Ayurveda - based on panchatattva

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

Manuscripts of the Sushrut Samhita

Medicine in Ayurveda (basically from roots, plants, herbs, seeds) is the oldest healing system in the world and was discovered in India almost 3000 years ago.

In the ancient texts of Ayurveda it is mentioned that the health & wellness of an individual actually depends on the delicate balance between the mind, body & spirit. All the treatments in Ayurveda are focused at promoting good health and not fighting a disease.

This ancient knowledge already seemed to know the existence of a mind, while study of psychology was not yet born into this world. Just as in ancient India they already seemed to know that the Sun was at the center of the universe and that this universe was actually part of a multi-verse.

Panchatattva & Tridosha

In Ayurveda it is stated that when your mind, body & spirit(internal nature) are in harmony with the universe(external nature) you are in perfect health. Any disruption in this balance or harmony takes you towards sickness and ill-health. Everything in this universe constitutes 5 elements or the Panchatattva - Akash(Space), Vayu(Wind), Agni(Fire), Apaha(Water) and Pruthivi(Earth). These 5 elements combine together in individual beings and form the 3 doshas(Tridosha) in them. It is primarily these 3 doshas that ultimately decide how your body functions and behaves. Therefore, the study of these doshas is extremely important to an Ayurveda practitioner. Experts in this field diagnose the dosha merely by the touching your wrist and feeling your pulse. The nature of the dosha and individual is determined and a cure is then prescribed.

The Three Doshas

  1. Vata(Space & Air)

  2. Pitta(Fire & Water)

  3. Kapha (Water & Earth)

In future posts we will go deeper into the study of these tridosha(3 doshas) and understand how an imbalance creates variety of diseases in body and mind.


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