AYURVEDA - THE VEDIC SCIENCE TO HEALTH & WELLNESS
Ayurveda, which translates literally to 'Science of Life' is a 5,000 year old Vedic system of wellness that promotes the balance of the body, mind, and soul. It reminds us that the entire web of life is intricately woven - from our bodies to the stars, to the trees, to the flowers, to our breath. We are singularly connected.
Unbeknownst to many, Ayurveda was written in the same text - the Vedic Texts - as Yoga -- thus making Ayurveda and Yoga sister sciences.
What many consider modern wellness, actually had its roots in India thousands of years ago. With a unique emphasis on total wellness, the art and science of Ayurveda work to harmonize our internal and external worlds.
Our five senses serve as the portals between the internal and external realms, as the five great elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth are the elements that create everything around us. Ayurveda groups these five elements into three basic types of energy and functional principles that are present in everybody and everything. They are called Doshas - we use the Sanskrit words 'Vata', 'Pitta', and 'Kapha' to describe their combinations.
Everything that we experience, be it a physical substance, a thought, or emotion, has certain qualities. The ancient texts of Ayurveda classify these qualities — called 'gunas' in Sanskrit — into 10 pairs of opposites, making 20 qualities total (for example, heavy vs. light). Theoretically, everything in the universe can be described in terms of these gunas, or qualities, including the doshas. The foundation of Ayurvedic treatment relies upon recognizing when gunas have become excessive or deficient, as this is known to cause doshic imbalance and lead to disease. Ayurveda applies the opposite qualities to return to balance.
Agni, the universal principle of transformation that manifests as our digestive fire, mediates between the internal and external, transforming food into bodily tissue and waste; interpreting information into experiential knowledge; and discerning between nutritious material and waste product. Ayurveda kindles the agni of the body to digest toxins which have manifested due to internal or external stresses, ensuring optimal functioning of the physical and mental being.
Leveraging these basic principles, Ayurveda customizes preventative wellness to the unique constitution of every individual. In addition, ancient Ayurvedic doctors produced detailed descriptions of acute and chronic conditions (complete with causes, signs, and symptoms), and developed extensive holistic treatment protocols. Preventative care and treatment of disease falls under Ayurveda’s eight branches, which include:
● Kaayachikitsa – Internal Medicine
● Baalachikitsa – Pediatrics
● Bhuta Vidya – Psychiatry
● Shalakya Tantra – Ear, Nose and Throat Treatment
● Shalya Tantra – Surgery (not practiced in the United States today)
● Vishagara Vairodh Tantra – Toxicology
● Jarachikitsa/Rasayana – Geriatrics and Rejuvenation
● Vajikarana — Aphrodisiac Therapy, Fertility, and Conception
Ayurveda offers renewed access to our natural intelligence. As the original circadian medicine, Ayurveda holds the key to resolving disease creating a disconnect.
Thus, this ancient medicine offers the promise of a more harmonious future for the people and planet.