Almost 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda was born and it brought a very drastic change to healthcare. With the use of natural herbs and minerals, ayurvedic medicines have been treating millions. The term Ayurveda took birth by combining two words - “Ayur”means life and “Veda” means knowledge and it is all about life-rejuvenating practices. Though ayurvedic medicines have its roots in sacred historical books, the science has evolved over the ages to become even more operative and integrated than before. It is the science of life as well as a holistic system of medicine that guides the body to live harmoniously with a perfect balance between the body, mind, and environment. Ayurveda classifies the five elements as the building blocks of all matter i.e. air, space, water, fire and earth.According to the science, these 5 elements are energetically represented in the human body and the body the combination of these elements lead to one’s Ayurvedic identity i.e. Dosha. The three doshas are - Vata (space & air),Pitta (fire & water) and Kapha (earth). Here are some health benefits of adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle and how it helps dealing with all chronic to daily health issues:
1. It is all about your doshas: While many may scoff at this idea, the three doshas define a person’s health and personality. An Ayurvedic practitioner can tell what disease a person is suffering from just by taking a patient’s pulse and understanding the balance of the doshas. A Kapha imbalance may lead to ailments like congestion, swelling, lung problems, and lethargy while a Pitta patient may experience inflammation of joints, tissues and organs or migraines,neck stiffness, etc.
4. The factors of diagnosis: Ayurveda uses the Astavidha rogi pariksha or eight method system to examine a patient. These methods involve checking a person’s pulse, urine, stool, voice, tongue, skin, eyes and body build. This helps a doctor to understand which humor could be imbalanced and give medicines according to the need.
5. Your health attunes to your atmosphere: It might be a little difficult to believe but according to Ayurveda what a person eats, drinks, how a person feels can also affect your health. These environmental conditions mitigate your doshas and hence if a person’s environment isn’t good, the dosha is mostly aggravated and this results in health issues.
6. Kills the cause, not the symptoms: Ayurvedic medicine treats a disease by attacking the root cause. This may take longer to action but results in a long lasting result too i.e. removing ‘ama’ (ailment) from the body and thus allowing the body to function properly.
7. It has specialties: While Ayurveda doesn’t have specialists for every health issues, it does have specialties or different branches of treatment. Rasayana (rejuvenation), Shalya-chikitsa (surgery), Agadtantra (toxicology), Shalakya(diseases above the shoulder), Kayachikitsa (internal medicine), Kaumarabhritya (pediatrics), Vajikarana (aphrodisiacs), Bhuta Vidya (psychiatry) are some of the specialties of Ayurvedic medicine. These approaches treat every complication encountered by the human body in a different manner and thus give effective results.
Ayurveda is the science of life. Thus, it is a lifestyle that one shall undertake to feel a difference in their body rather than just curative medicine. Ayurveda is a holistic union of mind, body and soul that involves ingestion, digestion, absorption, assimilation and metabolism to create the perfect balance of the body.