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Ayurveda Basics – Insight into Ayurveda Philosophy

Ayurveda Basics – Insight into Ayurveda Philosophy

Dr. Sonica Krishan

Ayurveda, which is a holistic ancient perception passed on by learned Sages of India, have endowed our health and longevity with the virtues of Natural wellness since times immemorial. Derived from the two meaningful lexis Ayus and Veda which when combined together, (whereas Ayus means life and Veda is knowledge or science) crafts the word “Ayurveda” or the Science of Life.

Ayurveda treatment is rightly regarded as ‘Sukha Chikitsa’ or the blissful health management and in precise logic it means that this is the pure form of healing, wherein an individual is made to find complete relief from his ailment and at the same time it is ensured that in the process no other ailment tends to crop up.

Ayurveda Basics

There are two key features that attribute to the entire science of Ayurveda

Swasthavritam or the Natural Lifestyle Modification

This is the prophylactic approach to Natural wellness in Ayurveda philosophy, which is manifested primarily with maintaining as well as sustaining holistic wellness. And precisely this is regarded as most imperative and desirable in Ayuveda discipline.

Aaturvritam or the curative aspect of Ayurveda therapy

Ayurveda being a therapeutic discipline, has full potential to help a patient  overcome the ailment from which he is suffering, exclusively using Natural means of healing. Curing of the disease in Ayurveda has always been considered as secondary to harboring of Natural wellness.

What makes Ayurveda Distinctive?

  • In Ayurveda therapy the very approach towards treatment focuses to eradicate the disease from its roots. The aim is to do away with the basic cause of the disease, and also no new ailment should emerge as a consequence.
  •  Ayurveda insists that medicine be centered at the patient, rather on the disease. And therefore this science redeems holistic approach towards well being.
  •  Ayurveda treatment deals with the preparations only from herbs and natural resources, it is regarded as not-detrimental mode of treatment with least or no side effects.
Concept of the five Elements in Ayurveda Philosophy
Our physical body that is believed to be a natural amalgam of the five basic elements viz. sky or ether, air, fire, water and earth; evidently authenticates with the theory of Ayurveda.
  • Aakasha or Ether (sky)
    • This element is the empty space between organs and cells.
  • Vayu or the air element
    • This corresponds to all body movements.
  • Agni or the fire
    • This is the implicit metabolic heat present in the body.
  • Jala or the water
    • All the fluids flowing in the body like Saliva, plasma, mucous correspond to the water element.
  • Prithvi or the earth element 
    • This manifests as our body substance.

Vatta, Pitta & Kapha – The Backbone of Ayurveda Philosophy

These three doshas or humors of the body are the prime attributes that are significant for not only the upholding of the human body, but also in every little aspect that causes balance or even imbalance within the body.

Vatta or the air, Pitta or the fire and kapha or the Phlegm are entirely imbibed within the body. This needs to be understood that as and when the three doshas are present in their relative balanced states, then these reason for the natural wellness of an individual. Nevertheless when the three humors get to become imbalanced, this means that either they are decreased or increased than their normal limits, this reasons formation of disease.

Relation between the three doshas and the five elements

  • Of the five basic elements, Ether and Air combine together and result into making of Vatta or the Air. Movement or commotion is the fundamental quality of the air humor or the Vatta dosha.
  • The fire humor or Pitta dosha is mainly the consequence of Fire element. This signifies metabolism inside the body.
  • Water and Earth combine and make up the Kapha or phlegm humor. And this very humor or dosha entails the physical structure of the human body.

Dr. Sonica krishan is Ayurveda and Natural Lifestyle Consultant, Freelance Health Writer and Book Author based at Chandigarh, India. She has authored natural home cure books ‘Herbal Healers’ and ‘Home Remedies’ and is presently writing for National and International publications. She may be contacted at drsonica@herboveda.co.in or visit www.herboveda.co.in

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