Ayurveda always treats a person individually and holistically – considering the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the individual in a given situation.
Ayurvedic medicine represents only a fraction of the knowledge, skills, and wisdom of the ancient Indian tradition that has survived to the present day. Traditional Indian medicine is interested in the human being as a whole, not separated from its environment. It is based on the knowledge that the human being is created in the image of the universe, from the same elements and forces. Therefore, it always looks at the person holistically — considering the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
Ayurveda can also be called “the science of life“. It focuses on prevention, rehabilitation, and ultimately on healing. In fact, it is about guidance for creating and maintaining a balance between nature and the human being. The basis for the individual is an appropriate rhythm and a diet in harmony with nature.
One of its best-known features is the observance of the 5 elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth), along with the 6 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent) and the recognition of the different constitutional types of individuals and the three so-called doshas (vata, pitta, kapha).
Health is a state of holistic balance of the human organism. It derives from the individual, from the basic characteristics that one is born with. It is influenced by various determinants and the relationship between the doshas can vary. Excesses and deficiencies can be balanced by diet and lifestyle. All too often, however, it is the case that a person’s diet and lifestyle rather weaken than strengthen them.
The body has strong self-regulating mechanisms and can quickly return to its basic stability after a change, a shock, an acute situation. If the changed situation lasts too long, the automatic returning to one’s centre digresses, which undermines the stability of the individual.
Another important feature is that, from the Ayurvedic perspective, no disease exists only in the mind or only in the body. And if we add to this the interactions we have with each other, the phrase advocated by Ayurveda no longer sounds strange: “Don’t focus on the child, heal the parents.”
During Ayurvedic therapies, I use and consider the following:
Arranging the daily routine according to the seasons and the life cycle.
FOOD AS MEDICINE
A proper diet is in harmony with nature. Each food has its own individuality and the more natural, unprocessed, wild it is, the more its individuality is clearly expressed and can support us. If we use food intentionally as medicine, we must also consider its taste, its energy, its digestive effect, its specific energetic and subtle effects. According to Ayurveda, food and drink affect us as much as emotions, thoughts, colours, and sounds.
It is based on the vibrational quality of sound when pronouncing different syllables, which affect the body’s centres, tissue, areas of the psyche and body. When using a mantra, the prana that travels with the breath is further enriched by the syllable that is spoken or sung. For the mantras to achieve their purpose, they should be uttered in a state of calm and focused mind, 108 times in one round.
It is based on the fact that the 7 colours of the rainbow are associated with the body’s 7 tissues, 7 centres and 7 doshas.
It is based on the energy of scents which subtly influence our whole psychosomatic system through prana vata.
THE USE OF METALS AND CRYSTAL THERAPY
Inorganic metal ions can be part of the ayurvedic treatment, especially through the use of kitchenware made of different metals.
YOGA (Atma Kriya Yoga, Babaji Surya Namaskar, Bhagavad-gita, Om Chanting)
In the West, this term is most commonly understood as a selection of body exercises (asanas) suited to the individual, but there is much more to the word. Yoga in its broader sense refers to a variety of practises that lead to the union of one’s essence (Atma) with the Divine.
MEDITATION AND PRANAYAMA THERAPY
Meditation is used as a subtle approach to healing.