What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient, timeless health care system. It is more than just a system of treating illnesses. It offers endless wisdom designed to help you stay healthy while you realise your life potential. There is equal emphasis on prevention and cure.
Recognising that human beings are part of nature and not separate from it, ayurveda explains that, just like nature, man is made up of the Panchamahabhuta (five elements) namely Aakash, Vayu, Agni, Jal and Prithvi (Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth). In man, combinations of these elements then form the three fundamental energies, which govern the functional aspects of the body - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - collectively known as the three doshas.
- Vata - (a combination of Aakash and Vayu) is the energy of motion. The nervous system and any sort of movement in the body is governed by Vata
- Pitta - (a combination of Agni and Jal) is the energy of transformation. Any change or chemical reaction in the body is governed by Pitta
- Kapha - (a combination of Jal and Prithvi) is the energy of growth and stability. Immunity and any structure in the human body is governed by Kapha
You are constantly exposed to internal and external environmental changes such as diet, lifestyle, emotions, relationships and climatic changes. These fluctuations are constantly affecting your body and causing imbalances in the doshas and thus small deviations away from the prakruti. Any imbalance away from your prakruti is technically ill health. This imbalance is termed vikruti. The aim of ayurveda is to live closer to your prakruti state and away from the vikruti state.
Ayurveda is unique because the treatment is specific to you and works in harmony with nature in re-establishing balance in your body. It is based on herbs and natural products and free from artificial chemicals.
The philosophy of ayurveda believes you should be able to live life to the full and be able to maintain your health - whatever life throws at you!
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