Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life” and Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,00 years ago, which is why it is known as the Mother of all Healing.
Ayurveda was taught as an oral tradition by Vedic scholars, and is evident in modern practices like Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy. You can learn more by downloading this free 5 page pdf – Brief Introduction and Guide to Ayurveda by Vasant Lad.
In Ayurveda, body mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. To learn more about this, Ayurveda uses vata, pitta and kapha as different human forms, or types. You can take a simple test on page 2 of the free ebook Ayurveda The Practical Guide for Healthy Living by Danny Cavanagh and Carol Willis.
Ayurveda uses a balanced approach to health – as well as right thinking, right diet and right lifestyle, and herbs.
The main herbs used in Ayurveda are Tumeric, Frankincense, Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng (Withania somnifera), bitter melon (Momordica charantia), basil, triphala (a formula of three herbs consisting of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Also used is Trikatu, a complementary formula to triphala that means “three peppers” and includes black pepper, piper longum and ginger.
The Three Doshas In Ayurveda
Central to Ayurveda are the three doshas, or constitutions. When you know what type fits you best, you can tailor Ayurvedic treatment to suit your needs. Most people are a combination of two of the doshas, so you may be vata-pitta or pitta-kapha for example.
Vata: Your mind darts from one thing to the next. You tend to be slim and gangly with dry, wiry hair. Mentally, you’re very creative but you get bored easily.
Pitta: You have a sharp intellect and a matching appetite. You’re of medium build and have silky hair. You’re passionate and enthusiastic. You usually enjoy studying.
Kapha: You’re laid-back and easy going. You’re prone to weight gain with a slow metabolism. It takes you a while to commit facts to memory, but once there you’ll never forget them.
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