Ayurvedic medicine, or ayurveda, is an ancient form of medicine still practiced today throughout Asia. This form of alternative medicine can help you feel your best through natural means such as diet changes, herbal remedies and exercises like yoga.
Want to know more? Here is the 15 key facts about ayurveda:
1. "Ayurveda" combines two Sanskrit words: ayur, meaning life, and veda, meaning science or knowledge. It's been referred to as "the science of life."
2. Ayurveda has been practiced in India for more than 3,000 years and remains among the primary forms of medicine there.
3. Ayurveda focuses on not just preventing and treating existing conditions, but on maintaining the balance that sustains health. This balance is between the mind, body and spirit.
4. An ayurvedic "prescription" may include herbal remedies, changes to the diet as well as lifestyle practices.
5. There are three doshas, or forms of energy that control the body. The first is vata, which is related to all movement of the body, both internally and externally. The second is pitta, which has to do with hormone levels as well as digestion. The third is kapha, which surrounds development as well as the immune system. We each have a dominant dosha that can be linked to our physical and mental characteristics. Keeping all three doshas in balance is key to wellness.
6. Ayurveda also emphasizes the impact our environment has on our health. As we're interconnected with our environment, any type of illness is considered a blockage, preventing the open flow of energy between us and the world around us.
7. Two of the most popular herbal supplements used in ayurveda are ashwagandha, which helps the body adapt to stress and triphala, which is actually a blend of three fruits that promotes digestive health.
8. An ayurvedic diet should be colorful, rich in fruits, vegetables and herbs that suit your dosha. Spices like turmeric are commonly used.
9. The main principles of ayurveda also include maintaining healthy relationships, getting plenty of sleep, engaging in work that is mentally and emotionally satisfying and removing all toxic elements from your life, including people.
10. As much as physical symptoms like indigestion, trouble sleeping or respiratory issues are examined, so are feelings such as anxiety, depression and restlessness as well as actions like isolation or speaking out too aggressively.
11. Daily exercise is an essential component to ayurveda. Yoga is the most commonly recommended form of exercise as part of ayurveda.
12. Ayurvedic treatments are unique to the individual in combination, designed to achieve ideal balance for that person, as opposed to following a set protocol for a particular condition.
13. Massage and meditation are common therapies used in ayurveda to help nurture balance -- meditation, in particular, is recommended as a daily practice.
14. In western cultures, Ayurvedic medicine is commonly used in conjunction with more traditional methods. If you're interested in combining both western and Ayurvedic medicine to treat an existing condition, speak with your regular physician as well as a specialist in Ayurvedic medicine, to prevent any interactions between treatments.
15. Practitioners of ayurveda and ayurvedic doctors aren't opposed to the use of medications, but as previously mentioned, prefer to combine them with other therapies to treat the whole person instead of just present symptoms.
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