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Cliff Notes of Ayurveda

medical picWhat is the Ayurveda? It’s a lifestyle, a holistic approach to medicine, and ancient wisdom. The Ayurveda is from India and actually the oldest form of medicine that is still in practice. At its very root it categorizes people into three types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. I’m not an expert by any means and I don’t necessarily believe all of it but if you’re interested I can at least summarize the book I read on it.

Vata:

These are high energy people. They tend to be slim naturally and sleep very little. These people have an overactive metabolism. They may suffer from ADD/ADHD. When people reach retirement age this dosha (group characteristic trait) becomes dominate.

Pitta:

These people also have high energy but tend to have a medium build and are prone to acne. These are high functioning people that are very productive. These people have a normal metabolism. This dosha is dominant in the 20’s and 30’s

Kappa

These people are more relaxed. They tend to have a stocky build and sleep a lot. They may be prone to depression. These people have an underactive metabolism. This dosha is dominant in childhood and teenage years.

The Ayurveda believes that all illness is psychosomatic (ie. heart problems come from a lack of love). I’m not sure if I believe heart problems are caused by lack of love so much as excess of fast food, but I can see what they are getting at. There are some illnesses, like allergies, that are caused by lack of exposure to the natural environment with a psychosomatic element. There are also illness like psychogenic seizures and fibromyalgia which are, by definition, psychosomatic.

Followers of the Ayurveda believe in practicing yoga, being mostly vegetarian, good hygiene and limiting sleep and sex. They also use all herbal treatments including, but not limited to, cannabis and opium. To be fair, those were and still are, forms of medicine today. They also believe that food enhances certain doshas and that through diet you can have all three doshas in harmony and be perfectly balanced. For more information on Ayurveda follow the links below.

Quiz: http://www.naturesformulary.com/contents/dosha-test

More info: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1117/Ayurveda-Dosha-Types-for-Beginners.html

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