Auto Immune Disorders – (Sphurti)

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Duration: 14-28 days

Autoimmune disorders occur when the body’s cells fail to recognize each other and mistakenly start attacking friendly cells. If left untreated, this eventually creates inflammation and can cascade into a variety of diseases.

The disease and progression varies as per individual. Non-specific symptoms at the onset of the disease process make diagnosis a challenge from a western/allopathic medical perspective (since allopathic medicine relies on symptomatic treatment). When the inflammation is wide-spread and the disease is well-established, allopathic medicine starts treating the symptoms (inflammation). However providing symptomatic relief is merely suppressing the cause and complicating the underlying condition.

To discover the root cause of auto-immune disorders, Ayurveda looks at what caused the inflammation and works backward: inflammation is caused by lack of celluar recognition/communication; the breakdown in communication is due to cells being covered with “Ama” (a Sanskrit word meaning toxic waste product); the ama is caused by low “Agni” (a Sanskrit word meaning digestive strength or fire) and low “Ojas” (a Sanskrit word that can be translated as immunity). Thus the root causes of auto-immune disorders are low agni and weak ojas and hence the Ayurveda treatment focuses on restoring agni and ojas. By strengthening agni and ojas, one can naturally reverse the disease process and restore balance to the system.

At KARE, guests suffering from Fibromyalgia, Muscle Fatigue Syndrome, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, IBS, Rheumatoid Arthiritis, Sarcoidosis etc. have been benefitted with the triad of Iyengar Medical Yoga, Ayurveda Panchakarma therapies and diet based on Ayurvedic Guidelines.

Our primary goal at KARE Ayurveda Yoga Retreat is to arrest the progress of the disease along with symptomatic relief and subsequently try to reverse the condition. Treatment of the underlying cause, solving the problems and the rehabilitation process by stimulating the vitality of the body, together forms the Ayurvedic treatment of auto-immune diseases.

A thorough examination of the current course of disease and how the disease manifested in the past is essential to identify the cause of the disorder.  One may require a little more patience than conventional treatments. The big advantage is that the results of Ayurveda are permanent in nature and almost always promising.

Therapies like Pizhichil, Njavara kizhi , Shiro Basti, Abhyangam along with Panchakrama treatments are decided after a detailed assessment of the doshas and consultation with the Doctor. The Yoga sequence is decided based on the course of progression of the Immunity disorder and includes Supta Virasana, Salambha Sirsasana, Viprita dandasana and Viprita karni.

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