Ayuverda is a sister philosophy to Yoga. It is the science of life or longevity and it
teaches about the power and the cycles of nature, as well as the elements.
Ayurveda: A Medicine of Balance
Ayurveda is an ancient natural healing system that developed from the Vedic scriptures of India. Traditionally Ayurvedic knowledge was passed down verbally. Ayurveda is over 5,000 years old, but it only begins to appears in ancient texts from around 100 BC. All classical texts on Ayurveda include comprehensive lifestyles guidelines for:
- Balancing diet
- Oiling the body
- Partaking in the spiritual practices of your faith
Ayurveda is a healing system that emphasizes maintaining a lifestyle that aims to keep the doshas (body energies) in balance with the person’s constitutional type which in turn, maintains health in mind, body, and soul. Illness is believed to be a result of an imbalance in the doshas caused by a number of factors such as; emotional trauma, poor diet or an accumulation of toxins. By encouraging patients to be responsible for their health, Ayurvedic practitioners tailor lifestyle and treatments according to the uniqueness of the individuals physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lifestyle and environmental conditions.
The lotus flower is a symbol used in Ayurvedic practice and symbolizes one of the 8 Ayurvedic disciplines: internal medicine, surgery, toxicology, psychiatry, gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, sexology, and treatment of the ears, nose, throat, eyes, jaws, and teeth.
Ayurveda is based on the principle that we heal from within. It assists nature in a positive way by supporting beneficial processes to reinstate and maintain proper balance of the doshas. By decreasing excess doshas (energy), the elimination of wastes from the body can happen more quickly and improve the patients resistance to disease.
When you visit an Ayurvedic clinic, you will undergo a full analysis of body (pulse, tongue, iris, face, skin, urine and stools), mind, spirit and environment. Particular attention is paid to the pulse diagnosis, which is an art form in itself and, in some cases, may be the only form of diagnosis used. Most treatments consist of medicinal plants (fresh, dries or naturally extracted), strict dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, and specialized body massages that drain the lymph and move toxins.
In Ayurvedic therapy there are three dosha types:-
- 1) Vata Dosha: Is an energy that controls physiological actions in the body that are associated with motion. These include circulation, blinking of the eyes, pulse rate or heart beat and breath control.If the Vata Dosha is in balance you will experience creativity and vitality
If the Vata Dosha is not in balance this can manifest in fear and anxiety.
- 2) Pitta Dosha: Is an energy that controls the metabolic systems of the body. These include digestion and absorption, nutrition and bodily temperature.If the Pitta Dosha is in balance you will experience contentment and intelligence
If the Pitta Dosha is not in balance this can manifest in ulcers and anger
- 3) Kapha Dosha: Is an energy that controls the growth of the body. This energy provides water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and helps in the maintenance of the immune system.If the Kapha Dosha is in balance you will experience love and forgiveness.
If the Kapha Dosha is not in balance, you could experience insecurity and envy
Once your constitutional dosha type is discovered, a personalized diet and cleansing plan will be created to maximize your body’s healing energies and build your immune system.
This system of healing is reasonably new to the West, but has been growing rapidly in popularity. It is extremely supportive to maintaining good health. Contact your family practitioner and find out if they do referrals for Ayurvedic therapy, or alternatively do an internet search for qualified practitioners in your area.
Ayurveda is a consciousness based approach to health, a spiritual medicine
recognizing the phenomenal intelligence in every grain, every seed, all life
and every living thing.