“It is called Āyurveda what describes a life that is beneficial and harmful, happy and unhappy, the measure of life and life itself”
This is the definition of Āyurveda that is found in one of the great texts of antiquity, the Caraka Saṃhitā, which tells us everything about the health vision of this type of medicine, which is that of a well-being involving all aspects of existence.
The individual is seen as comprised of body, mind and spirit and health is the result of the harmonious relationship between all the elements inside the individual and with everything that surrounds him.
Although it represents a traditional Indian medicine, it offers the keys to understanding the root cause of diseases and to treat them in a manner consistent with the situation in which the individual finds himself.
The dimension of care is extended to all levels of a person’s life, from habits to rhythms, from nutrition to deep treatments, both physical and pharmacological.
In specific conditions, Ayurveda uses purification treatments, capable of bringing profound and healthy changes in people.
It is a set of practices that, carried out regularly, help in preserving health.
It includes cleansing the senses, self-massage, physical activity, and yoga practices.
In addition, it provides indications on the timing of activity and rest, appropriate timings for daily meals and their qualities.
The logic behind is that every action, in order to promote well-being, must be done at the right time and in the right way.
The science of Ayurvedic dietetics is extremely complex.
Many people, when they get in touch with Āyurveda, start eating “Indian style”, but nothing is wronger than that.
Eating the Ayurvedic way means, first of all, eating in a way appropriate to the person, to the environment that surrounds him, to the season and to the specific moment.
The food should be fresh, just prepared, with a balanced amount of fat and some spices or herbs in order to promote a good digestion.
It is not recommended to eat too often: 2 or 3 meals throughout the day are recommended depending on the person and his constitution.
Digestive power is very important when choosing the food and its quantity, because poorly digested food becomes a source of disease.
Listening to oneself is very important: the diet cannot be something rigid, but must change according to the moment and the situation.
Most of people, when they hear about Āyurveda treatments, think about massage techniques, but āyurvedic treatments are much more than that.
It is actually a set of physical treatments, performed by appropriately trained people, the therapists, who use different types of manual skills and substances, can affect parts of the body or the body as a whole and whose choice is driven by a very precise logic .
In most cases they are part of a treatment path, which involves different roles: the doctor, the technician and the patient.
These 3 people must work together in harmony for this path to bring well-being and health.