The quote above sums up the gist of Ayurveda. Ayurveda believes in optimizing health by balancing the elements our bodies are composed of. Once these elements are in perfect sync our bodies will have the power of self-healing. The philosophy of Ayurveda that has withstood the test of times, treats, not just the ailment but the person as a whole. The medicines, therapies and lifestyle changes propagated are holistic which view the body, mind, and soul as one entity.
The Five elements that combine to become the force that sustains all life forms are Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Ayurveda believes that these five elements combine together in different proportions to create the life force within.
The three Doshas are the Vatta, the Pitta, and the Kapha. These are a combination of specific elements and their presence in different proportions defines the blueprint of an individual’s life and energy.
A combination of the energies of Space and Air, Vatta, embodies impulse, and creativity of an individual. This dosha regulates breathing, heartbeats, nerves, muscles, sensory issues, communication, and joy. However, an excess of vatta can lead to fear and stress, emotional imbalances, nerve issues etc.
Combining the synergy of Fire and Water, Pitta governs the digestion and transformation processes of an individual including appetite, absorption, intelligence, courage, ambition, charisma etc. An excess of this combination can, however, cause jealousy, anger, heartburn. Acidity, sleep disorders, migraines etc. to name some.
The elements of Water and Earth combine to form this dosha. Kapha sustains structure and bonding, grounding and stability. Kapha is about nourishment, growth, strength and stamina, empathy and gratification, memory etc. However, an excess can lead to depression, greed, congestion, slowing down of metabolism, de-motivation, sleepiness etc
The combination of the three Doshas of Vatta, Pitta and Kapha are the basic building blocks that define the Prakriti or the constitution of an individual. These three in perfect sync are the guarantee of ideal balance and health. These Doshas determine our physical attributes, our mental and emotional quotient, our likes and dislikes, our preferences and habits along with our proneness to diseases.
Ayurveda thoroughly studies and analyses the Prakriti of an individual. Based on the understanding of the current state of balance, Ayurvedic specialists then prescribe the ideal fit - an individualized plan of action to ensure the excesses are balanced to restore the natural balance and equilibrium, thus making the individual capable of self-healing.
The goal of Ayurveda is to optimize all the aspects of life: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. It is an investment in a healthy future with the well being of the individual as its core philosophy.
This preventive health system that has originated and evolved in India and dates back almost 5000 years has gradually spread far and wide as its efficacy as a holistic treatment option has been proved time and again.
The origins of Ayurveda have been traced back to the Four Vedas (The Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda) which contain hymns, spells, rituals, prayers, incantations etc.
Atharva Veda is considered to be the mother of Ayurveda as it refers to various medicinal herbs and plants, their availability, their therapeutic value and how these work to cure ailments. These medical texts are in the form of hymns and incantations (114 in all) and are described as magical cures. Legend has it that the knowledge of Ayurveda was received by Dhanvantari from the God of creation, Lord Brahma himself.
The other Ayurvedic texts that date back to the 6th century B.C. are the Agnivesha Samhita, the Kasyapa Samhita, the Harita Samhita, the Charaka Samhita, the Sushruta Samhita and the Bhela Samhita. Ayurveda has endured and survived through all these centuries because of its inherent strength and its philosophy of considering the human entity as a whole - a perfect and balanced combination of the mind, body and soul.
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