In Sanskrit Ayu means "Life" and Veda means "Science" making Ayurveda the "Science of Life". Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing that sees health as our birthright. Ayurveda uses the 5 elements (earth,water,fire,air and ether). The entire world inluding our own bodies are made up of the 5 elements, although everyone has all the elements we all have differing amounts of each. When they are balanced we are healthy but when they are out of balance it can create disease or discomfort.
Ayurveda is the oldest continually practiced medicine in the world, it is over 5,000 years old. Ayurveda uses nature as its ingredients and life as its conduit. Ayurveda is what we would call a preventitive medicine, it is more about doing a little bit every day then waiting until the last minute to get healthy and balanced.
The best way to learn about Ayurveda is to step into the world and absorb the knowledge.
Health is not merely a state of freedom from ailments or diseases, but rather a state of enjoying uninterrupted physical and mental happiness.
Ayurveda is what we can call as simply complicated. In its essence it is a very simple premise but once you start learning how deep it goes there is allot of wonderful knowledge to experience. Although because of the simpleness of the basics it is very easy to use logic to figure out things you should or should not eat, do.
Ayurveda teaches a proactive approach to avoid illness using an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle. In Ayurveda, the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, and earth) manifest in each of us in a unique way to give us our physical and mental qualities. These five basic elements then combine into three constitutions or doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
The unique combination of the three doshas in each individual has a specific influence on physical, mental, and emotional tendencies. Identifying which is your dominant dosha(s) can help you make the right diet and lifestyle choices that will maintain balance and promote health on all levels.
Here are some unique features of Ayurveda:
- Ayurveda works on the root cause of the problem, we look at the entire person their physical issue but also their mental and spiritual.
- All Ayurvedic medicines are natural and dont use any toxins.
- The same treatments can be done for a healthy (provides immunity) and unhealthy person.
- Emphasis on the preventitive aspect which makes the effects longer lasting.
- The Ayurvedic medicine is all found in nature.
- Yoga and Ayurveda are sisters, they are made to work together for best results.
- Ayurveda is open to working with other forms of medicine to increase the help that medicine can offer.
- Simpler diagnosis, first diagnos the patient and then the disease.
- Panchakarma therapy is a unique detox and rejuvination method to Ayurveda.
Some qualities of each of the Doshas are:
- Pitta. Slightly unctous, sharp, hot, light, subtle and foul smell.
- Vata. Dry, light, cold, rough, subtle and fast.
- Kapha. Unctous, cold, heavy, slow, thick and stable.