Ayurvedic medicine, also known as Ayurveda, is one of the world’s oldest natural or holistic medicines. Sometimes known as WHOLE BODY healing system, Ayurveda was developed more than 3,000-years ago in India.
The medicine – Ayurveda is based on the belief that health as well as wellness depend on a delicate balance between our body, mind and spirit. The main objective of this natural medicine is to promote good health instead of fighting against diseases. The treatment may be geared towards particular health issues.
In the USA, Ayurveda is considered a form of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine).
Life Energy & Ayurveda
Students and researchers of Contemporary and Alternative Medicine & Therapy believe that everything in this earth – alive or dead is or are connected to each other. If your body, mind and spirit are in perfect harmony with the earth, you will have good health. If at any time something disrupts this harmony you may become ill. Amongst the things that can imbalance your body, mind and spirit are genetic, injuries, seasonal change, age and your emotions.
Ayurveda practitioners who are in Ayurveda-research believe every individual is made of five basic elements found in the universe – space, earth, water, fire and air. These elements combine in the human body to form 3 life forces, often called life energies, known as DOSHAS. They normally control how human body works.
These 3 DOSHAS are:
VATA DOSHA –Space and Air
PITTA DOSHA – Fire and Water
KAPHA DOSHA – Water and Earth
Every individual inherits a unique mixture of these 3 DOSHAS, but every individual is stronger than others. Each person controls a different function of his or her body. It is believed that one’s chances of getting sick and the health problems he or she develops are connected to the balance of one or more DOSHAS.
Let us discuss these 3 DOSHAS that are the source of all ailments and Ayurveda is the remedy of all diseases.
- VATA DOSHA – Space and Air
Ayurveda practitioners believe this VATA DOSHA is one of the most powerful of all three DOSHAS. It controls very basic human body functions, for instance how cells classified. It also controls one’s mind, breathing, and flow of blood, heart function as well as the ability to wash the waste through intestines. When you eat more and do less exercise or do not exercise at all, eating again and again, improper meal, fear, grief, anxiety, sleep late night etc. cause this issue.
Things to Remember
Whether VATA DOSHA is your main life force, you are probably developing asthma, heart disease, anxiety, depression, skill issues, rheumatoid arthritis etc.
- PITTA DOSHA – Fire and Water
PITTA DOSHA is one of the most important energies that controls your digestive system, the metabolism and particular hormones that are connected to your appetite. When you walk in the sun, eat spicy food and spend time outside sans protecting yourself properly, it starts disrupting. Whether it is your life-force, you are more likely to develop the conditions, like heart disease, high blood pressure and other infections.
- KAPHA DOSHA – Water and Earth
KAPHA DOSHA is a life-force that controls the muscle growth, your body strength, stability, weight as well as immune system. When you eat much sweets or sweet food, sleep less hours a day, eat or drink things that contain salt and water too much, it starts disrupting. Whether it is your life-energy, you tend to develop breathing issues, like asthma, and other ailments, like cancer, diabetes, obesity and much, much more.
An Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner will make a detailed plan of treatment particularly designed for you as per your disease or issue. He or she will take into account your physical as well as emotional side, your primary life-force to balance the three Doshas.
The objective of the treatment is to purify your body and cleanse the undigested food that are staying inside your body and creating issues. This purifying is called PANCHAKARMA, which is designed to minimize the symptoms, and restore the balance of your body and mind. To attain this, only an Ayurveda practitioner can tell you whether you need blood purification, aromatic oils, massage therapy, herbal therapy or other medications.
How does Ayurveda work?
There are a very few state-approved Ayurvedic institutes in the United States of America. It is hard to find a single national standard institute or training or certification program on Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is treated as an alternative medicine in the majority of countries world over. I am from India, I am really very fond of Ayurveda, Yoga and Homeopathy, which is one of India’s ancient medicine system and it is truly scientific. And, we have AYUSH (The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), I have come across many practitioners of Ayurveda, Yoga and Homeopathy who are truly great doctors, and some of them who practice the alternative therapy.
This is out and out educational information for those who need to know many things about Ayurveda. You should consult your doctor before trying any Ayurvedic medicines or alternative therapy.