‘Ayurveda’ is a Sanskrit word which translates as ‘science of life’. It originated in the Indian subcontinent around 5,000 years BC and is recognised as one of the oldest medical systems in the world. To this day it is considered the primary healthcare system in India. Its teachings and practices have extended worldwide and many of the principles derived from Ayurveda have evolved over time and integrated into various other types of alternative medicine.
The main guiding principles of Ayurveda are:
- The mind and body are inextricably connected
- Balance should be maintained in the laws that govern nature.
Therefore any occurrence of disease and illness points towards an imbalance in these fundamental laws. As a product of nature, what we need and want should not be in conflict with nature. The central concept is that health exists when is a balance between three basic bodily bio-elements or ‘doshas’. These are called:
- Vata (airy element): Characteristics of a disrupted Vata are pain, anxiety, flatulence, gout, arthritis etc.
- Pitta (fiery element): This energy uses bile to direct digestion and metabolism. An imbalance can result in excessive hunger and thirst, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhoea etc.
- Kapha (watery element): Signs of imbalance in Kapha are excess mucous, lethargy, benign cysts and tumours, weight gain
Daily activities that keep the doshas balanced are:
- Deep relaxed breathing (oxygenation)
- Eating only whole organic foods (nourishment)
- Moderate exercise (flexibility & strength)
- Meditation (stress management)
- Good quality, abundant sleep (rest)
Ayurvedic doctors regard the human body as a synergistic unit of mind, body and spirit, and take all three into account when treating any illness. Importance is placed upon treating the root cause of the illness and not merely the symptom. Natural, organic plant and mineral based medicines are prescribed, along with diet, exercise and lifestyle recommendations.
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