Traveling with MS – an Ayurvedic Perspective

Traveling with MS – an Ayurvedic Perspective

When I was a child, I was given a book that completely blew my mind. It was like a documentary with five children, from the five continents, describing their life. I found it absolutely fascinating. My mother always told me that when asked what I wanted to do later in life, I never hesitated: “I want to live abroad”. I’m convinced it’s because of this book. I always wanted to travel. However, my neurologist advised me against long distance travels, arguing that for someone with MS, travelling can be very difficult. He was right. I get easily tired when traveling. My body aches after road trips. I’m exhausted after flights. Ayurveda has helped me understand why but also taught me ways to enjoy traveling with MS. Ayurveda & MS For those who are not familiar with Ayurveda, let me briefly explain this traditional vision of the world. According to Ayurveda, everything in Nature can be described according to its various properties – light, cold, dry, subtle, rapid, slow etc. Everything can thus be categorised. So for instance there are three primary life forces (called doshas), namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They can vaguely be translated as Air and Ether, Fire and Earth/Water. These three life forces are also present in our body. If these three forces are balanced, there is health. If there is a strong imbalance between these forces, there is disease. But external factors also are characterised by their primary life force, the elements. So our body is influenced by its “natural” characteristics but also by lots of factors such as the food we eat, the season,...
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