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Ayurveda, the ultimate medical system, is more than 5000-year-old. It, since inception, cures innumerable diseases, even the ones which are life-threatening even in cases when Western medical science too gave up. The practices of Ayurveda were originated in India and today it has been adopted all throughout the world. Traditional Chinese and Tibetan medication systems were inspired from Ayurveda itself.

Other than being a savior, Ayurveda is a successful system that works as a catalyst for healthy living. The practice enables healthy functioning of every organ of body. It provides basic guidelines related to diet, routines, environment and other such basic elements that combine to form massive effect in our lifestyle and health.

When god created living beings, he left several secrets in the nature itself for treatment for diseases and injuries. Ayurveda is inspired from nature and its three most important components are Wind, Earth and Fire; known as Vata, Kapha and Pitta in Sanskrit. Every living being is made of and is controlled by these three components of nature. People having Vata most dominant are usually enthusiastic, thin, light, energetic and changeable. Those who are ruled by Kapha are easy-going, nurturing and philosophical. And people with dominant Pitta are intellectual, intense and motivated. Similarly, there are some elements in us that are balanced or are imbalanced. This equation of a person's elements helps a specialist create a detailed prescription.

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old medical system that originated in India. Today it has been adopted all around the world for healthy functioning of body and also to cure some of the most life-threatening diseases. Ayurveda is inspired from nature and makes use of herbs and other elements. In fact Chinese and Tibetan system of medication too found its root in Ayurveda. Ayurveda literally means the science of life, which comprises of two words Ayu (life) and Veda (science or knowledge).


Is Ayurveda different from conventional Western medicine? How?

Indeed Ayurveda is different from the western medical science in many ways. It uses elements of nature for betterment while western medical science is solely dependent on chemicals which might combine to create side effects. Ayurveda doesn't merely rely on surgeries and medications, but reaches beyond these parameters. It focuses on an Individual's personal requirement or dosha.

Unlike Western medical science Ayurveda doesn't do any harm and has no side-effects. Ayurvedic doctors aim at eradicating illness right from the root by inspecting about a patients diet intake, stress, exercise routine, lifestyle beliefs, behavior and constitution of mind and body.

Does Ayurveda fall into the category of holistic medicine?

Ayurveda is indeed a holistic medicinal system that treats not just the body but a person's soul and mind as well. Any imbalance in our mind, body or spirit leads to sufferance of the whole entity. A person suffering from depression doesn't merely suffer from depression; it further leads to mental problems which might again complicate that person's eating routine. Ayurveda treats by keeping note of several aspects related to patient's life and also by perceiving him as a part of universe.

Not just the body, but the patient's environment is of utmost importance in healing him or his poor health. What Ayurveda believes is that there is a constant exchange of information and energy between an individual and environment. The key to good health is overpowering of venomous attributes around the environment.

What principles does Ayurveda work on?

Ayurveda believes that the role of mind is massive in controlling the rest of the body, which is true. A harmony between mind and body is required for healthy living, and this gets even better if the person practices consciousness and purifying the soul.

For a healthy life, Ayurveda suggests some simple changes in lifestyle, which includes: meditation, right diet, regular exercise, loving, nurturing relations, sound sleep, and elimination of what doesn't make you feel good and indulging in your passion.

What does 'Dosha' mean?

As the study of Ayurveda suggests, an individual is controlled through different combinations of five master elements, namely- air, fire, water, space and earth. These five elements are entwined through biological systems and form three primary patterns, which are known as Doshas. Doshas then further govern our ability to thing and our behaviour. There are three kinds of Doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is made of Space and Air and controls movement and change in body or mind. Pitta is made of Fire and Water and regulates metabolism and digestion. Kapha is comprised of Water and Fire and safeguards and maintains the structure of body and integrity of mind.

These three Doshas are present in each of our cell, organ and tissue. But the combination of these Doshas sets every individual apart from each other. On knowing a person's Doshas, Ayurvedic doctors can get to know the right prescription for the patients.

How does Ayurveda perceive illness and health?

As per Ayurveda a healthy body doesn't merely mean a body with absence of illness. A healthy body is indeed an indication of a higher state of consciousness that enables existence of artistry, vitality, well-being and happiness in our body and environment.

Illness on the other hand creates hindrance in our well-being, information and energy. As diseases gradually start to grow in your body, some symptoms start to give signals that your body needs to restore the balance.

Does Ayurveda medicines cures physical injuries as well?

Ayurveda is in practice since more than five-thousand-years and since its inception it has cured even life-threatening diseases, let alone physical injuries. For every physical injury and ailment Ayurveda has a cure.

Let us take the example of the great Hindu epic, Ramayana, when in order to heal severe injuries of Lord Lakshman, Lord Hanuman went for the hunt of Sanjeevani Booti. As per the legends this mythological herb had the capacity to heal even the most serious injuries.

Doshas

As per Ayurveda, every person has a different combination of three basic elements that helps create a specific characteristics and mentality. This combination of the three elements is known as Doshas. The three elements are Kapha (earth), Pitta (fire) and Vata (wind). Usually one or two of these elements are more prominent than the other one(s).

A person who is light, thin and quick in actions and thoughts is predominantly a Vata. For such people change is a constant part of their lives. However, if your Vata is balanced, you tend to be creative, lively and enthusiastic. And if your Vata is excessive, you might develop insomnia, anxiety and irregular digestion.

Talking of Pitta Dosha; if it is dominant then the person is smart, motivated and muscular. If it is balanced the person tends to become warm, intellectual and have group-leading qualities. If Pitta is excessive it can make a person aggressive, irritable and critical.

People having dominant Kapha in nature are of heavier frame and their thought process and movements are rather leisurely and slow. If it is balanced it develops calmness, loyalty and sweetness in nature. People with excessive Kapha suffer resistance to healthy change, congestion and weight gain.

The characteristics and behavior of our body and mind helps determining our Dosha which further lets a specialist design a personalized prescription. Read more about Doshas

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