Many people have questions about Ayurveda and why they should seek an Ayurvedic specialist. Ayurveda is preventative medicine. It is a way of life that involves balancing your body and mind through nutrition and herbs. Here are some commonly asked questions about the science of Ayurveda.
Ras Ayurveda – Ayurveda in NY, aims to bring to you the distilled essence of what Ayurveda means and how one should go about living a healthy life.
In today’s society, people usually find Ayurveda and alternative medicine when they have exhausted their energies on finding out solutions to their health problems. We would like everyone to try Ayurveda before they have health problems. It’s the best way to stay healthy and relieve chronic issues. Of course, like everything else in life – it’s a practice.
The Carak Samhita is an ancient book from India written hundreds of years ago, and is the best resource for learning about Ayurveda. You can find a good translation by P.V. Sharma. It’s divided into four volumes.
The best way other than reading about Ayurveda is to learn from a master, someone who has practiced and had experience with using food and herbs to aid health.
Here is a quote taken from the Carak Samhita that will explain how rasayanas can help you in your daily diet.
In the book, Master Charaka stated in the Chikitsasthanam (Section on Therapeutics):
From promotive treatment, one attains longevity, memory, intelligence, freedom from disorders, youthful age, excellence of lustre, complexion and voice, optimum strength of physique and sense organs, successful words, respectability and brillance. Rasayana (promotive treatment) means the way for attaining excellent rasa etc (dhatus).
P.V. Sharma Translation, Caraka Samhita (Chapter 1, 7-8)
Rasayanas give vitality, strength, immunity and beneficial energy or vigor called ojas to strengthen the brain and the body.These herbal preparations help to transform your body (Kayakalp; kaya=body, kalp=transform, change) to youthful conditions and give immunity to the body. There are many different rasayana formulas. Chyvanprash or Amrit Rasayan are two examples. These are like jams you can take on a daily basis which will boost the immune functioning and energy of your body.
Rasa has other meanings in Ayurveda and Sanskrit, the ancient language of the holy books of India. It can also mean the taste of something, a juicy and delicious nectar. Rasa is the name of the first of the seven tissues (dhatus), which is the plasma of the blood. Rasayana is a Sanskrit word that has two roots, ras and ayana, which means path. In the Ayurvedic literature, Rasayana is the seventh of the eight branches of Ayurveda, and it is the path of rejuvenation, of longevity, of anti-aging, of maintaining health.
Ayurveda is natural medicine. It’s not much different than making sure you get a variety of tastes in your diet and herbs help accelerate the healing. Ayurveda is a process of life learning and one learns to be their own healer, by following the lessons handed down from ancient times and from following the advices of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Yes, during a consultation, we will tell you about your dosha. According to the system of Ayurveda, our well being rests on a balance of these five elements. Each person has a constitution of these elements: vata (composed of space and air), pitta (composed of fire and water), kapha (composed of earth and water), or a combination of these constitutions or doshas, as they are called.
On a basic level, one learns the balance by pacifying the excess element and boosting the lacking element. All of these elements have qualities such as cold, hot, light, heavy, mobile, static, etc. One learns which foods, herbs, routines, and actions best serve to balance the excess qualities or increase the lacking qualities – which is the heart of the method.
One aims to have balance in the body by following daily routines (dinacharya) and seasonal routines (ritucharaya).
Ayurveda means the knowledge of life, the word Ayurveda is made up of two words ‘Ayu’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge, wisdom or essential truth. Ayurveda is a philosophy of life aimed toward happiness through finding the balance among the elements present in every being: space, air, fire, water, earth. Although this description sounds simplistic, it is a very systematic and holistic viewpoint for how to approach living. If one understand Ayurveda, one can become his or her own doctor, so to speak. A person who understands Ayurveda can live a positive healthy life. One learns the manner of listening to the natural intelligence of the body.
Ayurveda is a word that means life knowledge. The origin of Ayurveda comes from ancient times handed down by wise people known as rishis living in India. This knowledge has been passed down from teacher to student in an oral lineage dating back 5000 years ago. Later, the knowledge was written into books. Ayurveda, as a literature, is part of the original Vedas, which are books of knowledge and hymns composed and written down by a great wise person or sage named Veda Vyas.