Using ayurvedic medicine

Practising ayerveda
Developing ayurvedic health care
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian approach to health and wellness that encompasses a range of treatments including medicinal herbs, changes in diet, meditation, massage, and yoga to maintain or restore health. Ayurveda is rooted in the belief that health results from harmony between mind, body, and spirit.
The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit, meaning "science (or knowledge) of life." Ayurvedic medicine is perhaps the oldest continually practised health-care system in the world (the tradition has been handed down from masters to pupils in India for more than 5,000 years). Ayurvedic practitioners in India receive state-recognized training on par with that of Western medical specialists.

According to Ayurveda, every person contains some of the universe's five basic elements: earth, air, fire, water, and ether (or space). The combination of these elements in each individual breaks down into three universal types, or "energies", known as doshas. The doshas are known as vata (wind), pitta (fire), and kapha (earth/water). These doshas also govern a person's constitution, metabolism, personalities and activities. Vata consists of ether and air, and is associated with lightness and movement. Pitta is made of fire and is associated with transformative metabolic processes - the digestion of food to produce energy, for example. Kapha consists of earth and water and is associated with structure and stability.

Although each type of energy resides in every individual, one is usually dominant. When the doshas are balanced, all functions well; when they are not balanced, a state of disease (dis-ease as in "not at ease") can set in. So sickness is caused by an imbalance in one or more of the doshas. There are many things that can affect this balance, from dietary choices to the change of seasons. Stress at work or in one's family can throw off the harmony of the doshas as well. The result is the accumulation of toxicity in the body and mind. Once the causes of an illness are identified, measures can be taken by an individual, under the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner, to restore balance and to remove toxicity. Proponents say that when energy is balanced, the body's natural defences strengthen, making it easier to prevent or recover from illness.

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