About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the combination of 2 words

  • Ayur - meaning The Whole Lifespan
  • Veda - meaning Total Knowledge

The science of Ayurveda, therefore, encompasses the total knowledge of the whole Lifespan. Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda.

Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.

Like scientific medicine, Ayurveda has both preventive and curative aspects. The preventive component emphasizes the need for a strict code of personal and social hygiene, the details of which depend upon individual, climatic, and environmental needs. Bodily exercises, the use of herbal preparations, and Yoga form a part of the remedial measures. The curative aspects of Ayurveda involve the use of herbal medicines, external preparations, physiotherapy, and diet. It is a principle of Ayurveda that the preventive and therapeutic measures be adapted to the personal requirements of each patient.

Origin

Lord Dhanwantri.

Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda is attributed to Dhanvantari, the physician to the gods in Hindu mythology. Its earliest concepts were set out in the portion of the Vedas known as the Atharvaveda (c. 2nd millennium BCE). The period of Vedic medicine lasted until about 800 BCE. The Vedas are rich in magical practices for the treatment of diseases.

The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the gods to sages and then to human physicians. The golden age of Indian medicine, from 800 BCE until about 1000 CE, was marked especially by the production of the medical treatises known as the Caraka-samhita and Susruta-samhita, attributed respectively to Caraka, a physician, and Susruta, a surgeon.
In Sushruta Samhita, Sushruta wrote that Dhanvantari, Hindu god of Ayurveda, incarnated himself as a king of Varanasi and taught medicine to a group of physicians, including Sushruta.

Ayurvedic medicine is an example of a well-organized system of traditional health care, both preventive and curative, that is widely practiced in parts of Asia. Ayurveda has a long tradition behind it, having originated in India perhaps as much as 3,000 years ago. Today it remains a favoured form of health care in large parts of the Eastern world, especially in India, where a large percentage of the population uses this system exclusively or combined with modern medicine. All later writings on Indian medicine were based on these works, which analyze the human body in terms of earth, water, fire, air, and ether as well as the three bodily humours (vata, pitta, and kapha).

Doshas

Doshas

In Ayurveda, the Doshas control the creation, maintenance, and breakdown of bodily tissue and elimination of wastes, as well as psychological aspects, such as emotions, understanding, and love.
The three Doshas in Ayurveda are:

  • VATA
  • PITTA
  • KAPHA

The ancient seers asserted that only substance or matter can produce an effect. If you can experience something then this experience occurs because you have come in contact with substance or matter.

Dosha Element Attributes
Vata
  • Air
  • Ether
  • Dry
  • Light
  • Cold
  • Rough
  • Subtle
  • Mobile
  • Clear
Pitta
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Oily
  • Sharp
  • Hot
  • Light
  • Liquid
  • Mobile
Kapha
  • Earth
  • Water
  • Heavy
  • Slow
  • Cold
  • Oily
  • Dense
  • Soft

Traits

Ayurveda empowers you to become one with your health by recommending personalized diet, lifestyle, exercise, yoga, pranayama, meditation, herbs, and bodywork choices that are best for your dosha, your stage of life and the season.
Your individual constitution is established upon conception and consists of lifelong qualities like height, eye, and hair color as well as your innate personality traits; these are the foundations which to strive toward to balance your dosha. Temporary changes like gaining or losing weight, feeling nervous or irritable, developing a cold or flu, etc. are examples of when your constitution is out of balance.

To get a greater understanding of your dosha, take a look at the list below and consider the characteristics that you identify with. To discover your predominant dosha use the table below and consult a practitioner. Most of us will have one dominant dosha, some will have two or more, and all of us will have some of each.

Trait Vata Pitta Kapha
Body Frame
  • Thin
  • Medium Built
  • Muscular
  • Broad
  • Strong
  • Curvy
Weight
  • Hard to gain
  • Easy to lose
  • Easy to gain
  • Easy to lose
  • Easy to gain
  • Hard to lose
Skin
  • Cold
  • Dry
  • Warm
  • Oily
  • Frackles
  • Acne
  • Cool
  • Fair
  • Oily
  • Soft
  • Smooth
Hair
  • Frizzy
  • Thin
  • Dry
  • Straight
  • Fine
  • Premature gray
  • Oily
  • Wavy
  • Thick
Eyes
  • Small
  • Fine lashes
  • Unusual Colored
  • Steady gaze
  • Bright colored
  • Almond shape
  • Big
  • Round
  • Thick eyelashes
Eyes
  • Small
  • Fine lashes
  • Unusual Colored
  • Steady gaze
  • Bright colored
  • Almond shape
  • Big
  • Round
  • Thick eyelashes
Appetite
  • Irregular
  • Intense
  • Steady
Sweat
  • Scanty
  • Profuse
  • Moderate
Temperament
  • Energetic
  • Creative
  • Nervous
  • Indecisive
  • Bright
  • Intelligent
  • Arrogant
  • Driven
  • Direct
  • Witty
  • Calm
  • Stable
  • Grounded
  • Stubborn
  • Greedy
Memory
  • Learns quickly
  • Forgets quickly
  • Learns quickly
  • Forgets slowly
  • Learns slowly
  • Forgets slowly
Speech
  • Talkative
  • Fast
  • High-pitched
  • Scattered
  • Articulate
  • Decisive
  • Clear
  • Sharp
  • Slow
  • Melodious
  • Deep
  • Low
Activity
  • Restless
  • Active
  • Social
  • Competitive
  • Intense
  • Calm
Routines
  • Prefer variety
  • Planned
  • Organized
  • Favors Routines