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The Holistic Medicine of Ayurveda

Judy Chapman on 31 May 2010. Posted by WellBeing Natural Health & Living News

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The holistic medicine of Ayurveda focuses on prevention of illness.
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Be prepared. The holistic medicine of Ayurveda can change your life. It's regarded as ancient holistic medicine the oldest health system yet its current revival reflects a passionate movement toward creating harmony across our world.

With the emphasis on prevention rather than cure, ayurveda's holistic approach to health is widely being embraced by leading doctors and healers from around the world. In India where ayurveda originates, health centres and spas are flourishing with many people coming to study this ancient medicinal system so they can integrate it into their practices.

The beauty of ayurveda is its sole purpose is to encourage all of us to live with inspiration. The ayurvedic way is based on the philosophy that one should be encouraged to find ease in all areas of life including physical health, spiritual outlook, mental state, career, and financial, social and family factors. Many of the ayurvedic doctors I spent time with in India say ayurveda is based on a deep communing with nature - "positive thoughts create positive molecules".

Ayurveda is translated as "science of life". The story of this branch of holistic medicine goes that 6000 years ago 52 Indian rishis travelled to the Himalayas to deepen their understanding of wellness. They spent time in meditation with the aim of acquiring the wisdom of life, and the inspiration they received was translated in Sanskrit texts and has evolved ever since. As with yoga, the understanding ayurveda is a lifelong journey. By integrating the principles of ayurveda into your life, you are making an affirmation of long-term wellbeing and inner bliss.

Disease is temporary

Ayurveda holistic medicine practitioners consider illness simply a phase in one's life rather than a problem. It can be considered a wonderful opportunity to rebalance, learn and grow. True wellness, according to ayurveda, is defined as a state of equilibrium of the doshas (the three principles that maintain and control the body, which are vata, kapha and pita), dhathus (bodily functions), malas (any contaminates in the body) and angi (digestive fire or energy) together with the sense of wellbeing in the mind, physical body and soul. It's not simply about being well in the body but also having a healthy outlook on life and a focus or career path that is of service to others.

Ayurveda is based on the tridosha concept involving vatha, pitha and kapha. Though all the doshas are present and functioning together everywhere in the body, their locations are broadly described into three according to their predominance. The tridoshas not only refer to the main vital functions of human organs but are also present in each and every cell and move through the lymph channels. It is believed that diseases occur when there is disorder in the balance -- for perfect health there should be equilibrium between these tridoshas.


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This article was published in WellBeing magazine, Australasia's leading source of information about natural health, natural therapies, alternative therapies, natural remedies, complementary medicine, sustainable living and holistic lifestyles. WellBeing also focuses on natural approaches within the topics of ecology, spirituality, nutrition, pregnancy, parenting and travel.