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Why millennials are now turning to Ayurveda for leading a healthier life
37-year-old Sachin looks like a pale version of his go-getting self from 10 years ago. That's because he underwent angioplasty around 3 years ago. Forty-year-old Bharat underwent a bypass surgery last year. After their surgeries, doctors told both of them that if they don't take care of themselves, they wouldn't live long enough to become grandfathers.

But these two aren't alone. With each passing day, more and more millennials are falling prey to health ailments and diseases. Gastroenteritis, spondylitis, arthritis, infertility and more have tragically become commonplace.

Around 20 years ago, these ailments were generally visible after the age of 60. But the current lifestyle has accelerated their occurrence. Not using proper tables, chairs and hand rests while working – something that most millennials are guilty of – causes cervical or lumber spondylitis at age as early as 30 years. Erratic eating habits and gorging on junk food has lead to several dietary issues like indigestion and gastroenteritis, not to mention poor physical health.

Increased stress has led to a spike in the number of reported cases of infertility and deteriorated libido. Lack of exercise leads to arthritis and other joint pains which severely impact movement.

Scientific reports highlight some more disturbing news. In coming times, antibiotics will no longer be effective, since the human body is steadily building a tolerance towards them. And with the overuse of cell phones, a pronounced work-life imbalance, and more stress, it seems that things will only get worse.

But the picture isn't as gloomy as pessimists are painting. Ancient Ayurveda has made a strong comeback and has become the go-to treatment for millennials. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word made up with 'Ayur' meaning life, and Veda meaning knowledge; it translates literally to the 'science of life'. It has scientifically proven benefits and has been declared as the only option to improve immunity and health – both physical and mental.

"The primary aim of Ayurveda is swasthasyaswasthyarakshanam," says Dr Santosh Dhage. "Preventing diseases and boosting immunity has always been the main function of Ayurvedic medicine. Treatment is the second aim of Ayurveda. It has completely cured conditions like arthritis and joint pains which can never be fixed completely by surgery. Ayurveda also alleviates abdominal diseases like gastritis and acidity, and chronic rhinitis and sinusitis," he said. Dr Dhage even uses pure Ayurvedic treatment to cure heart diseases and blockages.

Increasingly, millennials are becoming aware of the futility of leading meaningless days. They're pursuing healthier lifestyles and making Ayurveda an integral part of it. "There is nobody in whose life Ayurveda cannot make a difference," Dr Dhage says. "Its ability to create a healthy lifestyle and restore balance is unmatched, " he adds. It's time we did away with Xanax and embraced Ayurveda instead.

About Dr Santosh Dhage

International award winner Dr Dhage started his career in "Ayurveda" and "Panchakarma" in 1995. His area of expertise is heart diseases, blockages, valve diseases, osteoarthritis and infertility. Dr Dhage has cured many heart patients using his singular therapy called 'Natural bypass therapy', where he treats patients suffering from blockages in the heart and valves. This therapy works without any heart surgery.

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