Ayurveda is a type of alternative medicine derived from a system of traditional Hindu medicine. It originated thousands of years ago in the Atharvaveda, a sacred text of Hinduism. At the most fundamental level, Ayurveda is the science of balancing the mind, body and spirit to promote good health.
An integral part of Ayurveda is the balance of the three elemental substances (known as “doshas”). The balance of the doshas results in good health—while imbalance results in disease. The three doshas are:
- Vata – The impulse principle necessary to mobilize the function of the nervous system, such as the heart and respiratory organs, speech and self expression, peristaltic movement of the digestive system, downward impulses like urination, and circulation and heart rhythm which permeates throughout the entire body.
- Pitta – The energy principle which uses bile to direct digestion and metabolism.
- Kapha – The bodily fluid principle relating to mucus, lubrication and the carrier of nutrients, including the lubrication of joints, located in the joints.
Ayurvedic view states that doshas are balanced when they are equal to each other, and it is important for a person to adjust their behavior to increase or decrease the doshas so that they are equal and the person can thus maintain their natural state. This balance can be achieved by a variety of different holistic treatments.
Ayurveda is growing in popularity in the United States. Ayurvedic practices include the use of herbal remedies, essential oil therapy and body treatments. An ayurvedic practitioner will discuss with you not just your ailments, but all aspects of your life; this will give the practitioner insight on how you can restore balance and heal yourself from illnesses. A few common treatments include:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Body treatments
- Dietary changes
- Stress and anxiety management
- Shirodhara—the process of gently pouring liquids over the forehead as a form Panchakarma, the ultimate mind-body healing experience.
Ayurveda is especially focused on the detoxification and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. The Natural Health Clinic at Red Mountain is extremely pleased to offer these services to our clients. Contact us to book your appointment today!