Translated, Ayurveda compounds into ãyus, meaning LIFE and veda KNOWLEDGE. In other words: the knowledge of life. Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient health care system from India and looks at the combination of the body, mind, sense organs and soul and aiming for harmony between them.
The 8 branches of Ayurveda:
Kayachikitsa – Internal medicine
Shalya Tantra – Surgery
Shalakya tantra – Ears, eyes, nose and throat
Kaumarabhritya Tantra – Pediatrics
Agada Tantra – Toxicology
Bajikarana (or Vajikarana) Tantra – Purification of the genetic organs
Rasayana Tantra – Health and Longevity
Bhuta Vidya – Spiritual Healing / Psychiatry
The central concept and theory, Tridosha System, is that you need balance between the bodily humours / doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – to obtain health. Where there is imbalance, there is illness.
Vata – Nervous System, mobilized by the Impulse principle and ruled by wind, air and other ether elements.
Pitta – Digestion, bile and metabolism, directed into the venous system by the Energy principle. This dosha is ruled by the fire element.
Kapha – Lubricating, mucous, phlegm and transporting nutrients into arteries. It is ruled by the elements of water and earth.
Prana – the inner Life Force
Felt at a pulse, ayurvedic practitioners feels prana (the inner life force) is a vital consideration as it gives rise to fire (of digestion and mental energy) and is also linked to breath, feeding fire. The body will be week if prana is week.
This inner fire is called agni / tejas. Good digestion and health is obtained by good balance between the inner fire and prana. With the good digestion comes sap producing 6 tastes crucial to ayurvedic herbalism. Toxic build-up happens as a result to imperfect digestion and hence imbalance and resulting in a circle of illness.
Tastes, in the right proportions, correspond to elements and emotions, thus they promote different functions in the body and strengthen different chakras. Too much of certain emotions, causing physical reaction, can be assigned to eating perhaps too much of certain tastes.
Sweet (Madhura) with elements in Earth / Water resulting in emotions of desire and conditions of weight gain. These foods also nourishes and moistens and are cool.
Sour (Amla) with elements in Earth / Fire resulting in envious emotions and weight gain. They are warm and oily foods.
Salty (Lavan) have elements in Water / Fire with warm salty foods, dissolving, softening and stimulating that will increase weight and feel greedy.
Bitter (Katu) with elements in Air / Ether and foods cool and dry for purification and weight loss, and emotions of grief.
Pungent (Tikta) has Air / Fire elements and emotions of deep anger and the foods are warm, stimulating and dry resulting in weight loss.
Astringent (Kasaya) has its elements in Earth / Air and emotions of fear and anxiety. The foods are dry and cool, reducing stickiness.
Dhatus / Tissues
Balance is achieved through the 7 tissues or dhatus to be in equilibrium. These tissues are
marrow and nerve tissues (majja)
Channels (srotas) need to be open for free flow of food, water and breath through the body. Of the organs included as channels are oesophagus, arteries, veins, trachea and intestines.
Waste Products (urine, faeces and sweat) need to be in balance and disposed of regularly.
Life Force (or digestive function) referred to as Agni needs to be strong and is fed by food drink, fresh air, sensual gratification and spiritual activities. Through this we gain balance and well functioning tissues (plasma, blood, fat, bone, muscle, marrow and nerve tissues plus semen), opened channels and the correct disposing of waste products.
Of the 2,500 herbs used medically, plus-minus 800 are used in great tradition, of which a couple are very familiar in our Western kitchens. Such as turmeric, saffron and sandalwood. Many of these herbal combinations are available in pill form, jellies or other.
Weight Loss through Successful Dieting!
A diet in which you eat less but healthier foods and exercise more is the best kind.
Ask yourself why do you need to diet? What do you need to change about your diet and how nutritious a diet should it be? Are you eating for comfort or are your taste buds your greatest enemies? Do you punish yourself for weak moments and then give up a healthy plan?
Answer these questions truthfully to yourself before reading on if you want to successfully loose weight.
To loose weight and keep it off, your dieting mind needs to remember:
Eat less, more frequently and much slower. Chew slowly and count every bite's chewing if you have to. Stop after the decided amount and brush your teeth! A fresh mouth seldom craves as badly.
More frequent small meals are essential for a successful diet and weight loss as it keeps your metabolism healthy. Fibre are filling and keeps our sugar levels consistent while veggies, whole grains and fruits, legumes and ‘thin' meats are great food choices that will give energy the right way.
If you exercise and burn more than your intake, you WILL lose weight! When you reach your ultimate weight and want to simply sustain, you need to balance your burn-off with your intake. As simple as that!
Diets worst matches:
"Fast Diets" slow your metabolism down, making it impossible to keep weight off.
Fat can be via the healthiest foods and still add kerb your diet instead of loosing weight. Fat is the diet's worst enemy and appears in cheeses, mayonnaises, crisps, fried foods and pastries, meats and full-cream dairies.
Sugar and diets isn't a good match. When our insulin spikes too fast, it drops afterwards and that feeling is our enemy, for then you are tired and hungry. Tired and hungry often result in binging.
Laziness and idleness often makes us undisciplined. Stay fit, stay busy and stay focused!
Be realistic. Your diet is a mental shift and until your mind becomes your best weight loss buddy, you will find every step torturous.