Focal Theme

AYUSH International conference and exhibition 2018, Melbourne, which brings the natural health modalities, under one roof in Australia. The event consists of a series of lectures, workshops and exhibition of different modalities. The conference theme is “Pain and lifestyle disease management through AYUSH systems of medicine”

Why pain?

Pain in the most common symptom that is usually presented with many diseases and with day-to-day increase in the inflammatory conditions and auto-immune conditions, pain management is always challenging for the clients. Hence, this conference looks at the alternate and safe of managing the pain, that may include herbs, techniques and other natural methods, which can be able to help to minimise the inflammation.

Why Lifestyle Disease?

The global burden of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, Diabetes, and hypertension has increased over the last few decades. Hence our conference aims to see what traditional systems are saying about managing these conditions.

Ayurveda for Pain Management

According to Ayurveda, which follows a holistic way of living, pain is a symptom of physical or mental sickness. This pain can happen in any region of the body and is caused by the aggravation of the Vata Dosha. When the Doshas are affected, they increase the intensity of pain. Dosha imbalance is caused by factors such as diet, digestion, toxin accumulation, stress and a sedentary lifestyle.

Ayurveda describes pain on the basis of the Five Element Theory. The Five Elements Theory in Ayurveda comprises the Ether, Air, Fire, Water and the Earth. These five elements in the body merge in pairs and form the three Doshas (Humers) called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These are the basic functional principles of the body and the mind, and they regulate the internal function of the body. When these Doshas are balanced, a person is healthy, while an imbalance of these Doshas causes disease.

In Ayurveda, all types of pain are considered due to the aggravation of the Vata Dosha. According to Ayurveda, the pain, whether physical, mental or emotional, is caused due to the involvement of the Vata Dosha, which is responsible for all movements of the body. The obstruction of Vata (body air) flow causes pain. The Vata energy in the body belongs to Ether or the air elements. It is present in all parts of the body. The other two types of energy in the body; Pitta and Kapha, cannot work without the help of Vata energy. Thus it is very important that Vata flows freely in the body to ensure painlessness.

The Ayurvedic classical treatise called Charak describes pain in three categories:

1. Vata type pain:
This is sharp and throbbing in nature and is able to move throughout the body.

2. Vata and Pitta type pain:
This is burning, intense and piercing in nature, which stays in one place.

3. Vata and Kapha type Pain:
This type of pain is dull in nature and stays in one place.

The following diseases come under Vata, Vata Pitta, and Vata Kapha:

A recurrent Headaches, neck pain, migraine, shoulder pain, back pain, knee pain, other joint pains, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis Fibromyalgia, Bell’s Palsy, neurological disorders and many others.

Treatment for pain in Ayurveda for Vata, Vata Pitta, and Vata Kapha imbalances

Due to individuals having different constitutions, it is best to find an Ayurvedic practitioner near your area that can advise and meet the requirements of your needs. The following measurements are taken to treat pain in Ayurveda:

  1. Diet: Food is a powerful healer. According to Ayurveda, different foods are required for different body types; food for one person can be medicine for another. Anyone experiencing pain should follow the Vata pacifying diet which includes food that is warm, moist, spiced, cooked or semi-cooked. The sweet, salty and sour tastes are all also Vata pacifying tastes. Try to eat whole and natural foods.
  2. Ayurvedic Treatments: Griva Basti, Katti Basti and Janu Basti with a variety of herbal oils are a special treatment in Ayurvedic medicine for neck pain, back pain, and knee pain. Panchakarma treatment and Shirodhara treatment are also treatments in Ayurvedic medicine which reduce aches, pain and allow calmness of the mind.
  3. Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyanga): A unique form of massage in Ayurvedic medicine has tremendous benefits to the mind, body, skin and immune system. It involves copious amounts of oil and a therapy sequence that relaxes and softens the tissues. This is a balancing treatment for the mind, body, and emotions.
  4. Yoga and Pranayama (breathing exercise): Yoga and Pranayama help the body reduce pain. It helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Yoga and Pranayama also relieve stagnation and congestion. Contraction and relaxation of muscles with the help of Asana and Pranayama restore normal circulation. It mobilizes the blood, lymph, and other fluids which reduce pain.
  5. Ayurvedic Herbs: Turmeric, Ginger Boswellia, Ashwagandha, and Guggulu are very helpful herbs in reducing pain and inflammation. Normally these herbs are sold in combination formulas which are better than using a single herb.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Ayurveda is a science as well as an art of daily living, with its purpose being to heal and maintain a high quality of life. It embraces the uniqueness of each person’s body, mind, and consciousness, which is known as their Prakriti. A Dosha is an energy which becomes vitiated and affects the bodily tissues, which eventually manifests into a disease. There are three Doshas in Ayurveda known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In this article, we will discuss different Doshas, their characteristics, how they can manifest disease as well as the dietary and lifestyle solutions for each Dosha.

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old science; one of the keys to good health is living in tune with the cycle of nature. This means rising and settling with the patterns of the sun. To help you align your system more closely with the cycles of nature, Ayurvedic tradition recommends a routine of morning and night-time practices, collectively known as Dinacharya. These rituals are designed to give you a calm, focused, and the steady flow of energy which will help in ensuring the restful sleep.

While having a daily routine is at the heart of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, no single routine is right for everyone. It changes and adapts to meet the needs of each individual’s constitution and the current state of imbalance.

Below are lists of practices which are prescribed for an Ayurvedic lifestyle. If you choose to adopt these in your life be sure to take note of your energy levels and mood. Additionally, tracking your progress and making necessary adjustments will help you develop a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Waking before sunrise fills you with sustained energy for the day.
  2. Ayurveda recommends a practice called tongue scraping to remove the coating that appears overnight, which contains ama, or toxins, said to eventually cause illness. Using a tongue scraper, gently comb your tongue from back to front several times. Rinse the scraper between sessions. Doing this before you brush your teeth is thought to stimulate the digestive response and encourages hunger.
  3. Drink a cup of warm water (with an optional pinch of rock salt and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or honey as per your daily routine), and try to evacuate your bowel, which stimulates your Agni (digestive fire).
  4. According to Ayurveda, massaging your body with warm oils promotes detoxification and moisturizes skin—especially in the drier fall and winter months. It also stimulates circulation and regulates the nervous system.
  5. In Ayurvedic routine daily 45 minutes, exercise/yoga and 10 to 15 minutes pranayama & meditation will prepare you for the day.
  6. Put the focus on a healthy breakfast. Years of research have established that those who eat healthy breakfast regularly in the morning generally live longer.
  7. As the sun goes down, lower the lights in your home to signal to your body that it is time to sleep. Wind down by reading something uplifting or spending time with your family or friends.
  8. A foot massage can relax the entire body.
  9. Before bed, heat a cup of organic whole milk until it boils. Add a pinch of ground cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon (to aid digestion). Let it cool a bit and add honey to taste. Warm whole milk is used in Ayurveda as an insomnia remedy. If you do not drink milk sip an herbal tea instead.
  10. Connect yourself with nature; an important aspect of Ayurveda. When you spend time with nature, you connect yourself closer to the earth. This connection is calming for those who are suffering from stress.
  11. Sometimes, the physiology of the body experiences imbalance and even minor imbalances can cause disease. A qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner will help you understand and correct such imbalances.