The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words - Ayur meaning life, and Veda meaning knowledge. This traditional Indian life science is the oldest form of medicine known to man; its guiding principles are said to have been handed down from the Hindu gods, and written texts date back 3500 years. Ayurveda still forms the basis of much medical practice today in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, where Orthodox doctors work alongside ayurvedic physicians. Following an Ayurvedic diet is considered to be an important way of maintaining health and preventing illness and disease
One who bears in attractive four hands counch, circular weapon, a set of leeches and apot with ambrosia,whose fine, shining and pure upper garnment makes him appear especially wonderful, whose eyes are like lotus flowers, whose bright body luster is of the colour of a fresh rain cloud, whose beautiful waist is adored by a magnificent yellow dress and who burns away all diseases just like a forest fire, to such a Lord Dhanvatanri, I bow respectfully.
is a complete healthcare system and involves detoxification, diet,
exercise, use of herbs and techniques to improve mental and emotional
Your individual constitution and how it relates to your energies is the key to understanding Ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurveda aims to prevent disease by working with your body rather than trying to change it
>Each of us has a unique constitution, determined by the balance of three vital energies in the body, known as the three doshas or 'tridoshas'. The three doshas are known by their Sanskrit names of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everyone's constitution is governed by tile three doshas in varying degrees, but each of us is also controlled by one or possibly two dominant doshas, so that you are classed as either vata type, pitta type or kapha type or a vata/pitta, pitta/kapha etc.
You keep healthy when all the three doshas are in balance. Each one has its role to play in the body. For example, vata is the driving force; it relates mainly to the nervous system and the body's energy. Pitta is fire; it relates to the metabolism, digestion, enzymes, acid and bile. Kapha is linked to water, mucous membranes, phlegm, moisture, fat and lymphatics.
Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means "The Science of Life." Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the "Mother of All Healing". It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many, if not all, natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages maintaining health by paying close attention to balance in one's life through right thinking, diet, lifestyle and herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one's own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.
Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine, using diet, herbs, cleansing and purification practices, yoga, astrology and gemstones to bring about healing.This article focuses on the dietary principles of Ayurveda and how an ayurvedic diet can both prevent and heal disease. Ayurveda is from India and is at least 5,000 years old, and still as effective as when it was created by ancient sages known as Rishis. The Rishis, masters of meditation and observation, developed a remarkable system of healing based on the five basic elements of the universe, ether, air, fire, water and earth and their combinations, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, known as the doshas. Your dosha is your constitutional type. There are three main types and four combination types. By knowing your type, you have immediate access to useful information on what to eat, how to exercise, what to wear, how to cleanse and purify your body and how to prevent disease, as well as much, much more.
Contrary to most Western approaches to nutrition, Ayurveda does not prescribe one diet as best for everyone, such as raw foods, macrobiotics or the basic four food groups, but seeks to individualize and optimize nutrition for the individual, based on their constitutional type and the particular imbalances in the person which need to be corrected. Food is selected based on its elemental balance, its taste, its effects on the body, and qualities of the foods such as hot and cold, moist and dry, light and heavy, oily, rough, subtle, and others. The main intention of diet in the Ayurvedic system is to nourish the body's tissues, known as the seven dhatus, ie. lymph, blood, flesh, muscle, fat, marrow, bone and sexual fluid. Each of these tissues, when it is fed, nourishes and forms the next in succession. In order to nourish the tissues, food must first be digested, which is the job of the digestive fire, or agni, which is seated in the stomach and small intestines. Food that is not properly digested, due to overeating, poor food combinations, imbalance of the elements, or toxins in the food creates a sticky, toxic substance known as ama, which coats the digestive tract and the tongue and which may also be deposited in the tissues, forming a breeding ground for chronic disease. Proper food nourishes without making toxic ama.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which originated among the Brahmin sages of ancient India approximately 3000 - 5000 years ago. There are several parts to this system which separates it from other systems of health care such as
1) It focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of the life energies within us, rather than
focusing on individual symptoms.
2 ) It acknowledges the unique makeup of each individual and therefore suggests different programs for different types of people. Although two people may appear outwardly to have similar symptoms, their life energy may be quite different and therefore require for different
3) Ayurveda is a complete medical system which recognizes that in the end that all intelligence and wisdom flows from one universal source. Health presents itself by the grace of the Absolute
acting through the laws of Nature. Ayurveda contributes to nature by promoting harmony between the individual and nature by living a life of balance according to her laws.
4) Ayurveda depicts three basic universal energies which regulate all natural processes on both the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels. That is, the same energies which generate effects in the
different galaxies and star systems are functioning at the level of the human physiology-in your own physiology. These three universal energies are known as the Tridosha.
5) Lastly, the ancient Ayurvedic physicians knew the requirement for preserving the joining of the mind and body and offers mankind tools for remembering and nurturing the gentler parts of our
humanity. Ayurveda seeks to heal the separation and disarray of the mind-body complex and
replenish wholeness and harmony to all people.
The Three Metabolic Body Types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
Ayurvedic medicine is based on the principle of metabolic body types, or doshas. The three metabolic body types are known as vata, pitta and kapha. Deepak Chopra notes the Ayurvedic body type as a blueprint which shows all of the innate tendencies built into a person's system. Most people are a combination of dosha characteristics (such as vata-pitta) with one normally more significant than the other. Although each person's metabolic type is determined by a predominant dosha, all three doshas exist in varying amounts in every cell, tissue and organ in the body. When the doshas are balanced in relationship to an individual's constitution, the result is vibrant health and energy but when the balance has been tilted, the body becomes vulnerable to stress related instigators such as viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition and overwork. Imbalance in the doshas is the first indication that mind and body are not in synch. Dr. Chopra also points out that after people understand the characteristics and qualities of their
particular body types, they can tailor themselves to obtain optimal health through diet changes,
lifestyle changes and environment and to ultimately restore their dosha balance.
(from Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide Pg.63-65)
Types of Ayurvedic treatments
1) Panchakarma - this is the cleansing of body toxins which is performed in a clinic and takes about a week to complete. It includes oil massage, laxatives, enemas and is specific to the body type of the patient.
2) TM (Transcendental Meditation) - TM is comprised of healing the mind by repeating a mantra (secret word given by the instructor). The process allows the meditator to go beyond the noise of the mind to more subtle levels. This results in deeper levels of rest as well as contact with sources of healing.
3) Primordial Sound - A technique taught by a qualified Ayurvedic doctor. The basis for the technique is the belief that at the quantum level, everything is made up of sound vibrations. The technique fixes out of synch conditions.
4) Pulse Diagnosis - A special pulse diagnostician can decode signals carried by one's pulse and therefore figure out conditions occurring within parts of the body such as liver, heart etc..
5) Special Diets - Prescribed according to one's body type and this would include special herbal food supplements
6) Marmas - Points on the skin are stimulated by massage.
7) Bliss technique - A technique taught by an Ayurvedic Doctor that assists one in obtaining mental state in which there is little effort required to do anything. It is a state of joy that has a therapeutic value which promotes extremes confidence and power in the person.
8) Aromatherapy - Use of essential oils. These substances have vibrations that send certain signals to the brain and have definite therapeutic effects.
9) Music Therapy - Tapes of East Indian music are used for their healing effects.
10) Hatha Yoga - this is the Yoga of various postures, a form of gentle exercise that assists the physical body in becoming more flexible and relaxed as well as maintaining good muscle tone. In this exercise, the myth of "no pain, no gain" is disproven, proving its case that overexertion is
Diseases and Conditions treated at our Clinic
Ayurveda is a complete health care system. It has an explanation for all modern conditions or diseases, how the disease process started, what caused it and how much help or control you can get from Ayurveda. Generally the Ayurvedic physician can treat :
Disorders of the circulatory system;
metabolic disorders and disorders of the nervous system and other symptoms like insomnia;
Tension, anxiety, high blood pressure;
Blood sugar problems and injuries etc.
Ayurveda does not offer cures for cancers, Aids and some mechanical lesions and conditions requiring surgery.
Ayurveda will benefit the day old infant to the very elderly person.