SCOPE OF AYURVEDA IN LIFESTYLE DISORDERS
*Dr. Shailza Bhatnagar, Dr. Manu Verma and Dr. Mukti Manki Mita Singh
Life style disorders refer to diseases associated with the way a person or group of people lives. Diet and lifestyle are major factors thought to influence susceptibility to this kind of diseases. With rapid economic, technical development and advancement in every field and especially increasing westernization the lifestyle of common man has completely changed which is leading to many common health problems notably stress, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, allergic disorders and thyroid disorders and many more. Lack of exercise, use of preserved and junk food, smoking habits, and alcohol intake also increase risk of developing these types of diseases esp. later in life. The pragyapradha which has been mentioned as one important causative factor for the production of diseases is mainly responsible for lifestyle disorders. Ayurveda being science of life describes the basic things like dinacharya, ritucharya, aahara and vihara for the maintenance of health and prevention of diseases. It also explains therapies like shodhana, rasayana, vajikarana beside the shamana therapy for prevention and cure of diseases. The Sadvritta and aachara rasayana are of utmost importance to maintain healthy and happy psychological perspective i.e. hitayu. The treatment modalities of this great science have miraculous effects on lifestyle disorders.
Keywords: Life style disorders, ayurveda, shodhana, rasayana, vajikarana.
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