Monday, July 26, 2010
Ayurveda Remedies...Anyone who believes that anything can be suited to everyone is a great fool, because medicine is practised..
"Anyone who believes that anything can be suited to everyone is a great fool, because medicine is practiced not on mankind in general, but on every individual in particular. ...."
Ayurveda medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. It incorporates tool such as diest, exercise, breathing exercise, meditation (Yoga), mental visualization, therapeutic massage and herbs to treat illness and mental health.
In Ayurveda, the fundamental healing philosophy is the concept of the three Dosha or basic types of energy or fundamental principles. These are Vata(from ether + Air), Pitta ( Fire + Water) and Kapha ( Water + Earth). And accordingly to the principles of Ayurveda they are present in everyone & everything. Vata is the energy of moment. Pitta is the energy of digestion or metabolism. Kapha is the energy of lubrication and structure. All three doshas are present in everyone but one is usually predominant in any given individual.
An Ayurvedic medicine sees disease as a result of excess or deficiency of Vata, Pitta, Kapha and also the presence of toxins. Good health indicates a balance of these 3 energies in a body that is relatively toxin free. Herbs are used to treat illness by resolving this imbalance. Herbs that deal with energy or movement are used to increased Vata, herbs that treat digestion, assimilation, absorption, metabolism are Pitta, and those involved with structure and the musculoskeletal system –the “glue” that holds the body together are Kapha.
An Ayurvedic medicine regards the human body as a manifestation of cosmic energy that is transformed to all levels, both mental and physical. This can be difficult for people from western culture to grasp, but practitioners believes two system of energy are closer than we can conceive. At Auyvedas core is the belief that we are a totality of body & soul within the universe, if we can live in harmony with nature & our inner beings we will stay healthy.