Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient Hindu medical system dating back from the sixth century BCE. It is based on the theory that there are three main factors which underlie disease and illness; these are wind, bile and phlegm. A fourth type was added blood which is typically surgery, but surgery and physical ayurveda are two separate traditions.According to the Ayurvedic system there is no single cause for an illness every aspect of a person’s life contributes and all people are born in a state of equipoise but either through bad diet, not taking care of themselves or living in a location that is not best suitable for them they lose it.

The easiest way of maintaining this state is by keeping a careful eye on the diet, there are general simple guidelines to follow such as always eating hot food in cold weather e.t.c however more serious illnesses need the attention of an Ayurvedic physician.

What Is Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine is based on “Doshas” these relate to the seven tissues of the body, balance of the mind and sense are as equally important. The “Pitta Dosha” takes care of all the biochemical and physical changes that occur within our body, this is where all food that is eaten is transformed into energy and vitality; this relies on “digestive fire”. Eating the wrong foods i.e. spicy hot foods is said to cause an imbalance with Pitta Dosha as can living in a hot climate.

Doshas govern the body’s biological clock and the maximum time of activity for “kapha Dosha” is early morning and evening. Mid day and midnight is the time when the “Pitta period” is most active and this is thought to be why diseases such as ulcers may cause discomfort more at night time. After food is eaten it then passes through various stages of digestion each of these stages is related to a particular “Dosha”.

To completely digest a meal takes around 6 to 8 hours and for around two and a half hours the “Kapha Dosha” is the one that is most dominant as this is related to the stomach. Around two and a half hours later the “Pitta Dosha” takes over as this is linked with the small intestine where bile is at work. The digestion process is completed in the colon and this is linked to “vata Dosha”.

Our seasons are said to have an affect on the “Dosha” and can on occasion have an effect on us for example when it is hot in the summer it can have an adverse effect on the “Pitta” and this is when ailments such as hot flushes, sunburn and exhaustion are thought to occur.

Autumn is usually dry, cold and windy and affects the “vata Dosha” this is when we get problems with our joints such as aches and pains, and we may be more prone to anxiety. Winter causes problems such as coughs, colds and sinus problems this is due to problems with “Kapha Dosha”. Spring is the time when most people suffer from allergies and respiratory ailments and the “Kapha Dosha” is again related to these.