Ayurveda & Health Tourism
Also referred to as Ayurvedic medicine, Ayurveda (meaning ‘knowledge of life’) is an alternative medical approach that originated in India. It’s uncertain what period of history the philosophy was conceived, but historians speculate that it’s probably several thousand years old in its simplest form.
Ayurveda is a holistic medical approach that considers both body and mind and their relationship to each other when diagnosing and treating a patient. The philosophy holds that we are all comprised of three essential abstract elements or properties, which Ayurveda refers to as doshas. The three doshas are: vata, pitta and kapha, and the degree to which each presides in us may determine our physical and mental characteristics.
Ayurveda views disease and physical ailments as imbalances in the three doshas, or the tridosha system as it is otherwise known. Treatment is therefore a means of rebalancing the system and reestablishing harmony in the body. The philosophy holds that this can be achieved through various techniques which include the consumption of Ayurvedic herbs, the administration of special forms of massage, the adaptation of a specific diet, the practice of yoga and regular exposure to certain elements of nature.
Having long been popular in Asia, Ayurveda is becoming increasingly popular in the west. Ayurvedic practitioners can assist with specialized treatments, but patients need to be aware of the specifics of their own tridosha system and the elements of their lifestyle that can aggravate it, in order to ensure that further imbalances are not created.
The philosophies of Ayurvedic medicine have no scientific basis however many Ayurvedic treatments are unquestionably profoundly soothing and relaxing. The methods of purifying the body known as panchakarma are widely acknowledged as having obvious therapeutic properties including improved circulation; relief from pain, stress and insomnia; increased flexibility and improved athletic performance.