Ayurvedic Medicine originated over 2,000 years ago in India and has recently become an important and accepted component of the holistic healing movement in the West. The foundation of Ayurveda is based on the assumption that every person is born with a particular type of energy, or dosha which needs to be kept in balance in order for the person to remain healthy. As every person has a certain body structure and temperament, Ayurveda suggests foods and habits that agree with each type, although it is also understood that people have a combination of each of the doshas with one being dominant. When a person becomes ill, it is assumed their doshas are out of balance and treatment is intended to bring the patient back into physical or emotional harmony.
TYPES OF DOSHAS
There are three different types of doshas that are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Within the alternative medical system these doshas are identified and used a basis for healing and therapy. The identifying characteristics of each are:
- Vata Dosha which relates to air, space and body functions such as breathing, heart and blood and intestinal function.
- Pitta Dosha which relates to fire and water and includes digestion, metabolism and some hormones.
- Kapha Dosha which relates to water and earth and includes the immune system, body and muscle strength and weight.
The balance of each of the doshas can be disrupted by certain activities or stressful
situations and then can be restored with attention paid to eliminating the troubling circumstance or action.
PREVENTATIVE METHODS OF AYRUVEDIA
Ayruvedic Medicine also relies a great deal on a preventative life style to maintain good health and prevent illness. It teaches simple methods of diet including herbs and exercise such as Yoga, with an emphasis on understanding one’s own dosha or doshas. The Holistic Health community has a vital functioning network with an integrative medicine center located in most urban cities or with information that can be found online. This is a health system that emphasizes a holistic approach to living that includes the whole person; body, mind and spirit and can be easily adapted by anyone who is interested in a life style that encourages self knowledge with an attainable healthy outcome.