What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a holistic science which is preventive, curative and rejuvenating in nature. Ayurveda is an art of appropriate living which provides body wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential. To achieve a balanced state of body, mind and consciousness ayurveda guides about diet, lifestyle and behavior that is optimal for well-being, the ideal environment, exercise, meditation and the herbal remedies to cure diseases.
Ayurvedic science does not wait for the disease to appear but can balance body much before that. Hence it is excellent in prevention of diseases. It cures diseases through herbal formulas without any side effects. It plays an important role in rejuvenation by boosting the immune system for quick recovery. All this is possible because the balance not only takes place at the physical level, but at the levels of mind, body and soul.
Why each person is unique according to Ayurveda?
We are all made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha the three doshas (operating principles of body), which make up our mind/body type. The ratios of the doshas vary in each individual; and because of this, Ayurveda sees each person as a special mixture that accounts for our diversity. Although we cannot see these doshas, we see the effect that they have on our mind and body. They operate as “metabolic principles.” The goal is to find your particular mind/body type and keep it in balance for optimum health and happiness.
What are the functions of these three doshas?
1. Vata dosha (Made of space and air element). Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination.
2. Pitta dosha( made of water and fire element). The Pitta dosha is related to the process of metabolism and transformation. The transformation of foods into nutrients that our bodies can assimilate is an example of a pitta function. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism.
3. Kapha dosha (made of earth and water element), Kapha is what is responsible for growth. Kapha dosha is also related to secretions and protection of the body. Cerebral-spinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in the body. The mucousal lining of the stomach is another example of the Kapha dosha protecting the tissues.
How does Ayurveda promote health?
When any of the doshas (Vata, Pitta or Kapha ) become excessive, Ayurveda suggests to balance it through diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and herbs. If toxins in the body are abundant, then a cleansing process known as Pancha Karma is recommended to eliminate these unwanted toxins.