Ayurveda: “sister” of yoga or an Indian diet?
Ayurvedic medical and spiritual practices become more popular every day. Ayurveda or Ancient Indian medicine is aimed not only at improving the physical condition, but also in changing the habitual way of life, improving nutrition, working not only with the body, but also with an emotional background. All this helps to maintain and improve physical and psychological health.
What is Ayurvedic medicine
In translation from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “knowledge of the principle of life” or “the meaning of life” (¯yus – long life, “veda” – knowledge). The basic procedures of Indian medicine are widely used in medical practices in different countries: diet, swimming, bath, massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy, pulse and respiratory diagnostics, etc. Also, Indian medicine implies not only physical exercises, physiotherapy and nutrition: the surgical, pharmacological and ophthalmic practices of Ayurveda were also borrowed by modern physicians from different countries.
Ayurvedic medicine is based on five elements of nature: space, air, fire, water and earth. In the human body, they combine in the form of three components, called “doshi” (this is watta, pitta and kapha (caffa – in some sources)). All these doshas have a close connection with the components of nature and functions of the human body and correspond to a specific constitution of the human body. If the balance of the rake is observed – the person is healthy.
For example, watta (space and air) is responsible for muscles and joints, respiration and work of the heart as well as functions of the nervous system. Pitt (water and fire) is responsible for digestion, metabolism, skin condition and intelligence, manages emotions. And capha (water and earth) controls the immune system and the physical structure of the body, as well as a number of emotions. If in one of the rains there is an imbalance – then the person gets sick.
Why use Ayurveda in Europe and Ukraine
With the help of Ayurveda, various illnesses can be treated: with medicinal herbs, dietary nutrition, physical exercise and spiritual practices. With Ayurvedic medicine, you can also maintain health, reduce the negative effects of stress, improve your physical fitness and flexibility, and increase the supply of vital forces.
Yoga and meditation not only relax and improve the body’s condition, but also are effective in the treatment of arthritis, bronchial asthma, hypertension, arthritis, posture disorders, etc. Ayurveda in combination with medication will help in the treatment of chronic chronic diseases.
There are contraindications to Ayurvedic medicine
Like Ayurvedic herbs or physiotherapy, and traditional and familiar to us medicines and manipulations can have contraindications and have a side effect. For example, some grass or oils may have an allergic reaction, and therapeutic massage is contraindicated in acute infections or colds, with menstruation in women, etc.
Therefore, when deciding to get carried away by Indian methods of treatment, you should always consult with your therapist or family doctor, and a yoga teacher, a massage therapist or a herbalist should always talk about your current illness or health problems.