What is Ayurveda? 5 tips to understand this traditional healing medicine

What is Ayurveda? 5 tips to understand this traditional healing medicine

You may have heard a lot of things about Ayurveda and that's a little confusing. We are going to review 5 characteristics so that you can understand this traditional Indian medicine easily and quickly

1. The oldest traditional medicine still practiced

Ayurveda has been practiced in India since ancient times, with the exception of the British occupation, which set aside this practice to promote Western medicine. Although the legend says that Ayurveda was born 8,000 years ago by the inspiration of great cave masters in the Himalayas, it is most likely about 3,000 years old.

Ayurveda is the oldest traditional medicine still practiced today

2. Ayurvedic medicine takes into account the constitution of each patient

For Ayurveda, there are three great human biotypes: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each of these biotypes will have a type of food and a medicine appropriate to its characteristics. While a Western physician tends to treat everyone the same way, the Ayurvedic physician will make a diagnosis based on the patient's particular biotype.

Ayurveda is different from western medicine

3. Ayurveda heals slowly

For the practice of Ayurveda, you need patience. We believe that we can quickly go from healthy to sick or vice versa, but the disease has been brewing for years. For Ayurveda, the detoxification of the organism is the beginning of the whole balance.

Ayurveda is about long-term solutions

4. Massage is the essence of Ayurveda

20% of the food we eat remains undigested at the base of the stomach, forming toxins that are later absorbed by the small intestine. These toxins accumulate in different tissues (for example, people of biotype Vata joints), becoming the origin of all diseases through the same cause: toxicity. Ayurveda relies heavily on massage (with various oils) to treat the body, release tension and aid lymphatic drainage. 

Why Ayurveda relies on massage

5. Prevention is always better than the cure

Ayurveda is not a medicine, but a way of life in itself. Ayurveda advocates prevention over cure. Ayurvedic philosophy believes that certain diseases can have their origin in karma in this life as well as in others. 

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