Ayurveda is a holistic naturopathic medical science, which has been originated well over 5000 years ago in India. Ayur means life, Veda means knowledge. So Ayurveda means the knowledge of life. It’s a science, which is occupying itself with the question how a human being is capable of living a long an healthy life. The body, the mind and the soul are inextricably connected to each other. This point of view is the foundation of each Ayurvedic treatment. Everything which is living in this world, consists of 5 primal energies which exist both within us and outside us.
Five elements (components)
This energy is expressed in Ayurveda in 5 elements:
- Ether/ Akash
- Air/ Vayu
- Fire/ Agni
- Water/ Jala
- Earth/ Prithivi
In Ayurveda the 5 elements have been merged into 3 energetic principles: Vata, Pitta en Kapha. According to Ayurveda every human being is unique and he / she is born with a combination of Vata, Pitta en Kapha. This is the birth constitution. This energy isn’t measurable, but it sure is visible and perceptible in the body.
In Ayurveda health means that Vata, Pitta en Kapha are well-balanced. When this energetic division is out of balance, illness will be the result. Based on the diagnosis, as an Ayurvedic Practioner, I’m able to determine which of the three energies is dominant and what will be the consequences of this dominance. I examine how to treat you in order to draw up a balance between Vata, Pitta en Kapha in your body. A human body needs all three shapes of energy to be able to experience health. The purpose of the Ayurvedic treatment is to bring the energy back to balance and to keep it that way. Prevention is an important part (objective) of Ayurveda.