What is Addiction
Addiction is a condition that arises due to frequent use of alcohol and drugs. It is a pathological condition that can lead to failure in school, work and life overall.
How People Get Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol
People get addicted to drugs or alcohol to forget physical or emotional suffering, depression or an unhappy family or personal life.
Ayurveda’s Concept of Addiction
Ayurveda considers addiction as an “intoxication” condition due to the frequent use of alcohol or other substances. Alcohol and drugs are the complete opposite of Ojas, the life force in the body. Ojas is required for good health. Alcohol and drugs greatly diminishes Ojas.
Four Stages of Addiction
Ayurvedic therapies are used about after 8 to 12 weeks of sobriety. It is very important to consult with your Ayurvedic specialist at every step of the therapies and I have developed an Ayurvedic Wellness Program for addiction.
The Three Doshas and Addiction
Ayurvedic principles are based on Vata (air, ether), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water, earth). Ayurvedic therapies to treat addiction focus on balancing the three Doshas and pacifying the aggravated Doshas in the body, as well as detoxifying mentally, emotionally and physically.
An analysis of the imbalance in the Doshas by the practitioner is required before starting any Ayurvedic therapies.
Signs of Dosha Aggregation
Follow a stable, healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise, as recommended by your Ayurvedic practitioner and physician.
Depending on your unique situation, Panchakarma may be right for you. Panchakarma is an ancient healing method that can be intense and should be watched closely by your practitioner and physician. It is also highly effective in returning to good health!
After Panchakarma, a specific diet and Ayurvedic herbs are used after cleansing or detoxification.
Integrating Yoga, breathing exercises, individual and guided meditation and therapy are important in addressing the emotional and mental aspects of addiction.
Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Addiction and Recovery Healing
Jaya is an Ayurveda practitioner. For the past 20 years she has led clients to health and healing by sharing the transformative power of Ayurveda in her seminars and workshops.
In addition to being the founder and CEO of Active Ayurveda and Yoga, LLC and The Institute of Ayurveda and Lifestyle Management, she is a writer of Ayurveda related articles in multiple newspapers and magazines in United States. As a healing practitioner, Dr. Daptardar concentrates on prevention and wellness, specializes in women’s health, nutrition, weight and lifestyle management, and the treatment of such maladies as arthritis, asthma, allergies, acne, digestion issues, chronic pain, mental health, stress related illness and Ayurvedic therapies like Shirodhara, Nasya and much more. She practices in Weston CT and at Pryority Wellness, 45 Grove Street New Canaan, CT
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It’s Vata Dosha season, the Dosha of air and space! According to the Ayurvedic calendar, fall is when these elements increase in our environment. You can see it all around you - cold wind, dryness, cracking leaves. These elements also increase in our minds and bodies just like they do in nature and they can cause a wide variety of health problems.
Here are a few practical Ayurvedic practices to settle Vata into balance as well as more information on what Vata looks like when it manifests as sickness.