What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a way of natural healing and had its origin in India about 5000 years ago. Ayurveda means the science of life as Ayur means life and Veda means science. Ayurveda contributes towards the wellness of health ie. body, mind and spirit. The primary purpose of Ayurveda is towards the promotion of good health and not towards the healing or fighting of diseases. Even the traditional medicines of Tibet and China have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurveda believes that everyone is made up of 5 basic elements of the universe: air, space, water, fire, and Earth. Now, these 5 elements combine in the human body and that leads towards the formation of 3 life forces or energies which are called doshas. These doshas control the working of the human body. Hence let’s see what are these 3 doshas and their importance in the human body.
- Vata dosha- It is made up of air and space. This is believed as the most powerful dosha of all three. It controls all the basic functions of the body like the division of the cells, breathing, mind control, blood flow, the functioning of the heart, and also the excretion of waste through the intestines. This dosha is disrupted by some things and hence they are to be avoided. Things like eating soon after having a meal, fear, grief, or even staying up till late. And this is the dosha which can lead to some of the problems like heart disease, asthma, skin problems, etc.
- Pitta dosha- It is made of fire and water. And this is the dosha which controls the digestion and metabolism of the human body. By metabolism, we mean the breaking down of foods in the human body. And the appetite of the human body can be disrupted by several factors like eating too much spicy food or even by spending too much time in the sun. This is also the main life force. And this could lead to life diseases like heart disease, diseases related to blood pressure, infections, etc.
- Kapha dosha- It is made of water and earth. This is the life force which enables the muscle growth and provides strength to the body along with the weight and the immune system. And this dosha is disrupted by sleeping during the day, eating very sweet foods, and eating high amounts of salt in food items. And that could lead to serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, asthma, obesity, etc.
Each and every person in the world has a unique mixture of the three doshas. And in each person, a certain dosha is powerful than the others. And each dosha controls a different body function. And the chances of getting sick and suffering from any disease depends upon the doshas of the person.
Usage of Ayurveda
Medicines are made using ayurvedic techniques. There are several ways to use ayurvedic medicines. And that varies from user to user. Some users use it as a supplement to their diet plan while some use it as a compliment. So various uses include minimizing the side effects of certain cures like chemotherapy, etc. The other uses are like rejuvenation of the body after certain illness or even keeping the body healthy and fine in order to maintain a healthy weight. Hence the main uses of Ayurveda are to build a better physical, mental and spiritual health. And hence the benefits of Ayurveda can be taken in various ways that are medicines, massage, meditation, or even herbal therapies. The primary goal of Ayurveda is to give a long and healthy life to the consumer without the use of drugs or surgeries. People use ayurvedic for a very long time. In the past too it was used to ail medical treatments like infertility to digestion problems. Researchers are very interested in Ayurveda mainly beacuse Ayurveda combines the power of the mind and its connection to the body towards the healing of the body. As in Ayurveda the medicine or herb aims towards the root of the disease and how it is connected towards the person’s beliefs and thoughts. An important thing that is cured using Ayurveda is stress. As stress leads to various diseases it can be healed using ayurvedic herbs and medicines. And ayurvedic massage and yoga contribute towards reduction of stress and hence they lead to a healthy lifestyle. So let’s point out the main uses of Ayurveda.
- It helps in the reduction of stress and anxiety- As stress is nearly the aspect of every health disorder. There are several ways to do it. Some of the ways include meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, ayurvedic massages, skin brushing, speaking inspirational mantras, etc.
- Lowers the blood pressure and cholesterol levels of a person- Ayurveda helps to reduce the risks of heart diseases. And hence for this, a person should follow a ayurvedic diet. There are many fruits and vegetables, legumes, herbs which increases the heart health of a person. And everything is solved naturally.
- Helps with recovery from injuries and illnesses- According to research one main purpose of Ayurveda is immunization and healing. It targets the root of the disease and hence the inflammation. And this help can also be taken when doing ayurvedic yoga. Then through Ayurveda, the body detoxification can also be done and that can lead to facing a lesser number of diseases. The medicines and yoga increase the blood circulation in the body and even draw out toxins from the body.
- Helps with weight management- Ayurvedic medicines and yoga promote the loss of weight and even maintaining it. This all can be done through healthy diet practices. And the yoga also promotes towards maintaining the body shape of a person. So for all this a person must eat healthy foods along with some antioxidant food items. The diet is mostly plant-based diet.
- Helps with the balance of hormones and lowers inflammation- Ayurvedic medicine has been helpful to the women and men for hundreds of years. They have helped them to remain well and clam in all situations. And hence the well maintenance of hormones prevent many diseases or problems like absent periods, no ovulation, thin hair, excess hair growth, acne, etc. And also it maintains the metabolism of the body well hence leading to lowering the inflammation and stress.
What is ayurvedic massage?
Ayurvedic massage is also known as Abhyanga. It is a massage performed with warm essential oils applied to the body. The main purpose of an ayurvedic massage is to ensure the balance between the human mind and body. It gives a good felling to the person and the person will feel fresh after it. It does not only serve to relieve pain but it also serves to increase the circulation of blood in the human body. The purpose of ayurvedic massage is to clean and revitalize the human body. The massages are very nourishing and hence detoxifying. So the main benefits of these massages are that it helps in preventing the aging of the body by leaving the skin soft and shiny. Then of course stress relief is one of the main purposes of the oil massages. The massages help to feel good both mentally and physically. The main benefits of ayurvedic massage are as follows:
- Balance Doshas.
- The ayurvedic massage reduces the aging process of the human body by improving skin quality.
- It gives the same feeling as of ayurvedic meditation. And hence after the ayurvedic massage, a person feels relaxed, serene, and blissful.
- It releases toxins from the system and hence cleans up the skin which in turn provided you healthier and clearer skin.
- It increases the strength of muscles. The oil also helps in that. The strength is increased due to the good circulation of blood. And hence stronger muscles make the body resistant to some injuries.
- The ayurvedic massage is very helpful to the joints too. It makes them strong and hence nourishes them. All this happens due to the oil used while doing the massage.
- It helps in increasing the quality of sleep.
- It helps in releasing stress from the body as well as reducing the anxiety.
Oil selection is very important while going for ayurvedic massage. So select the perfect oil as per the conditions.