Ayurveda (pronounced Aa-yur-vay-da) is said to be a world medicine. It is the most comprehensive, holistic medical system, derived on the Indian subcontinent some 5000-6000 years ago.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots: ayus which means life or life cycle and vid which means knowledge. So Ayurveda is the knowledge of daily living and the life cycle- a system of achieving and maintaining health.
Ayurveda teaches that health is maintained by balance of three subtle energies or forces, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The purpose of Ayurveda is to bring these forces into harmony so that they promote physical, emotional and spiritual growth. All Ayurvedic treatments are designed to return these forces to a harmonious balance rather than concentrate on what their imbalance manifests. Thus it focuses on causes rather than symptoms. As each individual has their own particular balance or blend of these three forces, Ayurvedic treatments are personal, rather than disorder specific.
Such an approach has proven effective over the centuries and as a result, many of Ayurveda’s healing regimens have been adopted and refined by peoples all over the world.
You don’t have to be sick to benefit from a private Ayurvedic consultation. You can have an Ayurvedic consultation simply to know better about yourself.
Ayurveda has more than just healing, in fact, it ensures that you live a healthy lifestyle.
In Ayurveda, the entire universe both animate and inanimate is made up of the 5 elements. Our body and whatever we eat too. Hence this principle should be adapted to maintain the balanced state of the body.
The human body, according to Ayurveda, is composed of three fundamental elements called Doshas (the disease causing factors: Vata, Pitha, Kapha.
These govern the physiochemical and physiological activities of the body), Dhatus (bodily tissues and organs and these enter into the formation of the basic structure of a body cell) and malas (the waste production: These are partly utilised in the body and partly excreted in a modified form after performing their physiological functions). And in drugs they represent Rasa (taste), Guna (qualities), Veerya (Potency) and Vipaka (the taste that arise after the digestion and metabolism).
Diseases occur when the equilibrium of the 5 elements is disturbed. These three are in dynamic equilibrium with each other for the maintenance of health.
When there is any deviation from this equilibrium, the disease occurs.
Knowing the body constitution or the nature of the body (Dosha) is essential to be healthy. Knowing our constitution thus means understanding the nature of our body in its strengths and weaknesses. Only then we can determine what is good or bad for us.
Balance is emphasised, and suppressing natural urges is considered unhealthy and claimed to lead to illness. For example, to suppress sneezing is said to potentially give rise to shoulder pain. However, people are also cautioned to stay within the limits of reasonable balance and measure when following nature’s urges. For example, emphasis is placed on moderation of food intake, sleep, and sexual intercourse.
According to Ayurveda Vata, Pitha and Kapha determine the body constitution or type:
Vata: Ether (Space) and Air are the elements dominating this dosha even though the other elements are present. Vata is the originator of movement and governs all nervous functions. Aggravation of Vata dosha causes pain, stiffness, paralysis, hypertension, heart disease..
Pitha: The element dominating here is fire. Aggravated pitha causes burning sensation of the body, excess body temperature, jaundice, skin diseases..
Kapha: Water and Earth are the elements predominant in this Dosha. Aggravated Kapha causes obesity, dullness and other related diseases.
1. Stress Buster
Yoga and Ayurveda are inter-linked with each other in Vedic Knowledge. Thus, it is important to understand both roles of Ayurveda and Yoga together.
Vedic knowledge was designed to show the inner workings of the universe in relation to our consciousness. There are many Ayurvedic methods to release stress namely:
- Dinacharya: This refers to waking up early before the sun rises. This practice is said to give you peace of mind.
- Meditation: This will help you stay relaxed and reduces stress hormones.
- Drink Green Tea: This has stress properties such as L-theanine that keeps you calm and reduces anxiety.
2. Aids in Weight Loss:
Ayurveda helps you reduce weight without affecting your physical and emotional stability. An Ayurvedic consultant can help you with healthy diet plan that will aid in weight loss. The diet plan will benefit you in many ways such as:
- Detoxify your body
- Removal of excessive fat from tissues
- Skin purification and toning
- Removes body odour
- Regulates blood circulation
- Reduces cholesterol
3. Balances Hormones
Ayurveda helps balance hormones which result in health menstrual cycle and pregnancy-related issues. Ayurvedic treatment for regulating menstrual cycle involves detoxification of your body, getting enough rest, regular exercising and Abhyanga (Starting the day with full body massage).
4. Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation is usually caused due to poor diet and lack of sleep. Ayurveda consists of herbal treatments that are used for controlling excessive inflammation. Some of these herbs include turmeric, ashwagandha, boswellia and ginger that are combined with each other to reduce inflammation.
Boswellia is usually recommended for people suffering from acute back pain, arthritis and bowel disease. On the same lines, turmeric is used as a powerful antioxidant that can reduce inflammation. Ashwagandha is recommended for the purpose of rejuvenation. Rejuvenation helps keep your mind strong and healthy thinking will keep you away from developing health issues.
5. Removes Bad Toxins From Body
Ayurveda cleanses your mind, body and soul. A vital Ayurvedic treatment called ‘Panchakarma’ is used to get rid of toxins that interfere with the normal functioning of your body. Also, a full body massage will rejuvenate your body and keep you functioning normally.
6. Reduces Risk of Diseases
Having a healthy diet, sunbathing, and having a breathing exercise will help you avoid the risk of developing any disease. Prevention is the first and most important step that is followed in Ayurveda. There are two goals in Ayurveda i.e. to look at the disease from where it arose and secondly finding a natural way of curing the disease. Ayurvedic treatment will reduce your risk of diseases because it concentrates on preventive measures rather than curing the disease. While modern medicine has X-rays to detect a disease in its later stage, Ayurvedic medicine detects a disease even before you could get it and provides preventive measures to curb it.
7. Benefits Overall Health
Ayurveda is an ancient medicine focuses on the individual rather than the disease itself. In Ayurvedic treatments, all that matters is the root of the disease and using preventive measures to curb it from affecting your body. Moreover, it helps the body both internally and externally. The different medicinal herbs used in this ancient art are turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, saffron and Tulsi (Holy Basil). These herbs have inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can prevent you from diseases or illnesses.
8. Healthy Skin
If you are looking for healthy and radiant skin, then here is how you can make use of Ayurveda and get it done naturally. All you need to do is to consume a lot of leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach and cucumber that is easy to digest and aids in glowing skin. Leafy greens have purifying properties that can make your skin look young and bright. It is also recommended that you consume a lot of nuts and seeds because they contain Omega-3 healthy fatty acids that can make your skin look vibrant and also reduces inflammation.
9. Cures Insomnia
Drinking caffeine before bedtime, staring at your phone’s light or a spicy dinner can disrupt your sleep cycle and aggravate your nervous system. Ayurveda can help you have an undisturbed sleep. All you need to do is to simply rub some jasmine or coconut oil on your scalp and feet and then consume a warm glass of almond milk. This simple hack will cure you of insomnia.
10. Reduces Bloating
Bloating is usually the aftermath of eating too much and disturbances in bowel movements. It is usually caused due to excessive production of gas that can cause severe pain, feeling stuffed and discomfort. Ayurveda can manage bloating and aid in good digestion. Ayurvedic herbs, spices and roots such as cardamom, ginger and cumin can cure indigestion in the body. All you need to do is to simply chew cumin along with some ginger and this will aid in digestion.
An Ayurvedic diet involves consuming a healthy diet consisting of when you have to eat, what to eat and how to eat in order to boost your health.
How does it work?
Well first we need to know your body type. So the first session would be a consultation session.
We will ask many questions that would help us figure out your body type.
The 2nd session we could explain to you in detail what is your body type and what’s best for this constitution to be in balance and will give you a detailed list of food that your body requires to be healthy.
We will point out to what’s less good and what is to be avoided. The method we use is smooth and transformative. So you can gradually introduce your body to the nutrients it requires the most and eliminate those to be avoided.
The first transitional period is 6 months. So your body will learn to like the food it needs and dislike the ones that cause disease, before we move the 2nd phase of transition.
Many of us need the incentive to follow a diet and habit change. For this reason you can also choose to follow a program that will help you to transition gradually into a healthier lifestyle. In this case after having a consultation to determine your body type, we will set up monthly plans.
Ayurveda is recognised by the UNO as a traditional system of medicines.
Moreover, the organisation adopted the definition of the term from some of its teachings. India has also signed an agreement with the WHO for promoting this traditional medicine. These traditional medicines include Ayurveda, Unani and Yoga.
Ayurveda existed way before western medicine was even thought about. This art was suppressed by foreign invaders coming into the country for their own selfish motives.
Moreover, the introduction of modern medicine had buried this art. In the process, it lost it’s very meaning and existence as western medicine was treated to be a safer and faster way that could heal a person.
Currently, modern medical practitioners are understanding the value of this ancient art of healing and trying to build the link between Ayurveda and modern science. With more research on Ayurveda, there will be new advancements in medicine that can benefit people in a much faster way.
If you prepare a basket full of vegetables, we will come with our basket of recipes.
These are private lessons. Every person has a different body constitution which may require different food.
We will visit you at home or we can have a virtual cooking class where you can learn how to cook your healthy food. Well not just any healthy tasteless food. No… It’s tasteful delicious food that you will enjoy and that suits your body and its needs.
It can be in the form of an Italian meal, Indian, Mexican, Lebanese, Thai… We will share some ideas, and you will pick the ones you prefer.
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