Around 5,000 years ago, India gifted the mankind a natural system of healing, Ayurveda, which is today recognized as a reliable and effective system of medicine worldwide. In the present scenario, adulterated and chemical laden foodstuffs as well as unhealthy way of life has taken a toll on everyone’s health. Thus, the respite lies in Ayurveda as it offers a body of knowledge designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential.
Ayurveda was developed not just as a system of treating diseases but as a science of life. The system is aptly named “Science of Life” as it enables human being to lead a happy and satisfied life by helping to protect health in wider sense. Thus, this holistic tradition covers much more than physical health, healing, and the prevention of diseases.
Ayurveda is an individualized system of medicine. To have a basic understanding of this system it is important to know the three fundamental energies (dosha) that oversees our inner and outer environments. According to Ayurveda, every human being has a unique constitution of mind-body.
The three fundamental energies are movement, transformation, and structure. These primary forces are known as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), on which the characteristics of our mind and body depend.
Vata dosha controls factors like breathing, the pulse rate, sensory perception, muscle movement, communication, nerve impulses, and more. Excess of this dosha may lead to problems like poor circulation, constipation, dry skin, emaciation, insomnia, and other abnormal movements.
Next is Pitta which oversees bodily functions such as, appetite, digestion, absorption, assimilation, intelligence. A surplus of this energy leads to complications like, inflammation, heartburn, loose stools, migraines, bleeding disorders, sharp hunger, and overactive metabolism, etc.
Third is Kapha which is responsible for nourishment, growth, fluid balance, fat regulation, stamina, memory, and more. Kapha dosha in abundance may cause excessive sleep, depression, a sluggish metabolism, congestion, water retention, hardening of the arteries, and tumors among other health problems.
Taken together at the time of conception, these three energies, that is, vata, pitta, and kapha builds our constitution which remain constant throughout our life span. These doshas will adversely impact our health if they become imbalanced. All three doshas exists in every individual, but in different ratio. Therefore, by knowing your Ayurvedic constitution and your current state of balance, Ayurveda helps in attaining ideal health.
The system suggests some positive changes in our lifestyle, routines, diet, along with including Ayurvedic herbs, exercises, meditation, and natural procedures like oil massage and sweating for sound body and mind. Thus, Ayurveda, in a nutshell, is the balanced amalgamation between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.