The basic principal of Ayurveda is that we are each made up of a completely individual blend of three fundamental bodily elements, called dosha. When our individual combination is in balance, we are healthy. The dosha each consist of fire, earth, water, air and ether as the elements of the universe. However, each dosha in itself is predominant in one main, and a second element. Please see the section on ‘Dosha’ for a more in-depth look at the dosha.
The five main elements we refer to in Ayurveda are fire, water, earth, air and ether. It is the belief that everything in the universe, animal or mineral, is made up of a blend of these five elements. Therefore the primary reasoning that Ayurveda suggests is that what we eat, our environment and what we do in life, can increase or decrease our own balance of these elements; affecting our mind and body along the way. According to Ayurveda, like attracts like. Therefore even though we are trying to balance ourselves by listening to our body, it may sometimes be the things we like which are causing us problems. Everything in moderation!
Ayurveda is a universal truth. It belongs to no one in particular, no culture or country. It is endless and continuous. We are always learning from Ayurveda.
The four pillars of Ayurveda to attain health;
• Dharma – To carry the universe. Life according to the universe of truth
• Artha – Wealth, gathering of the means of livelihood.
• Kama – Satisfaction of mundane desires or pleasures
• Moksa – Attainment of salvation through liberation from consciousness
There are many disorders ayurveda can help ease. The aim of ayurveda is to address the root causes and identify the previling symptoms. Once we understand the cause of the symptoms, we can prescribe correct foods and medicines* to help alleviate the problem. To name just a few of the more common disorders we treat; skin irritations; premenstrual symptoms; menopausal symptoms; asthma; diabetes; weight loss/gain; mental health issues; mood imbalances; anger & jealousy issues; excessive sweating; constipation; urinary tract infections; bloating & digestive disorders; feeling tired and lethargic / energy level imbalances; hair loss/excessive hair; depression; heartburn; acid reflux; anxiety.
(*medicines, refers only to natural remedies promoted by ayurveda. Herbs and spices, oils and foods. Prepared as powders, medicated oils, tablets or just plain and simple foods)