Is The Practice Of Ayurvedic Medicine For You?

I had never heard of Ayurvedic Medicine until quite recently. Ayurveda is an ancient system of natural medicine which is native to India. The word is derived from Ayus which means ‘longevity’ and veda which means ‘related to knowledge’ or ‘science of life.’ Ayurveda is a total approach to health, longevity and healing and is used to compliment rather than replace conventional medicine.

Ayurvedic medicine includes a wide variety of different elements. This includes the use of herbs, purification, exercise, diet, muscle therapy, color therapy, meditation, aromatherapy, astrology, yoga and many others. This type of practice measures ones living with healthful standards during your entire life span and the various phases that you go throughout your life.

According to Ayurveda, everything is composed of the five elements – space, air, fire, water and earth. People who practice this sort of medicine divide these five elements into three categories or doshas. They are space or air (vata), fire and water (pitta) and earth and water (kapha). If you had a cold for instance, you would be said to have an excess of kapha. Heartburn would be an excess of pitta.

Ayurvedic Medicine is a practice aimed at restoring balance in the body by decreasing excessive elements and increasing others. If you have a cold, you would be given a fiery herb like garlic and you would be told to stop eating kapha producing dairy products.

This type of medicine emphasizes the psychological, social and spiritual causes of disease and the belief is that almost all illnesses are based on unhappiness like stress and confusion about life’s purpose. Many of the techniques of Ayurveda like meditation and yoga are aimed at relieving stress and restoring ones clarity of purpose in life.

If you are looking for a practitioner for yourself, make sure it is somebody who has received extensive training at an Ayurvedic school in India or in the United States, and also one who is qualified to do a ‘pulse diagnosis.’ A good practitioner will be able to provide lifestyle recommendations along with herbal treatments and remedies to suit your individual needs.

Ayurveda can be used for any health problems, but works better on the medical problems that western medicine can’t solve like arthritis, anemia, diabetes, allergies and other problems that involve the immune system.

This type of medicine practice is considered safe and beneficial for most people, but some techniques can be considered harmful if not supervised with care. It is always best to practice this type of medicine under the care of a qualified practitioner.

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