“Science of life”, this is the translation for Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word that refers to all practices related to this medicine traditional gives India. Originating more than 5,000 years ago, it is the oldest health system ever recorded and its main motto is to prevail the balance inside the body, respecting the conditions of each one.
How did it start?
The studies and practices are so old that it is almost impossible to know exactly all the facts and how it really started. What is known is that the teachings were passed on orally among peoples, many years before Christ, only after written documents on the subject were produced. The main texts are three, called Brihat Trayi (big trio): Charaka Samhita (medical clinic), Susruta Samhita (Ayurvedic surgery) and Ashtanga Hridaya (heart of the 8 branches).
No Brazil, large-scale recognition happened much later, in the late 1980s. Today it is even part of the Unified Health System (SUS) along with other integrative health practices.
What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
In Ayurveda there is no exclusive concern with the physical body, as when taking medicine in traditional medicine for some pain, for example. There is an amplitude of this well-being so that the body, mind and soul remain in harmony.
The search for health, according to Ayurvedic medicine, is linked to the meeting of imbalances in each individual, through established bodily qualities. So, practices are concerned with differentiating people, to understand that each being is unique and deserves exclusive treatment.
There are 3 main denominations that help to understand what type of body we inhabit, which are called doshas (some call it “biological humor”). These qualities are present in all bodies and are present in each one with more or less vigor. They are: vata, pitta and kapha. The first step is to find out which one has more in you, remembering that nobody is made of one, they are predominances.
What are the benefits?
Everything is linked to toxins present in our body. When situations of stress, emotional problems, inappropriate habits, poor diet and etc; the body, mind and environment are energetically unbalanced and toxins are accumulated.
From that, the self knowledge it is the starting point for achieving the benefits of ayurveda. When there is daily care with all the factors that can trigger the imbalance and accumulation of toxins, the body is prevented from creating a “good” environment for the appearance of diseases. Ayurveda treats the cause of the problem, even before it happens.
How is it used?
The process begins by finding out which dosha to perform the practices correctly. This happens through consultation with an ayurveda doctor. Then, the practice recommendations are passed, which can be:
According to your study Dosha, ayurveda proposes a type of food different and with appropriate ingredients. Thus, promoting a balance, according to the need of each one, to harmonize the body and mind. Food is the basis for any Ayurvedic treatment 🙂
There are many types of massages different Ayurvedic. The point is that they eliminate tension, increase the circulation of vital fluids and eliminate toxins. In general, there is a search for the balance of body fluids in a biological and energetic way. They are also related to massages with stones and that work the chakras.
Herbs, teas and medicinal plants
If you make good use of teas, is already doing an Ayurvedic practice. At herbs, leaves, roots and important medicinal plants are part of this medicine and can also be used in capsule form. Of course, like food, it needs to be balanced and thought out for each individual 🙂 The use of herbs in aromatherapy, chromotherapy are also within this point.
Remember we talk about self knowledge? That is why meditation is so important and part of Ayurveda. The search for contact with your inner self, in an introspective and subjective way, is one of the ways to balance the body, mind and energies.
Also closely linked to ayurveda, we have the yoga! The two start from philosophies of the same place, India. In addition, the search for self-knowledge and a healthy routine is part of the practice.
Did you like this introduction to Ayurvedic medicine? It is good to remember that there is an infinite world of other information about practices. Ayurveda is considered the “mother” of medicine and was the starting point for many activities that we know today. This is just the beginning!