Ayurveda is a 5000+ year old system of medicine that originated in India. The aim of Ayurveda is to establish a balance between the mind, body, and spirit. It is focused on the unique constitution of each person.
What are doshas?
Doshas are energies derived from the elements (air, water, fire, earth, and space) and governing body functions. There are three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. Each is composed of a combination of the elements. Everyone is born with a unique balance of the three doshas, which is their natural constitution (prakruthi) or natural disposition. A person’s constitution determines their mental and physical characteristics.
How is an individual’s constitution identified?
An individual’s unique constitution is identified through a series of questions and observations that correlate with the three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha.
How does illness occur according to Ayurveda?
Illness occurs when there is an imbalance in our natural constitution (prakruthi) or when we deviate from our natural tendency. These imbalances can be due to our environment, diet, and lifestyle, emotional and physical activity resulting in illnesses.
What is the difference between ayurvedic and Western medicine approach to a patient’s condition?
Ayurveda focuses on finding the root cause of the illness and treating the patient physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In Ayurveda, all parts of an individual are interconnected and related to affect health and well-being. Traditional Western medicine mainly focuses on treating the symptoms of the disease.
What kind of treatment methods are used in Ayurveda?
Ayurveda utilizes diet and lifestyle recommendations along with herbal supplements, yoga, and other unique therapies involving oils, herbs, therapeutic body work, and other techniques. Ayurveda treatments are personalized depending on each patient’s condition and constitution.
How is yoga related to Ayurveda?
Yoga is considered a sister science of Ayurveda. Both sciences employ similar principles, and together they work to bring harmony and balance to the body, mind, and spirit.