Ayurvedic Medicine [Part 1]

Well Cell - Ayurvedic Medicine [Part 1]

Ayurvedic Medicine (etymologically “science of life”), practiced in India in the last 5,000 years, is a diagnostic-therapeutic system including medicines that combine natural therapies, with a highly personalized approach for the treatment of various pathologies, essential to deal with the third millennium. This type of medicine places identical emphasis on the body, mind and spirit, an indispensable condition for overall health.
The cornerstone of Ayurvedic Medicine is the individual constitution (Prakryti), and once identified it allows us to establish personal profiles, which include the strength and susceptibility of the individual subject to get sick.

Ayurveda develops in several topics closely related to each other, so much so that they cannot be divided thematically. In particular, it consists of: Fundamental elements; Uniqueness of the individual; Ayurvedic nutrition, auyrvedic lifestyle; Ayurvedic treatments and Ayurvedic remedies. The main axis is not so much the remedies – which, although strongly emphasized in the West for commercial reasons, if they want to be a marginal part – as the lifestyle, therefore the philosophy. With a philosophical flight we can say that Ayurveda and anthroposophy *, although rooted one in the east and the other in the west, have a common basis: they are both external and internal lifestyles, and they are complementary medicines. The success of Ayurveda in the west is therefore also due to its position as complementary medicine; as such it joins technological medicine without replacing it.

Everyone wants to be healthy, so that they have the best chance of realizing and enjoying their full potential in life. But that of “optimal health” seems such a complex issue that it is not always easy to know how to achieve this “holy grail”.

Although at first it may appear as a concept foreign to our way of thinking, understanding your constitution provides considerable help in achieving perfect health. In Ayurveda, the individual constitution is known as prakriti, which means “nature” and is linked to its genetic typology. Ayurveda teaches us how to find out what our constitution is by observing ourselves and our feelings; a lesson, this, very simple and precious in terms of individual enrichment.

By discovering what our true nature is, we can live a truly authentic existence, a life that satisfies us and allows us to enjoy good health.

A healthy person is an individual in whom body, mind and spirit are integrated together as a unified whole. Although on a linguistic level we usually make a distinction between “body” and “mind”, in reality there is no difference between the two: for example, our body is full of neurons that “think” and send messages, as well as our mind works in a functional and “bodily” way by digesting, absorbing and eliminating the experiences of life. This concept of “uniqueness” can expressed using the term “body-mind”.


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To be healthy, the hormonal system, the immune system and the nervous system must be integrated with each other; they must function in a balanced synergy that should not be overloaded or under-fed.

A healthy person has constructive attitudes and a positive approach to opportunities and difficulties; moreover, it never ceases to experience the mystery and wonders of existence. A healthy person lives lovingly within his environment and within his own culture, so as to optimize the vitality and potential of the “whole” of which it is an integral part.

Here are some of the signs that indicate optimal health:

  • have a healthy appetite and desire food in a balanced way, without excessive cravings;
  • appreciate the taste of food and feel satisfied after eating;
  • digest well without symptoms of discomfort, belching, flatulence or “borborygmi” (a wonderfully onomatopoeic word meaning “abdominal gurgling”);
  • have a clear and clear voice;
  • do not feel pain or discomfort;
  • have a correct functioning of the senses: active and efficient hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell;
  • have a clear complexion;
  • regularly eliminate stool, urine and sweat;
  • sleep well and sufficiently;
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  • enjoy constant energy with good endurance and ability to exercise;
  • experience enthusiasm and joy of life;
  • be youthful and slowly grow old;
  • maintain balance in emotions: being neither too happy in case of success nor too sad in case of difficulty;
  • normally be compassionate, peaceful, loving, generous and peaceful.

This ends the first part of our miniseries for the Ayurvedic Medicine. We will continue next week for the second part where we will continue exploring this medicine according to Ayurveda and will go in more details about how the physical body is composed by three doshas (vital energies) in different proportions. Until then, have you all a great and healthy time.

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9 thoughts on “Ayurvedic Medicine [Part 1]

  1. Sheikh Haworth says:

    Since the food we eat becomes part of us and whatever is consumed in the form of food, air and water has a subtle effect on the health of our body, it follows that to have a healthy body and a calm and balanced mind , we need food of the same nature and prepare it in order to preserve these properties.

  2. Kaisha Hays says:

    An important vital force to consider is the prana with which fresh food and vegetables grown with natural methods are rich

  3. Aminah Ashton says:

    Absolutely agree, while frozen and inorganic foods or artificially grown vegetables have little pranic strength

  4. Skye Gunn says:

    So let’s start more than with a piece of advice to see a basic concept. In the universe everything is related to the point that even the six flavors of the foods classified in Ayurveda: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent, are closely related to the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether and with the three doshas: vata, pitta, kapha.

  5. Craig Vasquez says:

    1. sweet taste: earth + water (sugars, starches) 2. salty taste: water + fire (table salt, seaweed) 3. sour taste: earth + fire (acid fruits) 4. pungent taste: fire + air (spices) 5. bitter taste: air + ether (bitter herbs) 6. astringent flavor: earth + air (tea, pomegranate)

  6. Jasmin Stein says:

    Since the flavors strictly influence the doshas, the flavor of a food to be taken into account when choosing a diet is a determining factor for healthy and balanced nutrition even if you do not strictly follow Ayurvedic nutrition.

  7. Tamanna Doyle says:

    In addition to the flavor, each herb or food has other specific characteristics. It has a potency known as virya, a post-digestive effect called vipaka.

  8. Alyce Stuart says:

    Ayurveda also pays particular attention to digestive fire. Therefore, considering that all foods have specific qualities (flavor, power, post-digestive effect) that produce certain effects on the body, Ayurveda attributes a fundamental role to nutrition.

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