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Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical methods in the world, which began to be practiced in India thousands of years ago. In the view of Ayurveda, human he alth is influenced by the balance between the body, mind, and the human spirit itself
The basic concept of Ayurvedic medicine is to invite people to live a he althy life through special practices, adopting a he althy diet and lifestyle, and doing natural therapies such as using herbal medicines.
Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine
As explained earlier, Ayurveda practitioners believe that he alth can be achieved if there is a balance between body, mind and spirit. If this balance is disturbed, the opposite of he alth effects will occur, namely disease attacks. Ayurveda is not focused on fighting disease, but on how to live a he althy life.
According to the Ayurveda view, humans need five elements that control bodily functions, namely earth, water, air, fire, and space. Then the combination of the five elements forms three energy pairs (dosha). Even if a person has a mixture of all three doshas, there is only one dosha that dominates each person.
In practice, Ayurveda practitioners will first ask about the patient's he alth, diet, and lifestyle. The practitioner will also make a diagnosis by examining several body parts such as the skin, eyes, nails, lips, and tongue.From there, the Ayurveda practitioner will know the dominant dosha in the patient's body.
Ayurveda practice is generally carried out with several methods, such as meditation, yoga, diet, body treatments, massage, aromatherapy, breathing exercises, vitamin and mineral diets, stretching, and several other methods. This treatment aims to restore harmony and balance the doshas in the body.
Types of Energy in Ayurveda
In Ayurvedic medicine, an imbalance in the three doshas is believed to trigger disease. The three doshas consist of the following elements:
Pitta dosha (fire and water)
This energy manages several hormones related to appetite, digestion, and body metabolism. Fatigue, too long in the sun, or eating spicy or acidic foods, are believed to disturb the balance of the pitta dosha. A person who is dominated by pitta dosha is more at risk of suffering from Crohn's disease, hypertension, heart disease, emotional stress and infection.
Vata dosha (space and air)
This energy regulates the respiratory tract, blood flow, heart function, mind, and the body's ability to remove toxins from the intestines. Staying up late, being scared, and eating another meal too soon after the main meal can upset the balance of this element. The risk of heart disease, asthma, anxiety, nervous system disorders, skin diseases and rheumatoid arthritis will be greater if the body is dominated by vata dosha.
Kapha dosha (earth and water)
Energy Kapha dosha plays a role in regulating body weight, muscle growth, immune system, and body strength and stability. Eating after the stomach is full, consuming too much sweet and s alty food can cause disturbance to this dosha.
According to the Ayurvedic point of view, a kapha dominated body has the potential to develop cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, asthma or obesity.
Although it has been widely practiced, the effectiveness of Ayurvedic medicine has not been medically proven. Some doctors do not recommend this treatment because research reveals that some types of drugs used in Ayurveda contain metals that are harmful to the body, such as mercury, arsenic, and lead.
If you are interested in trying Ayurvedic treatment, it is better to consult a doctor first to weigh the benefits and risks. Choosing the right treatment method will greatly affect the healing of the disease you are experiencing.