What is Ayurveda ?
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which is comprised of two words “Ayu” and “Veda”.
“Ayu means life” and “Veda means to know”. Thus Ayurveda means “the science of life”. It is a holistic system of medicines and has been in the used for the last 4000 years. It has a great influence on health care system. It provides guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy person can stay healthy and persons with sickness can get rid of the medical challenges.
How does it work?
According to Ayurveda it is believed that five great elements make up the universe and the human body. They are earth, water, fire, air and space. It is also believed that all humans possess a unique constellation of body types or doshas-vata (wind/spirit/air), pitta (bile), and kapha (phlegm). Each represents a divine force, and Ayurveda seeks to bring them into balance through proper diet, herbal treatment and spiritual practice.
Ayurvedic practitioner tries to see what part of the patient's life is creating the imbalance, be it diet, lifestyle, work, emotional states, etc. Based on the nature of the imbalance, the practitioner will select the modalities of the treatment.
What is the scientific basis of Ayurveda? There is very little study available to conclude the scientific basis of the treatment modalities. At the same time, it heals and treats lot of diseases / conditions satisfactorily. In case of neurological conditions, it has shown tremendous result.
What are the Pediatric developmental conditions successfully treated with Ayurveda?
The following conditions are basically treated with Ayurvedic system of medicine along with our standard therapies.
Speech and Communication Disorders / Stammering / Auditory Processing Disorders
West Syndrome / Infantile Spasm
G B Syndrome
Tuberous Sclerosis Syndrome
The following signs and symptoms, we see while combining the treatment
Breath holding spell
Poor Cognition (Mental Retardation)
Poor Balance, etc
Is there any side effect of Ayurveda possible?
Yes, there may be side effects but mostly it goes away very soon. In fact, it takes time to be comfortable with these medicines. Due to its specific taste, some children do not want to take these medicines. Fortunately, we have never seen long term side effects.
A few side effects, we have seen as:
Change of taste
Heating effect, etc
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