A system that is thousands of years old
About 5,000 years ago, people in northern India began to use a system of medicine that was based on the Vedic texts. These ancient books of wisdom explained how to maintain perfect health. The system focuses on balance in life that is achieved by getting enough sleep, eating the right foods, and through medicines that are plant-based. Prevention of disease is emphasized, rather than treating diseases once they are developed, as the Western medicine focus.
Many people in India still follow Ayurvedic methods
People in India still follow this form of medicine, and it has grown in popularity in the United States, Europe, and in other parts of the world. It has been found to be especially popular because of the emphasis of the body, mind, and spirit and how their relationship affects health and well-being. Most of today's modern crowd believes that there is some truth to this concept, and many believe in it wholeheartedly. Yet, Western medicine rarely puts much emphasis on how the mind and spirit affect the body.
The subject of various TV shows
Deepak Chopra, a well-known Indian physician and Ayurvedic proponent has written many books on spiritual development. The roots of his Indian beliefs have been affected by Ayurvedic medicine, with an emphasis on the balance between mind, body, and spirit. According to Chopra's website, both Chinese medicine and Tibetian medicine had their origins in Ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Oz, whose TV show covers many different methods of maintaining health, losing weight, and other topics has also hosted many programs based on the benefits of Ayurveda.
How to bring Ayurveda into your life
Ayurveda involves homestyle, natural ways of staying healthy. The first step to trying this method is to decide if you are a Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, or Kapha dosha. Your dosha is your body type and it determines your energy and how your body works. The three doshas are these:
Veta is the energy of movement, including heartbeat, bowel and bladder, and breathing. People with this dosha are often slim, and they are susceptible to anxiety, nervousness, and they tend to get diseases of the lungs such as pneumonia.
Pitta is the energy of digestion and hormones. People with this dosha often have a medium build and they tend to be warm-bodied. If their dosha is not balanced, they may become angry and agitated. Imbalances can cause ulcers, skin rashes, and fever.
Kapha involves strength, and people with this dosha are usually muscular and have endurance. Their bodies can become blocked with upper respiratory problems and sinus problems if there is an imbalance in their body.
How to begin using Ayurvedic medicine
It is difficult to find an Ayurvedic physician in most parts of the United States. There are MD's that practice integrative medicine by combining Ayurveda with traditional Western medicine. You may be able to find one of these doctors online. The first course of action is normally massage, yoga, meditation, and counseling. Many practitioners recommend supervised fasting to rid the body of toxins that may be causing a medical problem or disorder of the mind. Aromatherapy is also used to relieve many problems and to help patients relax so that their body, mind, and spirit can relax and heal naturally.