Ayurvedic medicine also known as Ayurveda. It is one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.

Ayurveda Concepts

According to Ayurvedic theory, everything in the universe living or not is connected. Good health is achieved when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe. A disruption of this harmony can lead to poor health and sickness.
For followers of Ayurveda, anything that affects your physical, spiritual, or emotional well-being can cause you to be out of balance with the universe. Some things that can cause a disruption include:

  Genetic or Birth defects
  Climate and seasonal changes

How your body works to keep you healthy and your unique physical and psychological characteristics combine to form your body's constitution, or prakriti. Your prakriti is believed to stay the same for your entire life. However, how you digest food and eliminate waste can influence it. Every person is made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe:


These elements combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called Doshas. They control how your body works. The three Doshas are:

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

Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. One dosha is usually more dominant. Each dosha controls a different body function. It is believed that your chances of getting sick are linked to the balance of your doshas.

Ayurvedic Medicine

  1. Ayurveda Concepts
  2. Vata Dosha
  3. Pitta Dosha
  4. Kapha Dosha
  5. The Ayurvedic Visit
  6. Ayurvedic Treatment
  7. Studies on Ayurvedic Medicine

Vata Dosha

Vata dosha (space and air) is thought to be the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, such as how cells divide. It also controls your:

  Blood Flow
  Heart Function
  Ability to get rid of body waste through the intestines

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  Eating dry fruit
  Eating too soon after a previous meal
  Staying up too late

If vata dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  Heart Disease
  Nervous System Disorders
  Rheumatoid Arthritis
  Skin Problems

Pitta Dosha

The pitta dosha (fire and water) controls:

  Ability to break down foods (metabolism)
  Certain hormones linked to appetite

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  Eating sour foods
  Eating spicy foods
  Spending too much time in the sun

If pitta dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  Anger and negative emotions
  Crohn's Disease
  Heart disease
  Heartburn a few hours after eating
  High blood pressure

Kapha Dosha

The kapha dosha (water and earth) controls:

  Muscle Drowth
  Body strength and stability
  Immune System

Things that can disrupt this dosha are:

  Daytime Sleeping
  Eating after your stomach is full
  Eating or drinking items that have too much salt or water
  Eating too many sweet foods

If kapha dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop:

  Asthma and other breathing disorders
  Nausea after eating

The Ayurvedic Visit

There are a few state-approved Ayurvedic schools in the U.S. However, the U.S. has no national standard training or certification program for Ayurvedic practitioners. Some practitioners may have a great deal of training or experience, others may not. Do your homework when choosing an Ayurvedic practitioner. Ask about his or her training and experience. In India, Ayurvedic training can take five or more years. Graduates receive either a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) or Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (DEMS) degree. At your first visit, the practitioner will examine you and try to determine your primary dosha and the balance among the others. The exam will include:

  Checking your weight
  Examination of urine and stools
  Feeling your pulse (each dosha theoretically creates a unique pulse)
  Listening to your speech and voice
  Looking at your eyes, teeth, tongue, and skin

You will be asked questions about your:

  Ability to recover from an illness
  Medical history, including recent illnesses

Ayurvedic Treatment

Treatment depends on your unique prakriti, your primary dosha, and the balance between all three of them. A main goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse your body of undigested food called ama, which can stick to the inside of your body and make you sick. This cleansing process is called panchakarma. It is used to reduce any symptoms and reestablish harmony and balance. Panchakarma may include:

  Blood purification (either by removing blood from the body or with special teas)
  Medical oils given through the nose
  Methods to make you vomit
  Use of enemas, laxatives, or purgatives to cleanse your intestines

Other treatments may also be recommended to:

  Restore balance
  Improve spiritual healing
  Boost your immunity
  Reduce symptoms

The treatments may include:

  Breathing exercises
  Diet changes
  Herbs, vitamins, minerals, and metals
  Plant-based oils and spices
  Lifestyle changes

Studies on Ayurvedic Medicine

Some research has shown that meditation works very well in relieving stress and reducing the risk for heart disease risk factors. Other studies are looking into the ability of Ayurvedic herbs to treat cancer. Several Ayurvedic herbal treatments have been studied for a variety of medical conditions. An example is ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) that has anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and, possibly, anti-cancer effects. Recently, scientists have reported that Ayurveda may be a valuable tool in managing obesity and diabetes.

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