About Ayurveda

Ayurveda Salon 'Mayura' Tokyo/Yoyogi HachimanAyurveda is traditional holistic medical practice carried over 5,000 years in India and Sri Lanka which is certified by WHO. According to Charaka Samhita text, during the ancient era, party of saints got together in Himalaya to find out the way to save people from their poor health condition and to combat diseases. Over the joint meditation, they got the holy method from God, which named the Ayurveda.

Indian emperor, Ashoka the Great found many of Ayurvedic hospitals during his Dynasty era of 272-231BC. Following the years, the Ayurvedic treatments and practices spread from India to China, Arabia, Persia and Greece, it made huge influences to traditional Chinese or Greek medical practice over the years.

Historically, Ayurveda was one of the major medical practices in India, however, since the British colonial era introduced Western style medical practice caught peoples attention more. In spite of India’s major shift of popularity for medical practice, Ayurveda is still one of the popular medical practice and treatment among the people in Kerala State, southern side of India or Sri Lankan.

Ironically over the colonial era, Ayurveda’s philosophy carried on and modified its style as ‘aromatherapy’ or ‘reflexology’ into European countries. Although Ayurveda is quite unique and rare method among Japanese, since the great work and big influence from Dr.Deepak Chopra, it became one of the most popular well-being treatments among celebrities or millionaires in U.S.A. now.

In Western medical practice, treatment aim to “combat the disease/sickness”, Ayurveda is more like holistic treatment which aim to “suitable for individual characteristic” and focus on “to prevent disease”.

Ayurveda believes that everything including our body in this universe is made up of five elements (air, ether, fire, water and earth). Life energy of our body categorized as Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). As long as these three energy group is well balanced in our body, we are in good health, and, the imbalance of the energy would be the cause of disease or unhealthy condition.

Our body categorizes depend on what is the chief characteristic you have from these 3 energy group. We all have 3 energy, but we are categorized in 7 characteristics by our predominant element; Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Vata/Pitta(predominantly made up of Vata and Pitta), Vata/Kapha(predominantly made up of Vata and Kapha), Pitta/Kapha(predominantly made up of Pitta and Kapha) and Tri-Dosha(well balanced of Vata, Pitta and Kapha). And this character is finalized in the stage of fertilization. (well, whatever you’re doing, starting off on the right foot is essential..)

Vata is a force made up by ether and air, which govern active energy. Therefore, characteristic of Vata shows active and energetically. They work quickly, easy to blend in new society or atmosphere, they tend to be attractive by passionate experience or busy life style, so, need to unwind in warm relaxing atmosphere to maintain their health. Among three doshas, the most suitable treatment for Vata will be oil treatment. When imbalance of Vata energy force causes constipation, drying, depression, losing motivation, anxiety or loosing weight.

Pitta is a force created by fire and water, principle of biological system. Pitta has energy of fire which governs strong digestion and great appetite. Also, they prefer intelligent activities (information can also be digested). Major characteristic of Pitta is to achieve something in great purpose. To maintain the balance of Pitta energy should take good rest in cool atmosphere, with regular eating habit. When imbalance of Pitta energy force causes heart burn, skin irritation, diarrhea, or to become short temper.

Kapha consists by water and earth element, govern physical structure. There are good in management, prefers stability. They don’t push themselves in their life so they live longer than other dosha energy characters, also prefer peaceful life and emotionally calm. Kapha responsible in grounding, so when imbalance the Kapha force causes life style into lack of exercise, over eating or over sleeping. To maintain healthy life, they should do some regular exercise, care about their balanced diet such as refrain too much sugar, fat or sodium, also try to enjoy vegetable dishes mainly.