Ayurvedic Massage within Ayurvedic Medicine is a traditional system developed within the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda means the Science of Life. The Sanskrit translation for the word Ayurveda: Ayur means life and Veda means Knowledge or science.
Reducing stress and revitalizing the movement & balance of body fluids can help one maintain both physical and mental health. Combing dry brushing with warm oil massage not only induces deep relaxation but helps move energy and fluids within the human body. Gharshana is an Ayurvedic medical treatment that utilizes a piece of fabric to perform dry rubbing massage, it is often performed to one’s self, but can also be combined with Abhyanga a warm herbal oil massage treatment and performed in a spa setting by two or more massage therapists.
A curiosity and interest in the Ayurvedic medicine has grown in the last decade as people become more aware of alternative health care practices. The world is awakening to the knowledge that our biochemical nature can be awakened by sight, sound, smell and touch. Traditional Ayurveda teaches that touch and stimulating massage releases a multitude of beneficial substances into the blood stream.
In addition to a deep feeling of relaxation invigorating or rhythmic Abhyanga ayruvedic massage depending on the individuals’ dosha can detoxify the body’s tissues, help lymphatic fluid balance, support the immune system and improve cardiovascular circulation. The herbal selection is crucial to attain the full benefit that this practice has to offer. A dosha can be most simply defined as an individual's unique mind-body type as defined by the Ayuvedic medical and spiritual system.
Gharshana literal translation means rub, traditionally a dry body rubbing with a piece of dosha specific fabric that has a profound positive effect on lymphatic movement and circulation to all the tissues. The merits of dry body rubbing are not exclusive to Ayurveda, they can also be found within Chinese Traditional Medicine and Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine. This method of treatment has been proposed to improve digestion, stimulate metabolism and facilitate weight loss.
Imagine a world 5000 years older than the one we live in today. It is unfortunate that we often think of the ancients as less without all of our current world’s smart technologies. Although they may not have had access to the World Wide Web the civilizations of old were in touch with the natural worlds around them much more intimately than we are today.
The fundamental concept of Ayurveda is the belief in one source of energy in the individual, earth and the universe. The universe consists of five elements and the earth and the human body consists of three of these elements. These five elements are fire, water, air, earth and space.
The human body is composed according to Ayurveda of fire, water and air. Balance within the elements within the body produce health and imbalance produces illness and a multitude of systemic disorders. The understanding of the digestive process and balance or disharmony within the human body based on the elements and the breakdown of food is the goal of all treatments.
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Dr. Neelesh Korde describes the characteristics of the three doshas.
Staff Post 7/23/2015
by Natural News
A different health paradigm
Natural News Author Tara Green Most people from western industrial societies first approach holistic health by trying to apply the illness model of allopathic medicine. We think in terms of taking this herb for that ailment, another herb for another condition. Traditional health systems view disease as a set of symptoms to be eradicated. It is better to instead see health as a state of balance which can be cultivated through wise lifestyle choices.
Ayurveda means "the science of life." This ancient system of healing, developed on the Indian subcontinent over the course of five thousand years, promotes "all methods that bring us into greater harmony with life" (Frawley and Lad, "The Yoga of Herbs"). Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tibetan Medicine developed using ayurvedic concepts. Physicians in ancient Greece also drew on classical ayurvedic medical texts in their writings which formed the early foundations of western healing.
Three doshas, six tastes
Ayurveda identifies three constitional types, known as doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. Like many other systems of traditional healing, Ayurveda relates health to elements, identifying vata with air/ether, pitta with fire/water and kapha with water/earth. Each individual has a unique blend of these three doshas. Somebody who is primarily kapha tend to have sturdy frames and a calm approach to life. A person in whom vata dosha predominates tends to have a slender form and frequently shifting moods. An individual who has a lot of pitta energy have a more muscular appearance than vata types along with an assertive and competitive personality. Many people may have a combination dosha such as vata-pitta. One quiz to help you determine your dosha is here: http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/
None of the three types is better than the other; each can exist in a state of balance or imbalance. An excess of pitta may manifest through inflammatory conditions. An overemphasis on vata may reveal itself through tension, dry skin, chronic headaches or insomnia. Weight gain and sinus congestion often relate to kapha imbalance. Some health concerns also relate to a deficiency of one of the doshas.
Ayurveda sees healthy consumption of food as rooted in a balance of six tastes: sweet, sour, pungent, salty bitter and astringent. Sweet, bitter and astringent tastes have a cooling quality, while sour, salty and pungent provide heat. Sweet, sour and salty tend to add moisture; pungent, bitter and astringent tastes are more drying.
An individual chooses among these tastes both according to her own need to balance tendencies to heat or cold, dryness or wetness, as well as the season of the year. In cold weather, Ayurveda advises us to eat foods with more heat -- so meals featuring pungent, salty or sour tastes should predominate in winter. On the other hand, summer is the time to consume more foods with astringent, sweet or bitter tastes.
Contrast this with the current western diet which tends to offer foods which are either very salty or very sweet. Many people raised on a western diet have lost their ability to appreciate the other four tastes, meaning they lose the health benefits of foods such as more bitter tasting greens. Some people avoid herbs and spices which impart pungency to food like garlic and ginger.
Someone whose dietary tastes are shaped by Walmart and McDonald's may also find it difficult to appreciate the astringency of many raw fruits and vegetables or the sourness of unsweetened yogurt. In the mainstream western culture, when people try to take charge of their health through diets, they often follow one-size-fits-all plans which fail to take into account their individual type, the season of the year, and the climate where they live.
Ayurveda seeks to identify an individual's ideal state of balance, pinpoint any imbalances, and provide suggestions for restoring balance. Those suggestions may include specific foods and herbs as well as massage, aromatherapy, music, and meditation designed to restore that person's perfect balance. If you want to investigate this system of health, you may want to start with one of the sources cited within or below this article, or find an ayurvedic practitioner in your area to guide you on your quest to balanced health.
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Published on Sep 4, 2012
Ayurveda continues to grow rapidly as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine and natural healing, as a spiritual approach to life becomes ever more important in this ecological age. 'Journey of Ayurveda' travels in time from its origins in India to its progress into the 21st century, where Ayurvedic medicine is gaining international interest and respect as an alternative means of caring for physical and mental health.
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