In Indian Ayurveda oil applications and a special diet play an essential role. The combination is very relaxing and also strengthens the resistance of the body. No wonder that Ayurveda is enjoying increasing popularity in this day and age. The term Ayurveda comes from the Old Indian and consists of two words: Ayus means life (Sanskrit: Ayur = long life) and Veda means knowledge. Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda comes from the Himalayas and is considered one of the oldest healing methods in the world. The first writings on Ayurveda originated in India as early as 5, 000 years ago.
Ayurveda - a philosophy of life
Similar to traditional Chinese medicine, the old Indian doctrine of salvation not only prescribes prescriptions for certain diseases, but Ayurveda is a philosophy of life. All living beings are supplied in the opinion of Ayurveda by food with "nutrient juice", which is finally transformed into the body's own tissue. For this important process to take place, three life energies called doshas are necessary:
- air and space create vata (wind),
- from fire and water Pitta (sun),
- from water and earth Kapha (moon).
Vata energy controls food intake, transport and excretion. But also circulation, language, muscle mobility and breathing are the daddy area. Pitta energies control the metabolism. They are responsible for converting the food into nutrient juice and processing it in the various tissues. Therefore, Pitta is also responsible for the regulation of body temperature, vision, skin tone, charisma and intellectual ability.
Kapha is responsible for the incorporation of substances into the body. He is responsible for the strength and tissue structure. Kapha designates all processes that lead to density, stability and resistance.
Ayurveda has its own ideas about the structure and function of the human body. Simplified, one can say that according to Ayurvedic teachings, the human body consists of structural elements (including skin, bones, tissues and fine channel systems) and energetic components (ie, energies that act in the body).
Life in balance
According to Ayurvedic teachings, man is only healthy when the three life-energies Vata, Pitta and Kapha are in balance. Diseases can arise when the flow of these energies is disturbed. The Ayurvedic-trained doctor can recognize this among other things on the basis of the pulse diagnosis. Preventive measures play a crucial role in Ayurveda.
Proper living is the most important measure for a healthy life. A harmony in all areas of life is recommended: the right mix of rest and activity, tension and relaxation, leisure and work, sleeping and waking.
According to Ayurvedic rules, you should welcome the sunrise "with bright senses": get up before six o'clock in the morning and go to bed "with the chickens", at the latest at ten o'clock in the evening. Diet, sleep and sexuality are the three pillars of life, according to Ayurvedic teachings. Ayurvedic healing methods include massages, steam baths or oil spills. But also food and its preparation play an important role in the therapies.