Ayurveda-The science of life

If you are a person who needs theories and proofs and research to make you believe in something, please by all means skip reading this post.

If you are willing to understand how Ayurvedic system of healing works please read through.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a science of life, it has roots from ancient scriptures of India dated 1500BC and has information about healing of the human body, its longevity and surgery. Wait, did you read it right?yes, surgery in 1500BC detailed in Sushruthasamhita. Later rediscovered by the western world claiming it to be their own.

How did my belief in Ayurveda start?

My childhood was fairly simple and we had the privilege of timely fresh food and sleep.As soon as I moved to the US to do my masters, my sleep cycle and food routines fell out of whack, lots and lots of processed food entered my life and then started weight gain, hormonal imbalances, anemia etc. What next? I go to the doctor, they prescribe multivitamins, appetite suppresants(yes prescribed by a doctor), birth control pills.Something did not add up here, Im asking the doctor why my problem arises and they give me something to suppress the problem and not cure it?? Not a mention of diet in there?

I started researching as to why I was blessed with amazing health all these years and why all of a sudden the load of diseases. I came across some articles in Ayurveda which made perfect sense to me.According to Ayruveda, disease stems from impaired digestion, improper eating routines and ignoring natures cycles and food is a very potent medium to destroy or bring back balance to life.Ayurveda rarely cures symptoms, it removes the root cause of the disease.

How does Ayurveda work?

Each human being  is a unique configuration of the elements of earth, water, fire,air and space which translates to body types(a.k.a Doshas) Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Vata Body Type:This body type has Air as their dominant element and Space as secondary.The nature of Vata governs the bodily functions of the nervous system, movement of the body and life force.

Kapha Body Type: This body type has Water as their dominant element and Earth as secondary.The nature of Kapha governs the structure and stability of the body, lubricates joints, provides moisture to the skin and heals wounds.

Pitta Body Type:This body type has Fire as their dominant element and Water as their secondary.The nature of Pitta governs the enzymatic and hormonal activities in the body, pigmentation, body temperature, hunger, thirst and sight.

Although every person has a dominant body type , they do have the other doshas in them.Within the Vata, Pitta, Kapha types there are 5 subtypes in each associated to various parts and functions in the body. Ayurvedic doctors identify, diagnose  and cure diseases based on what body part is ailing. Each kind of symptom we show in a diseased state is related to a disruption in one of the Doshas and hence by bringing the imbalanced dosha back to balance, causes a restoration of  bodily functions, preventing it from recurring and hence treating the root cause and not the symptom.

Want to learn more?Where  do you start?

There are books on Ayurveda that you can read widely available these days. In the US, Banyan Botanicals and Lifespa are good resources for articles.In India there are publications from various famous Ayurvedic institutions that you can get hold of. Kottakkal AryaVaidya Sala is one such place where Im currently undergoing a rejuvenation treatment.( The above picture is from the garden area of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala in Kottakkal , Kerala, India)

More on the body types and details on my rejuvenation treatment in my next post, stay tuned!!

Do leave me comments on your thoughts and anything you’d like to add.

 

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