Ayurveda: Basic Understanding

Ayurveda: Basic Understanding

Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic healing approaches of treatment. It was developed more than 3000 years ago in India. Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness is a delicate balance of mind, body, and soul. It is to promote good health, not to fight diseases.

Those who practice Ayurveda believe that every person has five components - air, water, earth, fire, and space. These five components combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies - Doshas. These energies control how the body works.

The three doshas are:

Vata Dosha (space and air)
Pitta Dosha (fire and water)
Kapha Dosha (water and earth)


Those who practice Ayurveda believe that this is the most powerful amongst all three doshas. It controls the essential body functions like mind, breathing, blood flow, heart function, and intestinal functions.

If Vata dosha is your main life force, you’re more likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.


Pitta dosha controls your metabolism, digestion, and other hormones that are linked to your appetite. Things that can lead to a disturbance in its function include spicy and oily foods, and spending too much time under the sun.

If your life is controlled by Pitta dosha, you’re likely to develop conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and infections.


This force controls muscle growth, body strength, stability and weight, and the immune system. And unhealthy lifestyle choices like eating too much sugar, or salt can disrupt the normal functioning of your body.

So, if Kapha dosha is your major body energy then you may develop conditions like asthma, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, and obesity.

The effectiveness of Ayurveda is an all-time debate. Few well designed clinical trials and systematic research reviews suggest that Ayurvedic medicines are effective. On the contrary, there are some researches that state that Ayurvedic medicines contain lead, and arsenic in some forms. Thus, it is very important to consult with your doctor before starting any ayurvedic medicine for your relief.


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