Ayurveda is a medicine with a very long tradition with holistic approach.
In India, it is a subject of study lasting as long as studying Western medicine, about six years. In Europe Ayurveda has been known in its delicate form and is associated mainly with wellness, caring for beautiful appearance and well-being.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest healing traditions in the world. It is about five thousand years. It began/is rooted in India and reached different parts of Asia with the Buddhist monks who performed the role of doctors. This way it was brought to Tibet, China and other places of India or Sri Lanka. During the Alexandrian expeditions, Greeks became interested in Ayurveda and brought some of that knowledge back to Europe. That’s why many recommendations of natural medicine and European tradition is based on old Ayurveda. Ayurveda is still developing, but what is interesting, thanks to the people of the West. It is while rapidly developing India was fascinated by the sweet drinks, flat panel TVs and the newest technology, theWesterners would turn towards simplicity and nature. In this way an extraordinary exchange has been done and old traditions like Yoga and Ayurveda receive a second life.
What attracts us to Ayurveda ?
Its approach to us, our health and life. West Medicine, under which care we are from an early age, coped with lots of dangers that today are decimating people in less developed countries. Its achievements in the field of saving lives, intervention e.g. by surgery are invaluable. High specialization caused the division. In practice, this means that with problem of any part of the body we have to go to another specialist. Another doctor will examine your skin, another the liver, and another our kidneys. In this way we get to know an ailment of the organ but it seems to be forgotten that the body is an integral whole.
In this place we return to the holistic determination. Holistic traditions such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan medicine and natural medicine of our grandmothers treat us as a whole – our bodies, thoughts emotions and our spiritual life. This means that health is the result of balance in all these areas, balance in our life generally. It shows that any disease, disorder, or disease are associated with our whole life. How we feel in everyday life, what our attitude is to get up, what we eat for breakfast, how we work, how our situation in family and personal life is, what we eat for dinner, and what the way of finishing the day is, if we have time for yourself during the day, if you find the time to connect with something greater than us in prayer, on a walk in the park or in meditation. So much or even more factors affect our health. Every day we make decisions that direct us toward health and life or disease. Many of these decisions are made automatically without our conscious. In this way our habits can support or weaken us.
Ayurveda says that the first step to healing is understanding and acceptance.
Understanding refers to: who we are, what our strengths are and what our Achilles heel is. Everyone comes into the world with his or her unique and unrepeatable combination . Ayurveda calls it Prakriti what can be explained as our constitution, type of psychosomatic, tendencies. This could be e.g. passion for movement and physical activity or quite the opposite love to do nothing. This may be absorbent and quick mind easily rememberin any information and quickly forgetting it or your mind a bit slow, though sluggish but remembering perfectly and for a long time. These trends are about the way our body works and the way we think.
When we start learning Ayurveda the first important discovery is who we are and what our unique type is.
That is why ayurvedic consultations are needed. During the consultation the doctor or therapist carefully watching us. As we have already known, Ayurveda is a very old tradition that evolved long before the rise of specialized equipment for the diagnosis. Therefore, the primary diagnostic tool was in the past and still is observation. This knowledge is extensive and very detailed. It is best absorbed when a teacher is practicing it. On the Internet is easy to find some tests determining the Prakriti and individual type but the results are not obvious. After that we can be more disconcerted because we still do not know what type we are. If we add several terms of Sanskrit which is often more obscure than clarify we already have concrete jumble. Very often in my practice I meet people who has already known something about themselves because they have read somewhere, they have done tests trying to discover it base on a good book.
These people come, as Tibetans say, with a head like a watermelon, full of information, and a heart like a nut, that is still lack of a deep understanding and acceptance of themselves.