Benefits of Ayurveda

by Ann Gomez
(Alvin, TX, USA)

Ayurveda is translated as ‘knowledge of life’ or the ‘science of life’ and has been practiced for over 3,000 years in India. Ayurveda focuses on both prevention and cures of dis-ease. Even though not clinically proven effective here in the Western World, Ayurveda is beneficial to all, no matter what the situation. Balancing the doshas keeps the mind, body and spirit in good health, but looking around and within the body to see the effects of Ayurveda and how being in harmony with the universe does prove to be beneficial to the mind, body and spirit.

Ayurveda is beneficial to all, no matter what the situation because Ayurveda is not only treatment but a way of life. Ayurveda encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, rest and relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises and medicinal herbs. Ayurveda also has cleansing and rejuvenation programs for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of which there are no side effects. The effectiveness of these therapies has not been widely studied in clinical trials by practitioners of Western medicine. Some doctors and other health care professionals consider Ayurveda risky to conventional medicine. Even though it seems risky, some researchers believe that studying the doshas and balancing them can help maintain the risk of developing certain dis-eases or health conditions.
Balancing the doshas keeps the mind, body and spirit in good health. Ayurveda is grounded in five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether or space which makes up the three basic doshas: Vata (nervous), Pitta (venous) and Kapha (arterial). Vata is formed from ether and air which governs the principle of movement and can be seen as the force that directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination. Pitta is formed from fire and water which is the process of transformation or metabolism. Kapha is formed from water and earth which is responsible for growth and strength. Knowing what your Prakruti or Dosha Constitution is helps to know which dosha is dominating and what measures you need to take to balance them out. Ayurvedics believe that these unbalanced doshas leave individuals more susceptible to dis-eases.
In conclusion, although not clinically proven effective, Ayurveda is beneficial to all, no matter the situation for two main reasons. First, balancing the doshas keeps the mind, body and spirit in good health. But most importantly, by looking around and within the body to see the effects of Ayurveda and how being in harmony with the universe proves to be beneficial to the mind, body and spirit.

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