• Dr.Jeevan.E.P

Diseases & their Causes

Roga Nidana (Diseases & their Causes)

The harmony and the balance of the Doshas, Dhathus, Malas and Agni in the body is the primary condition of the health.

Every day billions of atoms and molecules are effortlessly replaced and in less than a year we literally have a completely new body. We therefore have the ability to reverse some of the damage we may have caused due to our bad habits, lifestyle choices and poor diet. We can interrupt the process of neglect and decay and replace unhealthy molecules, cells and energy patterns with healthy, life-sustaining new ones.

Once we begin to relax our mind, control our emotions and cleanse our body; especially the gastro-intestinal tract - we begin to experience better health. The colon is intimately connected to all the tissues and organs of the body. This is why the simple medication in the colon can so dramatically affect the whole body and relieve so many of our health issues in such a short period of time.

Poor lifestyle and dietary choices cause the vital systems of our bodies to become energetically imbalanced, our enzymatic activity to decrease and our digestive capacity to be impaired. As a consequence, the food we eat, however wholesome, is no longer able to provide the tissues with the nutrients they need to repair and maintain themselves and our immune system, nervous system and endocrine system all begin to malfunction.

Wrong behaviour and food habits disturb the harmony and leads to diseases.

The vitiated Doshas with indigested matter called Ama are the prime causative factor for a disease. Both under pathological and physiological conditions, the Doshas behave in different patterns and elicit various signs and symptoms in regard to their vitiation, direction of spreading, localization and manifestation.

In the short term this may simply result in excess fat, heart irregularities, liver problems, constipation and indigestion. However, as more toxic material accumulates, especially on the intestinal wall, malabsorption increases and assimilation and metabolism of nutrients to our cells and deeper tissues are hindered still further. The long term result is chronic illness, low energy, low self-esteem and a disturbed mind. Fortunately Ayurveda has many solutions to these problems; the main one being Panchakarma therapy.

How we accumulate toxins in the body

Our bodies are in a constant state of repair and renewal. During this process we naturally produce metabolic waste which must be eliminated effectively in order to stay healthy. We are also exposed to bacteria, viruses and other pathogens on a daily basis. As long as our immune and digestive system is strong, healthy and balanced it is easily able to cope with this onslaught without any adverse reactions or illnesses.

However, if we constantly eat devitalised, refined and processed food; breathe polluted air; drink impure liquids; take pharmaceutical drugs; entertain negative thoughts; fail to exercise; work too hard; suffer from stress; sleep excessively; go to bed late; wake late; eat at the wrong time of day and eat foods inappropriate for our body-type, toxins can build up to levels that the body is unable to cope with adequately. We then become tired and depressed and begin to suffer from ill health.

As the toxins (ama) build up they begin to solidify and crystallise and interfere with the functioning of the tissues. Eventually they cause hardening of the joints, muscles and bones, blocking of the arteries and impairment of the digestive process. Chronic constipation, indigestion, bloating, bad breath, excess weight, water retention, fatty deposits, cysts, cellulite, anxiety, heaviness, tiredness, pain in the lower back and joints, persistent headaches, varicose veins and other more serious complaints also begin to manifest.

The white coating on the tongue each morning gives a good indication of the amount of mental stress and physical toxicity in our tissues. If our digestion is strong and the body is healthy this toxic residue (ama) doesn´t appear- a newborn baby´s toungue is pink and lacks the white, toxic coating of many adults today.

Ama is essentially undigested food and the coating on the tongue becomes especially thick and profuse if the colon is functioning poorly. It usually becomes even more noticeable after eating and/or drinking late in the evening. At this time of day the body is unable to digest large quantities of food and undigested residues are left permeating the bodily tissues. This is one of the main reasons muscles can feel stiff, sore, tired and heavy in the morning; the muscle fibres are literally tangled or ‘glued’ together by thick, sticky mucus or ama (the same as the coating on the tongue) and they can no longer glide smoothly and freely over each other.

As soon as we become aware of dis-harmony in the body, whether it be tiredness, stress, negativity, anger, anxiousness, depression or physical symptoms such as nausea, skin rashes, pain or stiffness, we should quickly try and redress the balance by reducing the amount of toxins entering the body whilst also reducing the toxins stored in the body. This can only be achieved by changing our diet and lifestyle, increasing our digestive capacity, cleansing our colon and detoxifying our bodily tissues. Just changing our diet or taking a few herbal remedies will be unsuccessful, or at least limited in its affect, if we do not also cleanse the body at the same time.

Once the digestive system has been purified, balanced and strengthened, the ingestion of pure, unrefined foods and the taking of herbal teas and remedies will start to have the desired affect on the areas of the body we specifically wish to improve. Our ultimate goal should be to create constant energy, vitality, lightness, love, compassion and joy which are our inherent birthright and allow us to act efficiently, effectively and appropriately at all times; they are also the true measure of a healthy mind and body.

To summarise by way of an analogy; perhaps one of the best ways to understand the effects or consequences of toxins in the body is by viewing it in a similar way to a rain barrel. The barrel collects rainwater and as long as some of the water is drawn off regularly it will never overflow and damage the area surrounding it. If we view the human body in a similar way; as long as we don’t ingest and fill the tissues with too many toxins, we can flush them from our body before any long-term damage occurs to our vital organs. Furthermore, we are also able to increase the size of the barrel itself through the practice of some of Ayurveda’s more subtle healing modalities such as rejuvenation (rasayana) therapy, gem therapy, colour therapy, mantra therapy, yoga practice, breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation.

On the other hand, if we constantly ingest toxic material over a prolonged period of time the body finally reaches a point where it is no longer able to process and eliminate them properly and they begin to damage our tissues and organs. Our health suffers and we become prone to diseases of the mind and body - the barrel is now overflowing. The longer we ignore the signs and symptoms and refuse to change our ways, the greater the likelihood of a serious chronic problem developing and the harder it becomes to regain control over the problem.

Twice yearly courses of panchakarma treatments of ten to fourteen days duration help maintain the body in peak condition- they keep the barrel from overflowing. However, once a chronic ailment had become established it may be necessary to undertake a Panchakarma program for up to two months duration before the damage is undone

The Doshas can be vitiated mainly by two ways: normally and abnormally. The normal ways of vitiation is produced by the inevitable and natural actors like seasonal variations, diurnal variations and various stages of digestion. This type of vitiation is easy to treat and often the conditions subside automatically. Abnormal vitiation of Doshas is caused by deliberate exposure to specific etiological factors, both external and internal. That is wrong usage of sense organs, wrong bodily habits, suppression of natural urges, bad food habit or foods which are not matching with the bodily constitution and avoidance of daily and seasonal routines written in Ayurveda medicine. Indomitable food combinations, constant exposure to stress factors, mental agonies like frustration, anger, fear etc are the other factors which make a body and mind diseased.

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