Ayurveda, one of the most ancient healing sciences, originated in India 5000 years ago and has existed as a preferred healing method since then. This discipline makes use of healthy lifestyle practices which boost physical and mental health in a wholesome manner. Ayurveda works by preventing and treating sickness through numerous lifestyle practices and herbal medicine. The basic premise of Ayurveda is dissolving the line between mind and body and treating them as one entity.  Thus, all of Ayurveda’s constituent practices gear towards both physical and mental comfort and overall improved health and well-being.

What is Ayurveda?

According to the medical center at the University of Maryland, Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word. Ayus literally means ‘life’ and veda refers to ‘knowledge.’ Hence, one of Ayurveda’s principal objectives is helping people to live longer through positive lifestyle habits.

There are two main forms of Ayurveda: traditional Ayurveda and Maharishi Ayurveda. Maharishi Ayurveda is a variation of traditional Ayurveda. Maharishi yoga stresses on the importance of tapping into one’s supreme consciousness and engaging in transcendental meditation to experience cosmic energy. This experience helps individuals to express their emotions positively.

How Ayurveda Works

According to WebMD, Ayurvedic practices are based on the five basic elements of nature which include fire, air, water, earth and space. These five natural elements combine within the body to form three ‘doshas’ known as Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. According to Ayurvedic tradition, each of the doshas needs to be present in a perfect balance for optimal good health. Moreover, each one of the doshas is believed to represent different functions of the body.

  1. Pitta: The dosha of pitta represents the natural elements of fire and water. In Ayurveda, Pitta boosts metabolic functions, digestive functioning, skin color, intelligence. It also helps regulate negative emotions such as jealousy, hatred and anger.
  2. Vatta: The dosha of vatta represents the natural elements of air and space. Vatta stabilizes the heart beat and breathing patterns as well as muscular and joint movements. It facilitates the nervous system’s operations, and helps individuals control the sensations of pain, anxiety and fear.
  3. Kapha: The dosha of kapha represents the natural elements of earth and water. Kapha directly affects the immune system, boosting positive emotions such as love, tranquility and forgiveness. It also helps in many physical processes within the body.