Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing

I have recently began studying the book “Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda” by Pramita Raichur. It is an extremely detailed, thick book full of wonderful explanations and applications dictated by Ayurvedic studies. Ayurveda is an ancient medicinal practice from India that is thousands of years old. It is a holistic approach to healing focused on bringing harmony and balance to individuals by catering specifically to the needs of each person’s individual natures. Every single person can be categorized into one of three “natures” or “doshas” (the Sanskrit name for constitution). Understand that these are the “pure” descriptions of each dosha and that all of us are usually a mix of all three yet still reattaining a dominance in one. To stay true to the teachings of Ayurveda, I will include the traditional Sanskrit names. Don’t focus on the foreign names but rather the content. (I wanted to provide visuals for the different types. I am no expert so I may be completely wrong in my assumptions).
 The three types are:
Light, thin frame
Easy to lose weight, hard to gain
Quick to grasp new information, also easy to forget
Performs activity quickly
Tendency to worry
Irregular hunger and digestion
Tendency towards constipation
Enthusiasm, vivaciousness, imagination
Excitability, changing moods
Mental and physical energy comes in burst
Medium Build
Easy to gain weight, easy to lose
Enterprising character, likes challenge
Medium strength and endurance
Sharp intellect
Sharp hunger and thirst, strong digestion
Precise, articulate speech
Tendency towards anger
Cannot skip meals
Irritability under stress
Solid, powerful build, great
Easy to gain weight, hard to lose
Slow to grasp new information, strength and endurance but good retentive memory
Steady energy, slow and graceful
Tendency to obesity in action
Slow digestion, mild hunger
Tranquil, relaxed nature, slow to anger
Affectionate, tolerant, forgiving
Tendency to be possesive
Oily skin
Curious as to what your dosha may be? Click here to take a quiz
What I found to be most interesting is that each of these natures requires certain care and precautions that differ from one another. For instance, a person with more of a Pitta influence tends to have drier skin than one influenced by Kapha therefore certain oils, scents, foods should be consumed to care for that nature. I like this practice because it requires you to know yourself and your needs so that you are responsible for your own health. You hold the power of health in your own hands. Ayurveda explains that ailments arise when there is an imbalance in the areas of emotional, spiritual or physical life. Ayurvedic healing unlike Western medicine (which is prominent in US) focuses on the whole person when sickness arises. Every facet of a person’s life reflects and effects one another. For instance, if one is consistently stressed due to her job or an unhealthy relationship, her heart may become over exerted from constant stress resulting in heart disease or she may be losing sleep and eat poorly resulting in her immune system becoming run down. Unlike Western medicine which would focus solely on treating the symptoms, Ayurvedic doctors focuses on the cause of the stress as well as treating the symptoms so that the illness is treated completely.
I suppose many people would be skeptical of this approach because we have been taught that our emotional, spiritual and physical health are separate from one another. We are taught to believe your anger over the abuse you endured has little to do with your acne. Use proactive. Your depression over the loss or lack of love in your life has nothing to do with your bad eating habits and high cholestorol. Take this pill. How often do we go to the doctor and are told “You must find a way to relax and find peace within your life or you may be overcome by your heart condition. There is only so much I and this medication can do for you unless you decide to change your life completely?” To truly heal ourselves a lot of time we have to let go of fear, anger and sadness and try to balance them out with acceptance, forgiveness and the constant pursuit of happiness. (Easier said than done huh?)
I wanted to give everyone a introduction to Ayurvedic healing because I know that the word “Ayurvedic” has been thrown around a lot in the natural community. It is more than just a hair care regime. The herbs, oils and practices of Ayurvedic hair care are spawned from the Ayurvedic practice of self knowledge and self healing. When we know ourselves we know how to better treat ourselves.
In the future, we are going to begin on sharing extensive information on Ayurvedic skin care, hair care and diet. Read up on the different doshas because we will refer to them often as we refer to the best practices for each “nature”. 
I hope this was helpful ladies! 

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2 thoughts on “Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing

  1. Thanks for the introductory info. Ayurveda is something that always seemed both fascinating and oblique to me — but with this intro my interest is truly piqued and i will be looking into it further. Thank you Shanti!

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