Health Benefits of Ayurveda
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India’s reigning alternative therapy, ayurveda is a profound expression of the holistic nature of good health. Here, we draw attention to the therapy’s diet, seasonal cycles and premier places for treatment
Ayurveda views a healthy individual as a unique and integral whole made of mind, body and spirit existing in harmony with fellow beings and environment. Perfected over five millennia, ayurveda’s holistic healing methods are free of toxic side–effects. In his international best seller, Perfect Health, Dr. Deepak Chopra concludes that “The purpose of ayurveda is to tell us how our lives can be influenced, shaped, extended, and ultimately controlled without interference from sickness and old age”.
Ayurvedic Theory and Therapy
The classical texts, Charaka Samhita (Charaka), Ashtanga Hridaya (Vagbhata) and Susruta Samhita (Susruta) form the foundation of ayurveda. According to ayurveda, the body is composed of panchamahabhuta – earth, fire, air, water and ether (space). The inherited combination of somatic humours (tridosha), vata (ether, air), pitta (water, fire) and kapha (water, earth), determines one’s unique constitution, prakriti. “The ayurvedic body type is like a blueprint outlining the innate tendencies that have been built into your system”, says Deepak Chopra. The ten body types are vata, pitta, kapha, vata–pitta, pitta–vata, pitta–kapha, kapha–pitta, vata–kapha, kapha–vata and vata–pitta–kapha.