Originated in India, Ayurveda is a medical practice that is far superior to normal forms of medicine. It cures those critical ailments that is not found in a general system of medicine. Its date of origin has been put to prehistoric times by some researchers while some put it with the advent of Indus Valley Civilization, with the Somras featuring prominently in the Vedas. Before getting treated by Ayurveda here are the facts that you should know before practicing.

1. Basic Principles yet extremely Effective

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The basic principles of Ayurveda say that the body is made up of five elements – space, air, water, fire, and earth. Attaining all these elements in proper proportion will make a person healthy. Imbalance of any of these is the cause of getting ill.

2. Know who you are with the three doshas

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Everyone falls into the three categories of doshas. A dosha is the one which determines a person’s temperament, which disease is going to affect him, the kind of food he is going to like and even how he is going to handle stress. Overall, it determines who you are.

3. Tell you which ailments you are going to suffer

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The name of three doshas is Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. Given below are some of the diseases that one will suffer from due to the dominance of specific dosha:
Kapha – Gains weight, lung problems, depression and sadness.
Pitta – Short tempered, prefers cool weather.
Vata – Sleeping Problem, Nervousness.

4. Looks after your whole body

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A disease is an imbalance of mind, body, and soul. Ayurveda treats the root of the problem affecting the whole body and not specific organs.

5.  Important role of Environment

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The way you interacts with the environment tells which dosha is dominant in you realizing what diseases are probable and how to handle it. In other words, environment helps you in attracting those things to let you know which type of dosha you are.

6. More than Herbs

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Though the major portion of the medicines comes from the herbs, Ayurveda contains all other substances to treat a person. It includes other common foods like milk, honey, oil, rock salts, etc.

7. Various Factors of Diagnosis

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There are eight methods to examine a patient which includes Pulse, Urine, Skin, Eyes, Stool, Tongue, Voice and Body build. A doctor checks on these factors leading him to understand the problem and the disease the patient is suffering from.

8. Cures the root of the problem

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During treatment, a doctor checks on all the factors that are hindering the recovery process. Taking care of those factors is the initial stage of treatment. The disease can easily be cured once then showing that Ayurveda doesn’t cure simply looking on the symptoms.

9. A Lifestyle

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The term Ayurveda is a combination of two words – Ayur meaning life and longevity, and Veda means knowledge. From the word itself it says it is a knowledge of life. It is like a book specifying all the problems and the way to get rid of them and lead a happy life.

10. Other Specialties

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Ayurveda is not bounded within medicines, but it has many other specialties. It includes internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, pediatrics and many more. It may take time in curing, but the results you will receive is worth it.