What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a system that uses the body's own defenses to restore and maintain health and happiness.
Ayurveda is more than 4000 years old, and is the science of life based on the Hindu Books of knowledge and wisdom (the Vedas). It is perhaps the most complete system of living, covering philosophy, psychology, lifestyle, health and medicine.
Ayurveda believes that the universe is made up of five basic elements known as the panchamahabhutas - earth, water, fire, air, and space - which when combined to form the human body create three vital energies, the doshas. The mix of the three doshas construct and maintain our physical beings and determines, by their proportions, our unique characteristics and traits, called prakrti.
The doshas consist of Vata, Pitta and Kapha:-
- Vata, the most powerful of the doshas, is formed by the interaction of space and air, and is movement - the body in motion. It is the energy of respiration, heartbeat, nerve impulse, and muscle contraction. Which circulates the blood and lymph, draws and expels air from the lungs, moves food through the digestive system, and eliminates waste.
Individuals with a Vata-dominant body type tend to be thin and active, but lack the stamina for prolonged activity and therefore often depend on caffeine and sugar for stimulation. The dryness of the Vata constitution and the consequent creakiness of their joints make them seem almost brittle. Restlessness, hyperactivity, curiosity, and creativity mark the Vata-dominant personality, as do rapid, chaotic speech and frequent changes of mind.
- Pitta is formed by the interaction of fire, as energy of change, and water as agent of change and regulates the body, controlling its metabolism. It is the body in transformation, and thus it handles digestion of food, release and absorption of hormones, production of heat, and cooling. Where Vata moved nerve impulses to and within the brain, Pitta converts those impulses to thought.
The Pitta-dominant body type typically manifests itself in a well-proportioned, muscular frame. Pitta-dominant types tend toward lighter, more sensitive skin, often overly sensitive. They are usually active, particularly in sports, where they can be fiercely competitive. They are passionate and dedicated, but can be overly competitive, intolerant, and irritable.
- Kapha combines the structural properties of earth with water in its role as lubricant. It builds the body and forms its structure (skeleton, muscles, organs, ligaments, tendons, and skin) while lubricating the body, ensuring the smooth function of joints. With strength, stability, and solidity, Kapha is the body in repose.
Kapha-dominant individuals have big bodies and big bones, thick hair, strong, big teeth, and large, attractive eyes. They move slowly and gracefully, and exhibit great endurance. They are similarly slow to anger, and their loyalty makes them valued friends. Physically, Kapha-dominant individuals tend toward obesity; mentally, they can be selfish, greedy, and easily offended.
Why Would I Need an Ayurvedic Consultation?
The most basic idea of Ayurveda is the concept of balance.
Most disease results from an imbalance of our doshas. We are healthy and happy when our doshas are properly balanced. To heal the disease, the Ayurvedic practitioner attempts through various treatments to restore the balance, and the balanced body then heals itself.
What would I gain from an Ayurvedic Consultation?
An Ayurvedic consultation is a personal, informative and effective support program designed for your healing and health maintenance. Each person is uniquely different from anyone else. Ayurveda can be your prescription for perfect health.
Ayurveda recognizes 10 different ayurvedic types. Over 50 different aspects of your genetics, body, mind and emotions are evaluated to determine your metabolic type. From this you will learn to maximize your strengths and guard your weaknesses enabling you to have informed control of your own health and wellness. You will be given a list of foods, herbs, essential oils and lifestyles to emphasize. Special problems that have not responded to traditional treatment are assisted, and health will become logical, easy and natural.