"If you can not be king be a healer. "
These days I had the fantastic, overly exciting opportunity to pick up 500 newly printed books from my printing agent. What a feeling! The book – just as the first one – talks about Ayurveda. So I am buried head to toe in Ayurvedic issues and questions people come up with.
Often though I also hear the following question:
What is Ayurveda anyway?
Ayurveda is a general philosophy of life and a teaching about the healing of disease , but above all, their prevention and thus avoidance ( Health = absence of disease ). Directly translated the Sanskrit word means "The science of long life". Ayurveda originated over 5000 years ago by contemplation in India and is thus considered to be the oldest healing science in the world . Already in the 6th century this natural philosophy found its way to Sri Lanka. At the time, the Ceylonese kings were still doctors. On the island, there are 1460 medicinal plants, 70 of which are endemic.
How does Ayurveda work ?
In contrast to our Western medicine in Ayurveda body, mind and soul form a unit, man is viewed holistically. Balance is created by living in harmony with the laws of nature . We are an inherent universe and our physical and mental balance is determined by:
• Relaxation and meditation
• Yoga and breathing exercises
• Holistic diagnosis
• Medicinal Herbs and Ayurvedic medicine as well as
• Cleaning and rejuvenation measures
We consist - as well as nature - from the elements earth, water, fire , air and ether ( space ) . In Ayurveda, these elements are summarized as the so-called
Each two of them combine to form a bio energy. Every person contains all the doshas , most of us are, however, determined by two doshas. More rarely occurs that someone is determined by only one or by Tridosha (all three doshas) . Each dosha also is associated with certain positive and negative characteristics .
KAPHA : Earth and water are responsible for the structure and stability of our body, as well for his defense force . Kapha is the principle of inertia.
PITTA: Fire and water unite in the metabolic principle. Pitta regulates all biochemical changes, such as digestion or body temperature. In a figurative sense, it is also responsible for managing emotional influences and impressions.
VATA : Air and ether form the principle of movement . Vata controls all the mental and physiological activities in the body, especially the respiratory system and our neurological functions.
Every human being is made up of an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics that create his special constitution. The preservation of our personal constitution and a good digestive fire rule on health or disease.
Why should I undergo a Ayurvedakur regularly?
An Ayurvedic cleansing (Panchakarma = 5 ways of cleansing) releases the body from waste products and toxins, levels out the doshas , strengthens the immune system and gives us balance. Ayurvedic treatments serve healthy persons as a cleansing and relaxation cure to maintain health . The energies obtained from the cure remain usually - depending on lifestyle - for approximately 6-9 months. For ailing persons Ayurveda brings cure or stabilization.
In order to obtain the success of the treatment and possibly to prolong it, there are easy-to -follow, useful tips for your home. These can be found for example in my book "Ayurveda at home " (published in Sri Lanka , available at Lanka Princess Hotel or directly from the author, German ). These suggestions are clearly described and easy to understand.
I recommend a minimum of 12 - day treatment in order to obtain the full effect and give the body the necessary time to adjust and heal, which can treat among other "common" diseases or conditions such as the following with great success:
• Nervousness and insomnia
• Headaches and migraines
• Eczema and other skin diseases
• Heart and circulatory problems
• Sinus infections (sinusitis)
• Stress and burn- out syndrome
• Stomach and intestinal diseases
• Over - or underweight
• Tinnitus (sudden hearing loss)
• menstrual and menopausal complaints
• Back pain
But also far more serious diseases can be relieved, improved or even be healed with Ayurvedic treatments. As a consequence, drugs can be reduced or eliminated. Ayurveda has gained an excellent reputation of good results in the treatment of cancer patients.
Professor Ranaweera, Director of the Ayurvedic Research Institute in Maharagama, Sri Lanka, states: "We are particularly pleased with our treatment of type 2 diabetes, people who took Western medicines without success, here in Sri Lanka with only four different herbs got their diabetes under control."
Ayurveda, the science of life is beneficial for every type of person in any state. And the recovery and relaxation effect when you find yourself after your treatments in a bathrobe on the balcony of your hotel room in the shade, maybe even watching big drops of tropical rain fall on fresh green grounds is simply unbeatable.
Curious to know your Dosha? Just do the following, very simple test and find out. This of course is not a detailed consultation, but it may give you an initial idea. I will post on Doshas in more detail in the future.