What is Ayurveda?

WHAT IS AYURVEDA

Ayurveda is an ancient method of healing the mind, body, and spirit. It originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is translated as the "Science of Life." The ancient sages of India, meditated high in the Himalayas to gain a deep understanding of the macro and microcosm. Through their studies of herbs, meditation, yoga, and other practices, they discovered Ayurveda (the science of life).

This ancient science focuses on both prevention and cure, aiming to prevent diseases and maintain good health through daily routines, a healthy diet, meditation, yoga, and self-care rituals.

Today in India, there are several branches of Ayurveda:

Branches of Ayurveda
  • Kaya Chikitsa- Medicine
  • Shalya Tantra- Surgery
  • Shalakya Tantra- ENT and Opthalamology
  • Kaumarbhritya- Paediatrics and Obstretics
  • Agad Tantra- Toxicology
  • Bhut Vidya- Psychiatry
  • Rasayan- Rejuvenation therapy and geriatrics
  • Vajikaran- Sexology (Including Aphrodisiac for better progeny )

WHAT ARE THE DOSHAS

The ancient sages also discovered that everything in life is made up of elements, and these elements can be found in everything around us, including seasons, times of day, plants, foods, thoughts, emotions, rhythms, and feelings. To stay in balance, it is important to ensure that these elements are balanced within us.

Each person has a unique mind and body constitution, known as a Prakriti in Sanskrit, which is determined by the predominance of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. While everyone has some elements of each dosha, most people are predominantly one type, followed by another to a lesser degree. It is rare to have a balance of all three doshas.

The five elements - Panchamahabhutas

Air - Vayu/ prana - element in Vata

Space - Aakash - Element in Vata

Fire - Tejas - Element in Pitta

Water - Jala - Element in Pitta and Kapha

Earth - Pritvy - Element in Kapha

PRAKRITI - Your unique Mind/ Body Constition

Prakriti, or your unique mind and body constitution, is formed by the dosha proportions in the seeds of the parents at the time of conception and remains unchanged throughout life. This is why most families tend to have a predominant dosha that is passed down from generation to generation.

This Dosha proportion becomes constitutional and remains unchanged till death.

Example: when Vata dominates in the fertilized egg at the time of conception, the person will have Vata Prakruti. This Prakruti cannot be changed. This is why most families will be mostly Vata, Pitta or Kapha as it is passed from parent to child.

Dosha = a Unique mix of three mind and body principles

Prakruti –= Unique constitution

In Ayurveda, true balance for you, means without symptoms or disease, which is your optimal state of Prakriti.

VIKRUTI - When out of balance

When our Prakriti goes out of balance, it is called Vikruti. Imbalances usually start small and can progress into more serious illnesses or diseases. The goal is to quickly bring ourselves back into alignment to prevent the imbalance from progressing.

At Ahimsa Herbals, our aim is to provide you with the wisdom and knowledge of Ancient Ayurveda, to allow you to take charge of your own health through the proper use of foods, self-care rituals, and daily lifestyle practices.

TO BALANCE DOSHAS 

In Ayurveda, balancing the doshas involves bringing in the opposite qualities of what is out of balance. For example, if you are experiencing heartburn, which is an increase in the Pitta dosha (Fire and Water elements), you would need to introduce cooling qualities through foods, herbs, and lifestyle techniques to counterbalance the excess fire.

DOSHIC QUALITIES

VATA

In balance: Creative, energetic mind, always on the go, joyful, flexible, excited, chatty, fun, joking, laughing, fluid, going with the flow, excitable

Out of Balance: ungrouded, worrisome, fearful, anxious, restless, panicked, uncertain

Prone to: Anxiety, Insomnia, poor digestion, dry skin, palpitations, dry eyes and dry skin

PITTA

In Balance: Motivated, passionate, enthusiastic, sharp-witted, decision maker, determined, clear, precise, focused, energetic

Out of Balance: Outspoken, argumentative, irritable, fiery, snappy, hot-headed

Prone to: Ulcers, Inflammation, rashes, heartburn, acne, diarhhea

KAPHA

In balance: Calm, steady, thoughtful, caring, strong, patient, content, compassionate, grounded, loving, giving

Out of balance: Lethargic, lazy, stubborn, greedy

Prone to: Excess weight, mucous congestion, edema, aching/heavy limbs, lethargy, sluggishness

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