning
of
the
meal.
This
is
because
there
is
a
greater
secretion
of
hydrochloric
acid
in
the
stomach
at
this
time.
In
the
West
we’re
accustomed
to
having
our
desserts
last—thus
we
have
a
problem
of
obesity
and
indigestion
(not
to
mention
heart
disease!).

And
by
the
way,
if
a
salad
is
eaten,
Ayurveda
suggests
that
it
is
taken
with
the
sour
or
salty
part
of
the
meal.
And
the
dressing
should
always
have
yogurt
or
lemon
juice
and
salt.
This
makes
the
salad
easier
to
digest
and
removes
its
tendency
to
increase
the

vata
dosha

(which
produces
distention
of
the
abdomen,
gas
and
constipation).
Salads
should
not
be
eaten
at
the
beginning
of
one’s
meal
(as
many
people
do)
for
the
same
reason.

Fruits,
say
the
Ayurvedic
texts,
should
not
be
eaten
with
a
heavy
meal.
They
should
be
eaten
alone
or
with
milk
for
a
separate,
light
snack.
Fruits
are
the
equivalent
of
“candy”
in
Ayurvedic
circles:
no
one
ever
said
that
the
Ayurvedic
diet
would
become
popular
in
a
world
of
junk-food
junkies!!

And
while
we’re
turning
off
those
whose
taste
buds
are
already
destroyed,
we
might
as
well
mention
that
Ayurveda
has
a
special
food
that
when
taken
at
the
very
end
of
a
meal,
will
produce
excellent
health:
fresh
buttermilk.
Buttermilk
helps
stimulate
the
digestive
enzymes.
It
also
replenishes
the
intestines
with
healthy
flora
(acidophilus
bacteria)
and
maintains
a
proper
acid-alkaline
balance
in
the
stomach.
Don’t
worry,
you
can
acquire
a
taste
for
it.

There
are
many
variations
on
these
themes,
but
this
is
a
general
overview
of
dietetics
in
Ayurveda.
Personal
tastes
aside,
the
diet
recommended
is
the
most
nutritionally
sound,
even
by
today’s
standards.
What’s
more,
Ayurveda
has
literally
hundreds
of
delicious,
age-old
recipes
so
an
ardent
follower
doesn’t
get
bored.
Ayurveda
offers
a
great
deal
to
eat,
a
procedure
for
eating,
and
food
for
thought.

Daily
Hygiene
and
Routine

A
sound
daily
routine
actually
begins
the
night
before
during
sleep.
Resting
the
body
is
necessary
to
bring
the
doshas
into
normal
balance.
Regulated
sleep
helps
to
prevent
disease
and
loss
of
weight.
It
allows
for
the
maximum
formation
of
virya,
the
last-formed
element
in
the
body
that
gives
one
intelligence,
determination
and
bodily
luster.
Irregular
sleep
will
disturb
the
doshas,
produce
indigestion
and
make
the
limbs
feel
loose
and
disjoined
from
the
body.

Sleeping
during
the
day
increases
kapha
dosha,
and
controls
vata
dosha.
Excess
sleep
can
cause
mental
disturbances,
while
sleeping
at
improper
times
can
cause
lack
of
appetite,
feverishness
and
headache.
According
to
Ayurveda,
sleeping
during
the
day
is
allowed
only
in
the
summer
when
the
days
are
long.
One
may
take
a
nap
in
the
afternoon
during
this
season.

Insomnia,
the
inability
to
fall
asleep
at
the
proper
time,
is
due
to
an
excess
of
vata
dosha.
To
help
alleviate
this
condition,
the
following
program
is
recommended
to
be
done
just
before
going
to
sleep:

  1. Massage
    the
    back
    of
    the
    head,
    neck
    and
    soles
    of
    the
    feet
    with
    sesame
    oil.
  2. Put
    two
    or
    three
    drops
    of
    the
    oil
    into
    each
    ear.
  3. Take
    a
    warm
    bath.
  4. Drink
    a
    cup
    of
    hot
    milk
    with
    a
    half-teaspoon
    of
    turmeric.

When
rising
from
bed
after
sleeping,
one
should
stretch
the
body.
This
moves
the
doshas
out
from
the
center
(heart
region),
where
they
stay
during
sleep,
and
it
helps
to
activate
the
body.

Ayurveda
recommends
that
one
should
try
to
defecate
and
urinate
just
after
rising.

After
defecation
and
washing,
one
may
spray
cold
water
over
the
face
and
eyelids
and
gargle
with
some
cold
water
in
the
mouth.
When
the
gums
are
hypersensitive,
gargling
with
sesame
oil
is
recommended.
The
teeth
should
then
be
cleansed
with
an
astringent
tooth
powder
(none
of
the
American
brands
I
know
are
astringent),
or
by
chewing
and
brushing
with
the
twig
of
a
bitter
or
astringent
tree.
Nim
and
Babul
trees
are
most
recommended
for
this
purpose,
but
any
twig
with
the
proper
taste
may
be
used.
Next,
the
tongue
should
be
scraped
with
a
gold,
silver
or
copper
scraper.
The
scraping
removes
accumulated
mucus
from
the
tongue,
activates
the
body’s
lymphatic
system
and
takes
away
foul
odor
from
the
mouth.
The
scraping
should
not
be
done
too
deeply,
nor
should
the
taste
buds
on
the
back
of
the
tongue
be
scraped.
The
method
is
to
stick
the
tongue
out;
the
place
on
the
tongue
where
it
leaves
the
mouth
is
the
place
to
begin
scraping.
Two
or
three
strokes
with
the
scraper
are
sufficient.

For
care
of
the
throat,
a
gargle
of
warm
water
with
a
pinch
of
sea
salt
is
recommended
to
help
prevent
throat
disease
and
laryngitis,
and
to
improve
the
quality
of
the
voice.

The
temperature
of
the
morning
bath
or
shower
should
begin
with
warm
and
end
with
cold.
The
cold
should
be
as
cold
as
the
body
can
tolerate
without
producing
shivering.
Hot
water
should
not
be
used;
especially
hot
water
should
never
be
poured
or
sprayed
over
the
head,
as
it
will
disturb
prana
vayu,
the
life
air
centered
in
the
head.

Throughout
the
day,
the
natural
urges
of
sneezing,
crying,
passing
urine
and
stool,
etc.,
should
not
be
avoided.
By
artificially
suppressing
them,
the
dosha
will
be
disturbed
and
the

mala
,
which
is
a
waste
product,
will
remain
inside
the
body.
On
the
other
hand,
one
should
not
try
to
force
these
natural
urges
either.

The
Ayurveda
recommends
morning
exercise
as
part
of
a
daily
health
routine.
It
says
that
exercise
increases
one’s
energy
and
desire
to
work,
it
helps
to
regulate
the
fire
of
digestion,
and
it
improves
metabolism
(the
conversion
of
one
body
element
to
the
next).
Before
exercise,
one
should
defecate
if
he
has
not
yet
done
so
that
day.
On
the
first
day
of
exercise
one
should
go
until
he
becomes
exhausted.
This
allows
him
to
see
what
is
his
present
capacity.
The
next
day
he
should
exercise
to
half
of
that
capacity.
From
there,
he
can
gradually
increase,
day
by
day.
Yogic
exercises
and
asanas
(postures)
are
the
recommended
activities
for
both
the
body
and
the
mind,
along
with
walking.
Strenuous
exercise
should
not
be
done
by
one
who
suffers
from
a
fever
or
a
disease
of
the
nervous
system,
or
during
the
hot
summer
months.
Kneading
the
muscles
after
exertion
or
exhaustion
helps
them
to
recover
and
eases
pain.

After
exercise,
a
massage
may
be
taken.
Massages
can
be
given
in
two
directions:
from
head
to
foot
(away
from
the
heart)
and
from
foot
to
head
(toward
the
heart).
The
former
method
(away
from
the
heart)
should
be
used
for
one
who
is
slim
or
fatigued
and
for
an
infant.
The
latter
method
should
be
used
for
an
obese
or
overweight
person.
Sesame
oil
is
considered
the
best
massage
oil
for
the
hot
season,
mustard
oil
for
the
cold
season.
Almond
oil
is
especially
good
for
massaging
the
head.

Massage
should
not
be
taken
by
a
person
with
a
fever
or
with
diarrhea.
It
is
also
contra-indicated
if
there
is
swelling
or
infection.

Massage
should
never
be
done
over
the
heart
region
.
After
a
massage,
a
regular
cold
bath
or
shower
should
be
taken,
followed
by
some
food.

Massage
improves
the
complexion,
tones
muscles,
blood
vessels
and
the
circulation,
exerts
a
soothing
effect
on
skin
and
nervous
system,
improves
vision,
induces
sleep
and
delays
the
aging
process.
An
oil
massage
five
or
ten
minutes
before
taking
a
bath
is
the
best
method
for
avoiding
skin
disease.

When
time
does
not
allow
for
a
complete
massage,
a
quick
routine
of
massage
includes:
the
head,
neck,
spine
and
soles
of
the
feet.
This
can
be
done
in
less
than
five
minutes
as
a
self-treatment.

In
the
evening
before
taking
rest,
two
or
three
drops
of
sesame
oil
should
be
dropped
in
each
ear.
This
lubricates
the
middle
ear
and
also
helps
to
balance
the
prana
vayu
in
the
head.
As
previously
mentioned,
it
is
especially
useful
for
those
who
have
trouble
falling
asleep
at
night.
It
should
be
done
as
a
daily
routine.

By
keeping
the
opening
to
the
senses
cleansed
in
these
ways,
the
doshas
are
also
cleansed.
External
hygiene
thus
affects
the
internal
balance
and
overall
health
of
the
body.

Conclusion

India’s
own
system
of
medicine—Ayurveda—is
again
gaining
ground
because
of
the
serious
aftereffects
of
the
prevailing
allopathic
system.
Homeopathy
is
thus
receiving
popular
acclaim.
In
many
bookstores
there
are
literally
hundreds
of
books
on
the
subject.
And
those
“in
the
know”
regard
homeopathic
medicine
as
the
next
step
if
we
are
to
survive.

Homeopathic
medicine—if
traced
back
far
enough—finds
its
origin
in
Ayurveda.
The
most
detailed
information
in
the
realms
of
preventive
and
homeopathic
medicine
are
still
found
in
the
ancient
Ayurvedic
texts.

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