Ayurveda and its significance: A Simple Way For Everyday Wellness

An Introduction

Ayurveda is a medical system of ancient times. It has been in use since a very old time  as a holistic approach to complete well-being. Ayurveda is also referred to as the “science of life” or the “knowledge of longevity.” Ayurveda is a big system of herbal medicines. This system works by balancing the tridoshas “vata pitta kapha” in order to give overall health and harmony in the body. In this article, we are going to explore Ayurveda in detail, also, we will try to understand its core principles as well as unique concepts and practical applications for modern living.

Historical Roots

Ayurveda has its roots in ancient India.  It came into existence as a system of medicine thousands of years ago. The sacred hindu texts “Vedas”, specifically the Atharva Veda have the knowledge and description of this ancient medical practice.

The Vedas are a collection of ancient scriptures of Hinduism. They hold a vast range of knowledge. That knowledge includes spiritual teachings, rituals and hymns. The Atharva Veda contains hymns and verses which provide the deep knowledge of healing, herbal medicine as well as  the principles of Ayurveda.

There is a belief that ancient hindu sages (Rishis) received the knowledge of Ayurveda as the divine inspiration through their deep meditation. Since then, they passed this knowledge  down via the tradition of oral teachings for generations.

According to history, Ayurveda had times of decline as well as revival. It had to face invasions, foreign influences and the advent of modern medicine. However, Ayurveda has experienced a revival in recent times as people now seek holistic and natural approaches to health and well-being.

Today, Ayurveda is thriving as a living tradition. It is blending ancient wisdom with modern scientific research. Now it has the recognition globally as a complementary and alternative medicine system.

The Philosophy of Ayurveda

The Ayurveda philosophy deeply believes that human beings are an integral part of nature. In accordance with Ayurveda, the overall well-being of human beings is directly connected to the balance and harmony of the natural elements as well as forces. There are the following key factors in the  philosophy of Ayurveda:

  1. Pancha Mahabhutas (Five Elements): As per Ayurveda, the human body, all other creatures as well as everything in this universe, is made of the five fundamental elements. These  elements are: fire (agni), water (jala), space (akash), air (vayu), and earth (prithvi). These five elements combine in different proportions in order to form the three doshas. They are also responsible for different functions within the body.
  2. Tridoshas: The Tridosha is the main concept in Ayurvedic philosophy. These three doshas are the bio-energetic forces in our body. With the help of these three doshas, our body performs its physiological as well as psychological functions. The tridoshas are: Vata Dosha (air & space), Pitta dosha (fire & water) and Kapha dosha (water & earth).
  3. Balance-Imbalance Of Tridoshas: For curing the diseases as well as maintaining the overall wellness, Ayurveda creates and maintains the proper balance among the tridoshas – Vata Pitta Kapha. When the three doshas are in balance, all the functions in the body work  in harmony. However, imbalances in the tridoshas lead to physical as well as mental disorders. Hence, Ayurvedic treatments and practices aim to remove the imbalances of the tridoshas and restore the proper balance in order to keep a person healthy. Ayurvedic practices such as herbal remedies, diet modifications, lifestyle adjustments as well as specific ayurvedic therapies are the ways to bring the doshas back into equilibrium.
  4. Mind-Body Connection: The proper interaction between our body and mind has an important role to play for our overall health. Ayurveda has the concept of keeping a healthy connection between the mind and body. A person’s mental as well as emotional conditions influence his or her physical health and vice versa. A balanced state of mind is necessary for overall health. Hence, Ayurveda applies different practices such as meditation and yoga to create a mental and emotional balance.
  5. Holistic Approach: A person has the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects in his or her life which has direct effects on him or her.  Ayurveda’s approach of treatment is a holistic approach to health. It considers health as a state of balance within the body as well as its relationship with the environment. Ayurveda aims to promote health and well-being by eradicating the root cause of the illness rather than just treating the symptoms. In an Ayurvedic treatment, practitioners understand an individual’s prakriti, or constitutional type. And according to that they decide the treatments, diet, lifestyle recommendations as well as  herbal remedies specific to their needs.
  6. Prevention: As per the Ayurvedic approach, prevention of illness is important to maintain overall health. It encourages people to adopt a balanced lifestyle, take an appropriate diet, do proper and regular exercise, and follow seasonal routines.

The Principles of Ayurveda

There are many ancient classical texts which describe the core principles and concepts of Ayurveda. The most renowned texts are: Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Hridaya. These texts are the comprehensive treatises of Ayurvedic medicine. These texts cover the topics such as diagnosis, herbal remedies, treatment, physiology, pathology as well as surgical techniques.

The main principles of Ayurveda in order to guide its practices and treatments are as under:

  1. Prakriti (Constitution): Every person has a unique constitution or prakriti. Under this principle, we understand an individual’s unique constitution. The constitution (prakriti) is a combination of the three doshas. It helps determine their ideal diet, lifestyle as well as  treatment.
  2. Dinacharya (Daily Routine): If a person follows a daily routine that aligns with nature, it gives balance and health. Dinacharya includes practices like waking up early, practising mindfulness as well as maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
  3. Ritucharya (Seasonal Routine): According to the seasonal routine, a person needs to adjust his or her lifestyle as well as fooding habits. Doing so helps maintain dosha balance and prevent illness.
  4. Ahara (Diet): Diet is a necessary aspect of health. Ayurvedic nutrition focuses and advises eating according to one’s dosha type and seasonal variations to maintain balance.
  5. Aushadh (Herbal Medicine): In Ayurveda, there is a vast variety of herbs and natural remedies to treat illnesses and keep the body healthy.
  6. Panchakarma (Detoxification): This is a series of cleansing therapies. In Ayurveda, there is a great significance of detoxifying through the body Panchakarma to restore balance in Tridoshas.
  7. Yoga and Meditation: In Ayurveda, Yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation work like a remedy for maintaining physical as well as mental health.

Diagnosis In Ayurveda: Ayurvedic diagnosis is a holistic approach of diagnosis. It works on various factors such as the physical constitution of the individual,  his or her lifestyle, mental state as well as environmental influences. Ayurvedic practitioners assess the imbalances  in the tridosha. According to the imbalances, they identify the root cause of the illness. Apart from that, pulse diagnosis and detailed questioning are also the common diagnostic methods in Ayurvedic treatment.

Treatments & Therapies: There is a wide range of treatments and therapies in Ayurveda to restore balance and well-being. They include herbal remedies according to the specific imbalances, Panchakarma, Shirodhara, Detoxification and Rejuvenation program; Ayurvedic massages, Ayurvedic medicine, yoga and meditation. Treatment also includes the dietary guidelines according to the tridosha constitution as well as lifestyle recommendations. As per Ayurveda, preventive healthcare is also important for any person to maintain a healthy living.

Significance in Daily Life

Ayurveda has a great significance in the everyday life of any person. It is one of the best and natural ways to keep a person healthy in all aspects of health such as physical, mental, and emotional health. As per ayurvedic recommendation, a person should adopt a balanced lifestyle, appropriate diet habits, daily routine such as waking up early in the morning, Tongue scraping, Oil Pulling, Self-Massage (Abhyanga) ect in daily life. If a person adopts an ayurvedic lifestyle, he or she will be able to live a healthy, peaceful as well as long life.


Today, Ayurveda is one of the most suited approaches to treatment of ailments as well as overall wellness. It keeps our body and mind healthy both physically and mentally. In daily life, it gives an all round approach to overall well-being. It offers not only the treatment of ailments but also preventive care and harmonious living. The holistic nature of Ayurveda is able to ensure every aspect of health i.e. physical, mental, and emotional in order to develop overall harmony. Working on the root cause of imbalances in each person, Ayurveda shows a holistic path to optimal health and longevity. Start integrating Ayurveda into the daily routine today to experience its vast range of benefits and achieve optimal health and well-being. Bali Yoga Ashram is one of the best Yoga ashram in Bali that provides Ayurveda programs and retreats along with Yoga programs. You can contact Bali Yoga Ashram for more details.

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