What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, is accepted as the oldest scientific medical system, with a long record of clinical experience. It is not merely a doctrine of medical treatment, but a way of healthy long life. Ayurveda teaches us how to maintain and protect health, how to cure diseases and how to promote longevity. Ayurveda treats man as a whole – which is a combination of body, mind and soul.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India thousands of years ago. The word Ayurveda is made from two Sanskrit roots “Ayu” which mean life and “Veda” which means knowledge. Therefore, the term Ayurveda means the knowledge or science of life.
According to Ayurvedic fundamental’s people are a combination of the three “Dosha’s” or “Vata”, “Pitta” and “Kapha”. Each dosha has a specific quality and it is a combination of these three qualities of vata pitta and kapha which combine to make the unique qualities of every person on the planet. Just like the genetic code or DNA. The unique qualities of vata pitta and kapha are a combination of two of the five elements, Space, air, fire, water and earth.
The entire physiology is made up of seven tissues (Dhatus) – plasma, blood, muscle, adipose tissue (fat), bone, bone marrow, and reproductive tissue. From the sap of all tissues, Ojai, the ultimate refined product of digestion and metabolism, which connects one’s physiology with consciousness and is responsible for greater immunity, is formed.