Ayurveda (Sanskrit: आयुर्वेद)
The Science of Life...
Ayurveda (Sanskrit: आयुर्वेद) is the ancient Vedic system of medicine. "Ayur" meaning life and "Veda" defined as total knowledge. Together Ayurveda means "Total Knowledge of Life" Ayurveda is the oldest form of holistic medicine and has been used for thousands of years to help prevent and treat all types of ailments and "dis-eases".
This total knowledge of life is not just comprised of the medicinal and practical side of medicine and health but the underlying consciousness that is pivotal to true health. Ayurveda is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and utilizes diet, herbal treatment, pulse diagnosis and other yogic compliments as part of holistic health and healing.
The 5 Element Theory
Our bodies are comprised of a unique combination of the five elements which make up an individuals Prakriti (unique, original constitution).
Earth – Water – Fire – Air – Space
Over time these five elements may change based on environmental, dietary and other lifestyle choices. This then becomes one's Vikruti (the constitution of one's current state). The current state may reflect optimal health or, as is usually the case, an unbalanced state of "dis-ease".
The goal of Ayurvedic applications is to balance all 5 elements in the human body using a holistic approach tailored to one's doshic makeup.
The Three Doshas
The Inner Intelligence of the Body
Doshas are Three
Vata Dosha – Air & Space
Pitta Dosha – Fire & Water
Kapha Dosha – Water & Earth
In their balanced state the doshas maintain the body. When imbalanced they afflict the body with imbalances and disease. The body of every living being is always the abode of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. One should know whether they are in natural (balanced) or unnatural (imbalanced) condition.
Main Functions of the Three Doshas
Vata Dosha: Transportation, Movement, Communication
Pitta Dosha: Digestion, Metabolism, Transformation
Kapha Dosha: Structure, Lubrication, Cohesion
Find your Dosha!
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