Ayurvedic treatment is used by approximately 80% of people in India. Recently the western countries have also started accepting the alternative or natural therapies such as Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga and Meditation. Although the clinical evidence for efficacy of Ayurvedic treatments is lesser as compared to the conventional or modern medicine, many people prefer Ayurveda due to its holistic approach.
What is the basic principle of Ayurvedic Therapies?
Ayurvedic treatments are holistic in nature. This means Ayurveda considers human as a part of environment and believes that true health can be achieved through a holistic approach that targets physical, mental, and social well-being.
The success and acceptance of Ayurvedic treatments a lies in its basic principles,
- The five elements: All living and non‑living things, in this universe are made up of five basic elements and therefore every substance in nature has the potential to be a medicine.
- The Tridosha: The ayurveda works by concept of tridosha (Vata, Pitta, apha) which are actually the physio-biological properties. Any imbalance caused in tridoshas can lead to disease and thus a balanced state has been considered as a basic target for therapeutics in ayurveda.