Ayurveda is an ancient medicine system of the Indian subcontinent. It is said to have originated in India about 5000 years back. The word Ayurveda is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words ‘ayu’, meaning 'life' and ‘veda’, meaning 'science', thus Ayurveda literally means the 'science of life'. Unlike other medicinal systems, Ayurveda focuses more on healthy living than the treatment of diseases. The main concept of Ayurveda is that it personalizes the healing process. We treat the individual and not the disease.
According to Ayurveda, the human being is composed of 4 Components - The Physical Body, The Meta Physical Mind, The 5 Sense organs and the Eternal Soul. The 5 Sense organs connect the Physical Body with Mind.
It respects the uniqueness of the individual (Our Fingerprints are not same)
It considers all the levels of the individual – body, mind, and spirit.
It offers natural ways of promoting health.
It emphasizes prevention (True Prevention - Not Just Routine yearly tests)
It empowers everyone to take responsibility for their own well-being (We are what we eat)
It is time-tested (No change in our Concepts (or) Theory (or) Approach last 2000 years)
Modern Medicine is based on Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Ayurveda is Based on Indian Sankhya Philosophy - the theory of Macrocosm and Microcosm. Man is the Epitome of the Greater Universe. According to Ayurveda all objects in the universe including “human body” are composed of five basic elements (Pancha maha bhutas) namely, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space (Ether). We are a Small particle in this Universe. We are Microcosm in this Macrocosm of the Universe.
There is a balanced condensation of these elements in different proportions to suit the needs and requirements of different structures and functions of the body Structures and its parts. The growth and development of the body Structures depends on its nutrition, i.e. on food. The food, in turn, is composed of the above five elements, which replenish (or) nourish the like elements of the body after the action of AGNI (Digestive Fire). The tissues (Dhatus) of the body are structural whereas humours are physiological entities, derived from different combinations and permutations of Pancha maha bhutas.
The three functional elements of the body are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, which together regulate and control the catabolic and anabolic metabolism. Vata is made of Air & Space. Pitta - Fire + water. Kapha - Earth + Water. The main function of the three doshas is to carry the byproduct of digested foods throughout the body, which helps in building up the body tissues. Any imbalances in these doshas cause disease.
Dhatu can be defined as one, which supports the body (Structure). There are seven tissue systems in the body. They are as Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, Majja and Shukra which represent the plasma, blood, muscle, fat tissue, bone, bone marrow and semen respectively. Dhatus provide stability to the body and the main aim of Ayurveda is to nourish and protect the structural elements of the body.
Mala means waste products. It is third in the trinity of the body i.e. doshas and dhatu. There are three main types of malas, e.g. stool, urine and sweat. Malas are mainly the waste products of the body so their proper excretion from the body is essential to maintain the proper health of the individual.
All kinds of metabolic and digestive activity of the body takes place with the help of the biological fire of the body called Agni. Agni can be termed as the various enzymes present in the alimentary canal, liver and the tissue cells. Charaka (One of the Best Ayurveda Physician in Ancient Times) says “Kayo Agnihi”. Which means the Agni is their all over the Body. Even though the Jataragni is their in Kosta (Alimentary System), the Reflection of Agni is there all over the Human Body.
Health or sickness depends on the presence or absence of a balanced state of the total body matrix including the balance between its different constituents. Both the intrinsic and extrinsic factors can cause disturbance in the natural equilibrium giving rise to disease. This loss of equilibrium can happen by dietary indiscrimination, undesirable habits and non-observance of rules of healthy living. Seasonal abnormalities, improper exercise or erratic application of sense organs and incompatible actions of the body and mind can also result in creating disturbance of the existing normal balance. The treatment consists of restoring the balance of disturbed body-mind matrix through 2 kinds of Approach.
Shamana (Correcting the Imbalances with Lifestyle changes, Diet and Herbs)
Shodhana (Cleansing Procedures) - If the Imbalances of 3 Doshas are Beyond the treatment with Herbs, then Pancha Karma procedure are required to Eliminate Toxins.
In Ayurveda, the diagnosis is always done of the patient as a whole. We understand the Body as a Single Unit. That's why we don't have any Confusion in Understanding and treating Many Chronic Diseases. The physician takes careful note of the patient's internal physiological characteristics and mental disposition. S/He also studies such other factors as the affected bodily tissues, humours, the site at which the disease is located, patient's resistance and vitality, his/her daily routine, dietary habits, the gravity of clinical conditions, condition of digestion and details of personal, social, economic and environmental situation of the patient. The diagnosis is done through 8 Methods - By asking questions, By Physical appearance, Pulse, Urine, Feces, Tongue, etc
Acne can be highly stubborn and distressing. The pimples can not only be painful but also leave behind ugly scars. It is very important to make smart choices especially when Facial skin is concerned.
Ayurveda provides abundant holistic and natural ways to fight various skin problems and keep your skin healthy. The age-old methodologies of Ayurveda goes beyond conventional approaches to find an answer to the disorder and treat it away from its roots.
Picture this. You are all excited for a party at the weekend, you have zeroed in your dress, you have decided how you are going to do your hair, and suddenly you spot a red bump on your left cheek. While you are just wondering you would cover it through your makeup, there's another nasty pimple-popping near your nose. Acne can be unpredictable and pretty annoying, but the truth is that it is one of the most common skin condition in adolescents across the globe. Acne is caused due to excess production of oil from the sebaceous glands leading to the blockage of hair follicles. Ayurveda has many several natural approaches that may help control acne.
Acne is a skin condition in which there is excess production of Sebum (oil) from the sebaceous glands leading to the blockage of hair follicles. It is the most common problem of adolescents, and is therefore known as Yauvanapidika in Ayurveda; yauvan means ‘adolescence’ and pidika means ‘pustules or papules’. Acne usually affects the face, back and shoulders and other areas that are densely populated with sebaceous glands. Acne presents either as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or nodules. Ayurveda provides effective root-cause Solutions to Acne and Most of the Skin Problems.
The primary cause is impairment of Agni which leads to Imbalance of all the three doshas, predominantly the Pitta dosha, which further vitiates the rakta and meda dhatus (blood and fat tissues). Vitiated doshas produce toxins that block the Srotas (Microscopic channels) of the affected areas leading to pimple formation. The condition of acne can also be aggravated by excessive intake of oily, spicy, salty and sour foods, Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Even if the Scalp has more Oil and that can lead to Acne and Pimples.
The first choice is to consult a qualified Ayurveda physician for better diagnosis and treatments.
If you don't have access to an Ayurveda practitioner, Then you can try these home remedies and suggestions.
Disclaimer - Results may vary due to Body Constitution, Climatic factors. Etc
To keep Acne at bay, one should adopt a pitta-pacifying diet. Those who see frequent outbreaks of acne, should avoid Oily, Spicy, Sour and fermented foods. Heavily fried, Cheesy and Gluey kind of foods should be avoided.
Avoid spicy, oily and sour foods
Eat more of fresh Fruits and Vegetables, unprocessed food
Increase the use of herbs that have cooling effects on the body like fennel, Black Grapes, Indian gooseberry (Amla), Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia) and Aloe vera
Increase intake of water to about 8-10 glasses per day
Manage Constipation well with Triphala Tablets or Isabgol
Wash your face frequently with Soap Free Herbal Face washes
Avoid irritant cosmetics
Do not squeeze the acne lesions
Take (Virechana) Purgation once in 2-3 months to cleanse the Internal System with Supervision of an Ayurveda Physician
Amla Juice (Indian Gooseberry)
Drink Amla juice everyday. Amla, or Indian gooseberry is Ayurveda's most prized possession when it comes to skin treatment. It is said that fresh amla juice contains 20 times as much VItamin-C as is present in orange juice. Vitamin-C is a natural antioxidant, which means that it protects you against the harmful effects of free radicals and prevents the formation of Acne.
Make a powdered mixture of Coriander seeds, fennel, basil, Turmeric, and Amla in equal parts. All of these seeds and herbs are packed with antioxidants that kill inflammation beneath the skin. Take half teaspoon of this powder 15 minutes before lunch and dinner mixed with Lukewarm water.
External Application of Herbal Mixture
Apply Mixture of Sandalwood paste, Turmeric with rosewater on affected Skin everyday. Leave it for 30mins and wash it off with coldwater.
Basil or Tulsi
Tulsi is considered sacred in Ayurveda for its wonderful healing properties and is one of the best herbs to treat acne, pimples and blemishes naturally. Crush some fresh and clean tulsi leaves, take out its juice and massage it on your face. Let the face absorb the juice of 15-20 minutes and rinse off with clean water.
Amla or Indian Gooseberry
Amla is known as elixir for your skin and removes excess sebum, fights acne causing bacteria and prevents scare. Make a paste of amla and apply on your face. Wash it off after 15-20 minutes.
Honey is a miraculous natural ingredient with numerous benefits, and the treatment of acne and pimples is one of them. Apply a few drops of Pure Honey on the pimples or the scars and rinse off after 5-10 minutes. Repeat regularly for best results.
Turmeric is an antibacterial and anti-fungal Ayurvedic remedy to prevent bacterial breakouts and pimples. It is also anti-allergic and cleanses toxins from the pores. Make a paste of turmeric powder with “Rosewater” and apply it on the skin. Once dry, rinse off and pat dry. You can replace Rosewater with honey for dry skin.
Neem leaves are the perfect and most popular Ayurvedic remedy for treating pimples. Apply neem paste (Rosewater) on the affected area, leave it on until dry, rinse with water and pat dry. Make neem leaf paste by boiling and crushing 10 Tender leaves.
Dry Grapes or Raisins
Raisins are a very good Cooling agent and Blood Purifier. Take 30-40 small raisins, Soak it in water overnight. Crush it and take the Mixture in the Morning on empty stomach for 2-3 months regularly for Controlling Acne.
Triphala is a popular Ayurvedic remedy for skin. It balances the tridosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), detoxifies the whole body, fights against bad bacteria and helps in your Acne healing. Take 1 tsp. of triphala with hot water at Bedtime (or) on an empty stomach every morning.
White Gourd or Lauki
Lauki juice is extremely beneficial as its high water content will keep body cool and skin healthy. It cleanses your body system within, prevents pimples and gives a smooth and beautiful skin. Take a lauki, pee of the outer skin, wash it thoroughly. Cut the lauki into small pieces and put it into the blender. Extract the juice, add a pinch of salt and drink it on an empty stomach in the Morning.
Papaya is a great Ayurvedic remedy for acne and pimples. Wash your face, pat dry and apply papaya paste (with Water or Rose Water) on your face. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Repeat daily.
If all of this feels a little confusing, take simple steps to cut out additives and preservatives first, so you’re eating foods that are as whole and natural as possible.
This will help keep the body calm and clean from the inside out. Always use Organic and Chemical Products at home.
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, as well as getting sufficient rest too as stress is known to contribute to Acne in adults. Always wash your face with a Herbal face wash before going to sleep at night. It could be time to reconsider a regular meditation practice or reignite your interest in yoga.
Finally, as frustrating as it may be, remember that beauty comes from within and there is no need to feel anything less than fabulous. Don’t let acne knock your confidence.
About Dr. Godwin
With over 16 years of experience, Dr. Godwin is one of the leading Ayurveda physicians in South India for chronic and serious diseases that have no treatment in western medicine. His expertise has greatly helped in the treatment of chronic and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, disc prolapse, disc bulge, chronic liver and kidney failure, paralysis, IBS, Crohn's disease, osteoarthritis, and cancer. Having worked in some of South India's top Ayurveda hospitals and wellness centers, Dr. Godwin has helped treat several esteemed dignitaries and celebrities over the years.