Ayurveda is the traditional system of healing practiced in India which was well established before the birth of the Buddha. Like traditional Chinese medicine, it is a complete system with a variety of different components aimed at improving emotional, physical, and mental health.
This practice is divided into different branches to encompass all aspects of health and healing where medicine is only one spoke on the Ayurvedic wheel. To benefit fully, it is helpful to consider the other elements, including nutrition, herbs, meditation, yoga, massage, breathing exercises, nature immersion, and much, much more.
Its approach is vastly different from conventional allopathic Western medicine and can be considered as a programme for living, which addresses every part of human life and puts it into the context of an individual’s environment. We look to find the natural balance between the three doshas that make up the physical prakruti (balanced state).
That is not to say that adopting every single element of Ayurveda is essential for health and wellbeing, nor does it mean neglecting a visit to the GP when you have a health challenge. By following a simple Ayurvedic approach, we can develop ways to remain balanced in times of increased stress, pressure, and worry.
Alongside the physical aspects, a healthy mind and good spiritual health will maintain your individual dosha balance. The Ayurveda paradigm shows us how the interactions between body, mind, and spirit can be predicted, balanced and improved, to enable us to live gracefully, harmoniously, and vigorously.
Now is the time, more than ever, for us to return to our natural balance with the added impact of a pandemic. We have all been affected in some way such as family concerns, financial worry, job security, too much work, loss, social isolation, inertia, anxiety, fear, depression, lack of mental stimulation, and physical movement resulting in tension in the body, etc.
In the meantime, if you haven’t taken it yet, just for fun, you can take my dosha quiz here!