Ayurveda


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Medicine Ayurveda Philosophy

Literally translated, Ayurveda means wisdom or life science. The term comes from Sanskrit and is composed of the words Ayus (life) and Veda (knowledge). Ayurveda is a combination of experience and philosophy that focuses on the important physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human’s health and disease. Thus Ayurveda is a holistic approach.

Ayurvedic medicine distinguishes between different temperaments, or life energies, called doshas:

  •  Vata (wind, air and ether Pneuma), the principle of movement
  •  Pitta (fire and water, Chole), the fire or metabolic principle
  •  Kapha (earth and water, phlegm), the structural principle

Doshas literally means “(the body) influencing factors” or simplified “bioenergies”. According to the Ayurvedic idea these energies can be found in any organism which is usually dominated by one or two doshas, rarely all three. In a healthy organism, these “energies” or “temperaments” are in harmonious balance. It is important for the physician to know which doshas predominate in a person, because each type requires different medications and treatments. The doctor determines the current status of the doshas and their relation between each other by means of a pulse diagnosis (Nadivigyan). What the natural relation between the doshas should be, is derived from the astrological horoscope of the patient (Prakriti analysis).

Medicine

Shidoradha

The origin of Ayurveda is found in the Vedic civilization Altin diene and is considered the oldest existing health care system. Ayurveda is a traditional holistic healing art that has been passed down in Sri Lanka and India for thousands of years from generation to generation.

In Sri Lanka the knowledge has been continuously maintained and taught. Sri Lanka is the only country in the world that offers Ayurveda as a complete health care system by the state. Despite the influence of modern Western medicine, Ayurveda has a great importance to date and is distributed worldwide. But a difference has to be made between the traditional and western understanding of Ayurveda.

In the traditional sense, Ayurveda is a healing art, a natural medicine while in the western world rather the wellness aspect is emphasized, so rest and relaxation are paramount. One of the most profound and effective methods for physical and spiritual cleansing and regeneration as well as to restore the equilibrium of the doshas is the Panchakarma therapy. The ancient scriptures of Ayurveda recommend to carry out the treatment twice a year. It serves both the prevention of disease and the cure of specific diseases, especially chronic diseases.

Various individual Ayurvedic treatments, mainly: Herbal remedies (Dravyaguna), Purification techniques (Panchakarma), Massage.

 

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The tradition of Ayurvedic herbal medicine (Dravyaguna) is an important part of Ayurvedic therapy. A variety of local herbs is used to balance the energies in body and mind. Any herbal formula is tailored to the individual constitution. In Nilaveli Ayurveda Resort most of the medicine is produced by ourselves with the greatest care. The quality and purity of the raw materials are a big concern for us.

By cleaning methods toxic substances and metabolic waste products are removed from the body. They will be accompanied by an individual therapy and diet tailored personally to each client.

 

 

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Nutrition

Only through good food thrives man; poor diet, however, causes diseases.

Quote from the Caraka Samhita

Natural nutrition, healthy and gentle organic vegetables, fresh herbs and vitamin-rich fruits; conscious enjoyment, high-energy nutrition and effective purification: The food concept is based on the Ayurvedic philosophy and has a cleansing effect on the organism and invigorating effects on the resistance. It’s your starting point for more health and physical harmony.