We go to the eye doctor because we lose our sight, to the orthopedic surgeon for contractures, to the endocrinologist for thyroid problems and to the gastroenterologist for heartburn. Each one prescribes studies to make a diagnosis and to be able to offer a treatment, which often only includes pharmacological medication, and to cure the pathology detected in isolation from all the others and from everything we are: emotions, feelings and thoughts.
What if there was a more comprehensive way to get to health? What if we understood that we are a complex system that not only gets physically ill? This is what Ayurvedic medicine proposes, with more than 5,000 years of history and endorsed by the World Health Organization.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word made up of two terms: Ayuh, duration of life; and, behold, truth, knowledge. Thus, its meaning comes to be: the science or wisdom of life. According to its definition, Ayurvedic medicine views health as more than the absence of disease, taking into account the integrated functioning of mind-body-spirit that, long before the appearance of modern medicine, already explained the basic principles Ayurveda.
That is why the intelligent coordination of our four parts is taken into account: the soul, the mind, the senses and the body, with the totality of nature and the cosmos. Health is not just a state of the body. We interact with the seasons, the planetary changes of the earth and the moon, other planets, as well as with the daily relationships that orbit within our lives, our loved ones and friends, coworkers, etc. In this sense, we affect and are affected by every other animate and inanimate thing that exists. According to Ayurveda, putting everything in balance is the key to a healthy life.
The integrated functioning of the mind, body and spirit is taken into account
Ayurveda has been passed down through the centuries as a complete healing system, evolving to meet the needs of every age, yet still committed to its basic principles. Various cultures have taken advantage of the ideas of Ayurvedic medicine, and it continues to prosper both in the East and in the West.
“Medicine comes from what we eat: we are what we eat, what we say, what we think and what we act. Ayurvedic medicine is for everyone, including healthy people who want to have a totally different lifestyle and prevent disease. Because one of the pillars of Ayurveda is food, another is meditation, and another is yoga itself. Patients with certain pathologies also come and the treatments are carried out in a personalized but holistic way: I do not focus only on a particular diagnosis, because this disease has to be faced from a set of points ”, explains the person from Florence, Moabro Montenegro (MP 116.234) , cardiologist, nuclear medicine and Ayurvedic doctor.
Ayurvedic medicine uses herbs, mother tinctures or extracts
In this sense, the professional explains that a diagnosis does not imply the same for all people: “high blood pressure is not universal. Each person has their symptoms, a story, experiences. Because if we go to the etymology of that word, it speaks of someone or something hyper-tense, then we would have to see where or why the patient is tense. You have to see why the disease appears and what are the ways in which each patient who has a history, feelings and emotions that will play depending on their health or disease can be approached ”.
Ayurvedic medicine promptly treats chronic or acute illnesses naturally with herbs, mother tinctures or extracts, and my form includes the person himself.
For this specialist, all medicines can work together to heal people. “In my work I include all the knowledge. There are no medicines to replace, it is not a war of what is better. It is posed as a war from an egotistical and economic place worldwide by the pharmaceutical industry. I think we have to find the union between the things that allow us to evolve like computed tomography, an MRI or diagnostics, that seems wonderful to me. But if that only has an economic and analytical purpose without understanding that the person has a number of constellations inside to deal with, then it loses meaning and only ends up being a number. I don’t do this or that, I do both because I serve people. Embracing the patient in a more holistic way is going to be what will lead us to find health, which is not only physical but due to a constellation of situations: physical, psychic and emotional ”, highlights Moabro Montenegro.
In general, you go to the doctor because there is some pain or discomfort that you want to solve to continue with daily life. Few people do general check-ups and the phrase “if you go to the doctor, something will find you” is popular, which is true, according to the experience of this cardiologist. “Patients come with a specific or basic consultation that is the change in habits, and when they realize that the approach is holistic, all their pathologies begin to emerge. Because they realize that they can prevent a lot of things that they have in potential or illnesses that the grandparents had. I am a cardiologist and I practice Ayurvedic medicine. I try what is within my reach, but if something exceeds me because it is not my area, I make a referral to a certain professional who is qualified in the matter and once I have the name of the disease or diagnosis of my colleague, I continue with a treatment holistic to treat the patient based on that pathology ”.
The experience of this doctor indicates that when a different lifestyle is installed and an understanding that the pathology has a complex and internal origin, the disease recedes. “The disease does not come to kill us but to cure us. That is a very strong and basic concept: illness is something that comes to tell you that you need to do something with yourself. It is an alarm. This renewed concept of what a disease is is what brings healing and healing closer to us lovingly, “highlights the specialist and distances herself from isolated diagnoses:” studies, diagnoses and labels or nomenclators end up telling the patient that he is a sum of diagnoses. You are not a disease, you are going through or you are going through a disease ”.
Ayurveda sees the world in light of three constitutional principles or doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha and the combinations thereof; the whole world comes alive in a new way. The doshas take shape in endless interesting ways.
Composed of air and space, Vata is dry, light, cold, rough, subtle / penetrating, mobile and clear. As such, it regulates the principle of movement. Any body movement: chewing, swallowing, nerve impulses, breathing, muscle movements, thinking, peristalsis, bowel movements, urination, menstruation, etc. requires a balanced vata. When vata is out of balance, any of these movements can be impaired.
“Embracing the patient in a holistic way will be what leads to finding their health”
Pitta produces the qualities of fire and water. It is sharp, penetrating, hot, light, fluid, mobile and oily. Pitta’s main domain is transformation. In the same way that fire transforms anything it touches, pitta is at stake every time the body converts or processes something. Thus Pitta monitors: digestion, metabolism, temperature maintenance, sensory perception, and understanding. Pitta unbalanced can lead to irritation and inflammation in these particular areas.
Kapha, composed of earth and water, is heavy, cold, opaque, oily, smooth, dense, smooth, static, fluid, gaseous, dense, and thick. Kapha governs stability and structure, forms the substance of the human body, that of the skeleton and that of the fatty molecules (lipids) of various organs that support the body. An excess of kapha leads to an overabundance of density, heaviness, and weight gain.
Each person has an Ayurvedic constitution that is specific to him or her, and acting away from that constitution creates imbalances in their health. The unbalanced dosha can manifest itself in various ways and in various stages; from a general feeling of “something is not right”, to diseases diagnosed with serious complications. To address this, ayurveda presents a comprehensive “tool box” with treatment modalities to choose from.
Ayurvedic remedies are based on diet modifications, lifestyle and activity adjustments, herbal supplements, yoga, Pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation, Marma (energy pressure points), and cleansing processes.