What is Ayurveda?
Sri Lanka is known for having South Asia’s most ancient health care system based on herbs and diet. This health care system is called “Ayurveda”. The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine defines Ayurveda as: “The science of life. This system of healing believes in treatment of not just the part affected by disease but the individual as a whole. It emphasizes on the harmony of mind, body and spirit to cure diseases.” Today, this “system of healing” has gained recognition across the globe.
Ayurveda in Sri Lanka is a way of life. Sri Lankans believe traditional medicine is the best medicine in Sri Lanka due to its reliance on natural plants, herbs and oils.
The three traditions behind Ayurveda
Ayurvedic tradition comes from the mixture of Sinhala traditional medicine, Ayurveda and Siddha systems of India, the greek Unani medicine and last but not least the indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka called Desheeya Chikitsa.
Three vital forces of Ayurveda:
- Vayu (wind): related to nerve impulses, muscle contractions and hormonal activity.
- Pita (bile): related to metabolism and internal heat production.
- Kapha (phlegm): related to mucus.
It’s interesting how they believe the body is in good health when all three vital forces are balanced. If these forces somehow become unbalanced then you will probably feel upset or ill.
Ayurveda Medicine: Ayurveda is defined by the Institute of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine as a “comprehensive and scientific system of medicine based on natural products, promoting a healthy and long life, and can complement modern medicine.”
Ayurveda is a philosophy received from India.
At the beginning there was a tradition of memorizing the body of principles and prescriptions. These went from generation to generation in form of rhymes so they were easier to memorize. Then they were written down in Sanskrit and now available in several languages such as English.
It is incredible how such an ancient practice has gained so much recognition worldwide.
Two Main Aims of Ayurveda: 1) To treat the root cause of the disease and manage the disease where it has already happened. 2) To prevent the disease through purification and fortification of the immune system.
Ayurveda Medicine treats body and mind as one and believes together they can overcome a disease.
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