Ayurveda, which was not so familiar to the world a ten years ago, is now a widely accepted medical practice that can cure any known disease with herbs and herbal medications.
Treatments in ayurveda are based on medicines, exercises, meditation and massages addressing body, mind and spirit (consciousness), which is unique to each individual and essential for wellness.
The vision of body, mind and spirit as one and its natural way to approach diseases make ayurveda medicines and treatments different from other medical systems.
The fundamental principles of Ayurveda got organized around 1500 BC. According to ayurveda medicine, our body is part of nature- a microcosm of the universe. There is a self regulating healing system that works in our body and our immune system is capable enough to deal with almost all problems that affect our body.
But stress, inadequate nutrition and bacteria weaken our body and immune system and this lead to malfunction of organs. Ayurveda medicine states that the universe is composed of five elements -space, air, fire, water and earth.
In ayurveda it is called Panchabuthas. Every living being is a composition of these five basic elements and it is represented in the body as Doshas, Dhatus and Malas.
It is in fact, something that controls and maintains the body. There are three doshas and they are known as tridoshas. The Vata (air) dosha governs the nervous system and is essential for the accurate function of the other two doshas. Pitta (fire) dosha governs enzymes and hormones in the body and Kapha (earth and water) dosha is responsible for strength.
Dhatus or body tissues are the supportive parts of the body. They are seven namely, plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow and reproductive tissue.
Malas: Malas are the body wastes such as urine, feces, sweat, saliva, tears and other secretions.
Treatments in ayurveda start not just after identifying the symptoms of a disease but looking at the body as a whole. Main areas of ayurveda study and training include theories of Ayurveda, identifications of body types, treatment procedures, pulse diagnosis, different massages etc.
Choose an area of study you would like to specialize. There are a number of ayurveda schools and training institutions in India offering long and short term ayurveda training programs and ayurveda distant studies.
Dr. Rajesh Deven is the director of School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, an ayurveda training and treatment centre based in Kerala India. The center offers various ayurveda courses, distance learning programs, panchakarma training, ayurvedic and panchakarma treatments well suited for people come from different parts of the world.
At our treatment and training center we also prepare ayurvedic medicines and products such as body massage oil, herbal body scrub, fumigation pot, yoga mat and massage table etc for international and domestic market.
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