What is Ayurveda?
- "AYURVEDA" the word itself is derived from two Sanskrit words AYU meaning 'life', VEDA meaning 'knowledge'.
- Ayurveda in most simple words can be defined as the ancient system of holistic healing from India. It is till date enjoying a widespread resurgence in popularity.
- According to Hindu text, the science of Ayurveda was first initiated by Brahma the creator of life in Brahma Samhita. Ayurvedic principles, techniques and formulations were eventually laid down in many texts by Charaka and Sushruta.
- Eventually it was studied and induced into life by the vaidyas and gradually it flourished in India millions of years ago and is still practiced in the 21st century.
- A holistic approach of healing Ayurveda -- The Science of Life is based on the twin principles of treating the whole body by balancing the body with nature. As a holistic healing tradition Ayurveda recommends treating the whole person-body, mind, senses, and emotions and spirit-instead of following the one-cause-one-cure principle and focusing on the symptoms of the moment.
- Ayurveda has great impact on four essential substantial of an individual known as mind, body, senses and soul.
The three factors that disturb balance in body are as follows : The factors that disturb balance in the body are known as DOSHAS. These three doshas affect the natural harmony in the individual's body. These are structural components comprised of air, space, fire, water, earth, that is, the Panch Maha Bhootas. The three doshas are :
- Vata : It is a combination of air and space elements. It is involved in processes like breathing, blood circulation, nervous stimulation, and all the processes involving movement. The temperament of person having Vata dosha is mentally nervous, anxious, insecure, creative, physically prone to constipation, fluctuating appetite, light sleeper, poor stamina, very active. Remedies of excess Vata is regular exercise, warm and simple food of sour, sweet, salty taste
- Kapha : It is a combination of the water and earth elements. It is involved in processes like body secretions, cell structure, lubrication in joints, heat distribution etc. The temperament of person having Kapha dosha is mentally relaxed, compassionate, slow, prolonged memory, physically strong appetite, slow digestion and deep sleeper, good stamina, steady energy. Excess Kapha is cured by vigorous exercise and by taking warm and spicy food of pungent, bitter and astringent taste.
- Pitta : It is a combination of the water element and the fire element. Pitta is hence involved in processes like digestion, absorption, assimilation of food, sensory perception, vision, hunger and thirst feeling of our body. The temperament of person having Pitta dosha is mentally organized, driven, easily irritated, love knowledge, good memory, competitive, enjoying leadership, physically strong appetite, sound sleepers and have moderate energy level. Pitta can be cured by performing moderate exercise, and taking cool less spicy food of sweet, bitter and astringent taste.