Ayurveda

Ayurveda - some basic concepts
Ayurveda provides us with the oldest recorded form of medicine. It is loosely referred to as ‘the mother of all forms of medicine’. The original principles of Ayurveda were developed by the great Indian sages (rishis) many thousands of years ago. Ayur (or ayus) means ‘life’ and veda and means ‘knowledge’. So Ayurveda is the study of the knowledge of life.

The Ayurvedic approach to health and wellbeing is based on the concept that there is a deep connection between mind, body and spirit. The philosophy of Ayurveda states that there is no separation between the physical body and the mind. One cannot maintain physical health if the mind is unhappy. Ayurveda has a spiritual basis, and encourages individuals to embrace healthy spiritual practices.

“Restoring wholeness in body, mind and spirit is what we are all seeking, both individually and collectively.” says Frawley

Ayurveda acknowledges an inextricable connection between humans and everything else in the universe. It is not surprising then that Ayurveda strongly advocates that we embrace a harmonious and respectful relationship with Nature. Ayurvedic medicine is based on the Laws of Nature and utilises naturally occurring substances for healing purposes. These include herbs, vegetable oils, essential oils, minerals and gemstones.

Physical and mental health will be preserved as long as the doshas maintain their dynamic balance. In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, illness is perceived as a deviation from the optimum balance of vata, pitta and kapha. This deviation results from the aggravation of one or more of the doshas. The resulting imbalance is called vikruti (or vikriti). Individuals will manifest vikruti in a variety of unique ways.

Western medicine focuses on treating illness. With Ayurveda the emphasis is on prevention of illness rather than cure. Most of us are constantly exposed to a multitude of physical and mental pollutants. These pollutants can be caused by internal and external factors e.g. inappropriate dietary regimes, over or under exercise, emotional and mental stress, environmental pollutants. Even different climatic conditions and our age can affect our delicate doshic balance.

 

“In Ayurvedic medicine, prevention starts with a lifestyle that is in harmony with the changing cycles of nature.” Dr. John Douillard 3

As part of the preventative strategy, Ayurveda provides guidelines for wholesome daily living practices that will support an individual’s prakruti and help them to maintain homeostasis. These practices include dietary regimes, exercise (usually yoga), meditation and self-massage.

The following is a summary of the main benefits of this dynamic therapy.

Marma therapy:
• removes energy blockages and improves energy flow
• releases and eliminates stored wastes and toxins
• helps release stored negative emotions
• helps with stress reduction (calms the mind and emotions)
• eases fatigue and helps energise
• helps restore doshic balance
• treats specific health issues
• maintains health and aids prophylaxis
• assists rejuvenation therapy
• gives pain relief

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