Originally Aired on August 26th-September 1st on Wise Health with Suma Nathan and her guest Dr. Sonica Krishan
My life purpose is to spread the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Holistic Healing to India and rest of the world. Speaking, writing and healing are part of the larger agenda. I have consulted and written for a number of leading Newspapers, Magazines and Pharma Magazines, online & other media for past 20 years. I (and my team members) have been writing content for a number of websites (Ayurveda niche) including sites managed by Chopra Centre, USA (Deepak Chopra). I have been adjudged Top Health Blogger for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Community by Wellsphere, USA.
Science of Ayurveda
Ayurveda, which is a holistic ancient perception passed on by learned Sages of India, has endowed our health and longevity with the virtues of Natural wellness since times immemorial.
Ayurveda is ‘Science of Life’
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.
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.
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.
This is the implicit metabolic heat present in the body.
* Jala or the water
All the fluids flowing in the body like Saliva, plasma, mucus correspond to the water element.
* Prithvi or the earth element
This manifests as our body substance.
Vata, 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. Vata 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 in the making of Vata or the Air. Movement or commotion is the fundamental quality of the air humour or the Vata dosha.
* The fire humour 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 humour. And this very humour or dosha entails the physical structure of the human body.
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