Ayurveda is a branch of the Ancient Vedic Science, literally means “the science of life”. Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.”. In India today, there are Ayurvedic medical schools training physicians in internal medicine, surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics etc.
Ayurveda incorporates all aspects of life whether physical, psychological, spiritual or social. What is beneficial and what is harmful to life, what is a happy life and what is sorrowful life; all these four questions and life span allied issues are elaborately and emphatically discussed in Ayurveda. It believes the existence of the soul before birth and after death too.
Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single words in English that convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body. There are 3 constitutions in Ayurveda: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha & Kapha Dosha. These three doshas are comprised of natural elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Everything that is alive has the 5 elements within it and all 3 doshas. However, every living being has a unique blend of the elements and thus the doshas. For example, a person may have more fire within them if they are a natural born leader compared to another person that has more of the water element and prefers to act as loving support for those around them.
Once the foundations of Ayurveda are understood, it is quite simple to begin looking at what life throws at us through an Ayurvedic lens. ‘Why am I reacting this way?’ ‘Why does my skin feel drier in the winter versus the spring?’ ‘Why am I having trouble sleeping?’ ‘Why is my skin more sensitive than others?’ All of these questions can be answered through understanding your Ayurvedic constitution.
The term Ayurvedic constitution refers to the unique blend of doshas that comprise your body, mind & emotions. The beauty about Ayurveda is that it does not believe in a “one size fits all” prescription for health & wellness. Instead, it looks at each person as an individual. It looks at each symptom or disease as an indicator of the person moving away from their natural balance or prakruti.