Ayurveda

Ayurveda, India’s holistic, integrated, physiotherapeutic medical system is based upon the universal natural law of balancing the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) that make up the physical body. Ayurveda identifies human being as microcosm (small universe) that is a part of macrocosm. The universe as well as the human being is made of the five elements. The rhythm of life is intimately connected with the rhythm of nature.

The imbalance of these elements, due to improper diet and life style, results in various diseases and mental disturbances. Ayurveda explains that these five elements are kept intact in the body by three subtle forces or bio-energies called doshas. The three doshas are called Vata (sattva), Pitta (raja) and Kapha (tama). The concept of TRI DOSHAS (the three bio energies) is central to Ayurveda.

 

TRI DOSHA

Vata or the Kinetic Bio-energy is the combination of air and ether. It is electric in the body and causes all movement in and out of the system (heart-beat, circulation, breathing, peristalsis, urination, defecation, menstruation etc.)

Pitta or the Transformative Bio-energy is the combination of fire and water. Pitta mutates or transforms the outside elements of the macrocosm into the inside elements of the body (the microcosm). Pitta governs the digestion of physical, mental, and emotional elements.

Kapha or the Structural Bio-energy is the combination of earth and water. Kapha makes for both lubrication (mucus, synovial fluid) and structure (bones, muscles, fat, joints, etc).

INTRODUCTION LOCATION QUALITIES RULE GOVERNS PHYSIOLOFICALLY, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY DISORDERS
VATA Vata or the Kinetic Bio-energy is the combination of air and ether. It is electric in the body and causes all movement in and out of the system (heart-beat, circulation, breathing, peristalsis, urination, defecation, menstruation etc.) Colon

Hips

Thighs

Ears

Bones

Skin

Nerve Tissues

Light

Cold

Rough

Dry

Clear

Agitated

Subtle

Hard

Dispersing

Mobile

Movement

Catabolism

Astringent Taste

Old age

Dawn and Dusk

Fall season

Breathing

Inhalation/Exhalation

Blinking of the eyelids

Pulsation of the heart

Mental Power

Adaptability

Inspirations

Fear

Anxiety

Nervousness

Emaciation

Loss of warmth

Tremors

Bloating

Constipation

Insomnia

Dizziness

Confusion

Depression

Anxiety

PITTA Pitta or the Transformative Bio-energy is the combination of fire and water. Pitta mutates or transforms the outside elements of the macrocosm into the inside elements of the body (the microcosm). Pitta governs the digestion of physical, mental, and emotional elements Small Intestine

Stomach

Blood

Eyes

Sweat

Sebaceous glands

Hot

Sharp

Flowing

Light

Liquid

Oily

Smooth

Aggressive

Penetrating

Transformation

Adulthood

Metabolism

Sour tastes

Noon & Midnight

Late spring & summer

Hunger

Thirst

Luster

Complexion

Digestion

Laughter

Joy

Willpower

Enthusiasm

Judgment

Criticalness

Courage

Excess hunger

Excess thirst

Herpes

Sties(red eyes)

Liver problem

Heat, Fever

Burning

Bleeding ulcers

KAPHA Kapha or the Structural Bio-energy is the combination of earth and water. Kapha makes for both lubrication (mucus, synovial fluid) and structure (bones, muscles, fat, joints, etc). Stomach

Chest

Throat

Head

Pancreas

Sides

Lymph

Fat

Nose

Tongue

Heavy

Slow

Liquid

Dense

Dull

Cold

Thick

Soft

Sticky

Cloudy

Oily

Constructing of form

Anabolism

Sweet & Salty tastes

The childhood years

Morning & Evening

Winter & Late spring

Form & solidity

Storing of energy

Stability

Lubrication

Body fluids

Sense of taste

Patience

Forgiveness

Compassion

Love

Attachment

Greed

Lethargy

Heaviness

Paleness

Chills

Looseness of limbs

Cough

Difficult Breathing

Mucous Conditions

Excessive Sleeping

Accumulation of fat

Nausea after eating

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE THREE BIO-ENERGIES

The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain a balance of the three energies. The key to maintaining physical and mental health is in keeping these elements and doshas in harmonic balance through proper diet, herbs and life style. The three doshas can even be traced back to the very beginning of creation as representing the three Gods in Vedic wisdom Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.

One or more of these doshas or elements dominate every individual living entity creating seven possible body types or “Prakruti”.

Prakruti – Ayurvedic Constitution – The Unique Genetic Code

Prakruti of a person is as individual specific as his or her thumb print. The five elements, when joined in different combinations, constitute to form the three “doshas” which are the “Prakruti” or Body type or nature of an individual and the nature of everything.. Prakruti of person is usually a combination of two bio-energies. One is the primary and the other is the secondary. But there are people who have a Prakruti purely dominated by one dosha, and in rare cases, those who are a mixture of all three.

This elemental theory broken down into divisions of modes identifies not only body types for humans, but also for animals, vegetables, plants, herbs, geographical locations, times of day, seasons of the years, and activities performed. Ayurveda uses a system of historical analysis and physical examination done almost entirely by observation (with the exception of pulse reading), to ascertain one’s original nature and current imbalances.

Diet and health plan are given to the individual according to the needs to correct the imbalance.

For the Kapha dry, hot, spicy herbs and foods are what is necessary for burning up and drying up the excess mucus. Dry ginger and long pepper is useful while all dairy, fruit juices, and cold food in general are to be avoided. But for the dry Vata cough, hot milk with turmeric is a great healer to soothe and calm the cough, while disinfecting and moistening the dry, hot lungs. Fresh curd with unleavened whole wheat bread (chapatis) and cooling fruit juices are also useful. So a cough is not just a cough according to Ayurveda. But according to the constitution and imbalance, “One man’s food is another man’s poison”

Hippocrates once said,

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food“.

Body’s protein composition, Bio-energy balance, Energy Aura and Current state of health – are the four parameters taken into account for preparing a COMPLETE RESEARCH BASED HEALTHY NUTRITION CHART for each person. The secret of understanding the dynamics of food and which food is for whom – is in the taste, therefore, the appropriate tastes with their elements will correct the imbalance of elements in one’s constitution if taken correctly.

The proof is in the tasting.

There are six tastes according to Ayurveda: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter, and Astringent. Each is comprised of two elements:

  • Sweet (earth and water) examples: wheat, sugar, milk, rice, dates;
  • Sour (earth and fire) examples: yogurt, lemon, tamarind;
  • Salty (water and fire) examples: sea salt, rock salt, kelp;
  • Pungent (fire and air) examples: onion, radish, ginger, chilly;
  • Bitter (air and ether) examples: dandelion root, rhubarb root, bitter melon;
  • Astringent (air and earth) examples: plantain, pomegranate, apples;

 

Diet advised is nutritious and wholesome

The nutrition plan advised includes foods from the daily and seasonal varieties. A plan containing chapatti, rice, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, non-veg / veg, egg, idly, dosa, cheela, dhokla, pancakes, breads etc is given according to one’s body type. Considered factors also include the effect of weather conditions and climate change on health and weight. Cereals like oats, barley, ragi, jowar , soya, bran, rice etc are also used in the diet program.

 

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