As published in Le monde au naturel health magazine, September 2017
Ayurveda is a very old natural medicine that was developed in India several thousand years ago. This very popular practice in the world is becoming more and more popular in america in recent years. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, an ancient Indian language, which combines the words Ayur (life) and Veda (science or knowledge) and means the 'science of life'. Like Chinese medicine, Ayurveda uses nature to prevent, balance and heal while taking into account the immutable relationship of body, mind and soul. Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced in India, is one of the oldest medical systems in the world. Many Ayurvedic practices predate the writings and have been passed on by word of mouth for 5000 years. Three ancient books known as the Great Trilogy were written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago and are still used today as main texts on Ayurvedic medicine: Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Astanga Hridaya. In India, there are Ayurvedic hospitals and specialists trained in medicine such as gynecology, psychiatry, surgery, etc. In addition, the Indian government and other institutes around the world support clinical and laboratory on Ayurvedic medicine, in the context of the belief system of the East.
The key concepts of Ayurvedic medicine include universal interconnection among people, their health and the universe, the constitution of the body (prakriti) and the forces of life (doshas), which are often compared to the biological humors of the Greek system former. If in America, Ayurvedic medicine is not, as in India, recognized as medicine, it is recognized as an alternative holistic medicine. It is therefore possible to consult with Ayurvedic Practitioners and Consultants in Canada. The latter will be members of an association of Naturopaths or Naturopaths depending on their training. Their role is to evaluate their clients according to Ayurvedic principles in order to determine their own constitution of birth versus imbalances that cause physical, psychological or to a more advanced discomforts of diseases. In the West, more and more doctors are interested in Ayurveda and recognize the clinical results.
The science of Ayurveda has established that we are composed of the five elements of nature: air, space, fire, earth and water. These five elements are grouped into three categories called doshas. According to Ayurveda, all diseases are caused by the aggravation of doshas. This aggravation is usually caused by inadequate diet, inappropriate lifestyle, and external factors such as seasonal changes.
The main purpose of Ayurveda is to allow individuals to discover a personal knowledge of life. Each person is different and Ayurveda has the peculiarity of personalizing the diet, treatments, care and lifestyle habits according to the individual needs of each one. Ayurveda is a natural medicine that uses the intelligence of nature. As a human being, we all have in us this connection with nature but our fast and technology-oriented lifestyle takes us away from it. The knowledge of Ayurveda allows us to reconnect with the elements that surround us and that compose us in order to understand the sources of our discomforts.
THE TOOLS OF AYURVEDA
To restore balance, that is to say to pacify the aggravation of doshas which causes physical or psychological discomfort, Ayurveda uses mainly food (by choosing foods and spices specific to the situation of the evaluated), lifestyle adjustments, herbal formulations, breathing techniques (pranayama), yoga, meditation and oil treatments. The essential oils, colors and therapy of the five senses are also used in Ayurveda.
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