What is Ayurveda?
Before reading on, it is important to understand a key principal about Ayurveda. It is ancient, having been used for more than 5,000 years and absolutely effective and relevant for wellness in this crowded, loud, busy modern world we live in.
Ayurveda is a philosophy for living a balanced life. The word Ayurveda comes from two words, Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge. The classical Ayurvedic texts, were recorded around 4,000 BC and have been used to help people for over 6,000 years. Ayurveda is a gift to humanity for navigating your way through life with all it brings you.
By focusing on internal balance this time proven philosophy is able to help people in any era, country, or creed.
Ayurveda is a holistic healing system that does not treat the symptoms of an illness, instead focuses on addressing the root cause that is creating the ailment.
Symptoms are manifestations of a deeper imbalance within the body, the mind, the spirit. Much like how pain tells us something is wrong, if all we do is take a pain reliever the pain will return.
Ayurveda teaches us to look to the underlying cause of the symptoms and work to cure that cause. Once you resolve the root cause of the imbalance the symptoms will disappear naturally.
Ayurveda is believed to be the most ancient of all life sciences. It is said that over 5,000 years ago mankind suffered from a great many ailments and diseases. To help their people a group of sages journeyed to Lord Indra, the King of Gods, and petitioned for a solution. In response to the plight of mankind, Lord Indra bestowed upon Lord Dhanvantari, the Hindu God of Medicine, the knowledge of Ayurveda. Lord Dhanvantari in turn taught the knowledge of Ayurveda to the sages so that through natural means they might heal mankind. Using Ayurveda, the sages were able to treat the underlying imbalances that had caused the illnesses and heal mankind.
Ayurveda is a philosophy for living a balanced life. The word ayurveda comes from two words, Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge. The classical ayurvedic treatises, Charak Samhita & Shushrut Samhita were recorded around 4,000 BC and have been used to help people for over 6,000 years.
Ayurveda is holistic healing system that does not treat the symptoms of an illness. Instead Ayurveda focuses on addressing the root imbalance in your life that is creating the ailment as symptoms are manifestations of a deeper imbalance within the body or the mind. Much like how pain tells us something is wrong if all we do is take a pain reliever the pain will return. Ayurveda teaches us to look to the underlying cause of the symptoms and work to cure what is causing the pain. Once you resolve the root cause of the imbalance the symptoms will disappear naturally.
The Six Tools of Ayurveda
1. Diet The Ayurvedic diet is focused on the six tastes
- Bitter &
By living a balanced life your body is better able to fight off illness and disease.
3. Herbal Remedies
As all life is composed of the five elements, herbal remedies can be used to keep your body in balance.
4. Home Remedies
The science of Ayurveda contains an abundance of home remedies that if used properly can help address your underlying illness.
A cleansing and rejuvenating program for the mind, body, and consciousness.
A specialized massage technique that focuses on the vital points of the body. By manipulating these points a skilled practitioner can help restore natural balance to their patient’s body.GIT, circulatory system
The Basics of Ayurvedic Philosophy
All matter consists of five basic elements:
- Earth. Earth represents solidity, nourishment, and steadiness. This is our bones and muscles.
- Fire. Fire represents transformation, metabolism and heat. This is our hormones, enzymes, digestive juices, and other natural processes.
- Water. Water represents moisture, fluidity and nourishment. This is our blood and plasma
- Air. Air is transportation, and motion. These are our nerve impulse, and all movement of body.
- Ether (or space). Space is emptiness.Th is is found in our hollow organs like our gastrointestinal tract, and circulatory system.
Human beings, animals and plants are all microcosms within nature and hence each of the five elements are within each individual. It is a balance of these five elements that are responsible for all life force on the planet.
By identifying where the underlying imbalance lies, and with which element, Ayurveda can help you treat the underlying issues that are affecting your life.
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