Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda, or the ‘science of life’ is an ancient healing method that has successfully managed to stand the test of time, having been developed over 3,000 years ago in India. Although Ayurveda promotes the living of a healthy lifestyle as a means to keep disease at bay, it also prescribes treatments to some health conditions.
Ayurveda focuses principally on the maintenance of a delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit. Thus, illness and disease arise out of an imbalance between these three domains. The following article is a brief insight into existing Ayurvedic practices.
How do Ayurvedic Treatments Work?
Treatments in Ayurveda are based on the belief that every individual is made up of five basic elements: earth, air, water, fire, and space. They, in turn, combine to form the three Doshas or life forces- Vata (space and air), Kapha (water and earth), and Pitta (fire and water).
The uniqueness of an individual lies in the fact that each of these doshas varies in prominence from person to person. That being said, a person who is predominantly belonging to the Vata dosha has certain specific requirements, and so on.
The Ayurvedic system of medication has been facing a worldwide revival in recent years. The objective of this medical system is to instruct people to live long and healthy lives without the need for prescription drugs or surgeries.
What makes ayurvedic medicine stand apart from conventional systems is that it takes into account the individuality of a person. It strongly upholds the belief that there is a connection between body and mind which determines the wellness of a person.
Ayurvedic medicine is proven to target inflammation, and thus, helps with recovery from illness. It can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reduce stress and anxiety. Additionally, it is capable of keeping hormones and metabolism in check as well.
What distinguishes ayurvedic massages from regular massages is that, rather than focusing on the body, it equally prioritizes the nervous system, tissues and especially, the mind and spirit. The emphasis, therefore, is not just on releasing stress knots and tensions of the physical being, but also promoting cell and muscle regeneration, as well as calming the person’s spirit.
Organically sourced oils are used, which are then infused with herbs that complement the individual’s unique Dosha. Unique care and attention are given to the individual’s needs, therefore, making it a highly specialized and holistic massage technique.
Diets are considered one of the most vital factors of Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurvedic diets emphasize cultivating an eating habit specified by the needs of your prominent Dosha. It is an eating plan which encourages the consumption of wholesome, minimally processed foods and adopting eating rituals that benefit the connection between body and mind.
These rituals include combining the six different rasas or flavors at every meal- sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. It is equally important to eat only when your previous meal has been digested. Attention must also be devoted to the quantity and time taken to eat, in addition to being mindful about what you are eating.