What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
“Ayurveda” The eco-spiritual healthcareEach one of us are unique, no two people are alike. Psychological, Emotional and Physical needs vary widely from person to person. Ayurvedic Medicine an ancient wisdom of health and wellbeing. Its philosophy lies in the ancient scriptures of Vedas that commonly binds the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda.
“The Foundation of Ayurveda is Yoga”.
“The Fruit of Yoga is Ayurveda”.Yoga cultivates the physical-mental-spiritual link, which is a reinforcing practice that serves to encourage non -violence and oneness—the foundation of clear consciousness and balanced health—our essential nature and higher goal. Ayurveda (a-yur-ve-da) means the "wisdom of life". It originated in India more than 5000 years ago, practiced by the spiritual rishis, who laid the foundations of the Vedic civilization in India Ayurveda is believed to be the oldest and the mother of all healing science in existence offering a rich, comprehensive outlook to a healthy life from which all other systems emerged, this ancient healing system has three main focuses:
Prevention of disease
Longevity or quality of lifeAyurveda is a complete and universal science of life. Within this vast body of knowledge is the medical/health science that we simply refer to as ‘Ayurvedic Medicine’. It is a unified science—where spirit meets senses and mind meets matter.
The Basics of Ayurvedic MedicineAyurvedic Medicine main emphasize is know your -self and your environment well, choose your diet and lifestyle in accordance to law of nature that governs you and your surroundings. Self encompasses of…
Senses (Indriyas) Law of Nature follows a rhythmic cycle of…
Day & night,
Change of seasons,
Flow of time-space and
Alignment of the planets. The Main Idea is BalanceHealth “Swasthya” is defined as:
Well balanced metabolism and happy state of the being, mind & sense organs.Well balance metabolism signs are…
Strong –Moderate Appetite
Regular Bowel Movement
Undisturbed 6-8 hours of sleepTo Achieve Health and Enhance your Yoga practice Ayurvedic Medicine recommends
Relaxing of the mind
Maintaining Internal & External hygiene
Lifestyle that nurtures the five senses Healthy Habits Ayurvedic Medicine emphases on healthy habits that helps in reducing toxicity due to undigested food supporting internal hygiene such as;
Eating in relaxed environment.
Chewing your food well.
Eating ¾ of your stomach.
Exercise or shower after an hour of eating meals.
Giving at least 2 hours of gap between two meals.
Drinking minimum water with meals.
Eating Seasonal fruits and vegetables
Keeping a daily consistent meal times Wholesome Meals For healthy wholesome meal Ayurvedic medicine recommends blending six flavors of nature; sweet, salty, sour, bitter, hot and astringent in food preparations. Each flavor has an essential role in restoring healthy state of mind-body & spirit. However, it has to be consumed in moderation, excess or insufficient is unhealthy.
Sweet- Promotes growth of all healthy tissues
Sour- Stimulates enzymatic flow
Salty- Works as sedative
Hot- Promotes secretions such as tears, sweat, salivation and kills parasites
Bitter- Antibacterial & Cleansing
Astringent- Promotes closing of wounds & sores, aids in joint repairs LifestyleWith stress so much a part of modern life, calming your sense will help you stay in touch with your inner self, incorporating with your daily practice of..
Self- oil massage,
Gargling with salt water,
Washing your eyes with plain water and
Use of essential oils on your temples.Teach yourself daily stress-relief habits such as breathing exercise, stretching, chanting, walking & sharing. More importantly, manage your own time and stress levels well; you act as powerful role- models for your family & friends. Note - Information in this article is provided for the sole purpose of imparting education on ayurveda and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a Ayurvedic health professional.