Ayurveda: Balancing Life Forces for Vibrant Health

Category: Patient Engagement Written by Dr. Charles Shively / September 30, 2019

What kind of balance would you like to see in your life? Health is the happy expression of a balanced life. Would you like to experience this? Using the practice of Ayurveda and its balancing of life forces, one can experience health benefits. It requires establishing proper diets, lifestyles, exercise, spiritual well-being and…importantly… being in tune with one’s body. The result is a physical and mental balance that resists disease and allows wellness to be ever- present.

Ayurveda (a 5000 year-old ancient Indian healthcare method) is a combination of the two Sanskrit (an ancient Indo-European language of India) terms “ayus”, meaning life and “veda” meaning science or knowledge. It is still used today by more than 80% of the population in India. Ayurvedic medicine is about treating the cause of disease and not the symptoms. The key to this medicine approach is about the individual taking responsibility for their own health.

The connection between mind, body and spirit…the whole person…is the foundation of Ayurvedic medicine. Individuals are known to be born with predetermined mental and physical traits. The Sanskrit term for this is “prakriti”. Physical (sareerika) and mental (mansika) types define prakriti. Ayurvedic treatments are based upon these traits.

Three life forces control the physical (sareerika) aspects of an individual according to Ayurvedic medicine. Each of these life forces is made up from any two of the five basic elements (space, air, water, earth, fire) and controls a specific body function. Any imbalance in these life forces causes a state of unhealthiness or disease.

For example, when the two forces of fire and water are predominant in any individual, these forces regulate hormones, metabolism and the digestive system. The individuals dominated by these forces usually have a lesser build, large appetites, may be blond or red-haired, do not like hot weather and are known to be perfectionists. Imbalances can bring about anger and being critical. They are prone to hypertension, greediness and being strongly self-centered.

The mental (mansika) side of an individual is based upon predominance of one of three states of mind. The prominent state of mind affects a person’s view of the world. As an example, an individual with the primary state of mind (known as Rajas) is determined to acquire material possessions, as well as people. They do this willingly at any opportunity.

Diagnosis of an individual’s problems, by Ayurvedic practitioners, typically are completed by examining the face, tongue, lips, eyes, finger and toe-nails and feet.

Based on these assessments, the treatments often include herbal medicine, specific dietary changes including natural supplements, yoga, meditation, massage and breathing exercises.

How can an individual achieve balancing life forces for vibrant health? The seven elements which contribute to being in balance include commitment to individual preventative care, knowing individual skin needs, effecting improved concentration by slowing down (pace of life), finding techniques to eliminate stress, revitalizing energy through understanding of one’s physical primary forces( sarerrika) and state of mind (mansika), performing regular relaxation techniques and using a personal awareness and commitment to balancing life forces effecting premature aging.

Ayurvedic practitioners are present in all countries of the world. These practitioners are holistic in their approach to any individual with specific physical and mental challenges. They use and recommend time-tested, all-natural tools to restore harmony in our bodies, surroundings and relationships.

As changes in life are inevitable, why not use change as a rebirth in one’s personal life?

Be Happy! Be Well!

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