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About Ayurveda at ANHC's Ayurveda Clinic, GOA INDIA

Definition:

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and individuals with health challenges can improve their health.

There are several aspects to Ayurveda that are quite unique:

  1. Its recommendations will often be different for each person regarding food and lifestyle, each one should follow in order to be completely healthy. This is due to it's use of a constitutional model.
  2. Everything in Ayurveda is validated by observation, inquiry, direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancient texts.
  3. It understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings. These forces are called the Tridoshas.
  4. Because Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body, a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is not only a system of medicine but also represents a way of healthy living. Ayurveda is formed by the combination of two words viz., 'Ayur' meaning life and 'Veda' meaning knowledge of science. In effect, it means the "Science of Life"

Ayurveda is a branch of the Vedas, The Rigveda and the Atharveda are replete with information on various aspects of medical science.

The Universe, according to ancient Indian thinking is composed of five basic elements, the Panch Mahabootas, namely: Prithivi(earth), Apya(water), Teja(fire), Vayu(air) and Akash(space). As the human body is similarly constituted, there is a fundamental harmony between the Universe and man, a healthy balance between the microcosm and macrocosm.

Ayurveda is the theory of Tridosha: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is a combination of two elements of the universe, namely air and space, Pitta an amalgam of fire and water and Kapha the combination of earth and water. According to this theory, the Tridoshas remain in a balanced state in the human body and when this balance is disturbed it results in a disease.

True medicine, according to Ayurveda, is one which cures the disease without causing any side effect. It is in this aspect that Ayurveda enjoys an advantage over the modern system of medicine.

Health, according to Ayurveda, is the natural state of all three aspects of human being i.e. body, mind and soul (Indriyas, Manas and Atma). When the natural state comes in contact with unhappiness (Dukhasamayoga) disease result.

A regular diet is prescribed along with medicine. The regimen of diet is as important as the remedies since the former helps to restore the balance as much as the later.

Ayurveda has eight distinct- branches (1)General medicine (2) Surgery (3) Ear, Nose, Throat, Eye and Mouth diseases, (4)Psychiatry (5) Midwifery and Peadiatrics (6) Toxicology (7) Rejuvenation and tonics and (8) Aphrodiasics. It is because of these eight branches that Ayurveda is known as the Astanga-ayurveda.


Origin

Ayurveda is an intricate system of healing that originated in India thousands of years ago. We can find historical evidence of Ayurveda in the ancient books of wisdom known as the Vedas. In the Rig Veda, over 60 preparation were mentioned that could be used to assist an individual in overcoming various ailments. The Rig Veda was written over 6,000 years ago, but really Ayurveda has been around even longer than that. What we see is that Ayurveda is more than just a medical system. It is a Science of Life. We are all part and parcel of nature. Just as the animals and plants live in harmony with nature and utilize the Laws of Nature to create health and balance within their beings, we, too, adhere to these very same principles. Therefore, it is fair to say that Ayurveda is a system that helps maintain health in a person by using the inherent principles of nature to bring the individual back into equilibrium with their true self. In essence Ayurveda has been in existence since the beginning of time because we have always been governed by nature's laws.


Meaning

Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words: Ayur which means life and Veda which means the knowledge of. To know about life is Ayurveda. However, to fully comprehend the vast scope of Ayurveda let us first define "Ayur" or life. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, "ayur" is comprised of four essential parts. The combination of mind, body, senses and the soul.

Mind, Body and Senses:

We tend to identify most with our physical bodies; yet, in actuality, there is more to us then what meets the eye. We can see that underlying our physical structure is the mind, which not only controls our thought processes but helps assist us in carrying out day-to-day activities such as respiration, circulation, digestion and elimination. The mind and the body work in conjunction with one another to regulate our physiology. In order for the mind to act appropriately to assist the physical body, we must use our senses as information gatherers. We can think of the mind as a computer and the senses as the data which gets entered into the computer. Smell and taste are two important senses th at aid in the digestive process. When the mind registers that a particular food is entering the gastrointestinal tract, it directs the body to act accordingly by releasing various digestive enzymes. However, if we overindulge the taste buds with too much of a certain taste, such as sweet, we may find that the ability of the mind to perceive the sweet taste is impaired; and thereby the body becomes challenged in its ability to process sweet foods. Maintaining the clarity of our senses is an essential part in allowing the mind and body to integrate their functions and help in keeping us healthy and happy individuals.

Soul

Ayurveda also sees that before we exist in physical form with the help of the mind and senses that we exist in a more subtle form known as the soul. The ancient seers of India believed tha we were comprised of a certain energetic essence that precluded the inhabitance of our physical entity. In fact, they hypothesized that we may indeed occupy many physical bodies throughout the course of time but that our underlying self or soul remains unchanged. What we see to help illustrate this concept is what transpires at the time of death. When the individual nears the time to leave the physical body, many of his/her desires will cease to be present. As the soul no longer identifies with the body, the desire to eat food or indulge in a particular activity that used to be a great source of satisfaction for that person drops by the wayside. In fact, many individuals have been documented to experience the sensation of being "out of their bodies."

These are just a few examples of how we are made up of these four components that we call life.


Principles

Now that we have a better understanding of what comprises life, let's look at some of the principles of Ayurveda and how they might affect us.

In Ayurveda we view a person as a unique individual made up of five primary elements. The elements are ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Just as in nature, we too have these five elements in us. When any of these elements are present in the environment, they will in turn have an influence on us. The food we eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence of these elements. While we are a composite of these five primary elements, certain elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions. Ether and air combine to form what is known in Ayurveda as the Vata dosha. Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination. Fire and water are the elements that combine to form the Pitta dosha. The Pitta dosha is the process of transformation or metabolism. The transformation of foods into nutrients that our bodies can assimilate is an example of a pitta function. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism. Finally, it is predominantly the water and earth elements which combine to form the Kapha dosha. Kapha is what is responsible for growth, adding structure unit by unit. Another function of the Kapha dosha is to offer protection. Cerebro-spinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in the body. Also, the mucousal lining of the stomach is another example of the Kapha dosha protecting the tissues. We are all made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These ratios of the doshas vary in each individual; and because of this, Ayurveda sees each person as a special mixture that accounts for our diversity.

Ayurveda gives us a model to look at each individual as a unique makeup of the three doshas and to thereby design treatment protocols that specifically address a persons health challenges. When any of the doshas ( Vata, Pitta or Kapha ) become accumulated, Ayurveda will suggest specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to assist the individual in reducing the dosha that has become excessive. We may also suggest certain herbal supplements to hasten the healing process. If toxins in the body are abundant, then a cleansing process known as Pancha Karma is recommended to eliminate these unwanted toxins.


Tridosha:

Tridosha means three 'life forces' or three humors namely VATA, PITTA and KAPHA.

As these are specific terms or names of the three types of humors in the body it is not possible to translate them into English. They can be understood, experienced or felt only from their qualities, behavior and actions in the body. The nearest translation, meaning or comparatives of these terms, depending upon their qualities, actions and behavior are:

- VATA DOSHA: The elements, space and air combines to form the motivating energy which is termed as Vata Dosha.

- PITTA DOSHA: The elements, fire and water combines to form the transforming energy which is termed as Pitta Dosha.

- KAPHA DOSHA: The elements, water and earth combines to form the stabilizing energy termed as Kapha Dosha.

Everything in the universe is composed of five elements, they are PRITHVI (earth/solid); APA(Water/liquid); VAYU (Air/Gas); AKASH (Space/Vaccum); TEJAS (Fire/Heat)

SPACE:
Space is present in the cavities of the mouth, lungs, digestive tract.

AIR:
Air is present in the movement of muscles, beating of the heart, expansion and contraction of the lungs and working of the digestive tract.

FIRE:
Fire is present in metabolism, body temperature, sight and intellect.

WATER:
Water is present in the digestive juices, saliva and blood.

EARTH:
Earth is present in the bones, nails, muscles, tentons and hair.

These five elements in their biological form in the living body are of three kinds. These are three primary life forces or three bioligical humors. The state of balance or equilibrium between these three life forces in the body is called health and the state of imbalance or disequilibrium is disease. The imbalance may be due to increase or decrease in one, two or all the three life forces. For example excess of vata causes arthritis and excess of pitta causes acidity, ulcer and liver disorders.

Other important basic principles of Ayurveda which are briefly mentioned here are:

DHATUS: These are the basic tissues which maintain and nourish the body. They are seven in number namely- chyle, blood, muscles, fatty tissue, bone, marrow and semen. Proper amount of each dhatu and its balanced function is very important for good health.

MALA: These are the waste materials produced as a result of various metabolic activities in the body. They are mainly urine, faeces, sweat etc. Proper elimination of the malas is equally important for good health. Accumulation of malas causes diseases in the body.

SROTAS: These are different types of channels which are responsible for transportation of food, dhatus, malas and doshas. Proper functioning of srotas is necessary for transporting different materials to the site of their requirement. Blockage of srotas causes diseases.

AGNI: These are different types of enzymes responsible for digestion and transforming one material to another.

All these factors should function in a proper balance for good health. They are inter-related and are directly or indirectly responsible for maintaining equilibrium of the tridoshas.

Constitution:

Knowledge of personal Ayurvedic constitution is very important in both prevention as well as treatment of a disease. According to Ayurveda the body comprises of three primary life-forces which in the Ayurvedic terminology are called doshas. Because they are three in number, they are generally termed as Tridosha. These three doshas are vata, pitta and kapha. To have a better understanding they can be compared to air, fire and water respectively. These doshas are spread all over the body and regulate the functioning of every tissue cell by being present in each one of them. They are responsible for the psycho-physical nature of the individual.

This psycho-physical nature of the individual is known as prakriti or constitution. Though each one of us have all the three doshas, the proportion varies. The constitution of the individual is decided by the predominant dosha. For example a person who has vata as the predominant dosha is generally tall and thin, has poor memory, is fearful ,anxious, nervous, has dry skin and low weak voice, has variable appetite and likes travelling.

These three doshas come from the parents through the sperm and ovum and remain in the living body from the time of conception till the end of life. When a sperm and ovum unite in the uterus of a mother to form zygote, the doshas predominant in the sperm, ovum and the uterus decide the constitution of the individual. The predominant dosha can be one of the three, two combined together or all the three in a balanced form, thus forming seven types of constitutions mentioned below.

If the doshas are in a state of equilibrium it gives rise to a healthy foetus and the child born leads a healthy life. If the doshas are in a disturbed state it may prevent conception or result in undergrowth of the zygote or other malformations. The diet, living style and activities of mother during pregnancy are also responsible in the formation of one's constitution.

Depending upon the predominance of dosha there are seven types of Ayurvedic constitution.

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

Vata-pitta

Vata-kapha

Pitta-kapha

Vata-pitta-kapha:
- This is the best type of constitution but is very rare.

At this Ayurvedic Health Centre, Goa - India, the ayurvedic physician follows a systematic diagnosis by which ones constitution is determined and the correct ayurvedic treatment is then followed, on the basis of his constitution. Thus the knowledge of the constitution helps in preventing diseases, maintaining good health and enhancing longevity by following a particular lifestyle most suited for his constitution. 

Health Profile

In the recent times, man came to recognize and appreciate the age-old techniques of maintaining health on the basis of natural changes of body. Ayurveda, the science of life, has prescribed the detailed regimen of everyday, every season and every age. By following which a person will remain healthy at both physical and mental levels. With the assistance of highly qualified Ayurvedic specialist ANHC's Ayurveda Centre, Goa - India, offers a complete analysis of your body and mind and the behavioral pattern that one has to follow. 

This programme consists of:

  • Consultation with Ayurvedic physician: The physicians of ANHC are graduates and postgraduates in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery.
  • Detailed analysis of your body constitution: Pulse examination to determine vata, pitta and kapha nadi along with body type analysis to ascertain the imbalances in the dosha.
  • Detailed pathological test as per Ayurveda i.e. Test of respiratory , digestive, cardiovascular, skeletal, lymphatic, nervous, excretory and urinary systems
  • Printed list of suggestions and health tips as per your health profile, prepared by a team of Ayurvedic Physicians.

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