Ayurveda is an ancient holistic science for life as ayur translates to “life” and veda translates to “the knowledge of life sciences”. Ayurveda is a branch of Atharvaveda. There are 4 prominent Vedas or ancient Indian scriptures that are a recital of all the ancient knowledge of a life system literarily scriptures by the leaders and saints of the Indo-Aryan civilization. These 4 major Vedas are:
- Rig Veda
- Sama Veda
- Yajur Veda
- Atharva Veda
Ayurveda basically focuses on the following factors about a life:
- The universally connectedness of any living being
- A body’s constitutional aspects (called Prakriti)
- The forces of life as it is (called the doshas)
Ayurveda is a sister branch of Yoga and like yoga it focuses on the aligning of the body and the soul. According to ayurveda specifically, the body is a constitution of elements that can be divided into 3 systems of existence. These 3 “Doshas” are
This is the dosha that represents the air and ether elements in a body. A person with the essential vata balance is usually lean and energetic and enthusiastic about their way of living life and in their structure. The vatadosha is associated with the changes in the body, the movements of the body and the nervous system of the body. Usually cold and dry in their essence,
A person with the vatadosha must keep their body warm and eat foods that produce warmth, and are warm in their nature.
- Pitta dosha:
This is the dosha that represents the water and fire elements in a body. A person with an essential pitta balance is usually powerfully intellectual, outspoken and good with making decisions. This kind of person is medium bodied and structured. A dominant pitta dosha in a person is characterized with having excessive body heat, skin rashes, indigestion and the problems caused by heat.
A person with a dominant pitta dosha must balance the activity that they do with sufficient amount of rest. They must choose to eat foods that are cooler in nature and their essence.
This is a dosha that represents the water and earth elements of the body. A person with an essential Kapha balance is usually loyal, calm, patient, thoughtful, with a strong built and a strong stamina. A dominance of this dosha in a person is characterized by obesity, resistant to change, movements, excessive sleeping, and fluid retention.
A person with a dominance of kaphadosha must sleep on time, eat warm and colorful foods, exercise regularly and avoid stagnation and de-clutter regularly…
It is believed in Ayurveda, that a body that is unique in its composition of doshas can be a constitution of all the three doshas with the majority of one particular dosha in the entire composition.
This essential knowledge about Ayurveda explains so much to a person about their being, even if they may be a layman to this knowledge.
Even with so many modern medical advancements, Ayurveda still is the most holistic way to cure so many kinds of ailments. Ayurveda withholds and looks after all the aspects and elements in a person’s structural being; and is known to correct the issues intrinsically and in detailed workings. This is why Ayurveda is still referred to time and again in the modernmedical works.
Ayurvedic treatments are still a prevalent way to curing ailments in India. Ayurvedic treatments in India can be experienced in the south of India, where the practitioners stay true to the ancient knowledge and are working on delivering it to as many people as they can.
If you are very new to Ayurveda and its workings, it is suggested that you can get an experience of ayurveda by attaining the Panchakarma treatment in Kerala. It is one of the best treatments that take you through 5 kinds of treatments focusing on correcting the doshas in a holistic manner.
The state that you may be in, the pain and sufferings that you may be facing may be because of the dominance of a certain dosha in your body. Ayurveda helps you recognize and correct the balance of these doshas so that one can lead their life to their maximum potential.