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Ayurveda: The Emerging Integrative Healing System in the West | OMICS International
ISSN: 2573-4555
Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy
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Ayurveda: The Emerging Integrative Healing System in the West

Shekhar Annambhotla*
International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, USA
Corresponding Author : Shekhar Annambhotla
President & Director: Association of Ayurvedic
Professionals of North America (AAPNA)
and Co-Director of International
University of Yoga and Ayurveda, USA
Tel: 4843476110
E-mail: [email protected]
Received January 02, 2016; Accepted January 04, 2016; Published January 08, 2016
Citation: Annambhotla S (2016) Ayurveda: The Emerging Integrative Healing System in the West. J Tradi Med Clin Natur 5:e120. doi:10.4172/jtmcn.1000e120
Copyright: © 2016 Annambhotla S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Ayurveda is an ancient healing art and science and a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on improving, maintaining, and balancing mind-body health. The first step in healing the mind and body in ayurvedic medicine is based on meditation. Modern society is fast paced, and more and more stress related disorders, such as anxiety, are very commonly seen in our society. 18% of the population in the United States of America, about 40 million people, suffer each day with anxiety. Anxiety disorders cost the nation more than 42 billion dollars annually. According to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 8% (18 million) use meditation techniques, and 9.1% (21 million) use yoga practice to manage their anxiety. Integrating ayurvedic practices in modern society is the key to bringing balance, health and wellness for optimum health. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, chronic diseases -- such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis -– are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.
Recent scientific studies on various herbs have revealed innumerable healing benefits. For example, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has shown anti-stress, anti-carcinogenic, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and cardio-protective, thyroid stimulating, antidiabetic, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective activity as well as nephron-protective effect; vasa (Adhatoda vasica) has scientifically shown anti-tubercular, anti-asthmatic, broncho-dilatory, antiparasitic, anti-allergy, utero-tonic, wound-healing , anti-ulcer, antibacterial and insecticidal activity.
Ayurvedic system of healing focuses not only on administering various herbal preparations, but also adopts various modalities such as: daily routine; seasonal routine; yoga; breathing techniques; meditation; relaxation; proper diet according to season and individual mindbody type; seasonal cleansing and physiological purification methods (Panchakarma therapies); and rejuvenative programs into daily practice to alleviate stress and chronic diseases.
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