What Is Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda is one of the oldest yet most modern and influential oriental medicines. The history of Ayurveda in India began in 1500 BC as the Hindu tradition. Can be found in the Atharvaveda, one of the four ancient books of knowledge and indigenous culture, which speaks of more than 114 Ayurvedic treatments to cure a variety of ailments.
Vata, pitta, and kapha—collectively known as the doshas—are one of the most foundational concepts in Ayurveda.
In essence, the doshas are energetic forces of nature, functional principles that help us better understand ourselves.
Ayurvedic theory states that all areas of life impact one’s health, so it follows that the dosha’s cover a wide variety of topics, including health and healthcare techniques, astrology, spirituality, government and politics, art, and human behavior.
Vata is characterized by the mobile nature of Wind (Air) energy; Pitta embodies the transformative nature of Fire energy; Kapha reflects the binding nature of Water energy. This seems to indicate that Vata, Pitta, and Kapha represent specific features of definite elemental energies.
Vata people like moist grounding foods and can be aggravated by pungent astringent and bitter foods. Vata is balanced by a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are soft or mushy in texture, rich in protein and fat, seasoned with a variety of warming spices, and served warm or hot.
Kapha people like light , dry foods that are pungent astringent and bitter. Kapha is balanced by a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are light, dry, warming, well spiced, and relatively easy to digest—ideally served warm or hot.
Pitta people prefer cooler foods like dark leafy greens and spices. Cooling nourishing sweet tastes. Pitta is balanced by a diet of fresh, whole foods (both cooked and raw) that are cooling, hearty, energizing, comparatively dry, and high in carbohydrates.
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