The word Ayurveda is made up of two words: Ayuh: means life and Veda: means science. Thus Ayurveda is a science of life. It originated in India almost 5000 years ago and offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential.

Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine (incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas), which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

I had the pleasure of talking to Dr Anil K Mehta who very nicely described the meaning of Ayurveda. He said that Ayurveda is a complete healing science using the inherent principle of nature. He says that we are part of nature, which is complete on its own and it follows a rhythm just like we do and for over all good health it’s important to follow the rhythm of nature.  He suggested that it’s important to eat right according to our age and according to the season. Eating very heavy food during winters might not be a problem but if you eat the same food during summers then the body might not be able to digest it well. He stressed on the importance of the food that we eat. It’s usually the food that we eat that affects our overall health.

He said that Ayurveda concentrates on the three doshas. There are three doshas, and each one is characterized by certain mental and physical traits. When a person’s dosha is out of balance they can experience disease, and Ayurveda attempts to correct the illness by restoring balance.

ü  Vata Dosha

Vata energy is associated with air and space, and is linked to bodily movement, including breathing and blood circulation. Vata energy is usually said to predominate in people who are lively, creative, original thinkers. When out-of-balance, vata types can endure joint pain, constipation, dry skin, anxiety and other ailments

ü  Pitta Dosha

Pitta energy is linked to fire, and is thought to control the digestive and endocrine systems. People with pitta energy are usually considered fiery in temperament, intelligent and fast-paced. When pitta energy is out of balance, ulcers, inflammation, digestive problems, anger, heartburn and arthritis can result.

ü  Kapha dosha

Kapha energy, linked to earth and water, is believed to control growth and strength, and is associated with the chest, torso and back. Kapha types are considered strong and solid in constitution, and generally calm in nature. But obesity, diabetes, sinus problems, insecurity and gallbladder issues can result when kapha energy is out of balance

Many people called in with their concerns and Dr Mehta gave them very good advice. He suggested what kind of food people should eat and what kind of food they should avoid depending on their pitta and the problem they are facing.

It was a pleasure talking to him and getting to know all about Ayurveda!