Health Through Balance
Knowing nature to be whole and complete, good health implies restoring that natural state of completeness and wholeness. According to the science of Ayurveda, health is a natural state when there is perfect balance of your body, mind, and spirit.
“Any treatment that attends only to the symptoms is not a good therapy. The best treatment is one that balances the whole and does not create other disorders.”
– Charak Samhita
No matter how imbalanced you may feel, there is always residing deep within an inner intelligence which seeks balance. Modern medicine describes this natural state of balance as homeostasis, the in-built tendency towards equilibrium. Ayurveda describes balance to be when the doshas [bodily humors], agni [metabolism] and when all excretions of the body are in perfect order. Likewise, when the Soul, the senses and intellect are balanced while still maintaining a sense of peace and happiness all reflect a state of good health and well-being.
Wonderful Video – An Introduction To Ayurveda – By Dr. Indu Arora
Dr. Indu Arora talks about the basics of Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine. A Van Howe Enterprises, LTD production. Directed by Matthew J Van Howe and Angel M Van Howe.
“We have done every possible thing that we can do – in our capacity, in our intelligence, to find health. And all we have found was, that we have to come back. We have to come back to the basics, we have to come back to our roots, we have to come back to ourselves. That is the only way we can find the solution. ” – Dr. Indu Arora
In managing any imbalance, Ayurveda determines which dosha [or combination of doshas] which may be out of balance and therefore takes steps to help normalize it, according to one’s unique tendencies. This process helps to seek out the root cause of any imbalance rather than treating mere symptoms. For example, imbalanced Vata dosha can lead to various symptoms such as constipation, anxiety, nervousness, dry skin or even joint pain [amongst many other conditions]. Rather than addressing all the mentioned symptoms separately, the science of Ayurveda seeks to balance the underlying dosha, vata dosha in this example. CLICK HERE – To Learn More About Doshas
Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda – Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.
“Agni converts food in the form of energy, which is responsible for all the vital functions of our body. Therefore, Ayurveda considers that Dehagni as the cause of life, complexion, strength, health, nourishment, luster, ojas, tejas [vital-yet-subtle energy] and prana [life sustaining energy]. – Charaka Chikitsa 15/4
Balanced State Of Mind
A basic fundamental premise to both Ayurveda and Yoga is that – both a sound mind and sound body are integral to one’s overall health and well-being. It seems that research centered around the benefits of meditation have now been rolling in steadily validating the age-old-concept, sound mind sound body.
Just Some Of The Potential Benefits Of Meditation:
– greater clarity and inner calmness
– increased creativity and happiness
– improved sense of emotional stability
– reduced level of anxiety and depression
– improved brain function and memory
– reduced level of stress
… the list can go on and on …