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Principles Of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the oldest medical system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, for good health and longevity

The Origin of Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurveda is attributed to Dhanvantari, the physician to the gods in Hindu mythology, who received it from Brahma. Its earliest concepts were set out in the portion of the Vedas, known as the Atharvaveda (c. 2nd millennium B.C.), and the period of Vedic medicine lasted until about 800 B.C.

The Vedas are rich in “magical” practices for the treatment of diseases and in “charms” for the expulsion of the demons traditionally supposed to cause diseases. The chief conditions mentioned are fever (takman), coughs, consumption (TB), diarrhoea, dropsy (generalized oedema), abscesses, seizures, tumours, and skin diseases, including leprosy.

The golden age of Indian medicine, from 800 B.C. until about 1000 A.D, was marked especially by the production of the medical treatises known as the Charaka-samhita and Susruta-samhita, attributed respectively to Charaka, a physician, and Susruta, a surgeon.

Ayurveda is generally regarded as “the mother of all medical systems” and the Ayurvedic principles spread out, from India, to all known corners of the world including China, Tibet, Persia, Arabia and Egypt as well as ancient Greece and Rome – where they blended with local traditions and cultural habits which served as a common ground for various new teachings, systems and methodologies of natural medicine.

Today, it remains hugely popular in large parts of the Eastern world, especially in India, where a large percentage of the population uses this system exclusively or combined with modern medicine and it is rapidly gaining popularity in the West.

7 Ayurvedic wellness tips for the Harmony of Body, Mind and Spirit:

1. Cultivate a Positive attitude: You cannot choose your experiences in your everyday life, but you can develop resilience to good and bad times and look at the bright side.

2. Align yourself with Nature: Natural biorhythms are constantly affecting our mind and body. Mother Nature is an abundant source of Energy for us to connect to so we are able to dispel depression and fill our life with hope, joy and plenty of positive energy.

3. Sensory Regulation: Don’t let your senses take you for a wild ride. Regulating sensory cravings will create a stable intellect, physical and mental balance. This can be effortlessly achieved through meditation.

4. Detoxify: As a human being we are a part of a network of energy and information in another vast ocean of energy and information. Keeping the body clean, inside and out, is the first step towards feeling vital and energetic.

5. Keep all the Moving parts moving: Physical exercise and movement will improve circulation, aid detoxification and will cultivate a feeling of lightness and stability.

6. Nourish yourself with good food: Eat foods that are filled with Prana, Chi, and Mana or life energy. The body responds better to foods that are made in and made by Mother Nature. The best foods those which are clean, non-GM (Genetically Modified) and organic.

7. Favour rejuvenating foods, herbs and herbal food supplements. Herbs like Amalaki (commonly known as the Indian Gooseberry). Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng), Shatavari (a form of Asparagus) and Bramhi (Water hyssop) all have a powerful effect on our body and mind together.

The Ayurvedic Approach

The principles of Ayurveda are timeless. They are based on the laws of Nature and we are all made of the same elements as everything in Nature. Ayurveda analyses the human body in terms of the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water and Ether as well as the three bodily humours, the so called “Doshas” (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). Most individuals’ bodies express a predominance of one element which results in a particular physical build, appetite and set of personality qualities that constitute one’s “Dosha”.

As a scientific medicine, Ayurveda is both preventive and curative. It encourages vegan/vegetarian diet as well as Yoga, meditation, therapeutic massage, detoxification and herbal remedies to create a harmonious balance within the body.

The Cause of Disease

Ayurveda aims to restore health by working on the underlying causes of the disease. You will hear a lot about detoxification, cleansing, strengthening and rejuvenation in Ayurveda. For instance, when a patient complains of headache, burning in the eyes, acidity and fungal infection on skin, for him they are four different problems but, for an Ayurvedic doctor, they all indicate impairment of pitta dosha. In such a case, the patient cannot become fully healthy unless the impaired pitta dosha is brought back under control which will help to treat and provide a cure to all the four problems.

Ayurveda is a science that does not believe in suppressing symptoms to provide relief. It focuses on curing a disease without creating a new one.

The three doshas; Vata (mostly air), Pitta (mostly fire) and Kapha (mostly earth) are distinct and each type carries its own tendencies — to be comparatively airy, fiery or earthy in nature. If our natural inclinations get over-amplified, however, imbalance and health issues can arise.

Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess doshas and restore the natural balance of the body.

"There are no incurable diseases — only the lack of will. There are no worthless herbs - only the lack of knowledge."