The ABC of Ayurveda

9 December 2016

The meaning of Ayurveda is ‘the science of life'. Ayurveda is a well-rounded complete science of medicine, directly descended from higher worlds to the Earth and reached the common man through the Aryan Sages (Rushis), several thousands of years ago. Hence it is also called, Veda, Ayurveda. The Science of Ayurveda is completely a different healing process when compared to the other medical sciences that are currently and widely available today in different parts of the world. On a high level, it has been understood that, Ayurveda considers the Jeeva or Aatma which is the Sukshma Sareera while dealing with the physical body which is the Sthula Sareera. Just like, how an automobile engineer handles with an extra care while he is repairing a car in case he knows or thinks or realizes that there is actually the driver is present inside the car during the repair. This is the fundamental principal of Ayurveda, considering the presence of both physical and spiritual aspects.

 

Ayurveda first establishes the ‘Oneness” of matter that is inside a human body and as well as the external matter of Prakruti or Nature, both are made up of the five elements - Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Auyurveda discloses three constitutions in the Human body that are “Vaata Rasa”, Pitta Rasa” and Kapha Rasa”. These are also called as Doshas. These three constitutions govern the whole mechanism of the body. These are the organic energies that are found not only throughout the Human body but also Human mind. They administer all the physical and psychological processes by providing every living being on the earth with a unique blueprint of the genetic construction and health.

 

All these three Doshas or Constitutions pervade the whole human body. Vata Rasa is influenced by the Two elements- Air & Space, Pitta is reflected by fire and water and Kapha is directly influenced by the elements earth and Water.

 

As far as all these three doshas are present in the human body in natural proportions, the body continues to be in the natural equilibrium or in the natural state, in other words, in good health OR “Aarogya” means the lack of “Roga” .It is also called the “Balanced State”. If the proportion of any one of these constitutions is whether increased or decreased, it is called “Anaarogya” means the absence of “Aarogya”. The Ayurveda science directly deals with the imbalance of these three Doshas and heals the body by bring them into the natural equilibrium.