Ayurveda , or "knowledge of life, " is a millennial science born in India. The oldest health care system in the world, Ayurveda is now recognized by WHO as "traditional medicine".
Like many oriental theories, Ayurveda is based on a holistic concept of the human being. It is connected to the cosmos on all levels, physical, spiritual, emotional, explains Galya Ortega, therapist and practitioner of energy care.
From this vision of life came concrete things responding to specific needs, giving rise, among other things, to Ayurvedic medicine.
Traditional Indian medicine is thus defined as a natural prevention system where the body and the spirit influence each other. Ayurveda is therefore both an art of living and a philosophy. It combines concrete and philosophical elements.
The five elements
In the Indian conception, the universe consists of five fundamental elements: the "ether" (space), fire, air, water and earth. Each element is associated with a function: air movement, fire metabolism, water dilution and assimilation, and the earth's maintenance function. Ether represents cosmic energy. We find these energies in all the elements of the universe, including the human being, considered as a microcosm of the world.
The theory of doshas
In Ayurveda, each individual is constituted, from birth, of a unique association of 3 basic energies, or doshas, named Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Each doshas is associated with different systems, physiological, metabolic, structural ...
- Vata results from the combination of ether and air. It is the vital energy, the physical and physiological movements. It represents tone and motor skills.
- Pita proceeds from water and fire. It is involved in metabolism, and represents assimilation and intelligence.
- Kapha proceeds from water and earth. This is the regulating function of the body.
The observation of the body, the pulse, the analysis of the habits of life and the food makes it possible to determine the proportion of the doshas of each person. There are constitutions where the 3 doshas are balanced, others where one or two doshas predominate.
The disease results from an imbalance in the distribution of these doshas. Massage is one of the means proposed by Ayurveda to harmonize these 3 doshas.
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