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Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine was originated in India more than 4,000 years ago. Historians claim that Ayurveda is an integral part of Atharva Veda. The term Ayurveda is obtained from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda means the knowledge of life. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s earliest whole-body healing systems. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a balance between the mind, body and spirit.    

As per Hindu mythology Dhanvantari, the physician to the gods who received Ayurveda from Brahma. Its original conceptions were set out in the Atharvaveda.

Charaka, ‘Father of Ayurveda’ had described in his book “Charak Samhita” eight well developed clinical branches of Ayurveda which are Kaya Chikitsa( Medicine), Shalya Tantra (Surgery), Shalakya Tantra (ENT ) and Opthalamology. Charaka as a practitioner of the traditional system of Indian medicine known as Ayurveda, presented the first concept of digestion, metabolism and immunity. He also demonstrated the fetal generation and development, anatomy of the human body, function and malfunction of the body according to the tridosha i.e. vatapitta, and kapha. 

Sushruta was the father of surgery and a specialist in cosmetic, plastic, and dental surgery. He conducted a variety of complex surgeries with the help of Shalya Tantra (Sushruta Samhita). Shalya Tantra comprised all processes, aiming at the removal of factors liable for producing pain or misery to the body or mind. He mostly dealt with complicated surgeries such as cesarean, cataract, artificial limb, fractures, urinary stones and plastic surgery. 

Sushruta, “Father of Surgery” and “Father of Plastic Surgery”, Charaka, a medical genius and Vāgbhaṭa were considered to be “The Trinity” of Ayurvedic knowledge. Vāgbhaṭa was one of the most advisor of Ayurveda and the author,of the Ashtanga Sangraha & the Ashtanga Hridayam Samhita. Vāgbhaṭa compiled the Ashtanga Sangraha with eight sections of Ayurveda, these were internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, rejuvenation therapy, toxicology, psychiatry or spiritual healing and ENT (ear, nose and throat). ‘

Though India’s Ayurveda is the world’s oldest healing system of holistic health but during the British era it was restricted and not openly practiced or taught. In India’s post colonial era, Ayurveda was replaced by Western medicine. After Independence Ayurveda was being indispensible of global healthcare issue, as it treats the root cause of the health, not merely the symptoms unlike conventional medicine. Moreover, it focuses on rejuvenation by natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit and the environment. Medical students are now taught a combination of Ayurveda with the ideas of modern medicines as part of the course curriculum.

Basic Principles of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a form of substitute medicine that is the traditional system of treatment of India and combine body, mind and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach especially by proper diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing and physical therapy. Ayurveda treatments and medicines are free from any side-effects. Ayurveda medicines are all chemical-free and based on the simple herbs and ordinary supplements from the nature. The basic principle of Ayurvedic medicine is to prevent and treat ailment by maintaining balance between body, mind and environment. Ayurveda considers five basic elements Panchamahabhutas (space,air,fire,water and earth) present in the human body as three basic temperament known as tridosas (Vata,Pitta and Kapha). These three tridosas control formation, maintenance and destruction of bodily tissues as well as the digestion and elimination. Ayurveda applies for the maintenance and repair of health.

The 5 Basic Elements of Life

Thus, Ayurveda refers to knowledge of life, it’s based on an idea that disease is due to a lack of awareness. Ayurveda motivates certain lifestyle involvement with natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit and the environment. Everything in nature is made up of five basic elements i.e. earth, water, fire, air, and space. Extensive knowledge of the five elements allows the yogi to understand the laws of nature and to use yoga to achieve greater health, power, knowledge, wisdom and happiness.

1. Akasa (Ether) takes charge of physical attraction and fear. expansion, contraction and suppression.
2. Air (Vayu) manages of breathing like
3. Fire (Agni) founds in hunger, thirst and sleep.
4. Water (Jala) founds in saliva, urine, semen, blood and sweat.
5. Solid format such as bones, flesh, skin, tissue and hair represents earth (Prithvi) form.

Akasha (Ether)

Jala (Water)

Vayu (Air)

Agni (Fire)

Prithvi (Earth)

Ether is referred to as ‘akasha’, the element that comes first in Ayurvedic thinking. Ether is without the earth, the water, the fire or even the wind. It is therefore the ’emptiness’. The ether element exists in the body as the empty space between cells. The hollowness of the vacuum intestines, bladder, blood vessels and the lungs are filled with ether. Ether is an element that associates us with spirit, intuition, other realms and planes.

Ayurveda suggests that drinking water is a healthy habit as it helps to get rid of many diseases from the body. Drinking water in the morning helps to wash out all the toxins from the body and cleanses the intestines. Water helps our body to keep a normal temperature, lubricate joints, defend our spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, remove of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements.

In Ayurveda air means lightness, motion, breath and oxygen. When the ayurvedic element of air is out of balance it may either cause hyperactivity or fatigue. The imbalance of air can affect the joints, bowels system and the heart too. Air is related to the sense of touch. Touch and air are both an integral part, so skin which feels the touch is considered to be the sense organ of the element

The Ayurvedic concept of fire, or agni, is very important to a body. Agni is the power of intelligence within each cell, each tissue, and every system within the body. Fire portrays light, heat, energy, metabolism, and the power of transformation. In Ayurveda, Agni is described as an important factor of digestion and metabolism in the body.

The element earth referred to as “prithvi”, is the fifth element. This element is responsible for growth and structure of body tissues. Sweet foods that make energetic the Earth element include whole grains like millet, rice and root vegetables (yams, sweet potatoes and carrots). The earth element is nurturing and follows to draw all things together with it in order to bring unity, rootedness and stability.

The ideas of universal interrelatedness, the body’s constitution (prakriti) and life forces (doshas) are the basic foundation of ayurvedic medicine. Objectives of treatment relief people by eliminating impurities, decreasing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease, reducing worry and developing harmony in life. Ayurveda develops three qualities (vata, pitta and kapha) called doshas to form an important characteristics of the prakruti or constitution. These 3 doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) have a distinct impact on bodily functions.


Vata dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element connected with air and space. It’s light, cool and dry in type and it controls all movement and processes in the mind and body including blood flow, elimination, breathing and the variation of thoughts in mind.


The pitta dosha is based on fire and water. It’s commonly described as hot, light, sharp, oily, liquid, and mobile. Eating pitta aggravating foods like pungent, sour, salty, very spicy, deep-fried, red meat, coffee, black tea, smoking, alcohol, anxiety and depression are caused pitta dosha. Pitta influenced personalities are determined, competitive, ambitious and highly intelligent with good insight and biased.


Kapha dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element linked with earth and water.  It’s slow, moist, cool, heavy, smooth, lubrication and steadiness in the mind and body. Kapha Dosha characteristics broad body frame, good stamina, calm & polite nature. If kapha is imbalanced in the body, people can face the problems of weight gain, fluid retention, allergies and fatigue.

Everyone is consisted of all three doshas.  These three doshas are believed to be liable for a person’s physiological, mental and emotional health. Being a vata-pitta-kapha type means that altogether three doshas are powerful forced in the prakriti or constitution

The Seven(7) Dhatus: Operating Strength of life

Rasa Dhatu

Rasa dhatu refers to the primary waters of the body. It also refers to the plasma. Rasa dhatu relates indirectly to breast milk and menstrual fluid. Rasa flows into the body day and night which nourishes, develops and maintains the whole body functioning continuously.


Meda is the dhatu tissue that means fat. Meda smoothes the body and provides nourishment and energy. It controls fat and moisture.

Rakta Dhatu

Blood, the red liquid, is noted as rakta dhatu. Rakta Dhatu circulates, provides nutrients and oxygen to all tissues and is also responsible for the existence, hold up and care of body.


The asthi dhatu gives support, shape and structure to the entire body. Asthi Dhatu contains mainly to bones, but also to the formation of teeth, hair and nails. Ashti Dhatu is comprised of 80% earth element, 15% air and 5% water.


In Ayurveda mamsa refers to the muscles of the body.  Mamsa dhatu is concluded of muscles, ligaments and the skin that protects our internal organs. Mamsa dhatu is responsible for all the connective tissue, the skeletal and visceral muscle. It operates the functioning of Skin & Muscles.


Majja Dhatu means bone-marrow (asthi-majja) and nervous system. Water, as the largest quantity of moist and oily foods are the most nourishing the mojja dhatu.


Shukra is the 7th and last Dhatu. It is bright, pure and radiant dhatu. Both the male semen and the female eggs are also a part of Shukra dhatu. In Ayurveda, Shukra Dhatu is used for reproductive tissue, since it consists of the natural spirit of all other tissues in the body. Shukra Dhatu suits to have bright eyes, radiant skin and high levels of confidence.

The twenty kinds of gunas (attributes)

The Concept of Prakriti

Prakriti is our identity, our “constitution or character” with which we were born.  It does not change during the whole life as it’s responsible for the physical and mental characteristics of an individual. A person’s prakriti is the genetic equivalence of the three doshas at the moment of their formation. According to the tridosha it’s seven types.  Prakriti inherently cannot be the root of disease, though it could generate a tendency for certain disorders. Prakriti assessment is related to someone’s lifestyle, physical traits, physiological functioning such as digestion, excretion, moods, nature etc.

Physical Attributes
Swift working
Trouble on weight gaining
Black Hair
Narrow Eyes
Hairy Eyebrows
Back Ache
Mental Attributes
Mood Change
Short Memory
Cat Sleep

Vata Prakriti: The motivated force

Vata dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element related with air and space. It’s light, cool and dry in nature and it controls all movement and action in the mind and body including blood flow, elimination, breathing and the movement of thoughts in the mind. Those with the vata dosha are generally represent as slim, energetic and creative minded.

Physical Features
Weight Loss
Mental Features
Feeling Ungrounded

Pitta Prakriti: The energy creator

Vata dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element related with air and space. It’s light, cool and dry in nature and it controls all movement and action in the mind and body including blood flow, elimination, breathing and the movement of thoughts in the mind. Those with the vata dosha are generally represent as slim, energetic and creative minded.

Physical Features
Energy Production
Mental Features
Highly Intelligent

Khapha Prakriti : The slow executive

Kapha dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body element which related to earth and water. It’s slow, moist, cool, oily, heavy, smooth and steady in nature and incorporates structure, lubrication and stability of the mind and body. Kapha is often connected with water energy as with love and compassion. Having a kapha predominant prakriti means that these qualities express themselves unstintingly throughout mental, emotional and physical make up.

Physical Features
Pale Skin Color
Oily, Full, Luxurious, Wavy Hair
Big Body Frame
Brown, Large And Oval Shaped Eyes
Mental Features
Steady In Nature

The idea of Vikriti

Vikruti defines the nature of imbalance or illness. Vikruti is the current state or ratio of the doshas in the mind and body right now. This state of imbalance is not fixed and changes with the hour of the day, season of the year and sequential stage of life. Vikruti is the set of imbalances that having in the body and mind.

Vata Imbalance

Vata is the energy of air and ether. It is light, airy and manages body movement, motion-related functions, creativity and connection.  Since Vata is cold and dry, Ayurvedic medicine prescribes consuming warm, moist, smooth and nourishing foods to overcome it as well as to cure vata imbalance external treatments administer a regular body & head massages and avoid fasting.

Indications of Vata Imbalance
1) Dryness of skin, hair, ears, lips and joints.
2) Dullness internally like gas, constipation, dehydration, weight loss.
3) Dry and lightness of the mind i.e restlessness, dizziness, and feeling ungrounded.
4) Poor circulation, muscle spasm or constriction, asthma, pain and aches.

Pitta Imbalance

Pitta imbalance occurred when there’s too much of a fiery nature in the body. Pitta personalities are determined, competitive, ambitious, highly intelligent and keen discrimination. Eating bitter, sweet, and astringent foods can help in soothing pitta. Fruits include apples, grapes, zucchini, lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, fresh organic dairy and beans, grains, coconut, and watermelon are also wonderful foods for pitta imbalance.

Indications of Pitta Imbalance
1) Red skin.
2) Burning digestion
3)Discomfort upon missing meals.
4) Loose stools.
5)Awkward feeling of heat in the body.
6) Feelings of frustration and anger.
7)Judgment, impatience, criticism and intolerance etc.

Kapha Imbalance

Kapha is the union of water and earth elements. Its nature is slow, moist, cool, oily, heavy, smooth, steady and incorporate structure, lubrication and stability in the mind and body. Kapha imbalance occurred due to the problems of weight gain, fluid retention, allergies and fatigue in the body. Kapha inequality in the body can also cause the illness like diabetes, depression, asthma and excessive of sleep. One day liquid diet in every week can help to remove excess kapha from the body. Consuming fresh fruits, vegetable juices, herbal tea & soups are the best examples of a kapha propitiate diet.

Indications of Kapha Imbalance
1) Unwanted mucous in the respiratory system and in stools
2)Seasonal allergies.
3A broad, white coating on the tongue
4) Sticky and slow bowel movements.
5)Weight gain rapidly and hard losing weight.
6)Difficulty rising in the morning.
8)Feeling sentimental, complacent or stubborn.
Causes of Kapha Imbalance
1) Ingesting Kapha aggravating foods such as fatty and oily food, dairy, cold drinks, frozen and salty food, very sweet or sour fruits and sweets,
2)Overeating along with eating heavy meals
3)Spending extra time in cold and damp climates
4) Lack of physical activity and sleeping during the day
Balancing Kapha Imbalance
1)Consuming Kapha pacifying diet such as bitter, astringent and pungent tasting food, leafy greens, vegetables, fruits like apples, apricots, peaches and mangoes and raw honey.
2)Regular physical activity, vigorous exercise routine like jogging, cycling and other adventures
3) Keeping warm & dry
4)Oil massage with warm sesame oil routinely
5)Passing time with lively music or cheerful company.
6)Yoga & meditation

The Ayurvedic viewpoint on Health & Sickness

Ayurveda concentrates more on healthy living than treatment of diseases. The main view of Ayurveda is the healing process. According to Ayurveda, the human body is composed of four basics like the dosha, dhatu, mala and agni. Ayurveda sets down a great emphasis on prevention of ailments and recommends maintaining health through following everyday and seasonal regimens which create balance. Ayurveda develops that three qualities of doshas (vata, pitta & khapa) form an important characteristics of the prakruti or constitution. Ayurveda consists of thousands medical concepts and hypothesis. Ayurveda has potential to treat many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and asthma, which are untreatable in modern medicine.

The Three Malas
In Ayurveda, Dosha-Dhatu-Mala concept is essential to understand the body functions. Malas are the metabolic end products those are to be removed which include urine, stool, and sweat as the essential principal of malas. Malas are parted into two major factors i.e Sharirika Mala (body wastes) and Dhatu Mala (metabolic wastes).These waste products remain the body fit and healthy.
Reaction of Dhatus
Sapta Dhatu is concerned in the aging process related degenerative changes in an individual. The main idea that is indicated in all ayurvedic centers the imbalance of dhatus may lead lethargy, drowsiness and more health disorders. All the seven dhatus are inter-linked. The malfunctioning of a single dhatu can have an effect on all the other dhatus. For example, disorder in Rasa dhatu, can cause of dryness in the skin, fatigue, blackouts, trembling and excess thirst. Rakta dhatu formed RBC, WBC and Platelets etc. Decreasing of rakta dhatu can cause cold, pale or dusty gray skin, reducing urination and sweat. When Mamsa dhatu is reduced then it causes debility of sense organs, thinness of cheeks, buttocks, pain in joints. When mamsa dhatu is too much then enlargement of lymph glands & tumors develop, increase in size of cheeks, thighs and abdomen. Shukra dhatu helps to grow courage, attraction towards opposite sex, pleasure and formation of embryo. Discrepancy of Meda dhatu leads to spleen enlargement, difficult joint movements, emaciation at abdomen and dry hair. Asthi dhatu supports the body and gives good structure with hard working capacity to the body. When asthi dhatu is depleted then there is raising pain in bones, falling of teeth, nails and hairs, bones get easily fractured. When Majja dhatu is imbalanced then bones get weak, joint pain, memory loss, vertigo, giddiness occurs and shukra dhatu is also lacked.
Agni: The Ayurvedic Passkey to Health
Agni means "fire" in Samskrita and according to Ayurveda, Agni is responsible for all digestive and metabolic processes in the human beings. Agni or fire is located in the body as a form of Pitta. The functions of the fire and Pitta are same. When this Pitta is balanced and is not infected, it is beneficial for the body and mind. Agni is the invariable agent in the process of digestion & transformation. Agni performed ingested food to be digested, absorbed and assimilated for the maintenance of life. Agni is the power of intelligence within each cell, each tissue and every system within the body and decides which substances enter our cells and tissues and which substances should be removed as waste. Agni increases due to overeating, eating before hungry, skipping meals, abuse of hot and spicy food, oily and fried foods, alcohol, coffee, tea, cigarettes, etc. Imbalance of doshas, constipation, poor sleep, some medicines, chronic diseases, etc can also influence agni.
Suppressed Emotion
Ayurveda considers that repressed emotions can lead to illness, discomfort, and even disease. Any imbalance in the three doshas results in diseases, which can be identified by a variety of signs. Tridoshas regulate the formation of body constituents and excretion of waste products. These doshas change in accordance with the age, diet, constitution, mind, time and climate. Any kind of imbalance in the tridoshas can generate emotions like fear, anger, anxiety and affect the body's natural immune system, giving rise to diseases. For example, Vata imbalance can cause fear, nervousness and depression etc. Ayurveda is also being used as a substitute and supportive therapy in the treatment of mental health issues.

How the Ayurveda treats the root cause of Disease

Ayurveda treatment begins with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation. The concepts of universal interrelation, the body’s constitution (prakriti) and life forces (doshas) are the prime factors of ayurvedic medicine. According to Ayurveda all ailments either mental or physical are caused by the imbalance of the doshas. Natural causes of the disease include internal variations of the doshas and external causes refer to injuries due to factors from outside. It’s formed on the ideology that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic Doctors make possible to reach the root cause of health issues by Nadi Pariksha(Pulse Diagnosis), Mutra Pariksha(Urine Examination) and Kaya Pariksha (Physical Examination). An Ayurvedic clinical examination comprises trividha pariksha (diagnostic methods) as inspection, interrogation and palpation of the body parts.

Pulse Diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha)

Nadi Pariksha is the earliest ayurvedic technique of diagnosis through the pulse. It can accurately diagnose physical, mental and emotional imbalances as well as diseases. It lets the practitioner to observe the progress of a patient's healing, even if there are no other clear signs of improvement. Basically Nadi Pariksha or pulse diagnosis is most useful for early detection of conditions, even those that are just starting to develop. Generally Nadi Pariksha was done by sensing the pulse at three locations on radial artery and assessing doshas from palpation of the pulse. Nadi Pariksha realizes the vibratory frequency of the pulse at various levels on the Radial Artery.

Urine Examination (Mutra Pariksha)

Mutra is an important metabolic waste product. It consist excess water, moisture and other non-usable waste products from the body. Mutra Pareeksha is an important aid in diagnosis as well as assessing prediction of a disease. The urinary system concerned in formation and excretion of Mutra (urine) is a part of excretory system. While collecting, the first stream of urine should be removed and the successive flow should be collected in a clean container. The examination of color, form and consistency of urine is carried out to diagnose disease conditions and find out about their prognosis. When vata predominates the physical colour of urine will be pale white, when kapha dosha predominates the physical colour of urine will be frothy & when pitta dosha predominates the physical colour of urine will be reddish.

Physical Examination (Kaya Pariksha)

Ayurveda takes into consideration the pathogenic factors, a patient’s total course of action (diet, drug and regimen compatible with the constitution) to determine the root cause of the disease and to select treatments. An Ayurvedic physical examination includes three diagnostic methods (trividha pariksha) such as inspection, interrogation and palpation. Inspection (Darshan Pariksha) involves observation of the body parts like skin, hair, eyes, lips and tongue and other body parts. Interrogation (Prashna Pariksha) includes interpretation through a natural understanding of many factors concerned in disease explanation such as “body humors” (dosha), body tissues (dhatu), excretory products (mala), digestive power (agni) and body channels (srota).  Understanding of medical history, symptoms and psychological and physiological characteristics are connected during the interrogation.  Palpation (Sparshana Pariksha) includes examination of pulse and palpation of body parts (abdominal palpation, skin, etc.) The Ayurvedic concepts of physiology, pathology, diagnosis, medicine and therapeutics are based on the doctrine of the three doshas. Every dosha is believed to have inherent attributes, which are expressed in the physical, psychological and physiological characteristics of an individual. Tongue examination helps in determining “status of digestion”. Visual inspection of the tongue includes examination of tongue colour, shape and tongue coating. According to Ayurveda, breakdown of digestive lied at the root of all diseases. The reduced functioning of the biological fire (mandagni) causes the improper digestion of the food and leads to develop of an autotoxin. Inspection of the tongue coating at the primary stage is useful to diagnose.

Ayurvedic treatment focuses on curing the disease – not just the symptoms

The best Ayurvedic treatment in Kolkata and elsewhere focuses more on bringing a balance in the health of an individual instead of treating the disease. By promoting the overall health, Ayurveda indirectly restricts the disease and cures the ailments. An ayurvedic health system is a holistic approach that believes in all the factors and not just the disease.

Ayurvedic treatment is based more on the procedure of detoxification, cleansing, strengthening and rejuvenation. This can help to clear away the possibility of the disease occurring in the future. This can be executed by using medicines, suitable diet, activity and regimen for restoring the balance. Moreover, this process helps in strengthening the mechanism of the human body to prevent the repetition of the disease.

Ayurvedic treatment must be carried out under the direction of experts through the proper intake of high-quality drugs and food. The main objective of the treatment is not only to cleanse a human body and reduce the symptoms of the illness but also restore harmony and balance in the body.

Elements of Ayurvedic treatment

Ayurveda is an entire medicine system which includes a healing system, a philosophy and a way of life. The science of Ayurveda does not only rely on the symptoms as related by the patient, but believes in a thorough examination to find the root cause of the patient’s illness. Ayurvedic medicines are generally made with natural ingredients that don’t cause devastating effects on your health. It has been proven to be effective in fighting skin diseases like Eczema, Psoriasis and white Patches. Ayurvedic treatments can reduce pain and increase function in people with osteoarthritis (knee pain, back pain & neck pain) and help to manage symptoms in people with type 2 diabetic. Moreover, sexual issues like Premature Ejaculation (PE) and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can also be treated successfully through Ayurveda as it offers complete wellness of the body, both physically and mentally. Ayurvedic treatments comprise of:

Aushada Chikitsa (Medicine)
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest medical methods and lies in one of India's traditional health care systems. The Ayurvedic medicines are originated from the various parts of the plant like root, leaves, flowers and fruits extrude or plant as a whole. Ayurvedic treatments have no side effects. In India, Ayurveda is treated a form of medical care, equal to conventional Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathic medicine and homeopathic medicine.
Byama Chikitsa (Lifestyle)
Ayurveda offers to take back power and claim ability to manifest a healthy lifestyle. Through massage, meditation, yoga and dietary changes, sleep hygiene, spending time with others and managing work-life balance one regain energy and enhance well-being. The doshas (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) govern the physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment. The body's constitution (prakriti) and life forces (doshas) are the prime base of ayurvedic medicines. Purposes of treatment support the person by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease, reducing worry and increasing harmony in life.
Pathya & Apathya (Diet)
Pathya relates to that which gives relaxation to the person by the use of diet, regimen and medicine and Apathya aggravates the disease due to vitiation and abnormalities in the Doshas. It is very much essential for the patients to have the food which will keep their Dhatus in a healthy state and will not let them get spoilt more from Doshas. In Vata dosha people should have heated and moist foods and should control dried fruits as well as under-cooked veggies. In Pitta dosha people should have cool and stimulating foods while cutting down on spices, nuts and seeds. People with Kapha dosha must take fresh fruits, veggies & legumes. They must avoid eating up the heavy and rich oily foods. Pathya (wholesome diet & regimen) is specified as the Ahara (Diet) and Vihara (regimen) that give actual nutrition to body and mind, clear the micro channels of body and provide happiness and which is forbidden is called apathy (unwholesome diet and regimen).
Mano Chikitsha (Stress Relief):
Ayurveda conducts a holistic approach towards managing stress and anxiety. That involves herbal supplements and suitable oils, professional massages, a sattvic diet, daily practice of yoga & meditation and certain breathing exercises to calm the mind. Various types of psychosomatic ailments like stress, tension, depression and anxiety are the natural human emotions. Shirodhara is a typical Ayurvedic therapy of slowly and steadily dripping medicated oil or medicated decoctions on the forehead. The therapy makes a relaxed state of awareness. Ashwagandha, which is a combo of amino acids and vitamins, acts as an adaptive that helps the body adapt itself to stressful situations and further improves energy, stamina and perseverance power. It also boosts healthful sleep and balances the energies in the body and helps treat insomnia. Vata dosha is responsible for anxiety. People with vata dosha should have warm, moist and less oily foods.
Panchkarma (Therapy)
Panchakarma is a system of cleansing the body of all the unwanted waste after lubricating it. This process of Ayurvedic treatment is also called 'Shodhana chikitsa'. Literally meaning of this process is 'purifying treatments'. Panchakarma referred to the term PANCHA (five) – KARMA (procedures). Panchakarma treatment is unique. Five Panchakarma Therapies include Vaman, Virechan, Basti, Nasya and Raktamokshan