Ayurveda- God’s Own System of Healing
Today, when everything is “instant”, the world is discovering the wonder of the accumulated wisdom of thousands of years, in Ayurveda. Ayurveda or the Science of Life is perhaps the most complete system of living, embracing not only medicine and philosophy, but also psychology, lifestyle, and preventive health care. Ayurveda was first recorded in the Vedas, which are believed to be the world’s oldest existing literature. Even before being recorded, the principles of Ayurveda were handed down orally for thousands of years from teacher to student. Thus Ayurveda can rightly claim to be the oldest system of medicine that evolved in India and is as relevant today as it was 5000 years ago. Rooted in Nature, Ayurveda is truly God’s Own System of Healing… and the purest form of Ayurveda has been practiced for thousands of years in God’s Own Country, Kerala
Oneness in the Universe
Ayurveda is first and foremost, a holistic system that aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. According to Ayurveda, all things in this Universe, both living and nonliving, are made of the same five natural elements- prithvi or earth, apa or water, tejas or fire, vayu or air and akash or space. The human body too is made up of these elements- plus the soul. These five elements are manifested in our bodies as the three primary life forces or ‘doshas’. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is compared to air and controls movement, pita is compared to fire and controls the metabolism and kapha is compared to water and controls structure. Together, they are known as the “Tridoshas.” In addition to the three doshas, three types of psychic energies also affect each of us and are known as the three ‘gunas.’
Prakriti and Balance
Ayurvedic philosophy maintains that people are born with a specific constitution, which is called the prakriti. Prakriti is a unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics that affect the way each person thinks, acts and lives. The three doshas are important constituents of prakriti and each and every one of us has an individual balance of the three doshas in our prakriti.
Prakriti can be influenced by internal, external and environmental factors and this can cause an imbalance among the doshas, which causes health problems. According to the philosophy of Ayurveda, health is a state of balance and imbalance is disease. We are healthy and happy when our doshas and our gunas are properly balanced. However, our initial balance is often disrupted by our lifestyles. Imbalance causes a lack of harmony, and makes us more susceptible to disease. Ayurvedic medicines and protocols focus on everything from diet and exercise to herbal therapies, massage, meditation, social behavior and positive relationships. They work to restore the balance and the balanced body then heals itself… and that is the beauty and wonder of Ayurveda.