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What is Ayurveda? What You Need to Know About the Ancient Healing Art of Ayurveda

Lord Dhanvantari, who emerged with the churning of the oceans and was accepted as the physician of the gods, appeared with a white vessel containing nectar during the churning of the sea. For this reason, He has been given names such as Sudhāpāni (carrying nectar in his hand) and Amrita (immortality). It comes from the philosophies of Indian Philosophy and Shad Darshan (Liberty and self-realization).

Ayurveda is more than just a system of medicine; it is the “art of living in harmony with nature”.

The origin of Ayurveda dates back more than 5000 years, and we can say that it is one of the oldest natural healing systems based on the Vedic culture in India.

The definition of health made by Ayurveda gives preliminary information about the main idea of this teaching. Namely, according to Ayurveda, health is not the state of not being sick; it is the perfect health achieved after knowing oneself and finding its center.

Therefore, it contains more than nutrition. It advises us to guide us on how to use health as a foundation or tool on the path to enlightenment and to keep our bodies healthy and disease-free.

Classical Ayurveda is not alone; Yoga is practiced together with Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and Vaastu (Vedic placement art).

There are three types of doshas; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda is founded on the principles of 3 doshas. Dosha is the name given to the energies that make up the individual by performing different physiological functions in the body.

  • Vata is made up of space and air and reflects their qualities,
  • Pitta consists of fire and water and reflects the qualities of fire and water.
  • Kapha, on the other hand, consists of earth and water, reflecting the qualities of land and water.

Ayurveda includes four elements that people pursue throughout their lives:

  1. Keep up,
  2. Providing Welfare,
  3. Understanding why you’re alive
  4. Liberation / Reaching the Truth.

The addictions we develop against them are one of the root causes of our problems and prevent us from achieving these goals.

Wedge (pleasure)

The pursuit of pleasure is the primary goal of the senses and is very important in the emergence of life. (sexual pleasure)

The main motivational force is pursuing pleasure (life’s self-preservation by being attracted to pleasurable things) and avoiding pain. The point here is that one gets too caught up in joy.

Arta (Welfare)

She is chasing after what is necessary to sustain life. It can cause greed, stinginess, and waste.

Dharma (duty, purpose)

The exemplary life is your work life in its most simple form. If activated by the ego, it becomes an effort to gain status or abuse power. If triggered by a higher, divine purpose, it becomes your unique ability to contribute to life.

Moksha (liberation)

The highest purpose; is the liberation of the soul from the cycles of life and death (the driving force behind all spiritual growth and evolution).

“This is why the selfish pursuit of pleasure, wealth, or fame does not drive a true practitioner of Ayurveda. Its purpose is to provide knowledge, healing, and liberation for all. Ayurveda is built on spiritual knowledge and can only be practiced when this knowledge is followed.” -Dr. David Frawley

Since we have defined health, we can say that there are three leading causes of diseases:

  1. Misuse of senses
  2. defying wisdom
  3. Transformation/changes related to time and movement.

Ayurvedic doctors focus on curing the person with a headache, not the headache.

They examine three elements: the cause of the disease, the symptoms associated with the illness or imbalance, and treatment.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle has the effects of raising our awareness, positively affecting our general health, delaying aging, providing a healthy and active lifestyle, and providing healthy ego and self-esteem, healthy high self, and spiritual awareness by increasing our quality of life.