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Principles of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the oldest form of the health system in the world and continues to be one of the most significant health systems. Ayurveda is recognized as the sister science of yoga and is originated in India over 5000 years ago. It is not just a mere system of healing, but it is a science of life. The great sages through meditation acquired wisdom and designed this science to help people stay healthy, vigorous, and to live to their fullest potential.

Ayurveda is derived from a Sanskrit word Ayur and Veda, where Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge, so Ayurveda is a science that gives a full understanding of life. The primary purpose of Ayurveda is to heal by bringing balance to the body, mind, and spirit. This is accomplished through diet, lifestyle, and rejuvenation.

Ayurveda is unique because it utilizes the blessings of nature and spirit to restore balance to the body. The compelling novel of Ayurveda is that it does not fight the body to control disease, but guides us to harmonize our body and mind with nature, thereby removing the very roots of illness.

Ayurveda is distinctive from other health care systems, as it emphasizes on the prevention of the cause of the disease, instead of dealing with symptoms. Ayurveda highlights the importance of food as food is considered to be medicinal, along with yoga, pranayama, meditation, and herbal medication. Ayurveda believes in seasonal cleansing, rejuvenation, and detoxification of both body and mind to have optimum health.

Tridosha/Three elements principle of Ayurveda 

Every human being is born with a particular proportion of the biologic tenets (doshas) – Vata, pitta, Kapha(air, fire, water), representing the unique genetic code that takes part in the forming of our mental and physical characteristics. During life, these elemental proportions deviate from its original state for various reasons, and subsequently, it has an impact on our psychological and physical health condition. For this very same reason, Ayurvedic healing and balancing principles are used to control and bring the dosha( three elements) back to their seat. 

How to balance the three energies of the body. 

Abhyanga:- Herbal oil massaging the skin increase blood circulation and draw toxins out of the body through the skin.

Panchakarma Five therapeutic Body cleansing method to remove toxins. Ayurveda Practitioners use herbal laxatives, emesis, enema, and nasal oil pouring method to cleanse the body.

 Herbal medicines:- herbs are prescribed to restore dosha balance.

Yoga:- combining pranayama, movement, and meditation. It has been shown to improve circulation and digestion, and to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, anxiety, and chronic pain

Pranayama:- Breathing exercises. Practicing pranayama generates more energy.

Ayurveda diet: Most of the imbalance can be controlled by adjusting the food habits by following the Ayurveda food principles based on the individual constitution.

Shilpika Devaiah

Owner & Ayurveda Doctor at Ayur-Shilpi Ayurveda

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