Dos and don’ts in Ayurvedic lifestyle
Dos and don’ts in Ayurvedic lifestyle
As a mode of lifestyle and that of alternative therapy, Ayurveda entails a holistic physiological system based on balance. With its cardinal doctrine of human physiology being constituted by ‘vata’, ‘pitta’ and ‘kapha’and the natural components of earth, water, fire, air and ether; Ayurvedic lifestyle is essentially based on the principles naturopathic lifestyle with a lot of insistence on discipline and control.
With medications consisting of herbs, mineral wealth making use of techniques such as yogic means and massages, more than five thousand year old process of Ayurveda believes in the process of detoxification so that the maladies of mind and bodies are cured.
A patient undergoing Ayurvedic treatment is usually subject to a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’, which in turn is predetermined by the consulting Ayurved keeping in mind his constitution, nature of his malady and a thorough assessment of the kind of lifestyle led by him. Bearing in mind his essential ‘dosha’ or malady the ayurvedic physician not only recommends a course of medication but also advises certain ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ from the point of view of his lifestyle management.
In fact, prolonged commitment to the prescribed lifestyle keeping in mind his physical and mental constitution is one of the facets of Ayurvedic treatment. As a holistic therapy aiming at balance amongst the three fold components of energy some of the dos and don’ts with regard to Ayurveda includes the following.
- Being a naturopathic means of treatment, it turns down the consumption of junk food of synthetic make.
- It prohibits the consumption of food at frequent intervals, insisting on the gapping of meals with a time interval of more than three hours.
- Hunger between regular meals should be satisfied with fruits or juices rather than by way of fried or oily stuff.
- It insists on the importance of exercising; but at no point should they be planned immediately after meals.
- According to one of the golden rules of Ayurvedic lifestyle, staying awake late into the night is strictly prohibited. One is advised to push off to bed by ten in the night. Similarly, it upholds early awakening so by four in the morning so that the system gets attuned to a regulated lifestyle based on the principle of ‘early to bed and early to rise’.
- Just as one is advised against skipping meals, one is also advised against overeating.
- Eating should be balanced both in terms of its quantity and nutritional requirement.
- Patients undergoing Ayurvedic medication are often advised against the consumption of animal protein. Rather they are prescribed a diet based on herbs, pulses, sprouts, yellow and green vegetables.
- One is also advised against the consumption of food showing extremes of temperature. Likewise one is also advised against subjecting himself to the extremes of environmental conditions.
- Weekly or if possible daily massaging with oil enriched with the goodness of natural herbs is also prescribed as part of Ayurvedic life style.
- Similar to having one’s body massaged for due relaxation, it is also important to have the gum and head duly massaged with herbal oils which give way to effective circulation.
- Meditation, yoga and relaxation techniques are also some of the vital ‘dos’ of the holistic therapy of Ayurveda.
Can Same Sex Couples be Effective Parents?
Can same sex couples be effective parents? It is a question that arises at the changing situations and practices of same sex marriages and parenting. The word parents flashes the generally accepted and practiced idea of a male father and female mother. But what if same sex partners adopt a baby and grow as their son or daughter. The baby may have either two fathers or two mothers. In this context it is appropriate to analyze if brought up by same sex parents will the child lack mental or emotional growth. In several countries lesbian marriages and gay marriages are made permissible by the law. It is quite natural that such same sex couples long for a child an adopt children. Let us see how the children are affected when brought up by same sex parents.
Psychologists stay united to declare the fact that gender doesn’t matter when parenting is concerned. If brought up by male parents, female parents or male and female parents. Children are not affected with gender of the parents. It is the society and the widely held practices that infuse the idea of male father and female mother into people. What all goes against this tradition is concerned weird and abnormal. A child recognizes father and mother only when parents train the baby to call them so; otherwise they are just two human beings for him or her. Kids brought up by same sex parents may face only one issue that they may not have a father and mother, but it doesn’t mean that they lack in love, care, concern and comforts.
It is not the gender of parents but the quality of parenting is important and what counts. Older kids who have lived under male and female parents may feel difficult to adjust with same sex parents. But infants may not even bother about the gender of the parents. Same sex families are found to be more stable and healthy in relationships when it comes to mixed sex families. A common family of husband and wife struggles to move on by adjusting the male female differences. But same sex parents can understand each other very well and can live a much stable and jovial life. The causes of arguments and scope of disagreements will be less in same sex families. Kids being brought up in such peaceful and loving atmospheres may grow mature faster.
Lesbian and gay parents claim that it is not sex or gender that makes a family, but love. The child may suffer social issues as the system of the society designed for families with husband and wife. In school, in personal documents, in certificates… everywhere the child has to admit his/her fatherless or motherless status. Apart from that no bulging issues exist, in fact. It is not the word used to call the parents or the concepts that helps a baby to grow happy and mature, but the approach, treatments and expertise of the people who grow them. Same sex parents can very well perform all the duties of parents.
In older times a family without a father and mother was even out of the imaginations. There were designated roles for both father and mother to play in the family. Male fathers were responsible of the protection of the family and mother cared the kids and performed the cooking. Thus a family without a male father or without a female mother was considered incomplete. But today, the society has gone much beyond the concepts and traditional practices. In the modern world both the couples in a family perform equal roles and hold equal roles. Thus it doesn’t make a difference to the kids if they are brought under same sex parents of multi-sex parents.