Ayurvedic medicine is the most ancient system of medicine. “Ayur” means life and “Veda” means knowledge or science. So the whole word “Ayurveda” means “the science of life or knowledge of life”.
Ayurveda aims to achieve balance in the body and the mind by restoring the balance of elements of which the body is made.
The distinctive principle of Ayurveda is that each person has their unique constitution according to the elements: air, space, water, fire and earth.
When the elements are combined, it creates the doshas:
- Vata controls movements- air and space elements
- Pitta controls metabolism- fire and water elements
- Kapha controls structure- earth and water elements
When the doshas are in harmony, health and well-being are maintained. When the doshas are out of balance, the body does not function properly, and illness can become present. Although the three doshas are present in each human being, one usually predominates.
Ayurveda is a holistic medical system which includes herbal medicines, a healthy diet, yoga, massage and breathing techniques. It can also help restore emotional and spiritual balance through meditation, mantras and changes in lifestyle and psychological mindfulness.
Ayurveda is a highly elaborate system of healing and it firmly believes and puts emphasis upon the role of individuals in taking care of themselves to maintain good health and prevent illness.
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Mélika Emir Baccouche
Mélika is an Ayurveda Practioner and Sivananda Yoga Teacher practicing at Shanti Yogi who studied under Dr. Anita Sharma, founder of the Centre d’Ayurveda Holistique and Institute of Ayurveda and Wellbeing in Montreal.