Incorporating Elements Of Ancient Ayurveda Into Modern Life

Nusrat Jahan Pritom

2 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Incorporating Elements Of Ancient Ayurveda Into Modern Life

I once had a friend who was very pessimistic about herbal medicine and Ayurvedic techniques. “If people back then had cure for every disease, modern pharmaceuticals would have never stood a chance.” His argument made sense. After all, not only do we have medicine at present to make our health better, we also enjoy many amenities in our modern lives. Even then, I still could not help but wonder why people back then lived longer and people at contemporary times are faced with hazardous challenges such as obesity, cardio-vascular diseases and so on. This realization had always allowed me to nurture my curiosity on alternative medicine.

People back then did not have cure for diseases we have now, yet they had a healthier lifestyle. They had wholesome food, not junk food or adulterated food; walked more or did more physical exercises that allowed them to keep obesity at bay and also had a multitude of other good habits which allowed them a happy life even if they had compromised a lot of comforts we now cherish. So this can only mean one thing. If we need to live a happy, healthy life at present, we need to add some habits from the past. In other words, in order to go forward we need to take a few steps back. But that does not mean we need to abandon our modern comforts. Both could co-exist. In fact, we have the privilege our ancestors did not have and also the knowledge that they possessed in our fingertips. It’s so much easier to get access to knowledge about anything. One example is herbal tea. While by herbal tea, most of us only assume green tea which itself is an excellent choice as it is rich in anti-oxidants, there are many other teas with which you could reap similar or other benefits. Hibiscus tea, for example, helps to lower blood pressure. It also reduces sugar levels, keep your liver healthy, help with menstrual cramps, help with depression, aid digestion and help with weight management. It’s rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative properties. That’s a lot of benefits but if you have low blood pressure or are taking insulin, you must avoid this. Tulsi tea is another tea which is becoming quite popular among Bangladeshis besides green tea. It is also rich in antioxidants and helps mitigate conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

Incorporating herbal tea to your diet is an excellent way to make a good change in lifestyle and health, but there are also some super foods that you could keep in mind. Amla, or the Indian gooseberry, is one such food that you need to consume with caution. It is good for hair, skin, eyes and bones. Being rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, vitamin B complex, protein, carbohydrates, cholesterol and sodium, it is very beneficial for health. Moreover, it nourishes the mind, improves memory and enhances intelligence. But just like any super food or vitamin supplement, over-consuming can give adverse results. Experts say that if you have more than one emblic (amla) per day (or equivalent amount of juice or powder), you may face problems in digestion. Being a super food, it can also counter-work against any medication you are taking. For this reason, you should definitely be taking your doctor’s advice before bringing in a super food into your daily diet. If you are not taking any serious medication, search engines such as Google can help you identify whether it’s suitable for you or not.

We have gyms now while our ancestors used to walk in the name of exercise. Back then, walking was compulsory. Now it is optional. Perhaps this is what has made us a bit lazy. Try to be more active as bones and overall health perform better when used with frequent rests. Even the brain stops working well if it is left idle for too long. Reading books, solving puzzles or doing something that involves creativity allows the brain to do its exercise.

There are many ancient healing techniques of the past that can be incorporated now into our lives! Yoga, for example, is one such example. Doing yoga regularly can help improve your health. There are many free yoga classes on Youtube that you could avail from.

This is the best time to live your life and make your choices. It allows you the freedom to choose between a soft drink, a diet drink and a cup of herbal tea. It all depends upon you which one you choose and how frequently you choose it.