What is Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda?

The ancient science of Ayurveda was created in India more than 5,000 years ago way before the birth of modern medicine. It is considered by some scholars to be the oldest healing science in the world. It focuses on the connection between the mind and body and has been proven to be an effective alternative natural healing system. The word, Ayurveda is a combination of two words of the ancient Indian language called Sanskrit.  Ayur=life and veda=knowledge. Ayurveda in modern times combines Diet, Herbal Supplements, and Yoga or Meditation techniques.

According to the Ayurvedic belief system, each individual has a unique energy pattern that combines physical, mental, and emotional traits. There are three basic forces of energy types called doshas that are combined differently in every person. The doshas reflect the Five Elements and their related properties. Keeping these doshas in your balance can make the difference between feeling and looking great and feeling like a drained tired and overweight. All three doshas are found in each person with a particular combination of each one unique to each individual.

Vata

Characterized by the movement of the wind, air, and space. It is in charge of bodily functions associated with motion, fluid circulation, pulsation of the heart, communication between the mind and nervous system, and the flow of breathing. When Vata is balanced you are quick thinking, thin, and agile your body flows through life like the wind. When Vata energy is out of balance it produces anxiety, fear, isolation, loneliness, and mental exhaustion. It can cause all types of abnormal flows of movements in the body, such as muscle spasms, tics, and tremors.

Pitta

Characterized by the Fire and Water element is representative of Digestion and Transformation.  This dosha is in charge of appetite, digestion, absorption, temperature, intelligence, charisma, courage, and ambition. Out of balance, pitta can cause stomach ulcers, malabsorption, oily skin, sleeping disorder, anger and jealousy issues.

Kapha

Characterized by Earth and Water it represents structure, stability, and grounding Energy.It controls growth, love, forgiveness, memory, contentment, balances all bodily fluids, strength, and stamina.  Out of balance, Kapha leads to insecurity, greed, lack of motivation, depression, sluggish metabolism,  excessive sleep, and envy.

Ayurvedic Medicines

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine was founded on the belief that they only way an illness can enter your system is due to a weakness in the body. Ayurvedic herbs have been used to support the internal healing process promoted by Ayurveda. Instead of using synthetic drugs Ayurvedic herbs are a natural way to heal your body while minimizing any side effects. This does not mean they are safe for everyone. You should slowly introduce these herbs into your daily diet and monitor your body to find the best combination of herbs to heal your illness.

Ayurvedic Diet

Ayurvedic Diet

Depending on which one of your doshas are out of balance your diet should help restore your specific dosha back to the proper levels. The most accurate way to do this is by seeing a professional ayurvedic physician. If you don’t have the budget for it we can provide some guidance on where to start. You can take a Dosha Quiz online to get started.

If your Kapha is out of balance you can reduce consumption of oils, fats, sweets, and salt and focus on eating more vegetables, and high fiber foods such as Almonds, Broccoli, Chia Seeds and legumes.

If your Pitta is out of wack you should avoid alcohol, coffee, vinegar, and acidic foods like oranges, lemons, and tomatoes and supplement them with watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, cucumbers, lettuce, and kale.

Last but not least those who have a problem with their Vata should avoid processed grains, legumes, cold cereals, sodas, frozen desserts and cold hard raw vegetables and instead supplement these foods with hot soup, oatmeal, cooked vegetables, ghee, hot chocolate milk.

Ayurveda Yoga

Ayurveda Yoga

Yoga is strongly interrelated into the Ayurveda lifestyle.  The combination of mind and body can been seen once again here. Each has a unique function but they are closely intertwined on many levels. They both encompass an understanding of how the body works and are based on the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, space). Both of these recognize that keeping the body healthy is vital for living a happy balanced life. There are even special training and yoga poses that are directed to people who follow the Ayurvedic principles

Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurvedic Herbs

There are many healing herbs that are used in combination with diet and meditation in the Ayurveda traditions. As with all herbal supplement you purchase online you should research all products thoroughly before consuming anything you buy online. Here are some of the most popular ones.

CARDAMOM (Elettaria cardamomum): a natural tranquilizer that provides clarity and relaxation to a busy mind. It can also help cure teeth and gum infections, improves digestion, lowers blood pressure,  cures strep throat, congestion of the lungs, pulmonary tuberculosis, inflammation of the eyelids, gastrointestinal disorders, disintegrating kidneys, and gallbladder stones, and has also been used as an antidote for poisons and venoms.

ASHWAGANDHA (Withania somnifera): is one of the most popular herbs. The name translates to “Strength of horse.” It’s root has been used for thousands of years to treat many problems such as insomnia, anxiety, stress relief, fatigue, and brain fog.

TRIPHALA (Trifala): is another traditional Ayurvedic herb that helps support healthy bowel movements and intestinal repair. It promotes peristalsis that helps to detoxify the body.

TURMERIC (Curcuma longa): The compounds in this root have been shown help with the preservation of brain function, regulation of inflammation, and also cancer prevention.

Ayurveda Educational Research

The International Ayurvedic Medical Journal (IAMJ) is an open access publication and is a great place to do further research into Ayurveda. If you wish to become a qualified practitioner there are several places you get more info such as Ayurveda.com and ayurvedacollege.com