The goal of Ayurveda medicine is to heal the body and spirit, and preserve health. The science of life is based on the five major elements of the Universe (pancha mahabhuta): earth, water, fire, air and ether. In a human organism these five elements make 3 most important biological energies known as doshas that are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Doshas have the main role of bringing harmony to our bodies. We are unique individuals and this means that the balance of our doshas is different for each of us. Vata, Pitta and Kapha – our three doshas – determine our unique physical traits and characteristics.
When Vata dosha (Air and Ether elements) is dominant, a person is usually tall, slim, creative and inconsistent.
Whenever Pitta (Fire and Water elements) takes the lead, a person is of average body constitution, energetic, active, has a passionate temper and is self-righteous.
The Kapha (Earth and Water elements) type of people are usually stout or tend to gain weight, forgiving, good-natured, inclined to accumulate emotions, conservative, and are likely to sleep a lot and act slowly.
The single dosha type of people is quite rare. Usually, the positive energy of the other two doshas prevails in us as well. Thus, we are made of all three doshas in different proportions, with one or two doshas being more dominant.
A balance (harmony) of mind, body and spirit is considered to be the definition of a healthy life, whereas any disorder of their harmony brings illness.
The Ayurveda specialists believe that it is more important to locate the unbalanced dosha and treat it properly than to actually name the illness that troubles our body. The goal of an Ayurvedic therapist is to guarantee the absolute health of a patient rather than to suppress or reduce physical symptoms.
The essential cause of a certain illness is diagnosed and eliminated by applying authentic Ayurvedic treatment methods: herbs, yoga, meditation, the practice of panchakarma (cleansing the organism of toxic substances and hazardous mental and spiritual impulses), massage and individually prescribed nutrition.
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