What is Ayurveda?
If you’re reading this, you probably are unfamiliar with the practice known as Ayurveda. Now don’t worry, the practice itself isn’t as well known here in the U.S., so you’re in the same boat as many other people. Thankfully, this post should help provide some enlightenment on the subject.
Ayurveda is a medicinal and spiritual practice that originated in India over 5,000 years ago, where it is translated to mean “the Science of Life”. (The word “Ayurveda” itself is a word from the Sanskrit language, it too originating from India; it is often labeled as “the Mother of All Healing.”) Due to its age, many have considered it to be the oldest healing science, with many of its principles being adapted to several Western medicinal practices, such as homeopathy.
Ayurveda advocates the balance between one’s body and mind, which are referred to as “doshas.” The three primary doshas present in everyone are the vata, pitta, and kapha. The vata is composed of air and space, acting as the energy associated with your movement. The pitta is composed of fire and water, acting as your body’s metabolism. Lastly, the kapha is composed of earth and water, and provides the energy necessary to create your body’s structure. If you were to become imbalanced, it is called entering a state of “vikruti.”
Those who practice Ayurveda are afforded several benefits, including:
- Weight loss and maintenance: Ayurvedic treatments aid you in creating a healthy diet and lifestyle, which should help in losing weight and maintaining it.
- Healthy skin and hair: Ayurvedic treatments promote natural and organic remedies, such as a diet consisting of teas, vegetables, and high-antioxidant foods. Such remedies help promote clearer skin and fuller hair.
- Stress relief: Ayurveda helps to promote practices such as yoga and meditation in order to help relieve yourself from the stresses of your life.
- Inflammation reduction: One practice of Ayurveda is to eat a diet that pertains to your dosha type, which will help strengthen your immune system, provide high energy, and more.
- Body cleansing: A treatment present in Ayurveda is labeled Panchakarma, which is a cleansing practice that involves things such as enemas and oil massages.
- Treatment of symptoms: Medicines present in Ayurvedic treatments contain many vitamins, minerals, proteins, and herbs, which can help treat various symptoms of illness.
Sounds rather enticing, doesn’t it? If Ayurveda sounds like something that is up your alley, feel free to check out the links below to find additional information about the practice.