As AYURVEDA is an intricate and precise form of healing, this article can only touch on the very basics in order to give the uninformed readers some insight into what benefits may be derived from treatment.
Ayurveda is a 5000 year old system of healing, having it's origins in India. The word translates to AYUR life and VEDA science or knowledge.
This traditional Hindu medicine and treatment is classified as complementary and alternative in the West.
Ayurveda offers the potential to help people stay vital, to connect to seasonal changes, follow correct diet and respond to the five senses in order to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Although suppressed during years of foreign occupation, Ayurveda is enjoying a major resurgence, both in it's native land India and throughout the world.
Because humans are part of nature, the treatment describes 3 fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments, known in Sanskrit as VATA, PITA and KAPHA representing wind, fire and earth respectively. It is thought that a human being posseses a combination of these three, one of which could be dominant, which would ultimately define one's temperament and characteristics.
THE DIAGNOSIS to cleanse and purify the body will include the responses of the 5 senses plus other procedures like the appearance of the tongue, the rate of the pulse and the condition of one's urine.
The practitioner will make a study of body form. Hair, skin, eyes, sleep patterns, tolerance to heat and cold and reactions to stress.
Once the body has been evaluated as having the energy of vata, pita or kapha - a suitable diet will be recommended to maintain stability in the system.
Because humans are part of nature a practitioner will be guided by the 3 fundamental energies which govern our inner and outer environments , namely body, mind and spirit.
This form of healing stresses the use of plant based treatments derived from roots, leaves, fruits, barks like cinnamon and seeds like sesame and cardomon. The various combinations assist with digestive and elimination processes.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
In recent times this has been incorporated into more traditional western massage and is known to relieve chronic head, neck and shoulder pain.
Sesame oil for all forms of massage is considered one of the best mediums as it is rich in linoleic acid, and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
In conclusion, an important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a persons ideal state of balance and offer intervention like correct diet, aromatherapy, music and meditation to re-establish balance.