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What is Ayuverdic Medicine
David W Bates www.therapiesguide.co.uk


Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems originating in the Vedic culture of India more than 5,000 years ago.Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also includes many concepts originally described in the classical ayurvedic medical texts. copy here

Ayurveda is a system of natural healing using individualised treatments which includes herbal compounds, special diets, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations.
The key concepts of Ayurvedic medicine include universal connections between people, their health, and the universe), the body’s constitution (prakriti), and life forces (dosha).

Ayurveda is an holistic approach to health allowing you to become a balanced, vital, happy person with the least amount of effort, providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines. Ayurveda reminds you that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. Instead of having to guess which foods, supplements, and behaviours are appropriate, it suggests a direct prescriptive path developed for your unique body type, or Dosha. taking the guesswork out of getting healthy.
Depending on your personality and body type you will need different foods to maintain a healthy and balanced Dosha.
The Doshas are known as Kapha (Earth), Pitta (Fire and Water), and Vata (Space, Air and Wind) and are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each person has one dominant Dosha which is defined by the food we eat. Doshas need to be in kept in harmony if a Dosha gets too strong, it can have a negative effect on our health and general wellbeing

Dosha Types:-

  • Kapha: If you are a Kapha type you may be experiencing tiredness, the need to over sleep and have trouble with your weight. Try fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes as well as living in a mild climate if possible.
  • Pitta: When this dosha is dominant people suffer with resentment, anger and digestive problems. They need to ingest foods which cool the body and the temperament, such as grains and vegetable casseroles. Avoiding spicy and sour foods such as oranges and tomatoes can help too.
  • Vata: When this dosha is dominant a person can suffer with constipation, anxiety or worry as well as dry, itchy skin. According to ayurveda these problems can be addressed with heavy, warm foods such as hearty stews, butter, and tapioca pudding. Vata types should avoid spicy foods and caffeine as well as vegetables like cauliflower, raw veg and lentils.

We would advise anyone contemplating using Auverdic Medicine:-
Use Ayurvedic medicine to complement not replace conventional care without consulting their health care provider.
Pregnant or nursing women, or people who are thinking of using Ayurvedic approaches to treat a child, should consult their health care provider.

Inform any Ayurvedic Practitioner of your full health history and all medications you are taking.

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