Ayurveda means science of life… Since “Ayu” is life and “Veda” is science… Ayurveda hails its origin from 5,000-10,000 years back when ancestors inquired of the world they lived in. They looked around at the world on which they lived and wondered about the meaning of my life? They knew the world around them was fraught with challenges and potential dangers. How can I stay safe and healthy they pondered. They got the answer from nature in the form of Ayurveda. Thus it can be said to be the oldest medical system of the world.
Ayurveda is a science that is first and foremost about creating harmony with one’s environment. Ayurveda teaches us that when we live in harmony we shall be healthy, and that disease is the normal expression of living out of harmony. Hence, Ayurveda is a health care discipline that first and foremost asks us to look inside of ourselves so that we may discover how we are living out of harmony. Only then can we make the life changes necessary for healing to take place. Ayurveda gives us back both responsibilities for our wellbeing and the power create our state of health.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of the life energies within us, rather than focusing on individual symptoms. Ayurveda describes three fundamental universal energies which regulate all natural processes on both the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels. That is, the same energies which produce effects in the various galaxies and star systems are operating at the level of the human physiology and psychology. These three universal energies are known as the Tridosha. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas (“tridoshas”). Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha.
Healthy Person will have a balanced Tri-Dosha. However, the proportion varies according to the individual and usually one or two doshas predominate. Within each person the doshas are continually interacting with one another and with the doshas in all the nature. This explains why people can have much in common but also have an endless variety of individual differences in the way they behave and respond to their environment. Knowing your body type will help to eat and live accordingly!!! Knowing the body type is also important for better understanding of human life, observation of health status, disease susceptibility, Preventive and promotive health care, diagnosis of the diseases. Treatment- is mainly dependent on or according to Prakriti.
There is balance and imbalance modes for three dosas. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is not in balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.
Ayurveda teaches us that we are all unique individuals and that each individual’s path toward perfect health is equally unique. Our Prakriti or Individual Constitution is like your genetic code which is unique to you. Ayurveda is a system which illuminates our unique journey and helps to guide us to our destination. Ayurveda utilizes diet, herbs, aromas, colours, meditation and yoga, along with special cleansing techniques known as Pancha Karma to assist each person in his or her process. The only important factor is for people to know the right quantity and correct blend of herbs to give them desirable results to cure ailments and diseases.
Ayurveda seeks to heal the fragmentation and disorder of the mind-body complex and restore wholeness and harmony to all people. We can see that it’s not just a medical system but it’s a way of life. It mainly believes in preventive measures and promotes health aspects such as practising a good diet. It’s a natural system devoid of any side effects not merely the symptoms. It mainly works with the individual not with the disease. I.e. it analyses the root cause of the disease. It also uses most developed science of herbal world as Ayurveda is based on ayurvedic formulations from plant.
To full fill our desires of life we have to stay healthy. Our health is up to us, we can choose illness or health. If we choose wisely, nature will gift us with health and happiness. Ayurveda aims at maintaining health of an individual to facilitate his life goals. Thus completing body, mind and spirit. Most importantly, however, Ayurveda helps each person to look at their lifestyle, discover areas that are disharmonious, while empowering greater harmony. Where there is harmony, there is health.
Main reason of most present day diseases are English medicines or Allopathy which we consume for curing disease which in turn triggers new health issue….. It itself a big topic. Now I am doing some research on this topic, once it gets complete I will come back to u……