The Ayurveda medical system is known as the most complete healing system throughout the world. The magnitude of what this means and the body of knowledge it encompasses are yet unknown and not so fully understood in today’s society. In short, it can be described as esoteric in its nature.
Ayurveda has been the root to almost all medical disciplines, philosophy, and treatment throughout eastern civilization. The eastern man has grown up with Ayurveda, tasted it as a child, reaped its benefits as an adult, and passed on its wisdom to his own children. Ayurveda has almost become the eastern man’s best friend, having integrated it into his life; both have lived and continue to do so in harmonic symbiosis.
Meaning of AYURVEDA
The word ‘Ayurveda’ originates from the ancient language of Sanskrit, ‘AYUR’ meaning ‘LIFE’ and ‘VEDA’ meaning ‘SCIENCE’, therefore, ‘SCIENCE OF LIFE’. In Sanskrit, this word has a wider meaning, which includes the life of plants, animals as well as other living beings.
The aims of AYURVEDA are:
To prevent diseases
To treat and cure diseases
Both of which are aimed towards the promotion of health on three levels:
EIGHT BRANCHES OF AYURVEDA
Ayurveda looks at diseases as a state of disharmony in the body as a whole, and is divided into eight branches, which are:
Kaya Chikitsa – Internal Medicine
Bala Chikitsa – Paediatrics
Graha Chikitsa – Psychological Medicine
Shalakya Tantra – Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Ophthalmology
Shalya Tantra – Surgery
Agada Tantra – Toxicology
Vajikarana – Sexology
Rasayana – Rejuvenation
According to ancient Vedic scientific thinking, all-matte in the universe is made up from no matter to matte, which is constantly changing from one from to another. They are known as ‘PANCHAMAHABHUTA’.
Meaning liquid, creating the taste sensation (rasa), its sensory organ being the tongue
meaning heat, creating the visual impute of color (rupa), its sensory organ being the eyes
Meaning air, creating the physical sensation of touch (saparsha), its sensory organ being skin
Meaning earth, creating the sensation of smell and odor (Gandha), its organ being the nose
Meaning space, creating the auditory sensation of sound (sharsda), its origin being the ear
These are the basic foundations and principles upon which Ayurveda Lies. All five elements having a key role in our lives since our bodies are composed of these MAHABHUTAS (the five elements)
In addition, life is considered a union of body, mind, and soul. There are three body types according to individual dominance, known as the THREE DOSHAS.
VATA – Air
PITA – Bile
LAPHA – Phlegm
*Dhatus consists of seven different body tissue types. Malas are the three types of body excretions.
VATA – This initiated and promotes biological activity responsible for all internal and external movements of the body.
Prana (Head) the main life force – breathing
Udana (Throat) supporting glandular functions
Samana (Stomach and Duodenum) supporting circulatory functions
Apana (Semen/Faeces/Urine) supporting elimination
PITTA – This is responsible for the generation of body heat and metabolism and certain psychological attributes of the individual.
KAPHA – The main function is to maintain healthy body tissues and maintain the balance of fat, water, and other fluids.
These elements must exist in dynamic equilibrium to help maintain body ‘PRAKRUTI’, meaning the original balance of the individual’s dosha inheritance. Any disturbance to any one of the doshas causes imbalance and malfunction, resulting in the manifestation of the disease.
Ayurvedic understanding of the disease process
The Doshas may change their proportional balance as a result of a variety of factors, such as, inappropriate lifestyle, diet, activities, trauma, mental and physical, which are mainly brought about by the lack of understanding about our own bodies. When there is a change-taking place which is pre-clinical in its developmental in its developmental stage, it may take a very long period of time for signs and symptoms to appear. Very often, when there is a change-taking place, disease may take a path along the inherited weak areas of the individual.
Sometimes, in some individuals, the disease may set in the body beyond their own control, they are known as ‘KARMIC DISEASES’ due to the theory of cause and effect.
Ayurvedic medications are mostly herbal preparations and some include natural mineral preparations. All herbs or minerals possess the following properties according to Ayurveda.
RASA – Taste
GUNA – Quality
VIRYA – Potency (Heating or cooling effects)
VIPAKA – Effect after digestion and metabolism
PRABHAVA – Specific power of the substance
In general, all herbs have the power to increase or decrease the three doshas, Vata, Pitta, or Kapha, to different extents and different combinations.
Classical Ayurveda applies theory into practice. Firstly, by diagnosing an alteration of Dosha State, the physician will then prescribe suitable herbs in single or combined form, with the appropriate dosage to control ailments.
According to ‘Hela Ayurveda` of Sri Lanka’ the concept of ‘Balance Living’ is about achieving balance in both internally and externally. Internal balance refers to the balance of physical, mental, and spiritual aspects in our lives. External balance means living in a balanced social environment and natural environment.
Ayurveda provides the basis for the health and wellbeing of the body and mind by recommending the right diet, herbs, exercises, massages, and lifestyle. Yoga, on its part, teaches us how to develop higher consciousness through various methods, asanas, pranayama, and meditation.
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. The word of Ayurveda comes from Sanskrit and means “science of life” or „the art of longevity”. According to Ayurveda, man is a unique creature, integral in its essence of the Universe. They are associated in the human being and also exist in the microcosm around him.
Ayurveda and Yoga are two sides of the same coin, two inextricably linked parts of an ancient Vedic science. Both systems are aimed at the goal to make our lives better and valuable, showing us how to understand our nature in order to make the right choices and to undertake the proper measures to be healthy, happy as well as to achieve spiritual peace within us.
Your Yoga activity of the day induces relaxation, blood circulation, digestion. Apart from that, the daily breathing exercises along with meditation for 20 minutes to promotes balance and make peaceful the mind.
It is very important to follow a suitable meal pattern as irregular meals could weaken the digestive power of your body. According to your one`s prevailing ‘doshas,’ you could alter your meal to balance the warmness.
Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort, Wadduwa offers two yoga sessions daily, for visitors who are on board for authentic Ayurveda treatments.
In this online programme also, we have made our best efforts to provide you many effective Yoga actions to maintain and balance your body while improving energy and immunity.