Principles Of Ayurveda

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means science of life and it really is just that. It is a holistic form of health practices that really honors the mind, body and spirit. It encompasses diet, lifestyle, herbs and even yoga. It is considered yoga’s sister science. It truly honors the individual, so one regimen for one individual will not be the same for another individual. Ayurveda’s origin is in ancient India and in fact the classical texts are written in Sanskrit. It has survived thousands of years of various rulers and political struggles in India. Thankfully, India has preserved this science and now it is expanding around the world.

So, why choose Ayurveda especially when there are so many other treatment options available?

– Firstly, Ayurveda truly embraces the individual. Ayurveda believes that each person is born with his own innate constitution, which is a combination of various energies and qualities. Because of this, no individual will have the same regimen as another individual.

– Secondly, Ayurveda really fosters self-awareness and this is so powerful because you can make your own decisions about what to do based on how you’re feeling day to day.

– Third, Ayurveda focuses on prevention. It addresses the underlying issues that accumulate and result in you feeling unwell. So, Ayurveda addresses the root causes instead of the full list of symptoms.

– Lastly, Ayurveda is truly intuitive. It is based on nature. So if you understand the basic patterns, the whole thing will become quite common sense to you.

Ayurveda looks at the world in terms of qualities like heavy and light, cold and hot, oily and rough etc. These qualities combine to make what we call Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is made up of air and ether, pitta is made up of fire and water & kapha is made up of water and earth. These elements are totally tied up with the qualities we have mentioned.

There are just two things that you need to know to get started with ayurvedic treatment and make necessary adjustments in your life – your constitution and your imbalance.

Your constitution is your Ayurvedic type that you are born with. It’s like your thumbprint. It never changes and it’s unique to you. Your constitution is made up of your own balance of three energies of Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
The second thing that is equally important to know as your constitution is your imbalance. Your imbalance is how these three energies (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) currently manifest in your body.
Unlike your constitution which never changes, your imbalance is going to constantly change throughout your life depending on your diet, your lifestyle, the season, the climate, your stress level, a variety of factors that are constantly in flux. Once you know your constitution and imbalance this is just the beginning of your wellness journey.

Vata imbalances can cause diseases like arthritis, myalgia, neuralgia, epilepsy, colic pain, chest pain etc.
General treatment for Vata dosha related diseases is massage, fermentation, purgative procedures with dry herbal formulations and tonics.

Major Pitta related symptoms are burning sensation, inflammation, hepatitis, jaundice, colitis etc. Herbal medicines with Sandal, Kutki, Guduchi, Gokhru, Shatavari etc are generally used to treat Pitta related diseases.

The main Kapha symptoms are numbness in the body, drowsiness, dullness, obesity, diabetes, asthma etc. Ayurvedic medicines like Chanderprabha, sitopaladi churna, talisadi churna and Trikatu are used to treat these kapha imbalances.

In Ayurveda it is believed that a perfect balance between the elements of nature and the Tridoshas of the human body should be maintained for a healthy state of living by following the principles of divine wisdom. The body is believed to be composed of seven types of tissues called “Sapta Dhatus”. These seven tissues work in coordination with each other for proper physiological functioning of the human body. The Rakta Dhatu resembles the blood and regulates the circulation of blood cells and provision of blood components to the body. The Mamsa Dhatu (Muscle tissue) provides support in the form of skeletal muscles for the Meda Dhatu (adipose fat). The Asthi Dhatu comprises the bones of the body and the Majja Dhatu is made up of the bone marrow and fluids required for the oleation of the bones and their functioning. The Shukra Dhatu is responsible for functions of the reproductive organs of the body.

Apart from the Doshas and the Dhatus, the other important factors considered in the doctrine of Ayurveda are the Tri Malas and Trayo Dosa Agni. Tri Malas are the three types of waste products formed in the body due to metabolic and digestive functions of the body. They comprise of the Mutra (urine), Purisa (faeces), and Sveda (sweat). Ayurveda explains that if the balance between Tridosha is not maintained the waste products of the body are not effectively eliminated and these lead to further complications like diarrhea, constipation, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and such other complications. If the Mutra Mala (urine) is not removed from the body, it can lead to urinary tract infections, cystitis and gastric pain. If the Sveda Mala is not cleared from the body, it can lead to skin irritation problems, and improper fluid balance.

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