What is the Meaning of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word. Ayur means life and Veda means science or knowledge. The term "Ayurveda" therefore means 'the science/knowledge of life.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional system of science and healing from India, originating there over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda emphasizes re-establishing balance in the body through diet, lifestyle, exercise and cleansing. It also focuses on the health of the mind, body, and spirit collectively.
Ayurveda is a complete scientific system, meaning that it is based on theories of health and disease. It works on methods of preventing and treating health conditions. However, Ayurveda focuses on the cause rather than the symptom when looking at diagnosis.
Ayurveda is a system which uses the principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person. Keeping the individual's body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with their true nature and nature generally.
What is the Origin of Ayurveda?
Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in scriptures called The Vedas that are ancient Indian books of wisdom.
However, this often leads to a misunderstanding that Ayurveda is purely Indian. This is not the case; wherever there is life there is Ayurveda. It is also important to work with Ayurveda based on your surroundings.
What does Ayurveda do to you?
The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life.
· To bring us closer to our true nature and
· closer to nature generally.
Basic Principles of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: Space, air, fire, water, earth. These elements are represented in humans by three "doshas", or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit for that person the body becomes imbalanced or blocked. Every individual has their own unique doshic balance. Often their is the confusion made that we are all aiming for the same thing. Everyone's balance is different and personal to them like their fingerprint. In order to accurately assess whether one is in doshic balance or not the Prakriti (basic constitution of the person that is consistent like DNA) must be determined. Then the Vkriti (current state of the individual) is assesed, the vkriti can vary a little over time but the Prakriti stays the same. It can then be established if a person is in balance or not. It is only possible to find out your own Vkriti, the Prakriti must be found by an Ayurvedic doctor or consultant. Our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas for one's own personal constitution. Ayurveda suggests specific treatments, lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha.
What are the 3 Dosha's?
The three doshas found in our body are:
· Vata relates to the elements air and space. This dosha is generally seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination. The lightweight and dry parts of the body such as bone, hair and nails are all linked with Vata dosha as it is the lightest of the 3 body types. Nervousness and anxiety are traits associated with a Vata personality. There are so many things within us that are governed by Vata but this is a very brief guide.
· Pitta relates to fire and water elements. This Dosha governs transformation, metabolism and sight. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organs and tissues. A Pitta dosha personality trait is being very driven and focused. Pitta types can also be hot headed and get angry. Again, this is a very brief summary of a few Pitta dosha qualities.
· Kapha relates to water and earth elements. Kapha is the heaviest dosha and is responsible for growth, repair and protection. The mucosal lining of the stomach, and the cerebral-spinal fluid that protects the brain and spinal column are examples of Kapha in the body. A Kapha person's personality is that of somebody who is contented with life, settled and stable.