The changed living habits due to increasing job requirement, sedentary lifestyle and competitive living are the main culprits coming in the way of golden rules of good living. People who fall victims to this new phenomenon get trapped with certain diseases at a younger age. These are called lifestyle disorders because of the reason that the diseases associated with this are limited to people who adopt unhealthy and inappropriate lifestyles.
Lifestyle diseases are more prevalent in present era due to wrong eating habits, craving for unhealthy food, lack of physical exercise and irregular sleep pattern. Some of the common lifestyle diseases predominantly affecting the life of the people include hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, obesity, poor vision, arthritis etc Ayurveda believes that the lifestyle diseases are not restricted to particular organ or system. These diseases are caused due to inadequate, excessive or improper activities of body, mind and sense organs, and ignoring one’s own knowledge, intuition or common sense (Prajnaparadha) According to Ayurveda ,one should follow the three sub pillars of life (Trayopastambha) ie, proper intake of healthy foods (Ahara), adequate rest or sleep (Nidra) and regulated sexual activities (Brahmacharya) for maintaining healthy life. All the treatments and regimens are aimed to achieve the homeostasis and not just counter the specific symptoms. This makes Ayurveda different from other systems of medicine in managing lifestyle disorders. Ayurveda offers various methods to manage lifestyle disorders by following Dincharya( daily regimes), Ritucharya (seasonal regimes), Sadvrutta (rules of good conduct), Panchakarma therapies and by administration of various Rasayanas (rejuvenating and immune boosting herbs).
This course enumerates most common lifestyle diseases and how those can be managed effectively through Ayurveda.
Unit I – Basic principles & philosophy of Ayurveda
Unit II : Ayurveda concept of Diabetes mellitus
Unit III : Obesity: An Ayurvedic perspective
Unit IV : Ayurveda management of Obesity
Unit V : Ayurveda management of Hypertension, Hypothyroidism and Dyslipidaemia