Though this picture may look like some ancient form of water torture, it’s actually an incredibly relaxing Ayurvedic therapy where warm oil or cool buttermilk is poured in a very slow stream on to one’s forehead. This therapy helps with insomnia and is wonderfully relaxing.
Ayurveda – Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge or science.
The science of Ayurveda centers on the idea that every living being in the universe is a combination of five basic elements: earth; water; fire; air; and ether. What sets us, as humans, apart from the other living things, is knowledge.
These elements manifest themselves in the human body through the Tridoshas. Tri meaning three and Doshas meaning that which maintains and controls the body. These Tridoshas are Vatha (air/ether); Pitta (fire); Kapha (earth/water). These three basic principles govern the physical and mental functions of the body, min, and soul.
The Tridoshas work in conjunction with the Dhatus (that which supports the body including blood, bones, tissue, fat, etc); Malas (that which contaminated the body and comes out through sweat, urine, and feces); Agni (literally translated as fire, but in this context refers to metabolism); and the Trigunas (the properties of the mind).
The objective of Auurveda is to promote a balance of physical, mental and spiritual well being through a thorough knowledge of healthy living, which requires an equilibrium between the Doshas, Dhatus, Malas, and Agni and in conjunction with the Trigunas. When any of these factors are increased or decreased, they lead to a loss of balance and result in sickness and in extreme cases death.
Ayurvedic treatment aims to eliminate the toxins using natural means such as the ingestion of herbs as purgatives and various forms of massage to loosen toxins that have embedded themselves deep into the tissue and muscles and flesh. These physical therapies, coupled with yoga and meditation aim to restore health and create an overall balance.
Ayurveda is different-unlike anything we have in traditional allopathic medicine. However, if approached with an open mind, it has the potential to heal in unimaginable ways.
I’m definitely looking forward to the experience.