The Mantra of Healing

The principles of Ayurveda postulates that every object in this world is derived from the 'Five Basic Elements' viz. space, ether, fire, water and earth, better known as 'Panch Mahabhuta'.

Ayurveda is a science of not just curing but also a self-being system that suggests techniques to live a good and healthy life. The fundamentals of Ayurveda suggests it to be a holistic skill that works on harmonizing the vital forces of the body and helps in providing steadiness to our body system. If there is disparity in the customary flow of energy in the body, it will cause deviation in normal functioning, thus leading to roga (disease) that eventually will cause dukha (misery). Ayurveda relates prevention of diseases and misery by five basic methodologies. These are detoxification and clean -up of body's negativities, stimulating the functioning of immune system, dealing and administrating with stress, impede premature aging progression, and rejuvenating the lost energies with time. The fundamentals of Ayurveda states that the human body is composed of 'Doshas', 'Dhatus' and 'Malas'.

Dhatus (Body Tissues)

The word 'Dhatu' can also be used to mean 'body tissue'. When used in this sense there are seven and these are called 'Saptadhatus'. These body tissues are formed and nourished by the 'Aahara rasa', which is the essence of food. Rasa (plasma), Rakta (blood), Mamsa (muscle), Meda (fat), Asthi (bone), Majja (bone marrow) and Shukra (semen/ova) are the seven kinds of Dhatus. Each dhatu is believed to be a metabolic refinement of the previous one.

Malas (Wastes)

In Ayurveda, the Sanskrit word 'amam' denotes internal toxins that cause disease. Amam results from improper metabolic functioning, which causes the system to absorb micro-molecules of undigested food. It is greasy and mucous in nature and blocks various tiny body channels (srotas). Its accumulation causes imbalance among the three humours (tridoshas), which ultimately leads to various ailments.

Doshas (Somatic Humours)

A 'dosha' is a humour that regulates the human body. Vata, pitta And kapha, the three somatic humours are called 'Tridoshas' because of their predisposition to vitiation for a variety of reasons. 'Dosha' connotes Fault or error. These humours, which originates from the 'Pancha Mahabhutas' (five great elements), regulates all the functions of the human body.

The concept of 'PanchaMahabhutas' is derived from the Indian philosophy of the evolution of the Physical world. Though they pervade the whole system, each humour tends to dominate a particular part Of the body. The 'vata' is responsible for the lower part, the'pitta' for the middle portion and the 'kapha' for the upper part. When in equilibrium, the vata, pitta and kapha are called 'swastha'.

An accumulation of amam (toxins) in the system vitiates them. An excess or deficiency in any of the 'doshas' disrupts its equilibrium.