Introducing Ayurveda – Alternative Medicine for Self Healing

Posted in Ayurveda,Health and Wellbeing by Anmol Mehta

Introduction to Ayurveda

In this website some members of the spiritual family have been properly introduced, such as meditation, zen, yoga,  chakra, kundalini, pranayama, etc. and hopefully you are getting to know them well.  Today we are going to introduce another important member of this most lovely family.  Say hello to Mr. Ayurveda.  Ayurveda literarily means the Science of Life and Longevity.  It is the science of natural healing which dates back almost 5 thousand years and has been evolving and gathering wisdom since then.  Thus, today it is one of the most profound and complete holistic healing systems on this planet.

In this introductory article I will give you a broad overview of Ayurveda and lay down the foundation for providing you future health, healing and wellbeing solutions from this great science.

Background of Ayurveda:

Ayurveda is a psychobiological system that looks to optimize health taking into account your body, mind and emotions.  Ayurveda is based on the Vedic Samkhya Philosophy of which, for our purposes here, we will focus on just the 5 Great Elements and the 3 Doshas (humours or fundamental energies that form your constitution) that are derived from them.  The 5 great elements are space (ether), air, fire, water and earth.  The 3 doshas are vata, pitta and kapha.  More on this in the following sections.

The 5 Great Elements & the 3 Doshas of Ayruveda:

The Ayurvedic framework within which all healing is conducted is based on the 3 doshas.  Understanding the doshas and their interaction is the key to understanding Ayurveda. The 3 doshas are formed by the 5 elements as follows…

Vata: Space & Air

Pitta: Fire & Water

Kapha: Water & Earth 

According to Ayurveda everything, including the body-mind complex, can be defined by these 3 humours.  They exist in varying quantities in all things.  The qualities of the 3 doshas are as follows:

Vata: Dry, Light, Cold, Rough, Subtle & Mobile

Pitta: Sharp, Hot, Light, Slightly Oily, Slightly Odorous, Mobile & Liquid

Kapha: Wet, Cold, Heavy, Dull, Soft, Sticky & Fixed

Health Goal of Ayurveda (Prakruti & Vikruti):

Ayurveda states that each of us is born with a particular combination of the 3 doshas.  This is our natural state, our constitution or our blueprint.  It is called Prakruti. Due to life acting upon us, this natural balance is altered and the altered current state of your doshas is called Vikruti.  The objective of Ayurveda is help you regain your natural state or close the discrepancy between Vikruti and Prakruti.

It is important to remember here that Ayurveda is not trying to equalize the amount of Vata, Pitta and Kapha in your system.  It is trying to re-establish the natural composition of these three doshas that you were born with.  Here is how Ayurveda looks to do this.

Healing Principles & Techniques of Ayurveda:

Ayurveda is based on the following 2 principles:

1. Like Increases Like 

2. Opposites Decrease Each Other

Ayurveda is the manipulation of the three humours, vata, pitta & kapha, based on the 2 principles above.  Since everything is composed of these 3 humours everything is available to be used to influence the quantities of these 3 humours in the body-mind complex.  Some of the more common treatment modalities are as follows…

Diet & Nutrition
Medicinal Herbs
Yoga & Exercises
Lifestyle
Meditation
Thought & Visualization

Massage Therapy
Aroma Therapy
Sound Healing
Color Therapy
Gem Therapy

Summary:

One of the most fun parts of Ayurveda is figuring out your constitutional makeup and seeing in what quantities Vata, Pitta & Kapha doshas exist in you.  But, the best part of Ayurveda is that it is a science of SELF HEALING.  Once you understand the basic concepts as outlined in this article, you are well on your way to helping yourself create optimum health and vitality.  In future articles I will go deeper into Ayurveda and how to use this great knowledge to effectively heal yourself and set the stage for greater spiritual and personal growth.

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    sarah Says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
    Sarah
    http://www.thetreadmillguide.com

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    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Hey Alex,

    :-)

    Now I know what articles to plan next… will put together a few on Ayurveda in the near future.

    Cheers,
    Anmol

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    Alex Says:

    Come on Anmol! Write the next article! :p I can’t wait, i’m so interested in Ayurveda now. I know i’m mostly Vata, then Kapha and least pitta….but i don’t really know what that means or what i should do according to that.

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    Healthy Eating Guide | 11 Important Guidelines Says:

    [...] This topic is actually too big to cover in this guide, but here what I am saying is that eat according to your constitution and physical condition.  Ayurveda provides a comprehensive model to help you determine what you should be eating and you can read more about this in the following 2 articles:  Introduction to Ayurveda & Healthy Ayurvedic Diet to Burn Fat and Lose Weight. [...]

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    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Hi Maddy,

    Glad you liked the article and yes I am too a big fan of Ayurveda :-D.

    Thanks for you feedback.

    Cheers,
    Anmol

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    maddy08 Says:

    Article is very nice to look forward. Really I liked it. As I know, Ayurveda is the best medicine for any disease. In ancient days it was only the medicine which is used by the people and now a days again it is emerging into the world. I think it is the best medicine.

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    maddy

    Holistic Rehab

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    The Key to Natural Healing Says:

    [...] Many alternative medicine systems embrace and understand the above situation.  They are designed to work with the body to help it heal and also, more and more, Western medicine is acknowledging and aligning with this view.  You can read about Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and how it models it’s treatment to help restore the natural state of health in the article Introduction to Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing. [...]

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    Amazing Health Benefits from Yoga & Pranayama Says:

    [...] I want to mention briefly that the improvements to the digestive system are one of most common benefits I see when people take up Kundalini Yoga practice.  This is very good news, as according to Ayurveda, digestive problems account for the vast majority of diseases and having a strong, healthy digestive system can go a long way in helping us live long, healthy, happy lives. [...]

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    Ayurveda » Blog Archives » Dr Ravinder (Ayurveda) Chadha Tribune - So much so Says:

    [...] Introducing Ayurveda- Alternative Medicine for Self HealingAyurveda. Ayurveda literarily means the Science of Life and Longevity. It is the science of natural healing which dates back almost 5 thousand years and has been evolving and gathering wisdom since then. Thus, today it is one of the … [...]

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    Shobha Says:

    You are amazing, the way you explain a subject matter. Ayurveda is not a complex way of healthy life ,it is the way. We will wait for more information.
    Thanks.

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