BACK TO THE ROOTS
DR VIVEK AHUJA 35, Ayurvedic Specialist, Zirakpur, Punjab
In the past five years, Dr Ahuja has seen a lot of youngsters consulting him for migraine, joint disorders, psychiatric counselling and gynecological issues. The doctor says that this disturbing trend can be attributed to the fact that the young often take their bodies and minds for granted. “Their diets are not like that of their parents, and neither is their ability to counter stress as developed.”
Mind your Habits Dr Ahuja says that diseases have a direct relation with what we eat (aahara), what we do (vyavhara) and the environment we live in (ritu viparaya). It is the changing habits that are to be held responsible, says Dr Ahuja, "These include over indulgence of food, deterioration of environment due to pollution and migration from place to place, intake of unseasonal food combined with erratic sleep patterns." According to him, the lack of availability of constituents (minerals) because of change in use of cooking utensils, over dependence on chemical fertilisers in
fields, adulteration and addition of synthetic preservatives also adds to the risk of developing lifestyle diseases.
The Right Shape The doctor says that he rises at dawn and drinks about 1.5 litres of water first thing in the morning to balance his doshas. “Post that, I practise Neti Yog (cleanse my nasal passages with Sutra and Water), which helps my respiratory organs to prevent intake of toxins during the day. Yoga comes next.” Contact dr.ahuja[email protected]
1 Snehana (oil massage) and Swedana (steam) provide lubrication to the body and also help in relaxing muscles. 2 There are detoxification therapies like Panchkarma – Vamana (Emesis), Virechana (Purgation), Vasti (Medicated enema), Nasya (Nasal...