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  » Aurvedic department   » Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the basic principles of Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic Indian system of medicine that derives from two Sanskrit root words: Ayu, which means Life, and Veda, which means Knowledge. This ancient science is not just about healing, but a form of lifestyle that helps maintain harmony within existence. It is a combination of practical, philosophical and religious practices. And is based on the assumption that all life is made up of a mix of the atma (soul), mana (mind), indriya (the senses) and sharira (the body). Ayurveda is therefore a unique mix of science and philosophy that advocates a balance between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects for wholesome living.

2. How does Ayurveda treat disease?

In Ayurveda the cure is not based on symptoms but analyses the disease in context of the person’s metaphysical state. It views the human body as a complex combination of elements that define its physical and mental state.

The basic view of Ayurveda is that all of life (people, food, animals, nature, the universe, and diseases) are combinations of three energy-elements: air (called Vayu or Vata), fire (called Pitta), and water (called Kapha). When these elements are balanced, one is healthy. Illness is defined as an imbalance of these elements; all disorders are excesses of one or more element.

People and the Elements: A person's constitution (dosha) is predominantly one or more of these elements. Each element relates to certain body types, foods and health concerns. By nature, whatever a person's constitution is, they have a tendency for it to become excessed. For example an air constitution person (Vayu dosha) is thin and bony. Physical symptoms of excess air include dry skin, cracking bones, gas and constipation. Mental symptoms of excess air include fear, worry, anxiety and nervousness. When an air constitution (Vayu dosha) person is balanced they are creative, adaptable and have no physical health concerns. Ayurveda notes that certain foods increase air and other foods reduce air. In general, excess air is reduced by eating cooked or steamed foods, and eating every three or four hours. Foods like carrots, rice and mung beans reduce excess air. Broccoli, baked beans and barley increase air (e.g., they cause gas). Excessive lifestyles also increases the air element.

Fire constitution people (Pitta dosha) tend towards excess heat. When healthy they are strong, make good leaders and are warm and goal oriented. When the Pitta dosha is imbalanced, mentally they become hot tempered, impatient, irritable. Physically they develop heat-related disorders such as acne, rashes, diarrhea, ulcers, toxic blood, liver, kidney, gall bladder, heart and spleen disorders.

Water constitutions (Kapha doshas) tend towards excess water. When healthy they are strong, muscular, calm and loyal. When water becomes excessed, they develop lethargy, and a hoarding or greedy nature. Physically they develop congestion, overweight, edema, heart and kidney problems, etc..

3. What Makes Ayurveda So Unique?

This spiritual science offers numerous unique benefits:

-It looks at people as individuals, not as a generic group.
-It heals from the root-cause of an illness, not merely treating the symptoms.
-Only natural therapies are offered.
-No side effects develop from the therapies.
-Therapies are inexpensive and effective.

4. How does an Ayurvedic practitioner diagnose by just feeling the pulse?

A person’s state of being depends on the balance of factors including the three energies of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is the combination of air and ether, Pitta the combination of fire and water and Kapha comes from water and earth. The pulse is a reflection of the state of the human body, with its connection to the heart, the nerves and the mind. Any fluctuation in the balance of elements is reflected in the pulse beat and Ayurvedic practitioners are trained to judge these imbalances simply by feeling the patient’s pulse.

5. What is the origin of Ayurveda?

The science of Ayurveda is so ancient that it often steps into the realms of mythology. According to traditional belief, Lord Brahma the creator of the Universe, is said to have propounded the science. In the historical context however, it is believed to have originated some 5,000 years ago. It formed part of the Atharva Veda, the fourth Veda or holy book of the Hindus and was codified into separate branches of medicine. The best documented treatise of those times are the Charak Samhita on internal medicine, the Sushruta Samhita for surgery and the Ashtanga Hridaya.

6. Do I have to take any precautions for side-effects of Ayurvedic medicines?

Ayurvedic medicines are prepared from natural ingredients including medicinal herbs, spices and minerals. If prepared according to classical guidelines, they are safe and non-toxic. However, certain medicines may be contraindicated for patients suffering from other diseases. It is best to take all medicines, only under the medical supervision of a licenced Ayurvedic practitioner.

7. What diet does Ayurveda prescribe for healthy living?

Since Ayurveda views the human body as a combination of physical and psychological aspects, there is no single prescribed diet that you can follow. Ayurveda classifies food according to qualities like hot, cold, moist, dry, light, heavy, etc. There are certain restrictions on food depending on the season, time of day and the prakriti or constitution of a person, a balance of the Vata, Pitta and Kapha elements in his or her body. Improper eating leads to poor digestion and the formation of toxic residues known as ama, which causes disease.

8. What Therapies Does Ayurveda Offer?

Using a holistic approach, Ayurveda offers therapies for each of the five senses because different people learn better through different senses. Therapies include;

Taste: Herbs and nutrition.

Touch:Massage (abhyanga), yoga, exercise.

Smell: Aromatherapy.

Sight: Color therapy.

Hearing: Music therapy, mantra meditation, chanting. Spiritual therapies include meditation, living ethically, and working in a career that one loves or is purposeful

Environmental factors are also considered from this holistic outlook. These therapies include house, apartment and office structure and astrological effects. These are sciences unto themselves. Vedic architecture (Vastu Shastra) and Chinese Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) deal with the laws of nature that integrate the earth, the person and the planets and stars. The exterior and interior design of buildings can also enhance balance or cause imbalance. Vedic astrology (Jyotish) is the science of understanding the laws of nature of the planets and stars, and how they influence us.

9. What Does Holistic Mean?

Holistic has two meanings.

1)It looks at the whole of one's life. Health and disease are byproducts of all aspects of one's life: nutrition, career, mental frame, family and social activities and spiritual life. If one area is weakened, all areas begin to suffer. If a person is unhappy at work, it will affect all other areas of life.

2)Holistic means holy. Ayurveda reminds us that to have and maintain true health, one needs to take some quiet time for spiritual development. The goal of life is Self-Realization. This is a state of unshakable Divine mental peace.

10. How Do I Know My Ayurvedic Constitution

Take the DOSA SELF TEST, as part of your Ayurvedic consultation.

11. I would like to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner, but don’t know anybody in my city. Can you help me locate a consultant?

Most countries now have several Ayurvedic practitioners practicing full time, if, you are unable to locate a reliable licenced practitioner, you are welcome to consult our Ayurvedic experts through this site. You will be asked to fill up a detailed 'Ayurvedic; questionaire with the utmost honesty, this is then immediately reviewed by our panel of experienced, licenced, Ayurvedic physicians and a detailed diagnosis and if necessary, treatment regime is sent to your online 'medical records' file for you to review at your will.

12. How Can I Get a Consultation?

YES' You can receive a consultation through this web-site CLICK HERE