“Life is the combination of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond.” Acharya Charak.
Ayurveda the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world is derived from two words, ‘Ayu’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning knowledge. During the course of time, Ayurveda has become the science of life. With its root in ancient Vedic literature and encompasses our entire life, body, mind, and spirit. The emphasis here is on preventing and maintaining health through a healthy lifestyle, proper diet, and usage of herbs. Just like no two people can have the same fingerprint, every person’s energy pattern is a unique combination of their individual physical, mental and emotional characteristics. What we believe is, balance is the natural order and imbalance is disorder; health is order and disease is disorder. When we understand the structure and nature of the disorder, we can re-establish order.
Ayurveda identifies 3 basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single words in English that can convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit terms- Vata, Pitta, Kapha, and these principles relate to the basic biology of the body. All people have qualities of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; but one is usually primary, one secondary and the third are usually least prominent. In Ayurveda, the cause of a disease is considered to be improper cellular functioning due to an excess or deficiency of Vata, Pitta or Kapha. According to Ayurveda the body, mind, and consciousness work together to maintain proper balance in an individual.
The basic difference between Ayurveda and Allopathic medicine is important to understand. Western allopathic medicine focuses on symptomatology and disease, and primarily uses drugs and surgery to rid the body from pathogens. The toxicity of the drugs often weakens the body.
Ayurveda does not focus on the disease, rather maintains the balance of energy in the body. When there is minimal stress and the flow of energy within the person is balanced, the body’s natural defense systems will be strong. Ayurveda can in no way be considered as a substitute for Western allopathic medicine.
All aspects of life- the body, mind, and spirit are addressed in Ayurveda. It recognizes that each one of us is unique, that each of us responds differently to aspects of life as well as treatments. Each one possesses different strengths and weaknesses.