Helps lower stress and anxiety: Because stress is related to nearly every aspect of overall health, an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner might call for a number of different techniques used to naturally treat anxiety and depression symptoms, lower cortisol, and rebalance the body’s hormones or “energy.” This can include meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, herbal treatments, skin brushing, visualization or repeating inspirational mantras.
Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol: Studies have shown that Ayurveda diets and relaxation techniques can lower inflammation and help reduce plaque build-up, even reversing the thickening of artery walls known as atherosclerosis in both healthy adults and those with a higher risk for heart disease.
Helps with recovery from injuries and illnesses: By targeting inflammation, which the root of most diseases, Ayurvedic medicine can help lower pain and swelling, improve blood flow and fight inflammatory conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia just as well as medication.
Promotes a nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich diet: Ayurvedic medicine promotes a mostly plant-based diet filled with a variety of real, whole foods. While each person’s diet is different depending on body type and needs, Ayurvedic diets for the three different dosha types all include various fresh herbs, spices, teas, vegetables, healthy fats, high-antioxidant foods and protein.
General dietary guidelines of Ayurveda emphasize consuming fresh, hot and easy to digest foods, while taking into account several variations that depend on someone’s ancestry, customs and traditions. For example, social, geographic and climatic variables are all considered when prescribing a diet to balance the doshas.
In coastal areas, cooling and detoxifying fermented foods are common. For example, pickled, probiotic-rich foods are prescribed to help with digestion and temperature regulation. In other regions, and during colder parts of the year, healthy fats and hot foods are emphasized more to help warm the body and promote better circulation.
Can help with weight loss or maintenance: While fast weight loss isn’t necessarily the primary goal, Ayurvedic medicine can help someone shed excess weight naturally using a healthy diet, stress reduction and even essential oils for weight loss.
Lowers inflammation: Ayurvedic medicine rests on the assumption that oxidative stress and inflammation are caused by a combination of a poor diet, bad digestion, not enough rest or sleep, and insufficient air (vaayu) inhaled. This results in an imbalance in metabolism — or in other words in the three doshas.
By addressing many factors including stress, individual food intolerances, overstimulation and a lack of nutrients, many people experience lower levels of inflammation and increased energy and healing. Researchers have found that one benefit of Ayurveda is the belief that one herb or one drug alone cannot cure the imbalance of doshas for everyone. Therefore in most of the cases, a combination of herbs and plants or staple foods is recommended for different inflammatory treatments.
Helps with hormonal balance: People have turned to Ayurveda to balance hormones naturally, conceive, and have a healthy, natural pregnancy or menstrual cycle for thousands of years. Studies have even shown that various therapeutic effects of Ayurveda have been effective in helping to treat subfertility due to PCOS, a common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, resulting from insulin resistance and hormonal imbalances.