Introducing Ayurveda

Introducing Ayurveda – Alternative Medicine for Self Healing

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.

Introducing Ayurveda

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
Thought & Visualization

Massage Therapy
Aroma Therapy
Sound Healing
Color Therapy
Gem Therapy


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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  1. shva
    shva says:

    Dear Anmol,
    When will you tell us more about Ayurveda? Please. This ariticle is very interesting. Have you wrote another since then which perhaps I have missed.?
    Thanks a lot for your generousity.

  2. Ayurveda Forums
    Ayurveda Forums says:

    Good introduction and history of Ayurveda. Where did you find such info? do you advise any ayurvedic resource in particular?

  3. Trevor
    Trevor says:

    As a colour therapist i naturally use the chakra energy system as a basis of healing. However, i have done reiki using the charas whereas some purists believe reiki should be based upon the Japanese Hara and using chakras is a miss match. What do you think?

  4. Sinduja
    Sinduja says:

    They say that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. When the right time comes, we are swept along by the wave and brought to the wonders of life. I truly feel that coming across your site was one such thing I will always be grateful for. I had already been here but hopefully this time, I will make some serious progress towards the greatest goal of my life. I am a huge fan of Ayurveda too and glad that it has featured in your blog. Thanks again for all the work. :)

  5. Alex
    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.

  6. maddy08
    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.



    Holistic Rehab

  7. Shobha
    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.


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