Ayurveda is the 5000 years old Indian system of medicine developed through research work conducted over the centuries by sages who where eminent scholars. The term “ayurveda” denotes “knowledge of life”. As an approach, it not only cures the disease, but also prevents recurrence of the same by aiding the patient to integrate the principles if ayurveda into daily life. Ayurveda is a way of life that brings a perfect balance to a man’s body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda has a concrete base in Indian philosophy and as a healing technique treats the individual rather than the disease. The medication administrated has no side effects and yoga & meditation are an integral part of the treatment.
Ayurvedic treatment policy has changed from the age old methods to modern scientific systems without compromising its traditional values and ethics. This factor has made this “science of life” more accepted to health conscious people worldwide. We, at kandamkulathy, dedicate our time and resources for the development and promotion of ayurveda among the masses.
Know Your Prakruthi
Ayurveda is discribed as the science of life , it explains the ideal way to lead a healthy and cheerful life. The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy human life and to get remedy for the problems of a unhealthy condition .To achieve this Ayurveda discribes a detailed way of life and system . The chikithsa ( treatment ) is only a part of Ayurveda but the most important area of Ayurveda
Basic Concepts Of Ayurveda
Ayurveda treatment is based on the panchamahabhootha concept , the five elements (Pruthuvi – earth , App – water , Thejo – fire , Vayu – air , Akasha – ether (space) . All the materials are made up of panchamahabhootha .The different combinations of panchamahabhootha making the materials different .
Considering this concept, the body , food materials as well as medicine is made up of panchamahabhootha in different compositions .That is why the food and medicines can make influence on the human body.
Dhatu can be defined, as one which supports the body. There are seven tissue systems in the body. They are as follows:
- Rasa (Plasma)
- Rakta (Blood)
- Mamsa (Muscle)
- Meda (Fat tissues)
- Asthi (Bone)
- Majja (Marrow)
- Shukra (Semen)
All kinds of metabolic and digestive activity of the body takes place with the help of the biological fire of the body called Agni. Agni can be termed as the various enzymes present in the elementary canal, liver and the tissue cells.
Basic concept of treatment
The equilibrium stage of dosha ,dhathu,mala , agni and manas is the healthy state and the disturbance in any of these is the diseased condition .So Ayurveda treats a person as whole considering the variation in the dosha,dhathu,mala,agni and manas to resore its equilibrium. According to Ayurveda the disturbance in the vital areas can happen due to the defective food habits , physical activities and mental attitude . The basic of Ayurveda treatment methodology are Samana ( Subsiding treatment ) and the sodhana ( expulsion treatment ) . The application / choosing of the methodology is depending upon the strength of the patient and disease. The prakruthi ( body nature ) also a influencing factor in the treatment .
Prakruthi or constitution
Prakruthi is the proportion of the doshas- vata, pita, and kapha, which represents the ideal state of balance of that particular individual. The Prakruthi of a person remains unchanged during the course of one’s lifetime since it is genetically determined. It will manifest in us throughout our lifetime through our physical characteristics, natural urges, likes and dislikes, and psychological predilections as we have stated above. However, one’s Prakruthi will also determine to a great extent how one will develop the highest order of human qualities: love, compassion, and pure consciousness.
Importance of Prakruthi Assessment
From the perspective of the Ayurvedic physician, precise determination of the Prakruthi is highly important as it is the first step in formulating a course of action for each patient. And it is also helpful for an individual to modify the lifestyle to prevent the disease and to promote the health
Knowledge of an individual’s Prakruthi will instruct the physician to the following
- Most effective means to prevent disease from arising
- The best dietary regimen for that individual
- Prognosis of both simple and complex diseases
- The recuperative capacity of an individual
- The most effective treatment
- How to compound herbal formulations to best advantage
What Determines The Prakruthi
The main factor which influence the essential constitution/ Prakruthi of an individual is the state of the doshas in the body of the mother and father at the time of conception is the most influential factor. If the father has an excess of Kapha dosha, sperms which flourish in a Kapha environment will dominate in the ejaculate. On the other hand, If the mother happens to have an excess of Vata dosha at the time of intercourse, her vaginal and uterine environments will produce ova with Vata-dominant energies. Thus the resulting child will inherit a Vata-Kapha or Kapha-Vata prakrithi.
Types Of Prakruti
- Vata Prakruthi
- Pita Prakruthi
- Kapha Prakruthi
- Vata pita Prakruthi
- Vata kapha Prakruthi
- Pita Vata Prakruthi
- Pit Kapha Prakruthi