Ayurveda Treats the Whole PersonUnlike contemporary western medicine, which treats symptoms, regardless of the constitution behind it, Ayurveda looks at the entire picture of a person: the state they are in, where they have come from, and where they are going. As a result, it takes into account a continuously evolving environment, and how one works within that environment – either creating a state of balance and health, or not. It also works on a case by case basis: for each individual is different, with a unique set of conditions, and seeks to find the root cause of any imbalance. Ideally; however, Ayurveda is a preventive medicine that predicts where each of us are likely to go awry.
Ayurveda is PersonalisedAyurveda sees that the body and every material thing is made up of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth). Each of us has a different composition of these elements, and they have been split into three general humours (doshas), namely: vata, pitta and kapha.
- Vata is made up of ether and air, and is the nervous system and everything that moves and is ephemeral
- Pitta is made up of fire and water, and is digestion, fire, heat, and all that transforms
- Kapha is made up of water and earth, and is materiality, solidity, and unwavering structure