Ayurveda is around 5000 years old science that originated in India and its components and concepts are rooted in Vedas, the ancient book of knowledge.
The word “Ayurveda” comes from Sanskrit and means “knowledge” or “the theory” of life. It is a knowledge which shows us the way to a long and healthy life. A knowledge which shows us how to maintain good health or, if we are ill, how to regain it.
Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, it is free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. Although it can be used to alleviate various conditions, it is founded on the principle of preventing disorders in the long term rather than waiting for problems to manifest themselves. Thus it is the ideal way for healthy individuals to maintain good health and general well being.
According to Ayurveda all living beings, including human beings are made up of five basic elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth; thus when combine with each other they give rise to the three bio physical forces or Doshas. “Pitta, Vata and Kapha”.
Things that can disrupt it include eating again too soon after a meal, fear, grief, and staying up too late. If Vata Dosha is your main life force, you're more likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Fire and Water combine to constitute the PItta Dosha: Digestion, metabolism, vision, warmth, energy, skin tone, hunger, thirst and intellegence are some of Pitta personality functions.
You can disrupt it by eating sour or spicy foods and spending too much time in the sun. If it's your main life force, you are more likely to develop conditions like Crohn's Disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and infections.
Water and Earth combine together to give rise to the Kapha Dosha: some of its functions include: Strength, anabolism, potency, stability, growth and nourishment.
You can disrupt it by sleeping during the day, eating too many sweet foods, and eating or drinking things that contain too much salt or water. If it's your main life energy, you may develop asthma, and other breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, and obesity.
Basic Constitution or Prakrti ( at the time of conception ), each person's combination and proportion of Vata, Pitta, Kapha is determined according to genetics, diet, lifestyle, and the current emotions of the parents. Essentially the dominant Dosha in the parents combine to form the constitution of the child. This is a unique and specific combination at the time of conception that does not change during the person's life.
Current Body Constitution or Vikrti as conditions change - due to weather, diet, fatigue, lifestyle, emotion, stress, the balance of the Doshas in our body and mind also changes. This alteres the state of Doshas, reflecting the current state of health.
If ones health is excelent, then the current Dosha status will be the same as the Prakrti. But it is more likely that there will be a discrepancy and the difference between Prakrti and Vikrti gives an indication of the kind of therapy and massage required by a client. The aim is to re - establish Prakrti in a person's life.
What is Ayurveda therapy used for?
Ayurveda emphasizes good health and prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle practices (such as massage, meditation, yoga and dietary changes) and the use of herbal remedies. Ayurveda is holistic which means viewing the body and mind as a whole.
With a few small changes to a person's daily life, it is possible to live the Ayurvedic way and reap the benefits. Ayurveda is certainly not intended to replace modern medicine , but rather to give people the tools to treat their body according to its needs, leading to emotional and mental well being and good health.