Origin of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is an integrated system of the prevention and treatment of illnesses which was developed about 4.000 years ago in India.
"Ayurveda" means the science of life. The word “Ayurveda” originates from two Sanskrit words: “ayur” (life) and “veda” (knowledge).
Health is dependant on the correct flow of prana (vital force) through the body according to Ayurveda therapists. The balance amongst the three forces (doshas) which control all the physical and spiritual functions, is necessary to enable the vital force = prana to flow properly.
The three forces in Ayurveda are:
- Pitta, which is linked to the sun, is the source of energy which regulates digestions and all bio-chemical process in the body.
- Vata, the wind element, controls the nervous system and body’s movements.
- Kapha, which is linked to the moon, controls cell and tissue growth as well as the body structure.
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In addition to the customary types of diagnosis in conventional medicine, Ayurveda also includes a pulse analysis and the prakriti analysis which define the “nature of humans”.
Nutrition and digestion play a central role in Ayurveda therapy. Eating the right food is meant to help the rebalancing of the doshas.
The Panchakarma treatment consists of various elimination processes which excrete toxins from the body. This includes: fasting, whole-body oil massages, enemas, steam baths and inducing purging and sneezing.
Yoga exercises and meditation are also part of the Ayurveda therapy.
Application of Ayurveda
Making an effort to maintain health is one of the greatest strengths of Ayurveda. Furthermore it guarantees relief and recovery from chronic illness and functional disorders.
- Stress related disorders (stomach pain, heart palpitation, virility)
- Episodes of depression
- Rheumatic illnesses
- Digestive disorders
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