Ayurvedic Medicine: Anti-toxification vs Detoxific
By Scott Gerson • August 18th, 2006 • 17141 Views
According to Ayurveda, youth ends at 60. Thereafter, if one practices proper measures that slow and prevent the degenerative changes that can accompany aging, one can achieve a long and disease-free old age. These proper measures take two principal forms. The first is known as panchakarma, (literally “five actions," in Sanskrit), which entails sophisticated physical and manipulative massage procedures to open the channels of the body and promote elimination of toxins. The second aspect, aushadi chikitsa, involves use of an array of natural herbal medicines which up-regulate innate physiological cleansing processes in the body.
Here in the West, Ayurveda has become famous for these cleansing methods, which have been dubbed the “detoxification" procedures of Ayurveda. However, Ayurvedic physicians do not agree with the term detoxification, interpreting detoxification as a solution to a problem, which has already occurred. In contrast, the Ayurvedic approach to health utilizes what could be aptly described as “anti-toxification," or a continuous process of internal care and hygiene fueled by appropriate nutrition and carefully selected natural herbal medicines. Anti-toxification is preventative maintenance, which prevents decay and periodically revitalizes one's physiology so that detoxification is never required. Longevity is not equated with merely a long life it means achieving a long life filled with pleasure and meaning and free from disease and misery. It is within every human being's power to maximize his or her own longevity. However, it is necessary to follow some simple measures to preserve the youthful vigor and vitality of the mind and body. The time to act and invest in health is now. One does not begin digging a well upon feeling thirsty....