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Ayurveda – “the wisdom of life” An Introduction
Ayurveda –Ayurveda is known as world’s oldest known Health science founded in India 5000 years ago.
Word Ayur-veda is derived from word Ayus meaning life or longevity and Veda meaning wisdom.
Ayurveda is said to be founded by Indian Divine Hindu God Dhanvanatari,
Dhanvantari is an avatar of God Vishnu in Hinduism. Vedas (holy Hindu Sanskrit book) talk about
Dhanvantari as the physician of the gods (devas), and the god of Ayurveda.
It is written in the scriptures that, “One who remembers the name of Dhanvantari can be released from
all disease.” Lord Dhanvantari is worshipped all over India as the God of Medicine.
Ayurveda and 5 elements:
According to Ayurveda everything in Universe is made up of 5 different elements in different
propositions. These five elements are called “Panch Bhutas” in Sanskrit. All living & non-living things are
made up of these 5 elements food, stone, animals and everything. Soul is the only difference between
living and non-living things.
These 5 elements or Panch Bhutas are:
5. Space (Akash)
Each element can be considered as energy pattern and is vital to maintain balance in any body.
Here are few details about these elements appear in Mother Nature:
The earth element, represents the solid state of matter and along with water is responsible for the
physical constitution of the body. Bones, teeth, and tissues are considered as earth elements. Earth
connects to the nose and the sense of smell.
The air element is dry, mobile, light, cool, rough, and subtle.
Air is responsible for many functions within the human body, including movement of food through the
digestive system, elimination of waste, assimilation of food and the health of the skin. Air is related to
movement of thought and thus impacts human imagination and creativity.
3. Fire (Tejas)
The element of fire represents the form without substance and has the power to transfer the state of
any substance. In the body it is responsible for digestion and perception and connected to the eyes and
Water represents the liquid state of matter and indicates change or instability. Water is responsible for
the fluid metabolism in the body and so blood, lymph and other fluids are considered as water
elements. Water connects to the tongue and the sense of taste.
The element of ether represents the space in which everything takes place. In the body it relates to all
hollow or empty places in the body, like channels and pores and the ears that perceive
Doshas & Prakriti
Ayurveda body types: Vatta, Pitahha & amp; Kapha
Prakriti is an inherent nature of an individual determined at the time of our birth, which cannot be
changed during our lifetime. It is the basic constitution of our body and mind formed by the unique
combination of three doshas(Vatta, Pitahha & Kapha)
All of us, have these 3 doshas in different propositions. One or two doshas can be dominant in us as our
prakriti. For an example one of my friend can have 4 course meal as breakfast and has a sleek body
form, though I cannot eat just more than a salad as my breakfast.
Every human has different characteristics and habits. Ayurveda defines it via three doshas.
– Qualities: Light, dry, airy, quick, and cold
– Physical characteristics: Vata is composed of the Space and Air elements.
– Qualities: Hot, sour, pungent, sharp and acidic
– Physical characteristics: Made up of the elements of Fire and Water.
– Qualities: Slow, steady, heavy, oily, and cold
– Physical characteristics: Kapha is mix of the stable energies of Water and Earth
All diseases and illness happen when we live against our inherent constitution. Also, we are most
vulnerable to imbalances related to our predominant dosha. Therefore, Ayurvedic philosophy is not a
one-size-fits-all solution to illness.
Ayurveda mixed with Yoga today is the best medical science dominating few parts of the world. Since
India is mother to yoga and Ayurveda, it is also largest exporter of Ayurveda medicines worldwide.
Ayurvedic massages are the best healer today, India provides best wellness retreats in the world
Ayurvedic massage is one of the key parts of Ayurvedic therapy. Just like how a machine needs to be
oiled regularly, the body would require the oil therapy for keeping its vital organs healthy.
One of the best positive trend of an ayurvedic massage is that, it can benefit our sleep patterns and can
normalize sleep. The oils used have been scientifically proven to be rejuvenating and are hugely
beneficial to your body, mind, and soul. These can be good for your overall wellbeing if channeled
An ayurvedic massage focuses on the marmas and the chakras of your body. These are very similar to
the acupressure points, and if these pressure points are manipulated correctly, they can revitalize your
entire body. These massage involves the herbal oil to be poured on your body and is gradually massaged
by the ayurvedic expert or the doctor.
Please wait for our next blog article, types of Ayurvedic Massages with their benefits.
Benfits of Ayurvedic massages are endless, to give an idea- it helps to reduce stress, maintain body
blood pressure, knee pain, improving heart rates, pulse & respiratory rate, fight migraine, chronic back
pain, anxiety, depression, Improvement in Hemiplegia, detoxification, rejuvenation and more…
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