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September 29, 2009

captain_planetAt risk of sounding too much like a book report, the main ideas of Ayurveda must be outlined before there is any further discussion of them. I offer the much abridged, and slightly stolen, but not quite plagiarized version here:

Ayurveda is an ancient system of traditional medicine that hails from India. This tradition is largely focused on taking preventative measures to avoid all types of unhealthy beasties, often completely restructuring a patient’s life in process. As Ayurveda is metaphysical in nature, it is linked to the four major elements (Earth, Wind, Water, Fire… “Go Planet!”) as well as the four seasons. Both the elements and seasons are integral to the way one must live to achieve the balance purported by Ayurveda.

Within the principles of Ayurveda are the Doshas, or the balance of the three main substances: Vata (wind/spirit/air), Pitta(bile/fire) and Kapha (phlegm/water). Each person’s physical, spiritual and mental tendencies align with one or a combination of the Doshas.

Using the Doshas as a guide, one must strive to attain a healthy balance in order to achieve the vitality promised by the Ayurvedic lifestyle. Through an Ayurvedic practice it is believed to be easier to maintain a healthy metabolic system, good digestion and proper excretion. When coupled with yoga, meditation and massage there is an attainable union of mind, body, spirit and consciousness.

If you are confused now, perhaps you are wishing that I had just plagiarized something. Trust me, this is the Ayurveda for Dummies version. Main points: medicine, elements, balance, digestion, excrement, yoga, doshas.

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  1. rickroux permalink
    February 14, 2010 5:04 pm

    I wanted to share an incredible source on Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of Natural Healing. This site has free educational content, videos, articles, and learning tools. I was amazed to see that this ayurvedic school has online videos of their classes for FREE! … to visit their website click on or copy:


    Rick Roux

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