Are you sick & tired of being sick & tired? Reading this could literally save your life. Get well & stay well the eastern way!
You can apply these rules to pretty much every disease & sickness but for arguments sake, let’s start with acid in the throat. More irritating than serious and common in the West where we tend to eat on the go. Acid occurs with the accumulation of too much PITTA dosha or fire in the system. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Dosha I’ll explain in more detail later. Eastern healthcare or Ayurveda accepts there are 3 main Dosha, which keep us functioning on all levels as human beings. If these are neglected, they also contribute to 6 stages of disease progression or ‘SAMPRAPTI’
Symptom: Throat acid & the 6 stages of Disease Progression.
STAGE 1 : Accumulation Because we don’t give much thought to how throat acid manifests, we don’t do much about it. So it doesn’t take long to enter STAGE 2-
Aggravation. This happens when the surrounding tissue becomes angry & aggravated by the acid which may now result in differen symptoms like heartburn. Slightly more uncomfortable than the occasional fiery burp, but again nothing we busy Westerners fret about. At this stage most of us go for the antacids & cooling agents so we can get on with life. This is great until eventually, what started as a harmless symptom enters the next stage. STAGE 3 – Spread At this stage, we may experience different symptoms like for example, fatigue, pain in different parts of the body or a general feeling of unwellness. We often don’t connect the initial symptoms with what’s going on now, and remain oblivious to the journey that acidly burp is now making. At this point, the untreated acid is looking for a place to localise, the perfect environment to flourish. This is when we enter STAGE 4- Localisation. This happens in a particularly vulnerable area of the body such as for example, a previously injured knee or weakened back muscle. The confusion here, is figuring out why it spread? After all, you took the right measures with antacids. Ayurveda gives a clear answer to this question. It’s because we failed to locate the cause of the acid in its initial stage & cut it at the root. Without cutting the root we allow growth in all directions, which is great when it’s positive growth. When it’s negative growth it’s a whole different issue. Once the disease finds its ideal environment, it begins STAGE 5 progression. Lets say the acid localised in an injured knee, more often than not it will progress to a condition like Arthritis or Rhumatism. If it localised in a weakened back muscle, it may progress to sciatica etc. At this point, it doesn’t take long to enter STAGE 6 Diversification At this final stage of Samprapti, arthritis becomes Osteoarthritis or Rhumatoid Arthritis & so forth.
We all have our own ways of staying well, but for me Ayurveda does it every time. The concept of locating the problem source & cutting its root to stop growth makes perfect sense. But how do we find the time when we lead such busy & driven lives? And how do we find the source? Ayurveda teaches us the root is always in the mind. Why? Because the mind provides the perfect environment for positive/negative growth. If we change the mind, we change the progression of negativity to positivity or vice versa.
Ayurveda – (Knowledge of Life) Unlike Western medicine which compartmentalises symptoms and conditions, Ayurveda treats every cell & channel as part of the whole picture. Ayurveda works with 3 main Dosha: Pitta Vatta and Kapha. These govern the whole body system i.e. physical, psychological & spiritual.
PITTA: The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation. Those with a predominance of the Pitta principle have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind.
VATTA: Vata governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system, and the process of elimination.
KAPHA : Kapha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection. All the above according to Ayurveda, create what’s known as ‘SAMPRAPTI‘ or The progression of disease.
In my next blog post I’ll be giving advice on naturally releasing toxins from the body. Watch this space 👀
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