What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda means knowledge of life. Ayurveda is a philosophy over 5,000 years old, originated in India and is known as one of the oldest systems of medicine on Earth. According to this ancient philosophy, human beings are an integral part of nature and we need to learn to live in harmony with our mind, body and surroundings.
The basic aim of Ayurveda is protection of health and preventing diseases by balancing body, mind, soul and environment.
In short Ayurveda is health and wellness in everyday life.
Basics of Ayurveda
Ayurveda aims in bringing harmony in all levels of our existence the body, mind, intellect, senses and the soul. The perfect balance of these factors results in health and any disharmony results in disease.
Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by three “doshas”, or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas / three bioenergies (“tridoshas”)
Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakruti (Ayurvedic constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements.
Ayurveda has two main objectives, maintenance of health of a health person and curing disease of the patient. To achieve these objectives- specialized dietary, life style, seasonal regimens, medicines made from herbs and spices, various external and internal treatments are used.
Ayurveda therapy is either palliative or purificatory. Panchakarma or the detox therapy is the most popular modality of treatment in Ayurveda. Customized treatment protocol is designed for each person after a detailed consultation to analyse the body-mind constitution, age, imbalances of doshas or bioenergies in the body etc.
How important is Ayurveda in the present era?
Most of the healing modalities treat only a part of the patient – the part which is considered as being ill — the material part. Ayurveda addresses the well-being of an individual in physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual planes in the belief that one cannot safely split a person into parts. For example, the Ayurvedic doctor may inquire into the way the person thinks, believing that thoughts manifest themselves in the biochemistry of the body. So in western medicine, after extensive diagnostics, often the disease or cluster of symptoms is isolated, and the disease becomes the sole area of attention. Triumph over that particular disease or set of symptoms is considered restoration of health. Not so in Ayurveda, which address the root cause of the disease, cause of its manifestation, triggering factors etc.
Also, Ayurveda is a natural therapy; hence it has fewer side effects when taken responsibly and on the advice of an expert. Most of the diseases we seen in today’s world needs a holistic approach as it is because of the result of stress, erroneous life style and diet.
Ayurveda helps us to understand about the body mind complex in a new perspective, understanding about body type, bio-energies their imbalances will help us to develop a body mind awareness. Rather than relying upon a pill to cure, Ayurveda triggers the healing energy from within.
The Ayurveda enables us to develop a tailor made diet and life style specially customized for you. Mostly adapting minor changes in the diet and life style patterns, introducing few spices and herbs can be life changing.