Those who have balanced doṣas, agnis, dhātus and malas* and who have a sense of well-being in themselves, their mind and their senses – are called HEALTHY.
Doṣas are three energies - vāta energy reflects characteristics of the wind, pitta energy reflects qualities of fire; and kapha energy reflects the nature of water. These energies make us behave in a particular way and affect the nature of movement, transformation and structures in our body.
The seven types of malas or waste products coming from the body are stool, urine and sweat, plus excretions from the nose, eyes and ears as well as hair itself.
The seven dhātus that constitute the body are blood, plasma, muscle, fat, bone, marrow and reproductive fluids.
vāta energy is like a monkey: playful, enthusiastic and full of movement but in turn fearful and running away leaving tasks undone.
Pitta energy is like a tiger: majestic, in control, looking good, playing hard, but can get angry and fierce.
Kapha energy has stability and strength like an elephant with a great memory; it can hold the family together but can be stubborn and in denial of the facts.
The food should be freshly prepared and consumed within a few hours. Homemade food is much healthier than readymade food, because we have complete control over what we make ourselves but none over what we buy readymade. E.g., the ingredients, proportions, our emotional state, etc.
Locally produced ingredients are more appropriate for one’s health, because the local ecosystem has a big impact on one’s constitution.
Āyurveda creates vibrant health and longevity through sāttvika or pure foods, herbs, massage, body treatments, yoga, prāṇāyāma and a consistent daily routine personalized to our unique constitution or doṣas. These tools help release toxins accumulated in the body and restore a healthy balance.
Āyurveda acts on the root causes of disease. With the help of Āyurveda, you become aware of your own body structure to maintain a perfect balance between body and mind.
‘When the diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when the diet is correct, there is hardly any need for medicine.’
As a holistic science, Āyurveda takes into consideration the body, mind and spirit. It looks at the root cause of the disease and not just the symptoms. Since each individual has a different constitution, the diet, lifestyle & herbal recommendations for each person need to be tailored individually resulting in a truly personalized prescription. Because of this individualized approach, Āyurveda has immense value and effectiveness in restoring and maintaining health.