How Does Ayurvedic Medicine Works?

What is Ayurveda medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine is the one of the oldest documented Indian health systems.

“Ayurveda” is translated from Sanskrit (the equivalent language to Latin in India) to mean “the science of life“. Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakruti (Ayurvedic constitution).

Religion doesn’t play a key role in the practice of Ayurveda; the concept of balance or harmony is more important.

The beliefs

A key tenant of Ayurveda is its focus on individual treatment. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that each person is born with a unique mixture of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha itself is made up of five elements: space, air, fire, water and earth.

  • Air represents all that is gaseous.
  • Water consists in all liquid.
  • Earth relates to any solid matters.
  • Fire, any matter that can be transformed


3Vata
Energy that controls the body movements, its overall motion: blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and heartbeat.

Pitta Energy that controls the body’s metabolism, its overall food transformation: digestion, absorption, nutrition, and temperature.

Kapha Energy that controls the body fluids that soften both Pitta and Vata’s energies in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

 

The Pros?

    → Priority to balancing lifestyle, diet, habits and surroundings.

Indian practitioners give a traditional Ayurvedic oil foot massage. (Photo credit: Valery Kraynov)
Indian practitioners give a traditional Ayurvedic oil foot massage. (Photo credit: Valery Kraynov)

This is because it’s believed that imbalances occur due to stress, unhealthy diet, weather and strained relationships.

    → Only natural substances derived from plants, fruits, vegetables and natural minerals.

    → Side-effect are limited.

   → Complete and effective treatment, “root-cause” based, not “symptomatic”

    → No surgical procedure needed.

The Cons?

Medicinal effect can vary from one person to another.

Many Ayurvedic treatments — like meditation and individualized diets — are therefore aimed at keeping a person healthy, not curing them of disease. It can not cure any kind of disease or illness.

Some unofficial substances mixed with the Ayurvedic formula are now available in the market today. As a consumer, you need to be careful in buying unadulterated medicine from the market

Reliability of the medicines and the physicians

For instance, in the USA, there is no official licensing procedure for Ayurvedic practitioners. Qualifications and credentials of practicing physician must be established. If you’re considering an Ayurvedic treatment, or any other alternative therapies, be sure to speak with your primary care physician or other health care professional. Some Ayurvedic treatments may be dangerous when combined with prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

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