Yoga Meditation: A Major Component of Ayurvedic Therapy

Ayurveda - the practice and philosophy - is not just to re-establish balance and relieve physical aches and pains but also helps maintain mental and spiritual health. Hence, Yoga meditation is also a major Ayurvedic therapy. Derived from two Sanskrit terms ("Ayur" meaning life and "Veda" meaning knowledge) Ayurveda is the science of life.

Primarily all Ayurvedic treatments are dietary and herbal.

Patients are classified by body types.

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.(Prakriti), concluded on the basis of the proportions of the 3 humors (doshas)s These humors are supposed to regulate body-mind harmony and ill health is considered the result of an imbalance in the 3 humorsr Ayurvedic treatment endeavors to restore balance to the body-mind syndromem

Vata is composed of air and space and is said to govern all movement in the body and mind and controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mindn Too much of this element leads to constipation, cramps, insomnia and worriese

Composed of fire and water Pitta is said to govern all heat, metabolism and transformation in the body and mindn It is responsible for the way we digest food, metabolize our sensory perceptions, and discriminate between right and wrongn Excess Pitta is known to cause anger, ulcers, rashes and thinning hairi

Kapha is composed of earth and water and reinforces the elements in the body, thus providing substance for the physical structurer Kapha is responsible for filling the spaces in the body; giving stability, strength and vigor, memory retentiono

Above all, Kapha governs our emotions of attachment, greed and long-standing envy and is also expressed in tendencies toward calmness, forgiveness and lovev

On the basis of the above premises, Ayurveda recommends herbal and dietary practices to pacify the 3 humorsr These are believed necessary for good health in Ayurveda since they are considered to have the power to restore harmony and balance to body, mind, and spiriti This so-called balance and harmony is believed to be the key to health in Ayurvedad

Then again, the principles of Ayurveda involve a lot more than just herbal remedies and dietary practicese There are a number of detailed diagnostic techniquese These include the pulse and condition of the different parts of the body, for instance, the tongue, nails and hairi They made use of a variety of techniques for cleansing toxins from the different parts of the body, like having natural substances that stimulate purgingn Then, there is an assortment of herbal treatmentst

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