Over here in the U.S., we typically head to a doctor when we have ailments, right? Feeling sick? Make an appointment with your primary physician. Skin ailments? A dermatologist. Bone ailments? An orthopedic doc.
Over in India, Ayurvedic medicine is a common practice. In fact, about 90% of the healthcare in India is Ayurvedic. It is a much, much older healthcare system than we have over here in our Western civilization. We would consider it a complementary healthcare option, one that would parallel or be paired up with other treatments. Most of America doesn’t completely rely on holistic medicine, and many don’t believe in it. (Say what?)
We might indulge in some of the practices, such as massage, cleansing therapies, and meditation, as luxuries, but most of us don’t embrace the “total well-being” aspect of Ayurveda, which includes following specific dietary principles, going to a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner (rather than a general practitioner) and treating ailments with good ol’ “grandma’s medicine,” a.k.a. natural remedies.
The word Ayurvedic itself is derived from two words and their Sanskrit meanings – “ayus,” which means life and “vid,” or “veda” which means knowledge or science. Translated literally, the word Ayurvedic is said to mean “the science of life.”
The Ayurvedic Way
Ayurvedic medicine is as much a belief as it is treatment of ailments. It focuses on enhancing one’s quality of life and prevention of illnesses and diseases as much as it helps to treat ailments. Hence, the Sanskrit meaning the science of life.
Ayurveda is a body of wisdom that revolves around two basic principles:
1) The mind and body are connected inextricably.
2) There is nothing in this world that is more powerful than the mind in terms of healing and transforming the body.
Maintaining health is done on a very personal level, as each person’s unique personalities and characteristics determine what they need physically, mentally, and emotionally. For total well-being in Ayurveda, there has to be a dynamic state of balance between the body, the mind, and the environment.
Let me explain. The three doshas, or mind-body types, which are derived from the five elements, are: Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). You can find Ayurvedic Body Type Quizzes online to get a general idea what your type is.
Mine is actually a predominant mixture of Pitta and Kapha, which is also a possibility. In fact, you can find all three doshas in everything and everyone. Your ratio/proportion of each is essentially your blueprint for optimal health, a.k.a. your constitution.
All of the doshas contain all five of the elements of nature, but each one has a predominant composition of two of the elements. Vatta = Air + Ether, Pitta = Fire + Water, and Kapha = Water + Earth.
I could go on and on about Ayurvedic medicine, doshas, composition, understanding your imbalances and how to balance them out, but if you are interested, there’s a ton of information on the internet to feed your curiosity.
It is all quite intriguing, and the principles make perfect sense. Think about your skin and how it reacts to stress levels, as well as the environment, and what you eat. If your mind and body is off balance, your skin probably is, too.
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