The Sanskrit term 'Ayurveda' is composed of two words
Ayus - meaning life + Veda - meaning knowledge.
So the literal meaning of Ayurveda is Knowledge of Life.
Ayurveda considers Life as a combination of mind, body and spirit all equally important in determining a persons heath.
More than 5000 years old, Ayurveda is considered the precursor to all health systems including Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Western Medicine and remains the most comprehensive holistic healing practice in the world.
In Ayurvedic philosophy the natural world in which we live is made up of five elements: earth, air, water, fire, and ether. When these are in balance within the environment of our bodies, health is easy to maintain.
The elements are grouped together into energies or doshas.
Air and Ether combine to form Vata.
Like its elements, Vata is light, dry and cool and involved in dynamic functions such as movement as well as the rapid flow of ideas.
Fire and Water form the dosha Pitta.
Similar to its elements, Pitta is hot and dry, bringing passion and ambition to a person and is involved with digestion of food.
Water and Earth combine to form the moist Kapha.
The heavy cool dosha Kapha lends our bodies cohesion, stability, calmness and endurance.
The three doshas occur in everyone. However the balance between the three is not the same in every person and also does not stay constant even in the same person.
In Ayurveda health is directly dependent on the balance of these three doshas, and if disrupted, disease can result.
Everyone is born with a basic prakriti that stays constant throughout life and which determines their personality and tendency to illness. The prakriti is influenced by the place, season and time of conception and even the mental and physical state of the parents.
A persons outward dosha or vikriti comes from lifes influences such as diet, job, living situation and any toxins and reflects a more recent dosha type.
Rectifying the ailment - physical or emotional - can be achieved by recognising the dosha or element that is out of balance and compensating for it using the natural aids of diet, body therapies and lifestyle.
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