The Principles of Ayurveda are authentic and is becoming increasingly scientifically validated by the day. Ayurveda is certainly more than just a mere collection of a few home remedies. Let us know in detail about how Ayurveda is different from allopathy and how both the medical sciences can stand together for the betterment of health of all.
The principles of Ayurveda are quite different from the modern science. Ayurvedic system of medicine is prevalent since the time of Vedas, since thousands of years.
During those times, the tools and techniques available to the yester year seers were different from those available now. But that does not make the Science of Ayurveda fragile, because the principles of Ayurveda are time tested and are universal in nature.
According to Ayurveda, diseases occur due to the vitiation of ‘tri-doshas’ viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three elements cannot be seen as such in any part of the human body, but exist throughout the body.They are responsible for functions like –
- power, motility, oxygen transport etc (Vata),
- Digestion, metabolism etc (Pitta) and
- body structuring, immunity, sustenance etc (Kapha).
The yester year seers learnt Ayurveda in comparison with the external world. External world is ruled by wind, fire (light) and water, similarly, Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
During normal times, air, water and fire protect and help us. But during calamities, like tornadoes, floods and volcanoes, they harm us.
Similarly during normalcy, Vata, Pitta and Kapha protect our health. During illness, due to wrong diet and activities, Tridoshas tend to bring about disease.
Though air, wind and light is present all over the world, they are significantly present in certain places. Like water in river.
Similarly, though Vata Pitta and Kapha (collectively known as Tridosha) are present all over the body, Tridoshas are present more dominantly in certain places of the body.
Vata is significantly present below the umbilical area – That is why, urination, motion, walking etc are controlled by Vata.
Pitta is significantly present in the abdominal area – That is why, digestion is controlled by Pitta.
Kapha is significantly present in chest and above areas. That is why, respiration, salivation etc are controlled by Kapha.
Let us start from here and further explore the treasures of Ayurveda.