Healthy lifestyle

Ayurveda: the sister of yoga or Indian diet?

Ayurvedic medical and spiritual practices are becoming every day more popular. Ayurveda or ancient Indian medicine is aimed not only at improving physical condition, but also on the change in lifestyle, better nutrition, working not only with the body, but also emotional background. All of this helps to maintain and improve physical and psychological health.

What is Ayurvedic medicine

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “knowledge of life” or “value of life” (“āyus” long life “veda” — knowledge). The basic procedure of Indian medicine are widely used in medical practices in different countries: diet, douches, baths, massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy, diagnosis by pulse and respiration, etc. Also Indian medicine involves not only physical exercise, physiotherapy and nutrition: surgical, pharmacological and ophthalmological practices of Ayurveda were also borrowed by modern doctors of different countries.

Ayurvedic medicine is based on five elements of nature: space, air, fire, water and earth. In the human body they are combined in the form of 3 components, called “doshas” (Vata, Pitta and Kapha (Kaffa – in some sources)). All of these doshas have a close relationship with the components of the nature and functions of the human body and correspond to specific body Constitution of the person. If the dosha balance complied with – the person is healthy.

For example, watt (space and air) is responsible for the muscles and joints, breathing and heart function and nervous system function. Pitta (fire and water) is responsible for digestion, metabolism, skin condition and the intellect controls the emotions. And Kapha (water and earth) controls the immune system and physical body structure and a range of emotions. If one dosha is an imbalance – then the person becomes ill.

Why use Ayurveda in Europe

With the help of Ayurveda to treat various diseases: with the help of herbs, diet, exercise and spiritual practices. With the help of Ayurvedic medicine can maintain health, reduce the negative effects of stress, improve your fitness and flexibility, replenish vitality.

Yoga and meditation not only relax and improve the condition of the body and also effective in the treatment of arthritis, asthma, hypertension, arthritis, bad posture, etc. Ayurveda in combination with medication, will help in the treatment of inveterate chronic diseases.

Are there any contraindications for Ayurvedic medicine

As Ayurvedic herbs or physiotherapy, and traditional and conventional medicines and manipulation can have contraindications and have side effect. For example, some herbs or oils can be allergic reaction, therapeutic massage is contraindicated in acute infections or colds, menstruation in women, etc.

Therefore, the decision to get involved in Indian methods of treatment you should always consult your physician or family doctor and teacher in yoga, massage or “herbalist” you should always tell us about their existing medical conditions or health problems.