Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance
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Discover India's age-old beauty secrets through the ancient wellness regimen known as Ayurveda.
Healing therapies are clearly explained and illustrated with lovely photographs that bring to life the benefits of this 5,000-year-old Asian medical tradition. Treatments and practices from India's other healing systems—Unani, Siddha and Tibetan traditional medicine—are also included in the book.
With sections devoted to various meditation and yoga practices as well as natural beauty treatments for hair, face and body, Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance is an enlightening introduction to holistic health systems with ultimate spiritual goals. Discover Indian beauty secrets and information on healing with metals, minerals, crystals and gemstones as well as mendhi (henna) and chakra alignment. Includes a helpful listing of ayurvedic hospitals, homestays and treatment centers.
introduced to India by the British in the 18th century. Subject matter included religious themes, portraiture, folk art, and more. Their usage was purely decorative. In Indian paintings, women are depicted with long hair or ornamented hairstyles, and the pantheon of Hindu goddesses always wear elaborate headgear. Similarly, Indian brides take great pride in their hairstyles, with different areas favoring different styles. The Punjabi bride wears a red parandi (a type of silk tassel) in her hair,
used to alleviate muscle aches, headaches and fever. Others use minerals and ingredients from the ocean such as seaweed to encourage lymphatic drainage. All aim to increase blood circulation, encourage sweating to draw out unwanted toxins, cleanse internally and on the body’s surface, and leave skin soft and glowing. In a spa, a polish or scrub may precede a wrap: as skin has been freshly exfoliated, it is in an optimum condition to receive the properties of the wrap. We outline some innovate
difficult for non-Indians to grasp. Skepticism of such practices runs high in the West, even though looking holistically at patients and problems is increasingly gaining credence. Another difficulty may be had with some of the treatments. These are literally multi-faceted and depend on a huge number of factors including disease, client personality and habits, work practices, dosha imbalance, climate, and many more. The basic premise is to cleanse and detoxify the body and balance the doshas,
“development”. Thirdly, as India develops, a worrying trend has been recently noticed: such people are quite often over 40 years of age, and are often not handing down their skills to the next generation as they did in the past. Dr S B Nithyanandam stands in the grounds of his local Shiva temple. A Siddha doctor, he learnt his trade from his father, but also trained at a Siddha medical college. An example of the type of colorful billboards found all over India. This one is for a type of
made, it added to its repertoire of remedies and practices. Nowadays, Unani practitioners combine herbal medical remedies with dietary advice, regimental therapy, psychological practices, surgery and spiritual discipline. As with other holistic practices, a Unani hakim tends to look at the patient as a whole — mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually — before prescribing a course of treatment. Dr Mathai of the integrative medicinal retreat called Soukya explains: “Unani aims to promote