What is Ayurveda?
Originating from India, Ayurveda is a type of alternative medicine that is being practiced for more than 3000 years. It was based on the belief that the general health of the person is dependent on the delicate balance between the mind, body, spirit, and the environment. It is said that diseases or illnesses occur when there is an imbalance or stress in the person’s consciousness.
The main goal of Ayurveda is to promote good health using a natural and holistic approach. It starts with an internal purification process and is followed by a special diet, herbal remedy, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation.
Fundamental principles of Ayurveda
The word Ayurveda originated from two Sanskrit words "ayu" which means life and "veda" which means knowledge. It is founded on the belief that the five elements, comprised of air, fire, water, earth, and ether, form the building blocks of Tridosha, the three metabolic body types or doshas that consist of the chemical nature of the body.
When the three doshas, namely Vata (wind), Pitta (bile), and Kapha (mucus), are combined, they create the temperament. Toxins (Ama) are said to be the unprocessed, putrefied waste products that have been held inside the body. The longer the body retains the ama, the more difficult it is to be removed. It is also believed that when the Vata or wind energy in the body is blocked, aches and pains are being felt by the person.
Ayurveda health benefits
Ayurveda is a holistic healing science that addresses the specific health concerns of a person and at the same time, offers an explanation on why a person responds differently to another. It can be applied to everyday life.
Research has revealed that people who have Ayurvedic methods have decreased risk for:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
Additionally, herbal remedies are considered to help the following health conditions:
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- menstrual cramps
- Parkinson's disease
- digestive disorders like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)