What is Ayurveda?
The Ayurveda studies the physical and psychic behaviour of people and prescribes ways for them to synchronize with their environment so as to live happy, healthy and inspired lives.
Much emphasis in Ayurveda is given to diet, following the cycles of the seasons, getting up before dawn, massage and other useful practices for enriching life. Information dealing with diseases, their diagnosis and cures also exists within Ayurveda.
The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit terms "Ayu" meaning "life" and "Veda" meaning "knowledge". The literal translation of "Ayurveda" is "knowledge of life" or "right living". This Ayurveda knowledge is grounded in the Vedic scriptures, which date back to 3000 B.C. It was also strongly influenced by the Tantric traditions.
The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life. This can be summed up as follows:
To protect health and prolong life ("Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam")
To eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body ("Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha")
Awareness about the preservation as well as promotion of positive health by default leads to the prevention of much dreaded diseases.
-Vaidyaraj Acharya Balkrishnaji Maharaj
Benefits of Ayurveda
Benefits of Ayurveda
Ayurveda provides detailed instructions of daily regimen, seasonal regimen, food, sleep and sexual behavior so that health can be optimized and illness healed. Ayurveda is grounded in metaphysics of the five elements, earth (prithvi), water (jal), fire (agni), air (vayu) and ether or space (akash). Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elemental energies or humors: vata, pitta and kapha.
Ether and air combine to form Vata dosha, which governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force that directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination. Fire and water form Pitta dosha, process of transformation or metabolism. Water and earth elements combine to form the Kapha dosha, which is responsible for growth, adding structure unit by unit. Another function of the Kapha dosha is to offer protection.
Ayurveda holds that each human possesses a unique combination of Doshas as the ratio varies from person to person.
Altogether, Ayurveda is not only treatment but a way of life. It uses herbs, herbal-mineral combination, massage, meditation and yoga for ones physical, mental and spiritual well being because of which the medicinal system has no side effects. Moreover, Ayurveda gives you an in-depth knowledge of life and helps achieve - dharm, arth, kama, moksha.