What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How It Can Help Me in My Path to Wellness?

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Ayur (‘life’) Veda (‘science’ or ‘knowledge’) is a healing system that’s existed for 5,000 years and originated in India. These days, its popularity has grown far and wide. I’m going to do my best to keep it simple, in explaining it and outlining the fundamentals. Hopefully, after reading this, you’ll see ways in which its principles can be adopted as your own and implemented into your own health path.

The basic theme of Ayurvedic medicine is balance and interconnectedness. It teaches that everything is connected and that health is a constant balancing act between the environment, the body, the mind and the spirit. There are categories of energies ( known as ‘doshas‘) that everyone has, but there’s two that are typically dominant in our mind and body. If these energies are imbalanced, there are healing tools to use through dietary changes, herbs, aromatherapy, massage, music and meditation.

Vata – People with a predominant Vata nature tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic and changeable. Someone who ‘is’ a Vata is lively and creative but if it’s imbalanced, they will have insomnia, anxiety, dry skin, difficulty focusing and constipation.

Pitta– People with a predominant Pitta nature tend to love life, be intense, be intelligent and goal oriented. Someone who ‘is’ a Pitta is friendly, disciplined, warm, a good leader and speaker. When it’s imbalanced, that person has indigestion or inflammation, is irritable and compulsive.

Kapha– People with a predominant Kapha nature tend to be nurturing, easy going and methodical. Someone who ‘is’ a Kapha is sweet, supportive and stable, but if it’s imbalanced, then they can be sluggish, gain weight and have sinus congestion.

It’s important to realize that there’s no black and white here…again, there are usually two doshas or energies that predominate, and one or both of them can be out of balance at any given time, so getting them in balance will require some tweaking here and there.

The treatment from an Ayurvedic practitioner will depend on the balance of all three doshas within you. The main goal is to purge you of undigested food, because that will reestablish harmony and balance. Some treatments include blood purification, medical oils through the nose, massage, methods to induce vomiting, enemas and laxatives. Other treatments include yoga, plant based oils and spices, stretching, lifestyle changes, vitamins, minerals, breathing exercises as well as the treatments mentioned earlier.

As is when choosing a diet, it’s recommended that you do your own research into Ayurvedic Medicine. Though it has a long history and is widely respected, there are some Ayurvedic products that can be toxic to some people, and some Ayurvedic healing modalities that can have side effects for some people. You may want to consider integrating Ayurvedic medicine with treatments that your regular doctor prescribes. In any case, do your research, examine what seems to speak to you, and experiment with treatments, based on whatever resonates with you.


Renee Rubio
About me

Renee Rubio is passionate about health in all aspects. She's been keenly aware of the fact that it's not just about food and exercise, for most of her life. She wants to help teach others that there are other parts to the whole, of being healthy (and thus, knowing the true nature of happiness!). Growing up the child of an alcoholic, she knew from the beginning that substance abuse is a dead end street. As she grew older and worked through her emotional issues, growing spiritually, and dealing with weight issues (tied into her emotional issues), she finally discovered raw foods and the benefits of that type of eating. Deciding to change her diet to plant based first, in 2009, she transitioned to raw living foods in 2010. At times, she's been 100 percent raw, she's done several fasts, and adopted many of the lifestyle aspects of a raw, vegan foodist, and continues with it. She has never been healthier or happier in her life and has finally found the key to the foods that her body responds best to. She knows that she still has some ways to go, on her journey, and continues onward and upward. Her current focus is on learning more about hormones and parasite cleansing. She lives in Nevada with her soul mate and her Australian Cattle Dog fur baby. She loves being of service. One of her favorite activities is to coach others. She believes she is a natural born supporter and encourager. Among other things, she also loves to laugh, watch movies, and prepare healthy, beautiful and delicious food for her loved ones. Most of all, she loves learning, because learning never ends in this life, and it keeps things interesting :)


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