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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic healing system that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It is often considered as traditional indian medicine system. The term “Ayurveda” is derived from the Sanskrit words “Ayur,” meaning life, and “Veda,” meaning knowledge or science. Therefore, Ayurveda translates to the “science of life” or “knowledge of life.”

Principles of Ayurveda:

  1. Three Doshas: Ayurveda revolves around the concept of three primary life forces or energies called doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas govern various physiological and psychological functions in the body and mind.
  2. Pancha Mahabhutas (Five Elements): Ayurveda believes that the universe and everything within it, including humans, are made up of five elements—earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). The doshas are combinations of these elements.
  3. Individual Constitution (Prakriti): Each person is born with a unique constitution, determined by the dominant dosha or combination of doshas. Understanding one’s prakriti helps in maintaining balance and preventing disease.
  4. Balance and Imbalance: Health in Ayurveda is defined as a state of balance among the doshas, while disease arises from an imbalance. Ayurvedic practices aim to restore equilibrium by addressing the root cause of illness.
  5. Holistic Approach: Ayurveda views health as a harmonious balance of body, mind and spirit. Therefore, it emphasizes holistic healing that considers all aspects of an individual’s well-being.

Practices and Treatments:

  1. Diet and Nutrition: Ayurveda prescribes personalised diets based on one’s dosha constitution to maintain balance and prevent illness.
  2. Herbal Medicine: Ayurvedic practitioner use herbs to help in various ailments and imbalances.
  3. Yoga and Meditation: Practices like yoga and meditation are integral to Ayurveda for promoting physical, mental and spiritual health.
  4. Panchakarma: This is a detoxification and purification therapy that aims to eliminate toxins from the body through various cleansing procedures.
  5. Massage and Body Therapies: Ayurvedic massages and therapies, such as Abhyanga (oil massage) and Shirodhara (oil pouring therapy), promote relaxation, detoxification, and rejuvenation.

Goals of Ayurveda:

  • Prevention: Ayurveda emphasises preventive health care through lifestyle modifications and dietary practices.
  • Healing: It seeks to treat the root cause of disease rather than just addressing symptoms.
  • Well-being: Ayurveda aims to promote overall well-being by restoring balance and harmony in the body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurveda offers a comprehensive approach to health and wellness, integrating ancient wisdom with modern science. Its principles and practices continue to be relevant today, providing insights into maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Your life-transforming holistic wellness journey with Ayurveda begins at Ayurveda Bliss.

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