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What is Ayurveda?

November 13, 2020 2 min read

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic system of wellness that started some 4,000 years ago. Ayurveda was started in India and has spread to all corners of the world. Many forms of modern medicine have been influenced by the ancient ways, originally created by Vedic wisemen that invented Yoga and Meditation. The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit and translates to “knowledge of life.”

In the Bronze age, Ayurvedic medical students were taught everything from psychiatry, toxicology, and surgery. This information stemmed from for fundamental ancient books called Vedas. The Vedas contained knowledge from the Brahmans that had been passed on verbally for years. Today’s Ayurveda mainly comes from the fourth book called Atharva-Veda, healing through spirituality.

Ayurveda contains eight disciplines:

  • Kaya cikitsa – general medicine
  • Bala cikitsa – pediatrics
  • Graha cikitsa – psychiatry
  • Urdhvannga cikitsa – eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Salya cikitsa – surgery
  • Damstra cikitsa – toxicology
  • Jara cikitsa – geriatrics
  • Vrsa cikitsa – fertility

Ayurveda believes that the body, mind, and spirit are intertwined and that connects the health of all three. In addition, it states that the five elements of air, water, earth, fire, and ether connect the outside (body) to the inside (mind and spirit). These five elements are combined into three groups, called doshas. There are multiple doshas that govern a person’s constitution, called a prakriti. The type of dosha that majority rules the body will help determine the correct method of treatment for a person’s ailments. The point of this in Ayurveda is to help the mind-body-spirit find balance within itself.

Ayurveda traditionally revolves around diet. This is not a “fad diet” that you can do for a few months, but rather a lifestyle change. The doshas that govern your body affect which type of food is healthiest for you. So, an Ayurvedic diet for a pitta type is different than that of a kapha. Often Ayurvedic medicine teaches that what you eat determines how balanced you are, meaning that changing what you eat can make you a healthier, happier person.

However, Ayurveda also uses other natural and holistic practices, including massages, yoga, meditation, detoxes and cleanses, and aromatherapy. This is why Radha Beauty was founded around the idea of Ayurveda, using natural ingredients such as essential oils, spices, and plants. Ayurveda is a slow-moving, gradual practice. Changing your lifestyle can be intimidating and time-consuming, but Ayurveda encourages you to start slowly. The same idea applies to aromatherapy. Essential oils should always be introduced slowly to give your body time to process and acclimatize.