Ayurveda and Beauty.
June 28, 2007 9:44am CST
Ayurveda and Skin Care:- According to Ayurveda, skin is a mirror to an individual's health. Skin gives clue to one's Ayurvedic constitution. This is usually understood by the type of skin that one has. Ayurveda description about normal skin:- Even though skin harbors tri-doshas it is mainly dominated by vata. Vata is a responsible for the perception of touch, secretions from glands(sweat, sebum) blood circulation and movement of nutrients between cells and interstitial fluids. According to Acharya charaka, "Kupitastu khalu shareeram nanavidhairvikaairupatapati balavarnasukhaayushaamupaghaataaya", which means-vata when aggravated afflicts the body with various types of diseases and affects the strength, complextion, happiness and span of life. For a healthier skin the vata should be always in normal balanced condition. The balanced vata keeps all other tissues and remaining two doshas in healthy condition. The imbalanced vata vitiates the tissues of skin and leads numerous skin problems." The Inner Physiological process and Skin. The inner physiological process like digestion, metabolism, elimination of waste products etc directly affect the beauty of skin. The process of digestion is carried out by agni or fire, which is present in our digestive system. Agni is the body fire, which is responsible for transformation of one substance to another. It breaks down the food substances, eliminates toxins and wastes, maintains body temperature, and resists the invasion of microbes by maintaining strong body immunity. The body fire, which is assisted by balanced doshas, digests the food completely to form Pakwa Anna rasa(the liquid form of food which is completely digested by digestive enzymes), which is ready to get absorbed by body tissues. According to ayurveda Pakwa Anna Rasa nourishes the body and its components to keep the body devoid of diseases. But when body fire is impaired there will be an incomplete digestion of food forming Apakwa Rasa(indigested food). The indigested food fails to nourish the body components leading to lowered body resistance. Due to indigestion otxins start accumulating in body. An unhealthy diet and life style imbalance doshas and the imbalanced doshas impair agni. Due to impaired agni toxins accumulate in body. These accumulated toxins affect the health of skin and the skin loses its luster and glow, acne and pimples start appearing, wrinkling of skin starts in an early age. Hence a well nourished diet, a healthy lifestyle and regular detoxification is very important to keep skin healthy...