Ayurveda is the most ancient, natural, and systematic health care system of the world. It is widely acclaimed to be in many respects the “Mother of modern medicine”. It is recognised by WHO. Experts consider Ayurveda to be free from harmful side-effects. The holistic nature of the Ayurvedic approach to health makes it full of side-benefits.
“Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit language, the spiritual,
scientific, poetic language of the highly evolved Vedic Civilisation
that flourished many thousands years ago. It covered mainly the area
of what we know today as India and surrounding countries but extended
to regions as far as from Persia up to Thailand, Indonesia, and
further. The remains of the Vedic Civilisation are to be found in
India of today but can be traced all-over the world.
In today’s world, Ayurveda became almost a household word. It was not always so. It took a „great seer“ to popularise this system of medicine world-wide. The need of time was recognised in the middle of 1970’s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, India’s greatest saint and philosopher. In collaboration with top Indian experts of Ayurveda and Western scientists, he presented the system and the benefits of Ayurveda to the scientific world in the West and the wider public. A number of in-patient Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centers were opened in the 1980s in Europe – and a success story was born: Ayurveda started its new march around the world.
Balance – the magic
concept of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic definition of Health is “balance”. Balanced action,
balanced thinking, balanced physiological functioning – from blood
circulation, digestion, elimination, etc. to psychological and
spiritual balanced being.
cosmic intelligence expresses itself in the universe through five
basic elements, called the Pancha Mahabhutas – Akasha (space), Vayu
(air), Agni (fire), Jal (water), and Prithivi (earth). In the course
of evolution, these transform themselves in living beings into the
three doshas that govern the body: Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha
dosha, consisting mainly of Akasha und Vayu elements, is the
principle of movement. Pitta, consisting mainly of Agni, is the
principle of metabolism and intelligence. Kapha, consisting of Jal
and Prithivi, is the principle of structure. A particular combination
of the three doshas in a person is called Prakriti, the constitution
of a person.
of Vata Pitta
dry unctuous heavy
cool hot cool
lightness sharp soft
subtle liquid oily
moving acid sweet
pervading spreading stable
coarse pungent smooth
means that all the three doshas have to function in a balanced way.
An imbalanced function leads to disease. Imbalanced function of the
various physiological systems, such a digestive system, nervous
system, sensory system, endocrine system, etc. does not fully
metabolize all that is taken in. The product of such improper
functioning physiology is called Ama. These are toxins and residues
that further block all channels of the body and weaken the immune
calls for purification of the physiology with Panchakarma.
Additionally to Panchakarma, Ayurveda prescribes various herbal
preparation that enliven the body and mind so that it function in a
balanced way even at home, after the Panchakarma. Also Yoga,
Meditation, Yagya, Jyotish, and other Vedic disciplines play an
important part in proper diagnosis and cure of diseases.