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Good health through prevention: Expert Maharishi Ayur-Veda physician on fundamental principles
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23 August 2013
Good health through prevention—a central theme of Maharishi Ayur-Veda* health care—was one of three important, interrelated areas of knowledge discussed in a recent lecture by Vaidya Vyas, an esteemed expert Ayurvedic physician from India. The presentation at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands also covered self-pulse diagnosis, and diet and digestion. Vaidya Vyas has given many courses on all of these topics.
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According to the principles of Ayurveeda, the basis of prevention lies in understanding oneself, in knowing one's basic constitution. Preventing imbalances starts with this knowledge, because the dominant Dosha** in anyone's physiology is the one that will generally create problems. For example, Vaidya Vyas said, people with a predominance of Vata will tend to have problems associated with that Dosha. Once you know your mind-body type, from there you can begin to create balance.
The fundamentals around which life revolves are diet, sleep, and consciousness. In order to live in good health, Vaidya Vyas explained, we need to learn how to make best use of these fundamental aspects of life, through daily and seasonal routines that create balance in mind and body. Ayurveda holds that in this state of balance one does not fall ill.
Among the principles brought out by Vaidya Vyas, good diet means food that will nourish all the tissues so there will be no ground on which disease can begin.
Consciousness and knowledge play a significant role in promoting good health, he said. When we are conscious of the fundamentals of good health, even without specifically understanding them, it helps promote good health.
The Ayurvedic concept of immunity means having the strength to prevent disease. It is called 'general strength'. The basis of immunity develops early, when a child is growing and the body and mind are developing. The experiences and influences in a child's life affect his of her long-range immunity. If a child is happy and healthy when growing up, then good immunity is structured for later in life.
* Ayurveda is the world's oldest, most comprehensive system of natural medicine, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and is now officially recognized by the World Health Organization. Maharishi Ayur-Veda, Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health, and Maharishi Vedic Medicine represent the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete and authentic practice of Ayurveda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
** Maharishi Ayurveda understands health in terms of the balance of three principles that are the most fundamental expressions on the physical level. These three basic principles, known as the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), underlie and govern all aspects of physiological functioning. All three Doshas are present throughout the body, with each one predominating at certain sites and performing specific functions. When the Doshas are in balance, the individual enjoys good health and well-being. Imbalance of the Doshas, if not corrected, leads eventually to disease. All programmes of Maharishi Ayur-Veda are designed to restore and maintain the three Doshas in perfect balance.
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