Ayurvedic medicine is interested in health in the broadest sense, thus including the lifestyle, the body but also the mind. Inaccessible in France, is best known its variations: Massage, yoga, wellness, diet … Discover the principles of this practice in full revival.
Among the medicines called “traditional” Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest and best known. Originally from India, she has been working for about 5000 years to define the Prakruti of each individual, ie his individual constitution and the dominant principle that governs metabolism. The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words: Ayur means life and veda, knowledge.
The science of humors
Ayurvedic medicine would recognize the physical features, the most common diseases and malfunctions that may affect patients. According to the science of moods, each individual is characterized by the mixture of three humors.
The three main moods based Doshas, the vital energies that regulate the body. Called vata (wind), pitta (bile) and kapha (the phlegm).
Schematically, those dominated by Vata element have a slender figure, imaginative and impulsive nature and may be subject to insomnia and anxiety.
Pitta type people have a certain resistance but can fall prey to anger and passionate reactions.
Finally, Kapha constitution would be solid with tendencies to overweight and slow, and even obesity and cholesterol problems.
Of course, these dominant types are found in varying proportions according to each types and “pure” are practically nonexistent. He did this is only a vague outline for this sophisticated medicine aims to define a number of criteria by examining different parts of the body language, eyes, and especially the wrist whose pulsations can learn about the vitality of patient and possible pathologies. Urine is also the heart of the diagnosis. This is to apprehend the man as a whole.
Diets in four steps
Apart from a precise diagnosis, Ayurvedic medicine advocates dietary regimes for the operation of the weakest elements of each type. Treatment for diseases, strictly speaking, consists of four main steps:
We begin with the Shodan, a cleansing of the body which allows the release of toxins. First, we proceed to a massage oil base and herbs. Then it’s the Pancha Karma where we can make enemas, nasal showers or vomiting regarded as liberators. Foods like ghee or a form of yoghurt, popular in Indian cooking, are then recommended to restore the intestinal flora;
The second stage of treatment is the Shaman, the step that reconciles the doshas by integrating a spiritual dimension to the treatment. The practice of fasting, singing, yoga and meditation and breathing exercises is this method “illumination”. Ingestion of herbs or spices is also part of this stage of processing. Therefore, the Shaman can be both advocated for people emotionally sick, weak immune views or for healthy people who wish to improve their overall fitness.
The third stage is called Rasayana and toning is a process capable of increasing the capacity and performance of the body. This step is especially recommended to boost fertility and sexual performance. It also grants the Rasayana antioxidant properties that improve longevity. physical and breathing exercises and herbal preparations are coupled with treatments based on inorganic compounds according to the dosha type the patient.
The last step, the Satvajaya can reduce stress and increase the psychological balance in order to achieve greater spiritual elevation and better mental performance. One learns why the mantra or sound therapy, the yantras, which allows greater concentration and tantra that can direct the energy through the body and liberate the conscience.
Still practiced today in India, it remains difficult to access for Westerners. However, some therapeutic techniques such as massage, dietary regimes, yoga and some purification treatments are increasingly offered.