Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda is one of the worlds oldest natural healing methods. It started over 5000 years ago in India and it is a holistic approach to both physical and mental health. Ayurveda is a science of life, the word itself means Ayur = (life) and Veda = (science or knowledge). It aims to balance the mind, body and spirit. Problems occur when one or more of these elements become out of balance. The Ayurvedic way of life intends to create and maintain good health.

Ayuervda is widely used in India and Sri Lanka and continues to hold a strong place in the world.

A Balance ofMind, Body & Spirit

Doshas

Ayurvedic medicine is based on the belief that each person is made of five basic elements; space, air, fire, water and earth. These five elements join together in the body.

Ayurveda describes three energies which are known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each person is uniquely and inherently made up of different proportions of these three doshas.

Most people usually have one dosha that is stronger than the rest.  For each element there is a balance and imbalanced expression. The aim is to balance your doshas. This is what is classed as ‘healthy’ in Ayurveda.

Treatment styles

Ayurvedic doctors will create specific treatment plans which are designed to care for an individual’s needs. The aim is to increase your energy and wellbeing, to decrease stress and to prevent or cure your illnesses/conditions. They will establish your dosha and your makeup and create a plan which can create balance between the elements.

Ayurvedic treatment combines products (mainly derived from plants, but may also include animal, metal, and mineral), diet, exercise, and lifestyle. A Ayurvedic doctor may any or all of these methods, depending on your individual condition. There are various techniques used to rebalance yourself:

Herbal medicine

Ayurvedic medicine is different to western medicine in the sense that it takes into account bio-individuality and a persons unique body-mind-spirit connection.

Ayurveda does not treat symptoms with drugs. It takes into account the underlying issues and the herbal medicine will treat the root of the illness and how it is linked to a persons lifestyle, thoughts and beliefs.

Massage / Oil treatments 

Ayurveda believes that each chakra nourishes particular organs and this can control various aspects of our being. When the chakras are blocked, disease can develop. Ayurvedic oil can open and cleanse the three dosha energy channels in order for your energy to flow and for toxins to be released. The massage techniques also help to reduce stress and increase physical energy levels.

Yoga, Meditation and breathing techniques 

Yoga alleviates mental stresses and it encourages inner peace and relaxation. Yoga is therefore very therapeutic as a remedy and as a prophylactic. Meditation and yoga are an essential part of any Ayurvedic programme in order to create a balance between the Doshas.

Diet / Food

The food you eat has a profound effect on ones health and therefore your physical and mental state. Ayurveda uses food to increase energy. You diet will usually be adapted toward your more dominant dosha. The diet is always vegetarian. There is no alcohol, no caffeine and everything will be beautifully fresh.

 

I personally love Ayurveda and I visit a specialist retreat once a year to find inner peace, detox and cleanse my body and to re energise myself. Take a look at my post about Barberyn Ayurvedic resorts. This way of life is beautifully simple but so so powerful. Enjoy!