阿育吠陀Ayurveda是梵文；生命Ayur 與知識Veda 兩個字的結合，其內容就跟梵文原本的意思一樣，是關於生命的知識，結合飲食、藥理、心理、心靈、哲學等探討如何使人健康的科學。
Why are you doing yoga? Is it for health or spirituality? If it is for health, what you are doing should be Ayurveda.
Ayurveda; a language from different countries seems to be difficult to understand. In fact, Ayurveda already there in our life. Such as the use of essential oil massage, essential oil for relaxing, yoga, etc., are part of applications in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is in Sanskrit; the combination of the words Ayur and the word Veda, the content of which is the same as the original meaning of Sanskrit. Ayur means life, and Veda means knowledge. It is about the knowledge of life. Its science combines diet, pharmacology, psychology, spirituality, philosophy, etc. to explore how to make people healthy.
Among them, the Ayurvedic view of health is that the physical body and the spiritual mind both are equally important. A healthy person is on a good balance of both body and mind. The illness of the body cannot make people happy and energetic. In contrast, when the psychological condition is not good, it will also cause external body discomfort. Body is like a container for the soul; only when the body is doing good, the mind will be calm. When people are uncomfortable; that is because the elements of the body are out of balance. There are five basic elements.
The concept of knowledge in ancient India, in addition to the external cosmic, there is also an universe in the human body.
The five cosmic elements include ether, air, fire, water, and earth. The elements directly represented in the external environment, besides, each element also represents human feelings, actions and organs. Refer to the following table.
The five elements are combined with each other to form three Doshas: Vata; ether and air composition, Pitta; fire and water composition and Kapha; water and soil composition. Each body contains these three Doshas at the same time but in different percentage, each of which has its explicit characteristics to the human body, like organs and tissues. According to the difference in elements composition ratio, every person’s feature is biased and which is easier to show relevant characteristics.
The combination of five elements forms three components and their characteristics;
The first paragraph mentions that the human body is uncomfortable and unhealthy because of the loss of balance. For example, if it is a person composed of Pitta with a lot of fire element; because the fire element is too strong to lose balance, there may be a problem of stomach acid reflux (fire heart) in the body, a psychological situation may be easy to be angry. Also, they tend to overeat fire-based food, like garlic, when the Pitta body is out of balance by eating the wrong food, it will make the situation worse.
In Ayurveda, different methods are adopted for different physiques through habit adjustment, diet adjustment, and spiritual guidance. Different foods are recommended to restore the balance of Tridosha.
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