Ayurveda is a science of life. Its Sanskrit term is a translation: the knowledge of life. It has got origins in India and it is more than 5,000 years old.
It is a system, that includes information about healthy living and the natural way of treating disease. It comprises different fields of medicine such as surgeries, psychology etc., but also a combination of spirituality and philosophy.
It was carried on word of mouth through generations but all of the knowledge is also written down in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit.
Ayurveda and yoga are two sister sciences.
- Ayurveda focuses on dharma (living the right way).
- Yoga focuses on moksha (enlightenment).⠀
In this science, people are seen as a being with mind, body and consciousness. Ayurveda sees its principle in balancing the body, mind and spirit. If our bodies are balanced, the prana (life energy required for all of the body’s functions) can flow naturally and we will build immunity that will save us from diseases. According to Ayurveda, we have got 4 different aspects of our body that need to be balanced to be healthy.
These aspects are:
1. DOSHAS (energies)
The three Doshas are energies present in the body and mind of all people.
These Doshas are:
- Vata – movement, activity
- Pitta – transformation
- Kapha – body’s strength and stability
2. DHATUS (tissues)
In the body, we have got 7 different dhatus which forms our bodies. If our body is healthy, we can produce oja which is an energy that supports prana and it keeps our dhatus from damages.
3. AGNI (fire)
Agni is known as a digestive fire. It is our digestion.
It prevents building ama in our body. Ama is undigested food that will lead to disease and it is toxic.
4. MALAS (waste)
The urine, stool, and sweat are called malas.
Diseases in our body will be built if we don’t pass them on the right time.