The term “Ayurveda” means ‘the science of Good Health’.
Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine developed during antiquity and the medieval period, and as such is comparable to pre-modern Chinese and European systems of medicine. Lord Dhanvantri are believed the greatest creature of Ayurved and nature therapy to cure the incurable with the mode of Ayurved. The main classical Ayurveda treatises begin with legendary accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the Gods to sages, and hence to human physicians. Therapies are typically based on complex herbal compounds, while treatises introduced mineral and metal substances (perhaps under the influence of early Indian alchemy. Ayurveda names three elemental substances, the doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and states that a balance of the doshas results in health, while imbalance results in disease.
Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago.
What is ‘Tridosha’?
The three doshas, or bio-energies found in our body are:
- Vatapertains to air and ether elements. This energy is generally seen as the force, which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination.
- Kaphapertains to water and earth elements. Kapha is responsible for growth and protection. The mucousal lining of the stomach, and the cerebral-spinal fluid that protects the brain and spinal column are examples of kapha.
- Pitta pertains to fire and water elements. This doshagoverns metabolism, e.g., the transformation of foods into nutrients. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems.
Basic Principles of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by three “doshas“, or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas (“tridoshas“). Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha.
What does Ayurveda do to you?
The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life. This can be summed up as follows:
- To protect health and prolong life
- To eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body