The century we live in is characterized by dynamism, fast movement, fast changes, and each person have to adapt to this rhythm. Stress, inadequate time, inadequate nutrition are just some of the aggressive factors of the modern world that negatively affect humans’ health.
However, today’s society is increasingly tempted to return to nature, to natural remedies, to prevent diseases more than to treat them. Natural remedies are becoming more and more accepted because people are interested in healthier ways of nutrition, prevention, and treatment of various diseases or dysfunctions of the body.
Official statistics show that a regular person consumes an average of 10 kilograms of synthetic substances, such as medicines, preservatives, dyes, and so forth, that are metabolized in the liver. In this way, liver’s function is overstretched.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is perhaps the oldest, most elaborate and complex system of medical knowledge in the world, being, at the same time, the most comprehensive and the easiest to understand among all the natural healing systems.
From an etymological point of view, Ayurveda consists of the union of two words, ayus that signifies life and veda which means science and knowledge. So, Ayurveda can be translated into English as ‘the science of life’.
Ayurveda is India’s traditional medicine, a multi-millenary science that has surpassed its boundaries and has been maintained for centuries, increasingly organized with every attempt of man to better understand his role in the universal circuit.
Ayurveda can be applied at any age and in any geographical area because its basic principles are universally valid.
The purpose of Ayurveda is primarily to prevent diseases by maintaining the dynamic balance between body, mind, and soul.
The humans’ body is considered a unit, being viewed as a whole that needs to be cured, even if only one part of it is sick. According to its basic principle, man is able to fully control his own existence, hence his healing.
Ayurveda, however, does not only deal with the prevention and treatment of diseases. Two of the main branches of Ayurveda have as their main purposes the rejuvenation and, respectively, the use of aphrodisiacs.
The Rasamaana range offers complete solutions for keeping the body in excellent shape even at advanced ages. The person who uses rejuvenating remedies has nothing to fear of. One of the basic conditions of rejuvenation therapy is to apply it from the youth. Thus, it provides vitality and vigor, as well as maintaining the body tissues in an optimal state over a very long period of time.
Vajikarana, the branch that uses aphrodisiacs, offers a complete insight into the importance the optimal state of sexual potential has on a person’s health. Decreasing or increasing the sexual potential causes the loss of health and signs of aging. Traditional Treats describe hundreds of aphrodisiac recipes, each with its specific mode of action.
It’s all about balance
Ayurveda, the traditional system of life-awareness, helps the human being to maintain or regain his balance by the use of various natural means, put into practice after the realization of a necessary process of self-knowledge of the individual specificity.
The knowledge of the traditional Ayurveda system has now become widespread throughout the world, and in the Western countries, for example, the Ayurveda is very famous.
Ayurveda sees any imbalance as a major disorder of the body that might cause the occurrence of diseases. Treating this imbalance will also diminish the risk of developing the disease.
As anything in humans’ life, keeping a balance is very important. Ayurveda also talks about the energies balance.
According to the Ayurveda principles, man is in a permanent interrelation with his environment. The Ayurvedic examination is based on the relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm.
Ayurvedic fundamental principles
Ayurveda operates on the three fundamental vital principles, known as Dosha, that govern the process of growth (anabolism), maintenance (metabolism), and decomposition (catabolism), and whose interactions form all that exists in the universe.
Named Vata (space and air), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth), these elements exemplify the three types of energies that act at all around us. Although it influences the human body, one of the aspects dominates, being considered the specific of each individual in part.
Human typologies are described in the Ayurvedic system in a very complex, philosophical manner, and their knowledge offers countless practical application perspectives in almost all areas of life.
People who are characterized by the predominance of the Vata Dosha tend to have more delicate structures and are thinner, being either very tall or very short. Persons belonging to the predominant Vata typology have difficulties in gaining weight.
That’s why they have low energy reserves, they get tired quickly, and they are quickly becoming imbalanced.
Their skin tends to be dry and cold, very light or very dark. The hair is dark, dry, and sometimes carried and prone to degradation.
The nose, hands, and feet tend to be cold because of the poor blood circulation that characterizes this type of constitution. The eyes are generally brown.
Movements and speech are generally fast and their sleep presents frequent interruptions.
Mentally, these people are restless and always have many new ideas. They are creative and imaginative, but at the same time have a sense of fear and insecurity.
They are also shy and show less will. Changes are most likely their second nature. The predominant senses for the Vata constitutional type are hearing and touching. Within the circadian cycle, Vata Dosha is predominant between 2:00-6:00 and 14:00-18:00.
The season in which it predominates as a manifestation in nature is autumn-winter. The tastes that make the Vata Dosha grow are bitter, spicy, and astringent.
Vata is located in the colon and one of the main symptoms of aggravation is excess gasses in the intestine.
The Vata is predominant in hair, nails, skin, and joints, and an excess of Vata leads to drying of the skin and hair, wrinkles, and stiff joints.
Also, when Vata Dosha is in excess, will lead to weaknesses, desire for hot food, trembling, flatulence, constipation, insomnia, loss of sensory functions, disparate speech, nervousness, and even debility.
Generally, the Pitta typology of people has average forms. Their warm skin can be very delicate and sensitive, with fine hair and tendencies towards whitening and premature hair loss.
Because of Pitta typology, the body temperature is generally higher, they can easily outweigh Pitta Dosha by prolonged exposure to the sun. Their eyes are very sensitive. Their feelings change slowly and they are the kind of busy people, usually doing a lot of things in their lives.
Pitta people are smart, intelligent, speaking in academic tones, precise and clear. They are swift, fierce, ambitious, and are often judging others.
Their sleep is moderate and they prefer the cooler climate. They trust their own forces and their spirit.
These people usually have their own opinions and principles, which can often lead to fanaticism.
The predominant sense of Pitta typology is the vision.
In the circadian cycle, the predominance of Pitta Dosha is between 10:00-14: 00 and 22:00-02:00. The season in which it prevails is the summer and early autumn.
Pitta Dosha’s features are hot and oily, spicy, sharp, liquid and acid, always flowing in an unrestrained way.
Any toxic foods such as alcohol and tobacco immediately lead to Pitta’s imbalance. Toxic emotions such as jealousy, intolerance, and hate must also be avoided to keep the Pitta Dosha in balance.
The excess of the Pitta Dosha is manifested by a paleness of the eyes and skin, and a discoloration of urine and feces. You can also notice an excess of hunger or thirst, burning sensations, and short sleep.
The Kapha typology is more robust and dense than any other. Kapha people tend to overweight and are prone to fluid retention. The skin is thick, glossy, clean, usually pale or white, and cold to the touch.
The hair is thick and often wrinkled. The eyes are blue or brown, large and attractive, slightly damp.
They have the greatest ability to endure and are endowed with much calm and much patience. From a mental point of view, they are calm, stable, and firm. They can be possessive and greedy, but they are caring, and hard to remove from their state of calm.
People who predominate in Kapha Dosha are the most pleased but at the same time appear to be less passionate because of their tendency to introvert and retreat.
Their sleep is long and noisy.
Their ability to understand is slower but once they have understood they do not forget.
Some weight can be noticed in the way they walk and some kind of serenity in their smile.
The dominant senses for Kapha Dosha are the taste and the smell. The dominance of the Kapha Dosha within the circadian cycle is between 18:00-22:00 and 6:00-10:00. The season in which Kapha Dosha manifests predominantly is winter and spring.
The tastes that lead to the accentuation of the Kapha Dosha are sweet, sour, and salty. The features of Kapha Dosha are coldness (but not as cold as Vata Dosha), softness, sweetness, stable, giving immunity, and sleepiness.
Kapha Dosha’s disharmonious growth leads to the loss of gastric activity, excessive salivation, apathy, feeling of weight, cold, dyspnea, cough, and prolonged sleep.
Our thoughts and emotions are important
In Ayurveda, it is considered that the root of the diseases is at the psychic and mental levels and that before manifesting in the physical body, a disease is already generated at these levels. Our predominant thoughts and emotions generate the attitudes and our behavior, which can be more or less harmonious.
When disorganized and negative in essence, thoughts and emotions will later trigger the future disease.
Therefore, all the Ayurvedic remedies and treatments address the root causes of the disease rather than to the symptoms. Even if their action is slower, it is profoundly transforming and has no side effects like the synthetic drugs have.
Modern medicine versus Ayurveda
Modern medicine is symptomatic medicine (based on the diagnosis based on the specific symptoms of each disease, and the treatment of the symptoms), many diseases not being completely eliminated, yet.
In addition, modern medicine makes humans to avoid the changes in the sensitive areas of his being. It’s much easier to take a pill that may have an unpleasant taste rather than modify a way of thinking and a certain psychic tendency, which is often very strong, such as the state of jealousy or anger which will eventually affect the liver.
Modern medicine only works when the disease is fully installed. In Ayurveda, the focus is on maintaining the health state for as long as possible, and especially on preventing any form of illness.
Ayurveda has spread to Europe more in recent years when Yoga techniques have become widely known.
In India, before practicing yoga you should study Ayurveda, which helps you maintain your body’s health in harmony with the surrounding nature. In order to integrate perfectly into their living environment, men must first know their bodies, and how they work deeply in the relations to everything that surround them.
The Indian wise men have found that if some organs do not work properly, then life can’t be lived normally, governed by stress and tension.
By analyzing all the involved aspects, Ayurveda practitioners find the ‘roots’ of the diseases and act primarily to eliminate them.
If at the first glance this process may seem simple, in reality, it is a long and profound process but it results in the recovery of health and harmony in the body.
The body is stimulated to capture vital energy naturally and allow it to flow naturally throughout the body, thus regaining its initial health.