Ayurveda: The Science, Doshas & Lifestyle

What is Ayurveda?

            Ayurveda or Ayurvedic Medicine is an ancient healing system discovered before western, homeopathic and traditional Chinese medicine created by the sages in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda ( Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge) is a Sanskrit word and it means the science of life.

I love how Deepak Chopra describes it here: ” The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body. This process isn’t as complicated as it may sound. For example, when you meditate you effortlessly enter a state of expanded awareness and inner quiet that refreshes the mind and restores balance. Since the mind and body are inseparable, the body is naturally balanced through the practice of meditation. In the state of restful awareness created through meditation, your heart rate and breath slow, your body decrease the production of “stress” hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, and you increase the production of neurotransmitters that enhance well-being, including serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins.”

While western medicine ignores the root cause of the diseases, Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on it. It treats allergies, obesity, insomnia, migraines, digestive problems, asthma and many other ailments. HEALTH is seen in Ayurveda as the balance between the 3 fundamental energies called DOSHAS ( Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), in other words, the balance between the body, mind, and soul.

Ayurvedic Medicine says that our bodies are made of 5 universal elements:

AIR;

SPACE;

FIRE;

WATER;

EARTH.


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AIR and SPACE 

Season: FALL

The energy of movement. Regulates all movement in the body ( physical and mental) such as breathing, blinking of the eyes, heartbeat, the ability to get rid of waste through your intestines as well as the cellular movements ( under a microscope).

Characteristics:

– sensitive; spiritual; tardy; fidgety; forgets to eat; daily routine feels difficult and overwhelming; flighty; memory problems; easily confused; not present; baldness; creative types might have a propensity toward arts, writing, poetry, music.

When it’s in balance:

 – you feel creative, flexible, fresh, light and joyful.

When it’s out of balance:

– you feel fear, nervousness, anxiety, and tremors.

Ailments: arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, insecurity.

Excess of VATA:

– dry skin, constipation;

CLICK here if you are VATA and you want to know how to balance it.


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FIRE and WATER

Season: SUMMER

The energy of heat. Represents metabolism ( how well you break down food), digestion, absorption, assimilation and body temperature. Governs all the biochemical changes in our bodies.

Characteristics:

– compelled to accomplish things; organized; never misses meals and can be cranky if a meal is skipped (has strong metabolism); focused; workaholic; doesn’t do well in hot, humid climates; sassy; creates problems that don’t really exist when feeling too balanced; needs to eat often.

When it’s in balance:

– you feel intelligent and have a deep understanding of those around you;

When it’s out of balance:

– you feel frustrated, angry, jealous and overly critical;

Ailments:

– perfectionism, acid indigestion, heartburn, hives, acne, Crohn’s diseases.

Excess of PITTA:

– bloating, fatigue, liver complaints;

CLICK here if you are PITTA and you want to know how to balance it.


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WATER and EARTH

Season: WINTER

Represents body structure and stability, lubricates joints, moisturizes skin, heals wounds and maintains immunity.

Characteristics:

– grounded; stable; solid; clear about the ways of the world; sensual; strong sexuality; a sense of physicality; steady appetite but not overly strong like Pitta; can miss a meal; slower metabolism; resists exercise and is slower moving; often tries to lighten up (physically and emotionally).

When it’s in balance:

– you feel love, forgiveness and a sense of calmness;

When it’s out of balance:

– you have feelings of attachment, greed, lust, and envy;

Ailments:

– colds, congestion, allergies, possessiveness;

Excess of KAPHA:

– weight gain, diabetes, lethargy;

CLICK here if you are KAPHA and you want to know how to balance it.

QUESTIONS 

Is Ayurvedic Medicine safe?

Some of the products used by Ayurveda may be harmful, particularly if used improperly or without the direction of a trained practitioner. For example, some herbs can cause side effects or interact with conventional medicines.

Is Ayurvedic Medicine effective?

At the moment, there aren’t enough well-controlled clinical trials and systematic research reviews (the gold standard for Western medical research ) to prove that the approaches are beneficial. Even though the research is limited some of the present evidence from clinical trials show that turmeric may help with certain digestive disorders and arthritis.

How can I find which one I am?

CLICK here if you want to discover your type.

I have recently ordered a book about AYURVEDA, therefore, I will come back to this post and add on new information about it. Stay close!

I hope you find this post helpful, if yes please SHARE. ( Just imagine how beautiful a world full of balanced doshas would look).

Sending you lots of love and wishing you a joyful Sunday evening filled with whatever is that you need at this moment!

 

LOVE,

R

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