The Origin of Ayurveda:
Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is a holistic, intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas, the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The literal translation of Ayurveda is Knowledge of Life.
The Aim of Ayurveda is to protect health, prolong life and eliminate disease and dysfunctions of the body.
The Principles of Ayurveda:
Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements, including air, fire, water, earth and ether. These particular elements are represented in humans by three doshas, or bio-energies:
Vata– air and ether – governs movement, directing nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination
Pitta– fire and water – governs heat, metabolism and transformation (e.g. the transformation of foods into nutrients)
Kapha– water and earth – governs structure, growth and fluid balance
The combination of doshas that we inherit when we are conceived make up our original constitution. Keeping our original constitution in balance as much as possible will help us to maintain good health. An imbalance in our doshas can arise throughout life when we are exposed to an unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, physical exhaustion, stress, increased workload or environmental toxins. When these imbalances in the doshas are not corrected, deterioration in our health occurs. Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha and regain health and well-being again.