Developed nearly 5 millennia ago in India, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It functions on the premise that health and wellness depend upon the delicate balance between heart, body and the spirit.
Considered by many as an alternative medical science, Ayurveda as a science is focused on promoting good health more than fighting diseases. However, it may be geared for each individual towards specific health issues.
Based on the premise that good health results from a balance between mind, body, and spirit, and sickness is a result of a disruption in this balance, which is often affected as a result of genes, birth defects, injuries, climate change etc.
Each individual is said to be made of five universal elements, i.e. space, air, fire, water, and earth. The combination of these elements results in the formation of three life forces called doshas. Everyone is made of a unique combination of three doshas, and each individual’s chances of getting sick or catching diseases are linked to their unique balance of doshas.
The three doshas of Ayurveda are:
Vata Dosha: Considered to be the most powerful of all three doshas. This dosha controls the basic body functions like, cell division, mind, breathing, blood flow, heart, and intestines.
Individuals having vata dosha as the main life force are likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart problems, and arthritis
Pitta Dosha: This dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and appetite. This dosha can be disrupted by eating spicy foods regularly and an over exposure to sun and dust.
The disruption of this dosha may result in the development of heart diseases, high blood pressure etc.
Kapha Dosha: This dosha controls muscle growth, body strength, weight, and immunity.
The disruption of this dosha may result in the development of asthma, breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea, and obesity etc.
Ayurveda, thus is focused on treating the root cause of the illness. A holistic tradition encompassing physical health, healing, prevention, and mental well-being. This ancient science, after many a millennia is getting its share of recognition across the world as a result of increased awareness and focus on holistic wellbeing.
Author: Navaid Hasan