Ayurveda is the ancient (around 5000 years old) system of medicine, which originated in India, and is the holistic blueprint for maintaining good health, contentment, peace and tranquillity. The science of Ayurveda does not encourage the belief system that says – “One System of Remedy is Fit for Everyone.”
In the field of Ayurveda practice of medicine, elements, which are not beneficial for you are fatal, and elements that suit your body system, serve as the medicine. Therefore, the treatment of a disease will depend entirely on your physiological constitution, existing state of balance and the health pattern your body system follows over the lifespan.
Ayurveda and the Health Regimen
The old age science of Ayurveda is explicitly complete tradition based on Indian traditional values and rituals, extending beyond the dominions of physical health, healing, and preventing the occurrence of disease. On the contrary, this system of medicine aims at increasing our body strength, fighting health challenges from external organisms, improving the immune system of the body and maintaining the balance. The base of the Ayurvedic system of medicine is to direct us towards a way of living the life close to the nature and celebrating wellness in all its forms.
Ayurveda’s Power is Based on 5 Elements and 20 Qualities
Ayurvedic medicine encourages blissful living by maintaining the balance (homeostasis) between the external world and the life processes happening inside the body. Earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space) – are known as the five building blocks on which nature maintains its harmony. All cells and the substances within the cytoplasm of our body are made from these elements. Therefore, all diseases and their methods of control are based on maintaining the harmony of these elements.
Besides, this ancient system also recognizes twenty qualities (or Gunas) for maintaining the substance balance. The twenty qualities fall within the ambit of following ten pairs of contraries: Heavy: Light; Slow (Dull): Sharp (Penetrating); Cold: Hot; Oily: Dry; Smooth: Rough; Dense: Liquid; Soft: Hard; Stable: Mobile; Gross: Subtle and Cloudy (Sticky): Clear.
Ayurvedic Remedy: Three Doshas (Bodily Humours)
In Ayurvedic system of medicine, three doshas (bodily humours) namely -Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – are the functional entity and the driving energies. The balance of three doshas are essential for maintenance as well as the continuous operation of our body systems. Any imbalance in these doshas will lead to the development of diseases, which are detrimental to individual’s existence.
The Vata dosha has Air and Ether as the primary elements. It has the quality of being Dry, Light, Cold, Rough, Subtle, Mobile and Clear. The Pitta Dosha has Fire and Water as the primary elements. The dosha has qualities like; Hot, Sharp, Light, Liquid, Spreading and Oily. The Kapha Dosha has Water and Earth as the primary elements. This dosha is ordained by qualities like; Heavy, Slow, Cool, Oily, Smooth, Dense, Soft, Stable, Gross and the Cloudy (Sticky).
Ayurveda, in short, is not a theoretical proposition but has a practical contemplation, which is essential for our body functions to execute their routine tasks and keep us healthy.