Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word and it means "the art of life".
Ayur - life, Veda - knowledge or science, consequently the knowledge of the art of life.
Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old medical system in India that has been practiced for generations and is able to help as much as modern therapies. It has developed in India and has further spread to neighboring and other countries - Tibet, Sri Lanka, Thailand and also European countries.
Types of treatments:
In order to restore the well-being and health, a person needs to regulate one's lifestyle and change one's habits.
Ayurvedic doctors believe that this therapy copes with the causes of the disease, rather than just preventing symptoms. Ayurvedic philosophy believes that everything is based on five basic elements - ether, air, fire, water and earth. In our body, these five basic elements are organized and united in different relationships - doshas.
Vata is formed from the ether and air, Pita is formed from the fire with water, but Kapha is formed from the earth and water. These three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha are responsible for all the biological and psychological functions of the body, mind and consciousness.
The phenotypes (doshas) of Ayurveda:
Any treatment should be personalized according to a human' s phenotype:
Vata type is a form of metabolic regulation with a tendency to a weakened digestion, constipation and slimming. They are advised to regularly use boiled and nutritious foods and warm drinks.
Pitta type is a type of metabolic regulation with a tendency to increased digestion. They are advised to avoid overeating and skip eating fried meals.
Kapha is a type of metabolic regulation with a tendency to slow down digestion and obesity. They are advised to move a lot and avoid nutritious foods.
The proper eating habits:
Each of the human being’s basic types must adhere to its eating habits, but there are a few basic principles that must be followed by everyone:
1. eat only for hunger
2. never eat between meals
3. the main meal is at midday
4. do not eat in an agitated mood
5. have at least three-hour breaks between meals
6. do not eat until the feeling of satiety
7. try to eat fresh foods
8. drink water (warm) and herbal teas