The Key Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine


The key principles behind Ayurveda are two,
the first is that it gives us a tool for awareness. These are called energy patterns in Ayurveda,
these energy patterns are Vatha Pita and Kapha. Vatha is the energy of movement and physiology,
Pita is the energy of transformation, Kapha is the energy of stability. We need all three
of these in order to be functioning energetically. The idea here is that these energy patterns
are literally tools for us to observe ourselves in action. We get to see where lifestyle patterns
are potentially not healthy for us and those that can be very health conducive. That
can really help us be healthy. The second principle is this idea of digestive strength,
digestive power. In Ayurveda, we call that Agni. We get the word Ignition from Agni.
Agni is really the digestive strength and is of paramount importance in terms of being
able to be healthy because if you have poor digestive power, you will ultimately have
poor health. A very fundamental and important concept here. This idea of Agni can be talked
about in many different ways in terms of healthy lifestyle versus unhealthy. So, for instance,
people snack. It is been said now from the western model of working with health that
snacking sometimes is a good idea. Ayurveda would say no, that is not a good healthy idea.
Snacking really distorts and disturbs Agni. Eating late at night or eating very early
in the morning with a heavy breakfast, Ayurveda would say: not such a good idea, having your
biggest meal at noon is really an important idea. It is an important concept for health.
How much to eat? Ayurveda would say two hand fulls, what I can hold in my two hands, that
is how much I should eat in any one meal, particularly during the biggest meal at noon.
You see, as I am unfolding this, Ayurveda gives us very good guidelines in respect to
understanding what is healthy, what is a healthy lifestyle behavior pattern and what is not.
I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that If you abide by these principles and
do them day in and day out, month after month, year after year, your health will soar. We
just have to understand and believe in the system. We have talked about two things, one
is these energy patterns that allow us to be able to see ourselves in action and then
how to use that information to be able to witness ourselves in action, and the second
thing is Agni, how to cultivate strong digestion because Ayurveda says: every disease begins
in the diet, every disease begins with our digestion.

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