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Have you ever heard the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This phrase is similar to the core philosophy of Ayurvedic medicine, which focus on prevention rather than cure. Although the idea is old-fashioned, it can still be applied to our day-to-day lives. And Dimple Duangthip Arora, an Ayurvedic practitioner also agrees with this.

Ms Duangthip has adopted many natural healing therapies, for example, Ayurvedic medicine, natural diet, herbs, homeopathy, to name but a few for her family members. She would now like to share the holistic science of Ayurveda – which has the keys to natural healing – with everyone.

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“Ayurveda is not just a tradition that has been passed down from grandmother, to mother and to daughter. It is more than that.” Ms Duangthip said. She explained that Ayurvedic medicine is an Indian healthcare approach that places emphasis on prevention instead of a quick fix solution for curing diseases and ailments. And its main principle provides us with a basic understanding of the human body as a whole and how we are all connected to the universe. “We are part of nature, and are also supported by Mother Nature. This is why we have to understand what our body needs from nature in order to stay healthy and maintain balance,” she added.

According to Ayurvedic theory, health is a holistic condition which involves balance and harmony at every level of our being – physical, mental, social and spiritual. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that pain and discomfort are just symptoms of an imbalance, which can occur at any level. In other words, they are a wake-up call for the body to pay attention and take some action on its health.

On the physical level, good health can be achieved when we stay in harmony and balance. To this end, we need a diet and lifestyle which have attributes opposite to our dominant bio-energies. And when we suffer from pain or disorders, treatment should have attributes that are opposite to the nature of the ailment. This is to restore balance or heal the ailments. “Simply put, when we feel hot, we should have a cool drink. When we feel cold, we should drink something hot and wear warm clothes. This is a simple occurence in our daily lives, ” the practitioner explained.

Learning your own metabolic types

Ms Duangthip continued that one of the highlights of Ayurvedic principles is to make people recognise the different metabolic types in different individuals and provide remedies to help them in order to live a more balanced lifestyle. We should eat and do activities in accordance with the attributes of our bio-energies and emotions. If we enjoy food and activities on a daily basis which are similar to the attributes of our dominant bio-energy, we will be imbalanced.

She gave an example that people with high Pitta (fire) energy are sensitive to heat, which is related to ailments like skin rashes and acidity. On the emotional side, these people are easily irritated and are impatient. If they spoil themselves with too much heat in the form of eating hot and spicy food, taking sauna baths and walking in the sun, these elements may cause people with the fire element to have imbalance and suffer from disorders. To correct the lifestyle imbalance, people with the fire element should adopt things with cooling effects in their daily diet and lifestyle. ”They should stay in a cool place and take cool drinks like coconut water, but not iced drinks because they will adversely affect their digestion,” she said.

Natural remedies come first

In line with Ayurveda, Ms Duangthip truly believes the use of natural remedies should take priority when it comes to medication. Today, most of us are aware that conventional medicine cannot fix every disease. In some cases, the cure is more harmful than the condition. It may also have unwanted side effects if patients take a specific medicine over a long period. To illustrate this, she said that paracetamol _ one of the most popular over-the-counter drugs that helps relieve pain and fever _ just blocks nerve impulses to the brain to register pain, making patients feel numb and suppresses the symptoms. It doesn’t tackle the root cause of the disease. ”You know, many recent studies have revealed that taking paracetamol regularly over a long period of time can weaken the liver and kidneys,” she said. ”From first-hand experience,” she continued, smiling, ”my husband, Sanjeev, is a hard-working businessman. He went down with a fever and throat infection several times in one year. He also suffered from a severe headache. When he went to a hospital, he ended up being prescribed anti-biotics. He had to take the medicine over a long period of time. I came to the conclusion that this treatment was not the most effective way to deal with his illnesses, so I asked him, ‘Let me try and heal you.’ And he did.”

Ms Duangthip chose to apply natural healing. She gave her husband a cup of warm honey and a bowl of chicken herb soup, which contained two or three black peppers and five basil leaves, then told him to take a rest. Ms Duangthip explained that basil or Bai krapao is a natural mucus-cleanser and helps treat colds, coughs and fever, while Black Pepper or phrik thai dam helps heal indigestion and cleanses toxins in the colon. Honey helps treat coughs, colds and provides energy. ”Personally, I think a natural supplement can either be taken throughout the ‘infection season’ or when the first signs of flu or a cold appear in our body. It also strengthens the immune system so that our body can fend off disease. No conventional medicine was involved with regard to my husband,” she said.

Boosting the immune system

If people have a moderate fever, common cold, coughing or diarrhoea, they should allow the body to show the symptoms and let it run to some extent, Ms Duangthip suggested. If natural healing alone doesn’t work, then they can consider some modern medicine. The good thing about using prior natural remedies is that we give our immune system a chance to develop and improve. This method really works with children.

She elaborated that many of the most common childhood illnesses can be quickly and effectively treated at home with homeopathic medicines. With mildly sweet pills or liquid forms, homeopathic medicines can be easily taken and are safe for young children. It can help boost the immune system of children in order to fight illness throughout their childhood. One of the most advantageous benefits of homeopathy is that it can help improve chronic conditions.

Ms Duangthip’s daughter, Urshila, is a case in point. When her daughter was five years old, she got an ear infection five times. The first time, a doctor prescribed an oral antibiotic _ she recovered. A short time later the infection returned. This time, Ms Duangthip asked her daughter to take homeopathic medicines. By doing this, she hoped the treatment would boost her daughter’s immune system. On each subsequent occasion Ms Duangthip also applied a few drops of garlic ghee (clarified butter) for her earache and a small dose of paracetamol to relieve the pain. Next morning, the pain had vanished and so had the infection.

”After trying out the homeopathic treatment, Urshila never gets ear infections now. Homeopathy certainly works for my child,” the mum said.


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