What is ayurveda?
Ayu is lifespan and Veda is science (shatstra) – Ayurveda is a science of life. It deals with the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of life and teaches us how to live a long, happy, healthy life in harmony with nature.
History of Ayurveda - Ayurveda is a complete science of life and how to preserve it, placed in written form more than 5,000 years ago in India. This ancient wisdom stemmed from religious traditions that are known as Vedas. Vedas contain verses on health, balance of the spirit, treatment of disease and ideas for longevity and rejuvenation. The earliest ayuredic practitioners (Brahmanas) were priests, physicians and shamans administering guidance and healing based on the Vedic principles. There is a belief that basic principles of Ayurvedic cosmology were channeled by Brahmanas during meditation and are of divine origin.
Ayurveda is a complete healing system that has integrated yoga, herbology, surgery, psychology, toxicology and pshychiatry, among other healing limbs.
Five elements in motion, Ayurveda is a holistic medicine. It studies, diagnoses and treats the man as a whole and in the context of his environment. You are nature and you live in nature. If you understand how nature interacts within itself you can live a happy and healthy life. The reciprocal relations between the body and the environment, as well as between the body and the mind are deeply researched and fully recognized in ayurveda. Ayurveda recognizes these relations as a sophisticated interaction between the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. Both human beings and the environment consist of these elements.
Everybody is born with a different proportion of the elements. The environmental factors, food intake and climate are constantly changing – because of this a human being is being constantly exposed to a different elemental mix. The elements which are predominant within the cycle of the day, year and human life span are also always different.
We are observing a constant ever-changing play between forces of nature – five thousand years of research is an amazing heritage that can be utilized in the modern world to cure conditions which western medicine is still struggling with: migraines, obesity, arthritis, acne, asthma, impotence, insomnia and racing thoughts.
Why Ayurveda is special:
- Ayurveda is non-dualistic. It does not condemn any substance in general, it only points out incompatibilities and lack of balance.
- Ayurveda’s main principle is “do no harm”. The intent behind every treatment is to have no side effects. Every treatment fades in and fades out smoothly, ayurvedic treatments are trying to be as close to the gradual natural processes as possible.
- Ayurveda is holistic. It looks at the whole patient, not only at a specific disease. It recommends the specific medicine, diet and possibly change in lifestyle.
- Ayurveda treats everybody and every disease differently, as a unique combination of elements in a unique environment. Every person is born with a certain predisposition expressed as prevalent Dosha – Vata (Air and Ether), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Water and Earth). Different medicine, diet, skin treatments, massages and yogic exercises are prescribed to different body types.
- Ayurveda is preventative. One of the most powerful branches in Ayurveda is Rasayana – rejuvenation. People who truly practice ayurvedic lifestyle usually stay young, potent and full of energy their whole life. Their eyes are bright and their skin is full of luster.
- Ayurveda is the only ancient medicinal art in the world that was able to store, collect and catalogue the body of shamanic knowledge for 5,000 years and become so well known and widely practiced. Seventy percent of the population in India goes to Ayurvedic hospitals and uses ayurvedic medicine. Even though it is an art form, it still takes seven years to become an ayurvedic doctor. Although this lifescience has become very advanced, there are many procedures that are still very close to nature and shamanism. Panchakarma, which includes ointments, sweadana (sweat) and vaman (purging) is truly reminiscent of the south american shamanic practices.
- Ayurveda believes that strong Agni (Fire) in the belly is the prerequisite for good health. It is said that undigested food, just like undigested life experiences, create AMA – obstacles in physical and subtle channels, which later express themselves as a disease. This approach is helpful in our work.
- Ayurveda pays attention to the whole path of medicine: how it was planted, who delivered it, who cooked it and what kind of energy they had. It also looks at the way the money was made. If the money was made in a dishonest way, food does not contain prana. Ayurveda also says that the calf has to be fully fed before the cow’s milk can be used.
- Ayurveda considers a person beautiful when she or he is beautiful inside out. For example, a beautiful person should have a “beautiful” liver, kidneys and digestive process. There is a concept of Ojos, magic star dust, which are the product of all physical and mental processes in a person. If these processes are healthy, a lot of Ojos (sparks) get created, and the person radiates health, harmony, light and beauty.
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