Âyurveda – What is that ?

Âyurveda, Indian secular tradition, which we could translate by « science or knowledge of life », is more than just a simple system of medicine. Âyurveda, inestimable knowledge, which some people call « knowledge of longevity « , is considered as the oldest holistic medicine of the world.

Âyurveda leans on first 2 principles: Prakriti, the principle of balance guarantor of a good health, which represents the native constitution or state of primary balance, and Vikriti, principle of imbalance leading to diseases. According to this thousand-year-old science, every individual possesses a constitution of birth determined from his conception and which forms the basis of the functioning of each individual at every level. This native constitution is the result of a unique alliance of the 5 elements, associated to a particular psychic constitution (governs by three basic energies: tamas, rajas, sattva) and to an essential physiological constitution (determined by the combination of three doshas, which cover the main metabolic functions of the body).

So, for Âyurveda, every individual is unique, and treated as such. In this complete medicinal system, every person is considered in his entirety, and his uniqueness, to determine why this person is « sick », in imbalance. Indeed, after a personalized âyurvedic balance diagnose, after determined where the source of imbalance is, the practitioner determines the type of treatment to set up, according to patient Prakriti, which implies to cure and look after the person, and not after the disease. We do not look after the symptoms, but after the source of the disease.

Indeed, the constitution of everyone is determined for life and constitutes his level of perfect balance. To maintain this physical and physiological state in balance, Âyurveda also takes into account the mental constitution. It is our native constitution that predisposes us to certain features physical and mental, so positive as negative. Âyurveda does not judge what is positive or negative. It acknowledges it, because knowing is to be able to choose to improve (or not), and especially, to know how to do it (if you want to know more about ayurveda dietetic, click here).

Based on dietetics, herbal medicine, massage, meditation, breath, yoga and/or chanting, this treatment helps us to restore and to maintain balance between body and spirit, to find the state of initial balance, determined from our birth (Prakriti). It can be ceaselessly improved, thanks to spiritual practices and development of a certain attitude in life. In no way bound with a religion, not even with that of Brahmans, the spiritual aspect of human beings in the centre of the universe has a very important place in its system. Âyurveda thus proposes much more that a treatment, it is an effective preventive medicine, a complete support, a real lifestyle.

Âyurveda considers that awareness of the infinitesimal and the infinitely big is a necessary fact in the objective to get closer to the ultimate purpose of the life, Moksha (liberation of the cycle of rebirths) and the self-realization. Ayurveda, thanks to the preservation of a healthy body, allows enlightening the consciousness and favours the spiritual evolution of the human being.