I have mentioned that my sister shared some alternative approaches for treating addiction, specifically quitting smoking for me, from the book she is currently reading by Â Dr. Deepak Chopra, called "Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide". She gave me a little information on Ayurveda and told me that if I was interested, I should research it a little, which I did, but I have been reading a lot.
Right now I am open to alternatives and doing my research, I am not a sworn convert that has had a drink of the Chopra cool aid, but I am interested in the concepts in Ayurveda, simply to make my life better. Is anyone familiar with Ayurveda?Â Currently using Ayurveda techniques or practices?Â The ones that are appealing to me most right now is the aromatherapy, music and meditation, so I will be researching them more.
I found information at Chopra Center - Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge), it is the 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India and has been enjoying a major resurgence in India and around the world. It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential
Tibetan Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have roots tied to Ayurveda along with Early Greek medicine embracing ancient ayurvedic medical concepts that date to back a thousand years.
This is more than a healing system for illness; the beliefs provide guidelines to make part of our daily routines in diet, behavior and use of our senses by balancing the integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.Â The belief is that humans are a part of nature and there are 3 energies that guide our inner and outer environments that include movement, transformation and structure. These forces are Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth) and are bound to the attributes of our mind and body. We all have a unique degree of these energies that shapes us individually.
People who have dominant Vata tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. When Pitta is dominant, a person will tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and possess a strong appetite for life. Dominant Kapha people tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.
These energies have a balanced and imbalance aspect, when Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.
In Ayurveda the goal is to find the ideal balance and work in the area they are imbalanced using some alternative methods using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and meditation to reestablish balance.