Ayur’ in Sanskrit mean Life or longevity. ’Veda’ means science, knowledge or understanding. Thus, simply put together Ayurveda is the “science of life and longevity”. It is the oldest healthcare system in the world and combines the profound thoughts of medicine and philosophy.
Ayurveda is 5000 years old, since then it stood for the well being of humanity in terms of physical, mental and spiritual growth. It is system of prevention of oriented natural health and focus on restoring balance at the deepest level of mind and body.
In Ayurveda, treatment of problem is done at its source. Ayurveda can be considered as the “Yoga of life” as this branch of science boost us to utilize our mind and body to achieve yoga of self-realization. Today, Ayurveda is an indispensable and unique branch of medicine.
Principles of Ayurveda
Ayurveda tells us that all matter contains the five great elements- Ether (space), Wind (Air), Fire, Earth, and water. This implies that we are an inseparable and integral part of nature as these elements represent our body and mind. Like each of the elements has got peculiar qualities, our body and mind also possess similar features. Still the proportion of each quality varies from person to person and this makes us unique.
According to Ayurveda, there are three energy forces formed by combination of these five elements. These forces are termed as ‘doshas’ and are classified into three namely:
Vata dosha: Vata manages all that moves in our mind and body. It is the combination of Ether and Wind elements.
Pitta dosha: Pitta manages digestion and transformation of food and thoughts. It is the combination of Fire and water elements.
Kapha dosha: Kapha imparts strength, stability, lubrication and protection. It is the combination of Water and Earth.
All of us are born with a certain combination of elements and this is known as our inherent nature or “Prakriti, thus they tends to be a part of us for our entire lifespan being a part of you, literally make us ourselves. Ayurveda guide us how to live according to our unique nature.
Ayurveda originated from the Vedic culture of India and is still practiced effectively today. Traditional Ayurveda works to remove excess Dosha and also support and educate the individual. Ayurveda and Yoga are thus believed to be good companions as they both work together for the development and well being of mind and body.
Therapeutic practices in Ayurveda include healing everything from infertility to digestive issues. It is fascinating branch of therapeutic science as it cures without any complicated surgeries or prescribed drugs and also it eliminates need to go through painful criteria.
The numerous health benefits are helpful in treating inflammatory, hormonal imbalance, digestive disorders and autoimmune diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Anxiety or depression, Asthma, Cancer, Dementia, Menstrual pain, Herpes, High blood pressure or cholesterol, Parkinson’s disease, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS).
The Ayurvedic flora, practices including yoga or meditation have also been useful as home remedy for acne, fighting chronic fatigue syndrome, and also taper off the problems with chronic constipation, reducing pain and lowering the obesity risks.