Ayurveda- The Science of Life

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India.
Ayurvedic medicine - also known as Ayurveda - is one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.


More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential.


Every person is made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe:

  • Space
  • Air
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Earth

These elements combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. The three doshas are:

  • Vatadosha (space and air)
  • Pitta dosha (fire and water)
  • Kaphadosha (water and earth)

Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. One dosha is usually more dominant. Each dosha controls a different body function. It is believed that your chances of getting sick are linked to the balance of your doshas.


Vata Dosha

Vata dosha (space and air) is thought to be the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, such as how cells divide. It also controls your:

  • Mind
  • Breathing
  • Blood flow
  • Heart function
  • Ability to get rid of body waste through the intestines

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  • Eating dry fruit
  • Eating too soon after a previous meal
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Staying up too late

If vata dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Skin problems

Pitta Dosha

The pitta dosha (fire and water) controls:,

  • Digestion
  • Ability to break down foods (metabolism)
  • Certain hormones linked to appetite

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  • Eating sour foods
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Fatigue
  • Spending too much time in the sun

If pitta dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  • Anger and negative emotions
  • Crohn's disease
  • Heart disease
  • Heartburn a few hours after eating
  • High blood pressure
  • Infections

Kapha Dosha :

The kapha dosha (water and earth) controls:

  • Muscle growth
  • Body strength and stability
  • Weight
  • Immune system

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  • Daytime sleeping
  • Eating after your stomach is full
  • Eating or drinking items that have too much salt or water
  • Eating too many sweet foods
  • Greed

If kapha dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  • Asthma and other breathing disorders
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Nausea after eating
  • Obesity

For each element, there is a balanced and imbalance expression. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.


An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance.


The treatments may include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Breathing exercises
  • Diet changes
  • Herbs, vitamins, minerals, and metals
  • Plant-based oils and spices
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Meditation
  • Stretching
  • Yoga

Ayurveda has various physical and mental benefits that help in improving the overall quality of life. Usually a lot of people get severely affected by loniliness that leads to mental disorders. A main goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse your body of undigested food called ama, which can stick to the inside of your body and make you sick.


Ayurveda Treatments

Abhyangam

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Potliswedana

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Griva Basti

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Kati Basti

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Shiroabhyangam

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Mukhlepanam

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Padabhyangam

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Shirodhara

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Nasyam

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Janu Vasti

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Dinacharya lifestyle

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Diet

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Benefits of Ayurveda

Boosting Immunity

The immune system is the natural defence mechanism of the body that helps in fighting disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Ayurvedic medicine and Ayurvedic home remedies use a multitude of herbs and oils that are mixed together to create tonics that improves appetite and strengthen the body’s defence system.


Complete Healing

The herb preparations administered by the Ayurvedic practitioner help in healing diseases from the root along with its symptoms. The treatments also involve lifestyle changes and increase in physical activities.


Relieving Stress

Stress is one of the major reasons of poor health and the tonics, therapies and massages involved in Ayurvedic treatment helps in relieving stress and enhancing physical well-being by balancing the mood and bringing about a harmony between the soul and the body.


Purifying the Body

Purging the body of toxins and maintaining it at the proper balance is the basic aim of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic medicines and tonics promote thorough cleansing from within in order to improve overall health. Panchakarma is the most effective cleansing Ayurvedic treatment.


Maintaining Overall Balance

One of the greatest benefits of Ayurvedic treatment is that it helps achieving overall balance of energies in the body. The body is affected by the accumulation of toxins and Ayurveda helps in cleansing and removing these impurities.