Saturday, 29 October 2011

Ayurveda's stages of illness

Ayurveda clearly describes how the body becomes ill. The stages of illness according to Ayurveda are: accumulation, aggravation, overflow, relocation, manifestation, and diversification.

   For the healthy function of each cell the waste products produced after the metabolism of local tissues need to be transported away regularly. Accumulation occurs when these waste products start to become stuck in the local tissues with out proper transportation. In Ayurveda this is called ama (means undigested food). This can be due to various reasons like change in lifestyle, wrong diet, addictions like smoking and alcohol, seasonal changes, working stress and lot more. This is the starting stage and the more easy stage to be get treated.


   When the accumulation continues, the local tissues begin to lose their own function, and start to apply pressure to the surrounding tissue. Organs begin to get stressed at this stage.


   The wastes now begins to move into other non-related tissues, flowing into blood, the lymph, and the gastrointestinal tract. This means the disease is no longer in one place, it is on move, spreading to other parts of the body.


   Symptoms will start noticeable at this stage. The accumulation of cellular wastes became visible in the form of Pain, headache, fatigue etc..


   In this stage small symptoms combine to form complex set of symptoms such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes etc...


   In this stage complete set of symptoms become visible such as- cold, pain, constipation, anxiety, fever, inflammation, irritation, swelling, weight gain, respiratory problems etc.. From these symptoms the doctor can identify where the imbalance lies and how to correct them.

Ayurvedic concept of correcting these symptoms is to determine what makes us sick, how to become well, and what we can do for ourselves to stay healthy

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