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The Literal Meaning of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life.
Health and disease are byproducts of all aspects of one's life: nutrition, career, mental frame, family and social activities and spiritual life. If one area is weakened, all areas begin to suffer. If a person is unhappy at work, it will affect all other areas of life. The five senses are the gateways that bring in these influences; what one sees, hears, smells, touches, tastes affects all areas of health and life.
The mind also plays a major role in how we act and react to the information and experiences gathered from the senses. When the mind is calm and clear, one handles a situation much better.
Ayurveda treats man as a whole - which is a combination of body, mind and soul. It tells us how to achieve longevity and live a life that is free of diseases.
It teaches us how to maintain and protect health, how to cure diseases and how to promote longevity.
It focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of the life energies within us, rather than focusing on individual symptoms.
Ayurveda describes three fundamental universal energies which regulate all natural processes on both the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels. That is, the same energies which produce effects in the various galaxies and star systems are operating at the level of the human physiology--in your own physiology. These three universal energies are known as the Tridosha. According to Ayurveda the sources of all diseases is the excess of Tridoshas – vata , pitta and kapha. If there is any imbalance in doshas it becomes doosyas.
The main factors that cause poor health (also described as imbalance) are 1) Poor digestion and 2) Weak immune systems.
When food is not properly digested it sits in the body. Nutrients are not absorbed and the food decays and forms toxins. These toxins cause most diseases in the body. Therefore, it is important to have good digestion. The finest essence of nutrition develops a life sap that protects the immune system, much like the sap of a tree heals the bruises in its bark. In addition to promoting physical health, it is the life sap that becomes transformed through meditation to produce mental peace and spiritual development. With all the immune disorders that are prevalent these days, it is even more important that persons develop their immune sap.
What are the basic principles of Ayurveda?

Since Ayurveda recognizes a common origin for the universe and for humanity, Ayurveda teaches that nature consists of three primary qualities called gunas. These three gunas -- Sattva, Rajas and Tamas -- are inner qualities that exist behind all material forms in nature. Another great theory is of the five gross elements (Panchamahabhutas) -- space, air, fire, water, and earth -- and that the entire universe is governed and composed of these five elements.
The entire physiology is made up of seven tissues (Dhatus) - plasma, blood, muscle, adipose tissue (fat), bone, bone marrow, and reproductive tissue. From the sap of all tissues, Ojas, the ultimate refined product of digestion and metabolism, which connects one's physiology with consciousness and is responsible for greater immunity, is formed.

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