Ayurveda is an ancient traditional Indian form of medicine and is one of the oldest healing practices in the world.
Ayurveda focuses on the harmonious interplay of body, mind, soul and environment. The goal is to achieve individual balance, both inside and out. For this reason, Ayurveda, as a holistic natural medicine, provides a variety of preventive measures to maintain health, in addition to a range of therapeutic measures to alleviate symptoms and heal diseases.
In Ayurvedic therapy, the focus is on nutrition and digestion, cleansing processes, massages, yoga, meditation and comprehensive herbal medicine.
What does Ayurveda mean?
Ayurveda is made up of the words Ayus (life) and Veda (knowledge) and can be translated as "knowledge of life/wisdom of life".
These translations show that Ayurveda deals holistically with the concept of life, beyond focusing only on diseases. While Western medicine focuses on treating symptoms, Ayurveda focuses on treating the individual suffering from the symptoms.
balance = health
The Ayurvedic definition of health is more than just the absence of disease. Being healthy is being in balance with your own constitution. "A person is healthy whose basic functions (doshas), metabolism (agni), tissues (dhatus) and excretions (malas) are in balance and whose soul (atma), senses and spirit are in a state of inner happiness at all times.” (Citation: Sushrut Samhita, Sutrasthan 15.41)
In the holistic approach, psychological, physical, social and spiritual aspects of a person's life are taken into account. Ayurvedic medicine is based on the philosophy that just as illness and malaise are the result of disharmony, so well-being and health are the result of a certain inner and outer balance.
DOSHAS – Vata, Pitta, Kapha
The determination of the constitution is one of the most important points in Ayurvedic medicine. Doshas are forces that control all biological and psychological processes of our body, mind and consciousness. All people carry all the three doshas, but each person has an individual combination.
The concept of the three doshas - Vata, Pitta, Kapha provides the understanding of one's own constitution and thus also the key to one's own health.
Supplement to western medicine
Traditional medicine from India is officially recognized by the WHO.
While Western medicine focuses mainly on treating the symptoms, the holistic approach of Ayurveda starts with the complete consideration of the human being and adapts the treatment individually to the person.
This applies in particular to the treatment of chronic diseases as well as stress and lifestyle-related complaints.
Ayurveda Doc takes up this basic understanding of Ayurvedic teaching and combines it with the teaching of Western medicine.
Areas of application of Ayurveda
In many areas, Ayurvedic medicine is a useful addition to conventional medicine in order to maintain the inner balance between body, mind and soul.
Typical areas of application of Ayurveda, which we see as a supplement to conventional medicine, can be found here at a glance.