Ayurveda is a holistic healing system that has been proved and accepted for centuries now. The word “Ayurveda” is derived from the two Sanskrit words “Ayur” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge. Ayurveda prescribes a life that is according to the laws of universe without going against nature. The system derives its benefits from its close association with nature and following the rules of nature.
According to the Ayurvedic system of healing, each individual is treated differently as per the specific requirements. The system understands that every person is different and thus, having a customized treatment procedure is the only way to acknowledge the individual needs and problems. The treatment aims at targeting both the mind and the body. A complete approach is the way of diagnosis and treatment in this system of holistic healing. The Ayurvedic healing process has a solution to all the major ailments without resorting to any unnatural or synthetic means.
Ayurveda understands the physical, mental and the emotional aspect of the human body. It works on the principle of tri-doshas or the energy that constitutes the human body. The domination of the different doshas to a large extent determines the type of personality and also the body constitution. The imbalance of any of these doshas can make the body susceptible to diseases.
The doshas may broadly be classified into three, namely, Pitta dosha, Vata dosha and the Kapha dosha. The Pitta dosha refers to the aspects that relate to the metabolic activities of the body. The Vata Dosha is associated with the functions related to the motion like the functioning of the heart, blood circulation and the respiratory system. The Kapha dosha includes the energy that takes care of the growth and developmental aspects of the human body.
The doshas or the energies should be in proper balance and any tilt in this balance can lead to physical or mental illness. Ayurveda aims at understanding the doshas and removing the causes of the imbalance thus, ensuring that both the mind and body remain healthy. Ayurveda prescribes good, clean eating habits and a lifestyle that is regular and healthy to ensure that the body does not fall prey to the diseases. The non-invasive methods include the use of a good diet, natural herbs, exercise, massages, lifestyle changes that aim at ensuring good health and general well-being. The wellness therapies in Ayurveda like Abhyangam and Shirodhara aim at recharging both the mind and body and helps build immunity and longevity.